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Federal judge: Boykin civil case will go on

Posted 9/17/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal judge has denied former Columbus police officer Canyon Boykin's request to delay a civil suit he filed against the city until after his manslaughter charge goes to trial.

Columbus preparing for road work

Posted 9/17/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus will soon begin work on a $5 million project to pave more than 90 streets across the city.

 

Starkville Dispatch hires second reporter

Posted 9/17/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Dispatch is adding a new reporter to its Starkville bureau.

 

 

Investigator: Suspect confessed to killing 2 nuns

Posted 9/17/2016 in State

A man charged with killing two nuns confessed to investigators that he went into their home, struggled with them, stabbed them to death and stole their car, a state law enforcement agent testified Friday.

 

 

After-school programs scaled back amid reduced funding

Posted 9/17/2016 in State

Mississippi officials say they only have enough federal money to subsidize after-school programs for a quarter of the students they originally projected to serve.

 

 

Many black voters skeptical at Trump's birther about-face

Posted 9/17/2016 in National

Black voters reacted skeptically Friday to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's admission that he now believes the nation's first black president was indeed born in the United States.

 

 

Pipeline shutdown in Alabama could send gas prices higher

Posted 9/17/2016 in National

Motorists in the Southeast and East could pay more for gasoline in coming days because of the shutdown of a leaking pipeline in Alabama.

 

MUW honors university's first black students 50 years later

Posted 9/16/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 1966, Columbus college freshman Diane Hardy enrolled at Mississippi State College for Women, along with her two friends Barbara Turner Bankhead and Laverne Greene Leech. They were the first black students to ever do so.

Columbus electrical rates to increase

Posted 9/16/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water customers will see a 1.5 percent rate increase on their electric bills starting Oct. 1.

Supes cut funding to CLRA

Posted 9/16/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors voted to reduce county funding to the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority during a specially-called meeting Thursday morning.

Starkville aldermen stop short of amending SPRD director's duties

Posted 9/16/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Aldermen approved two middle management positions within the Starkville Parks and Recreation Department Tuesday but stopped short of redefining SPRD Director Herman Peters' role as it will function with the addition of a maintenance director and sports programming director in the future.

 

Consultant sentenced in prison bribery scheme

Posted 9/16/2016 in State

A business and government consultant has been sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison for paying kickbacks to Mississippi's former corrections commissioner and others.

 

 

Miss. sets new score levels for A-to-F school grades

Posted 9/16/2016 in State

Mississippi's public schools and districts have a new scoring system in place for assigning A-to-F grades after a series of dustups that started last month.

 

 

Hearing set for Miss. man charged with killing 2 nuns

Posted 9/16/2016 in State

A man charged with killing two nuns in Mississippi is scheduled for a court hearing today, where prosecutors will present some evidence before the case goes to a grand jury.

 

Ricky Ball Shooting: Cousin of Ricky Ball speaks out

Posted 9/15/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A member of Ricky Ball's family spoke out on Thursday for the first time since former Columbus Police Department Officer Canyon Boykin was indicted in Ball's shooting death.

CLW likely to raise power rates today

Posted 9/15/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water's board will determine today whether to pass on a 1.5 percent rate increase from the Tennessee Valley Authority to customers.

Crawford man arrested for molesting child

Posted 9/15/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County sheriff's deputies arrested a Crawford man this week on suspicion of molesting a minor.

Citizen complains about OCH trash in neighborhood

Posted 9/15/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

OCH Regional Medical Center has instituted stricter policies and is monitoring how employees dispose of gloves after handling garbage since a complaint was filed with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in regard to stormwater washing non-biohazardous trash into the nearby Plantation Homes subdivision.

The Sherman Business Report: Mugshots coming to Columbus

Posted 9/15/2016 in Business

Mugshots is opening in Columbus.

 

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