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Street work no longer part of 1-percent tax request

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

If legislators approve a special 1-percent restaurant sales tax for Columbus, the city will only use it for maintaining and operating the Sen. Terry Brown Amphitheater at The Island.

Sen. Younger: Proposed pay raise for teachers should be higher

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local legislators expressed disappointment Friday with two bills in the Mississippi Legislature affecting education, one of which aims to increase salaries for public school teachers and the other which -- had it not died in committee -- would have raised the pay for school board members.

Walters out of jail on bond

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A former Dispatch sports editor accused of exploitation is out of custody after posting bond at the DeSoto County Jail.

Harrison joins District 2 supervisor race

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A third Republican candidate has joined the race for Lowndes County District 2 supervisor.

Arrest report for 2-15-19

Posted yesterday in Area


Trump Org scraps plans for 2 hotel chains, blaming politics

Posted yesterday in National

President Donald Trump's company is scrapping plans for two new hotel chains announced two years ago, casting blame in part on a hostile political environment.



Mississippi Senate to keep private school money through 2024

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi state senators on Thursday voted to keep public subsidies alive through 2024 for special education students who attend private schools, overcoming some Democrats who were trying to kill the state's Education Scholarship Account program.



Longest-serving Mississippi lawmaker not seeking new term

Posted yesterday in State

The longest-serving state lawmaker in Mississippi history says he is not seeking re-election this year.



Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season

Posted yesterday in National

The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday.


Weather, possibly budget delaying Partnership School

Posted 2/14/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

More delays have pushed the completion of the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District's Partnership School with Mississippi State University beyond a fall 2019 opening date.

Business Moves with Mary: Georgia Blue restaurant, bakery coming to Starkville

Posted 2/14/2019 in Business

A new restaurant and bakery are coming to downtown Starkville.

MSUPD seeking three men in burglary case

Posted 2/14/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University Police Department is searching for three "persons of interest" who were seen in an athletic building early Wednesday morning.

Starkville to hold public hearings for hunting ordinance change

Posted 2/14/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville will consider changing its ordinance on the discharge of firearms within city limits to match a state statute allowing firearm use on certain properties in annexed territory.


Mississippi advances ban on abortion after fetal heartbeat

Posted 2/14/2019 in State

Mississippi is working toward enacting one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation, in a race with other states to push a legal challenge to the more conservative U.S. Supreme Court.



Mississippi Senate passes $1,000 teacher raise, seeks to pay as bonus

Posted 2/14/2019 in State

Mississippi's state senators on Wednesday voted to advance a plan that would raise public school teacher salaries by $500 a year over two years, for a total of $1,000.



Mississippi ban on tanning beds for those under 18 advances

Posted 2/14/2019 in State

Children younger than 18 would be banned from using tanning beds in Mississippi under a measure passed Wednesday by the state Senate.



Building permits for 2-14-19

Posted 2/14/2019 in Business



Border security brawl seems near a serene resolution

Posted 2/14/2019 in National

Congress is set to resolve its clattering brawl with President Donald Trump in uncommonly bipartisan fashion as lawmakers prepare to pass a border security compromise providing a mere sliver of the billions he's demanded for a wall with Mexico and averting a rekindled government shutdown this weekend.



US judge orders remap of a Mississippi state Senate district

Posted 2/14/2019 in State

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that one of Mississippi's 52 state Senate districts violates the Voting Rights Act because it does not give African-American voters an "equal opportunity" to elect a candidate of their choice.



School massacre 1 year later: A time to remember the victims

Posted 2/14/2019 in National

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre a year ago renewed the national debate on guns and school safety, turned some victims' parents and surviving students into political activists and at least temporarily ended the local sheriff's career.



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