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Three finalists picked for CMSD superintendent job

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Joe Cook Elementary principal is among the three finalists for Columbus Municipal School District superintendent, board of trustees President Jason Spears confirmed to The Dispatch on Wednesday.

CAFB pilots released from hospital after crash

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus Air Force Base pilots who ejected from a T-38C Talon II before it crashed outside the base Wednesday morning have been released from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, CAFB spokespeople confirmed.

Starkville could settle Pride lawsuit this week

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A preliminary settlement agreement has been reached in Starkville Pride's federal lawsuit against the city of Starkville and is now awaiting board approval, much to one alderman's alarm.

Landmark status moves Lee High one step closer to redevelopment

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lee Middle School property on Military Road is now a Mississippi Historic Landmark.

Five arrested in suspected fraud operation

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Five suspects from Venezuela are facing federal fraud charges after being stopped at a police checkpoint in Lowndes County over the weekend, according to court documents.

Area unemployment rates remain steady

Posted yesterday in Area

Unemployment rates continued near historic lows in the month of April based on monthly data released Tuesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.


Mississippi slated to receive some election security money

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi can expect to receive nearly $4.5 million from the federal government in the next few months to improve election security, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office said Tuesday.



Mississippi family's Habitat home robbed day before move-in

Posted yesterday in State

A Mississippi family's Habitat for Humanity home has been robbed a day before they were set to move in.



Texas governor's school safety talks to tackle gun control

Posted yesterday in National

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's meetings on school violence and safety promised to wade into the thorny issue of gun control with the next round, even though the Republican has been a staunch supporter of gun rights and worked to expand them in the state in recent years.



Texas school shooting suspect's father thinks he was bullied

Posted yesterday in National

A 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school should be seen as a "victim" because he may have recently been bullied, causing him to lash out, his father said.



More bipartisan support for civil rights site as US monument

Posted yesterday in State

An effort to turn the home of a slain civil rights leader into a national monument is gaining more bipartisan support.



Democrats nominate first woman as GOP race heads to runoff

Posted yesterday in National

In Georgia's gubernatorial primary, Democrats elected a woman who could become the first black female governor in American history, but no Republican candidate gathered more than 50 percent of the vote -- so the top two face a July runoff.



Cohen partner pleads guilty in deal requiring cooperation

Posted yesterday in National

A longtime business partner of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, whose business dealings are being scrutinized by federal prosecutors, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a state tax fraud case that requires him to cooperate in any ongoing investigation, according to a person briefed on the deal.



Congress moves to dismantle key post-crisis bank rules

Posted yesterday in National

Congress moved Tuesday to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes.



Tropical disturbance near Gulf of Mexico could develop into depression

Posted yesterday in National

Hurricane forecasters say a tropical disturbance nearing the Gulf of Mexico has a 40 percent chance of developing into at least a tropical depression this week.



Alabama doctor acquitted in rock guitarist's overdose death

Posted yesterday in National

Jurors acquitted an Alabama physician accused of prescribing drugs that killed a former guitarist for rock band 3 Doors Down.



Fresh ways to save some green at the farmers market

Posted yesterday in National

The difference between the produce at farmers markets and supermarkets is more than "tomayto" versus "tomahto."


Check warns Oktibbeha County 'not big enough' for two ambulance services

Posted 5/22/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors are bracing for the impact of two ambulance services operating in the county following a grave warning Monday morning from Rural Fire Services training officer Austin Check.

Trio gets 40 years for pizza delivery robberies

Posted 5/22/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three Columbus men pleaded guilty Monday in Lowndes County Circuit Court in connection to robbing local pizza delivery drivers at gunpoint in 2016.

'Competition for a good cause': Friendly rivalry between Columbus police, fire departments builds camaraderie

Posted 5/22/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue's brand new trophy stands proudly in Fire Station 1, where it commemorates the quick actions of three firefighters -- and one child from the Boys and Girls Club -- who dispensed of a plate of 50 chicken wings in less than six minutes.


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