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Local toy drives, fundraisers still short of goals

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

Of the 110 local families in Adopt-a-Family, the United Way of Lowndes County's venture to provide Christmas presents for needy families, only five still need businesses to purchase their Christmas gifts.

County OKs franchise agreement with MaxxSouth

Posted earlier today in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County could get up to $30,000 per year in additional revenue as a result of a franchise agreement supervisors recently approved with MaxxSouth.


Twin focus on making and keeping college graduates

Posted earlier today in State

It's not a new pitch, but Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce is making it again -- Mississippi needs to get more educated in a hurry.



Escaped Mississippi inmate captured after 2 days on the run

Posted earlier today in State

An inmate who escaped his work detail has been captured in Mississippi.


Students leaving CMSD at alarming rate

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Johnny Coleman has always moved comfortably in and out of the black community of Columbus.


Special education at CMSD: Becoming an advocate

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The day Qua Austin's daughter started kindergarten at Union Academy, the "girly girl" with big red bow on her head couldn't have been more excited.


Parents' complaints lead to investigation of CMSD special education department

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investigators with Mississippi Department of Education have been in and out of classrooms in Columbus since November, checking on all 472 students with special education needs in the Columbus Municipal School District.

CMSD could look to other districts for success

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Columbus Municipal School District wrangles with how to improve its ailing school accountability rating, it may be able to take lessons from other districts throughout the state.

A Dispatch Special Report: With Hickman's tenure coming to an end, stakeholders look at what went wrong with CMSD

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 2003, Lori Pierce and her family moved to Columbus from Savannah, Georgia. Despite warnings from some of her new neighbors, she enrolled her son in the Columbus Municipal School District.


Friday snow sets records in parts of south Mississippi

Posted 12/9/2017 in State

Friday will be a December snowfall to remember for much of southern Mississippi.



Trump hails civil rights heroes; protesters pan his record

Posted 12/9/2017 in State

President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy.


Starkville moves ahead with bollard installation plan

Posted 12/8/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The city of Starkville will soon start reviewing plans to install bollard locations in a swath that stretches from downtown to the Cotton District.

22-year sentence for man with multiple counts of child molestation

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man who already served time in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for child molestation will go back to prison for 22 years for the same thing.

Second murder trial ends in hung jury

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second trial of a man accused of capital murder in the shooting death of his disabled cousin ended in a hung jury Thursday.

Restaurant tax: Contentious city-county meeting yields few results

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A frustrated Leroy Brooks stood up, put on his jacket and started gathering his belongings from the table in the Trotter Convention Center meeting room at which he had been seated for about two hours Thursday morning.

Restaurant tax: Chism open to removing tax floor

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 37 Rep. Gary Chism offered mixed reviews to The Dispatch Thursday on suggestions that came out of a joint meeting of Columbus and Lowndes County leaders at Trotter Convention Center to discuss renewing the 2-percent restaurant tax.


Rep. John Lewis: Trump is an 'insult' to civil rights event

Posted 12/8/2017 in State

U.S. Rep John Lewis announced Thursday that he won't speak at the opening of Mississippi civil rights and history museums, saying it's an "insult" that President Donald Trump will attend.



Like Trump, Moore breaking the rules of modern-day politics

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

He has ignored all the rules of modern-day politics.



Combative Franken quits, points to GOP tolerance of Trump

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Sen. Al Franken, a rising political star only weeks ago, reluctantly announced Thursday he's resigning from Congress, succumbing to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations and evaporating support from fellow Democrats.



White ex-cop gets 20 years for Walter Scott slaying

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

One by one, relatives of the late Walter Scott urged a judge to mete out a significant punishment for Michael Slager, the white former police officer who fatally shot Scott, an unarmed black man, in the back after a 2015 traffic stop.



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