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Altman promoted to news editor

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dispatch reporter Isabelle Altman has been promoted to news editor.

Welty Gala: Toobin touches on Supreme Court, Trump tweets and journalism

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A spontaneous burst of applause greeted CNN legal analyst and The New Yorker contributor Jeffrey Toobin at the Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus Friday night after he read aloud from a 1943 Supreme Court decision declaring public officials cannot force citizens to participate in patriotic ceremonies.

Dream flights: Vets treated to a spin in vintage WWII plane

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ben Ross settled into the cockpit of a World War II-era Boeing airplane Friday and listened patiently as Tim Newton, the pilot, went over the "rules," -- keep your arms inside the cockpit, watch where you put your feet and use the mirror to communicate once the plane is in the air.


AG's Office spot checks for underage drinking

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three Starkville restaurants were the scenes of 14 citations the Mississippi Attorney General's Office issued to minors with alcohol and fake IDs during a compliance check in three north Mississippi cities Thursday.


Columbus woman jailed on forgery charge

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman found herself behind bars after she allegedly passed a counterfeit check for nearly $2,500.


Mississippi could sue solar panel maker that owes $74.8M

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi officials are considering whether to sue a solar panel maker that recently announced it will be closing its Hattiesburg plant, which had received millions in loans and incentives from the state.



Mississippi high court: School budget formula is not binding

Posted yesterday in State

The Mississippi Legislature does not have an obligation to fully fund a school budget formula that was put into law two decades ago, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in upholding a ruling from a lower court.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Living life in pink

Posted 10/20/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On June 14, 2014, Linda Young woke up as "just another single mom" starting her day -- but she didn't realize that day would be the one to change her life forever.

Dist. 38 candidates face off in forum

Posted 10/20/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three candidates running to represent District 38 in the Mississippi House of Representatives shared hopes for criminal justice reform during a Thursday evening forum at Mississippi State University.

Mary Kay grant comes in nick of time for Safe Haven

Posted 10/20/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This week, Safe Haven was selected as one of the 150 domestic violence shelters in the U.S. and its territories to receive a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation, which the cosmetics company awards each year during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Welty Symposium kicks off with story of truths, lies and child brides

Posted 10/20/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 29th annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium kicked off Thursday night at Mississippi University for Women with a speech and reading from keynote speaker and bestselling Southern writer Daniel Wallace, who talked about truths, lies and embellishments in stories.

State road inspectors embark on annual maintenance trip

Posted 10/20/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A little after 8 a.m., Thursday, a bunch of guys piled into a van and headed off on their annual road trip.


'Murder insurance' or protection in self-defense cases?

Posted 10/20/2017 in National

The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later.



Cochran back at work, faces questions on health

Posted 10/20/2017 in State

Longtime Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is back at work in Washington after a health setback and facing questions about whether he's up for the rigors of his job.



Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls

Posted 10/20/2017 in National

He started by describing the reverent handling of America's war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to an Air Force base in Delaware.



Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

Posted 10/20/2017 in National

Members of Congress demanded answers Thursday two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas.



Another warm winter forecast for much of the US

Posted 10/20/2017 in National

Much of the U.S. should expect another warm winter, but not quite as toasty as the last two years, forecasters said.


Two more CMSD schools fall to F rating

Posted 10/19/2017 in Area

The Mississippi Department of Education released its school district accountability grades Thursday, revealing a mixed bag of results in the Golden Triangle.

New Caledonia Days director expands event

Posted 10/19/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Caledonia may have a new director for its annual Caledonia Days celebration, but Amanda Jones is hardly a newcomer to the event.

Regional job fair offers options

Posted 10/19/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Terry Ray, dressed is his finest suit, moved from table to table during Wednesday's Golden Triangle Job Fair at the American Legion Hall in Columbus, joining hundreds who gathered for the one-day event that featured representatives from about three dozen companies and organizations.


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