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Handa Cup at Old Waverly cranks up Saturday

Posted 9/25/2014 in Area

The smile is still there. Nancy Lopez can't help but flash her still white teeth to offer proof that her father's decision that she wear braces for five years was the right one.

Golden Triangle jobless rates dip

Posted 9/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While state and local unemployment levels remain well above the national average, newly released figures show signs that people around the Golden Triangle area are finding jobs.

Street improvement bids to be opened Oct. 16

Posted 9/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bids for the street improvement portion of a $4.5 million Columbus capital improvements project will be opened on Oct. 16, with construction set to begin later that month.

CPD hires new assistant police chief

Posted 9/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department has a new assistant chief. Tony McCoy, 46, stepped into the role on Sept. 15. He replaces Joe Johnson, who retired in June, in the position.

Browning on Business: Columbus restaurant has plans to move downtown

Posted 9/25/2014 in Business

Thai by Thai is moving to downtown Columbus. Scott Carley, the restaurant's owner, confirmed to The Dispatch on Wednesday that he has plans to move his business.


Police: Package thieves striking residences

Posted 9/25/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department is investigating multiple reports of package thefts from local residences as thieves are allegedly taking parcels from front porches.


Aldermen decline raise for city employees

Posted 9/25/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Unlike their county peers, Starkville city employees will not receive a pay raise in the upcoming fiscal year.


Cops: Saw ambush suspect, found his dirty diapers

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

A suspect in the fatal ambush of a trooper has occasionally made himself visible to officers before melting back into the forest, and police found empty packs of Serbian-branded cigarettes and soiled diapers believed to have been left by him, Pennsylvania State Police said Wednesday.



Building permits 9-25-14

Posted 9/25/2014 in Business



Marriages and divorces 9-25-14

Posted 9/25/2014 in Business



Domestic violence in U.S.: Data tells complex story

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

For weeks, amid allegations involving several NFL players, domestic violence has been the focus of intense national attention. Does the turmoil reflect a worsening epidemic of domestic violence, or has the U.S. in fact made great strides to curtail it? The answer is complicated.



Algerian Islamic militants behead French hostage

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

An Algerian splinter group from al-Qaida has beheaded a French hostage over France's airstrikes on the Islamic State group, in a sign of the possible widening of the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the rest of the region.



Obama at UN: Dismantle the IS 'network of death'

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

Confronted by the growing threat of Middle East militants, President Barack Obama implored world leaders at the United Nations Wednesday to rally behind his expanding military campaign to stamp out the violent Islamic State group and its "network of death."



No death penalty for dad charged in toddler death

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

A Georgia man accused of leaving his toddler son to die inside a hot car will not face the death penalty, a prosecutor said Wednesday.


Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

Anger spilled over Tuesday after fire destroyed one of two memorials on the street where Michael Brown was killed, a site that has become sacred to many in Ferguson and others nationwide focused on interactions between minorities and police.

Suspect captured in case of missing UVa student

Posted 9/25/2014 in National

A man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore has been captured in Texas and is awaiting extradition -- but there is still no sign of the student, authorities said.


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