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Complaint filed over Lowndes Co. school sports

Posted 4/7/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Parents of a New Hope High School student-athlete have filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights alleging the Lowndes County School District is not providing equal access to athletic opportunities for both male and female students.


Call for road bond finds little support

Conflicting ideologies on infrastructure upkeep and the existing tax burden on residents again clashed Monday as supervisors continue balancing complaints about Oktibbeha County's road system with the board's financial restraints and an ever-growing work list.


Work beginning on $40M student housing investment

Workers have begun constructing a new 15-acre, $40 million student housing project along Blackjack Road that will eventually house about 800 residents.

Jackson Square gets a little artistic

Posted 4/6/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been 18 years since Lex Jackson purchased Jackson Square Shopping Center on Highway 45 in Columbus.


The 75th Pilgrimage begins today

Posted 4/6/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rain or shine -- most likely rain, according to the forecast -- the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage will kick off its 75th year today with its first tour of homes and a kickoff party featuring crawfish at a shrimp boil.


Trauma care critical in recent shootings

Posted 4/4/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On March 20, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle trauma personnel treated four gunshot victims for what was described as "non-life-threatening" injuries.

Helping Columbus youth inspires Chamber's director of events

Posted 4/4/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

All day long, Paige Lowe plans events for the Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.


Comic changes begin today in Dispatch

Posted 4/4/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch has changed its lineup of Sunday comic strips.



Still no arrest in March Sim Scott park shooting

Posted 4/4/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than two weeks after a shooting at Sim Scott Park left four people injured, Columbus police are still no closer to making an arrest.


Ask Rufus: Old Columbus

Posted 4/4/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most people seem to associate the history of the old homes of Columbus with the Civil War but I think of a much earlier time.

Yokohama making an impact in West Point

Posted 4/4/2015 in Area

Cruising the fresh pavement on the newly opened Yokohama Boulevard, it can be easy to forget you are passing country homes that enjoyed solitude for so long.

Religious freedom laws not used against gays in the past

Posted 4/4/2015 in National

Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays -- and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say.

Sim Scott project tops Lewis' first months

Posted 4/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Columbus-Lowndes Parks Authority Director Greg Lewis' said he remained in a "state of discovery" following his first three months at the helm.

Friendship Cemetery comes to life

Posted 4/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"The cemetery's a lively place, isn't it?" That's the question high school student West Givens will ask visitors at Friendship Cemetery during Pilgrimage this year, and he'd be correct.

Golden Triangle's next generation: She plans to leave, but success began here

Posted 4/3/2015 in Area

Everything about her says class and grace. Pageant interviews have shaped 18-year-old Columbus High School homecoming queen Mallory Marcetter Byrd into the person she is today.

Kiwanis Club gets lesson on Stephen D. Lee home

Posted 4/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Kiwanis club got a history lesson Wednesday afternoon, but no one was falling asleep.

State House, Senate pass food and beverage tax extension

State lawmakers extended Starkville's 2 percent food and beverage tax through June 30, 2018, this week, and the move's associated legislation now awaits Gov. Phil Bryant's signature.

Ole Miss to search for new leader as some worry about damage

Posted 4/3/2015 in State

With University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones saying he couldn't reach an agreement with the state College Board to extend his contract, Higher Education Commissioner Jim Borsig said the board will launch a national search for a replacement.


Group seeks ballot initiative to legalize pot

Posted 4/3/2015 in State

A Florida advocate of legalizing marijuana has entered the Mississippi push for legalization by offering to pay volunteers to collect petition signatures needed to get the measure on the 2016 general election ballot.


Filipino devotees nailed to crosses in Good Friday rites

Posted 4/3/2015 in National

Screaming in pain, Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to wooden crosses to mimic the suffering of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation.


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