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Dispatch recognized for best news story in state

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch claimed eight awards, including three first-place honors and an overall first-place award for news reporting, during Saturday's Mississippi Press Association Awards Luncheon.

Pickens Co. teacher faces more charges

Posted yesterday in Area

A Pickens County, Alabama teacher previously charged with multiple counts of having sex with a student now faces an additional 16 charges.

Councilman Turner responds to AG opinion

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner contends an opinion Columbus requested from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is further proof that city leadership is treating him unfairly.

Camp Rising Sun: A community treasure

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Austin Huff didn't really know what to expect as he made his way from Columbus Air Force Base to Camp Pratt, where he and eight other newly minted 2nd lieutenants had volunteered to work as day counselors at Camp Rising Sun.


MSU athletics sets attendance records in 5 different sports

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Jack and Laura Clark felt the need to increase their personal travel budget this year. The couple owns a business in Jackson. During the 2015-16 school year, they estimate they made roughly 60 trips to Starkville to see their alma mater, Mississippi State University, play athletics.


Downtown scavenger hunt starts Friday

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new, month-long event is seeking to draw visitors to downtown Columbus with fun, family friendly activities for the summer.


Gov. could call Tuesday session to deal with budget gap

Posted yesterday in State

Gov. Phil Bryant said Friday that he will call a special legislative session Tuesday to deal with a shortfall as Mississippi's 2016 budget year comes to a close, unless state collections make such a move unnecessary.



Man wanted in Panola Co. slaying returns to Miss.

Posted yesterday in State

Authorities say the man wanted in the 2014 burning death of a woman is back in Mississippi.



Attorneys clash over possible impact of Miss. LGBT law

Posted yesterday in State

Attorneys trying to block a Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage argued Friday that it unconstitutionally establishes state-preferred beliefs and treats lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people different from other citizens.



Rep: State constitution at stake in 'demon chipmunk' lawsuit

Posted yesterday in State

A Mississippi lawmaker says the state constitution is at stake in his lawsuit against the House speaker over a speed-reading computer voice that's been called the "demon chipmunk."



Norman elected MPA-MPS president

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The publisher of the Starkville Daily News was elected president of the state newspaper association during its 150th annual convention June 24 in Biloxi.



Britain's leaving the EU. What should I do with my money?

Posted yesterday in Business

As many people around the world are trying to wrap their minds around what just happened in Britain, you may also be wondering "What does the Brexit mean for my money?"



Few veterans expelled under 'don't ask, don't tell' seek remedy

Posted yesterday in National

Less than 8 percent of veterans expelled from the military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy have applied to upgrade their discharges to honorable or strip references to their sexual orientation from their record.



FBI investigators: No evidence Orlando gunman was gay

Posted yesterday in National

FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation.



Sanders says he'll vote for Clinton, but no endorsement yet

Posted yesterday in National

Bernie Sanders said Friday he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president, stopping short of a full endorsement of his Democratic presidential rival more than a week after the final primary contests.



Many experienced GOP strategists unwilling to work for Trump

Posted yesterday in National

Donald Trump has finally acknowledged that to best compete against Hillary Clinton he needs more than the bare-bones campaign team that led him to primary success. But many of the most experienced Republican political advisers aren't willing to work for him.


Mother arrested after newborn tests positive for drugs

Posted 6/24/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department charged a mother with aggravated assault Thursday after her newborn baby tested positive for drugs.

'Programming is problem solving': Local senior conducts STEM camp for girls

Posted 6/24/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rising Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science senior Mary Lee says technology and computers are pivotal subjects for students to learn and master in order to succeed in the future.


CPD officer on paid leave after fight

Posted 6/24/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Police Department officer was involved in an altercation at the McDonald's on Alabama Street at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Deficit included in approved CL&W budget

Posted 6/24/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Light and Water board unanimously approved an electric department budget for fiscal year 2017 that includes a $186,000 deficit.


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