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Columbus author wins prize for legal fiction

Posted 6/30/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus resident Deborah Johnson has won the University of Alabama School of Law's Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for her novel, "The Secret of Magic."

Same-sex marriage: Local counties prepared to issue licenses

Posted 6/30/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Same-sex couples in the Golden Triangle were able to receive marriage licenses for the first time Monday, but none were issued.


All shook up, but not in Golden Triangle

Posted 6/30/2015 in Area

The Golden Triangle has never sustained an earthquake.


SMART splits Boardtown route, adds new stops for residents

Posted 6/30/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville-Mississippi State University Rapid Area Transit (SMART) has formally expanded its footprint in Starkville after experimenting with new public routes and stops this year.

Amos fills in for Clinkscales on city bench

Posted 6/30/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal Judge Marc Amos has found himself with an unexpected work load.

Convicted killer thought fellow escapee was slowing him down

Posted 6/30/2015 in National

Two convicted killers who staged a complicated prison break together and then spent more than two weeks roaming in thick New York woods finally split up when one man decided his companion was slowing him down, going their separate ways a few days before one was shot and the other captured, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.


Rand Paul 1st major-party candidate to court pot donors

Posted 6/30/2015 in National

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is courting donors from the marijuana business in a groundbreaking event in Denver.



Protesters: Remove Confederate sign from Miss. flag

Posted 6/30/2015 in State

Protesters are calling on Mississippi to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, saying it's a divisive symbol that fails to represent a state where more than one-third of residents are African-American.



Wait joins Dispatch staff as new MSU reporter

Posted 6/29/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch is announcing the hiring of Ben Wait as its new Mississippi State beat writer.


New director comes to Salvation Army

Posted 6/29/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When they went to have a photograph made recently, Alan and Cheryl Phillips simultaneously reached for the other's hand, without any prompting.


Caledonia launches new town website

Posted 6/29/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia residents and non-residents alike looking to learn about their local government and town can now do so from the comfort of their homes.


Analysis: Confederate emblem affects Miss. election dynamic

Posted 6/29/2015 in State

The racially sensitive topic of the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag was clearly was not on Republican Gov. Phil Bryant's agenda entering this election year.


Heiselt leaving Starkville school board, recommends Myles to post

Posted 6/28/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville School District Board of Trustees member Eric Heiselt tendered his letter of resignation with the city late last week, and Starkville aldermen are expected to hold a special-call meeting to fill his seat before Oktibbeha County School District merges with SSD Wednesday.


On the streets: Friday night with CPD

Posted 6/27/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For most people, Friday night means relaxing with family or attending parties with friends. Joshua McCain is not most people.

Professor: Gay couples still face hurdles despite court ruling

Posted 6/27/2015 in Area

The first time they met, June and Bette were too shy to talk to one another.


Hotels in Lowndes Co. fueled by increase in industry

Posted 6/27/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Cindy Putnam began working at the Quality Inn on Highway 45 North, there were two other hotels in town.


Columbus school board hires new business manager

Posted 6/27/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees on Friday hired a new business manager to oversee the district's funds and also chose the contractor that will handle one of its athletic construction projects.

Marriage ruling will expand insurance coverage

Posted 6/27/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi's eventual recognition of marriage equality means additional spouses of city and county workers will be eligible to receive health insurance, officials confirmed Friday.


Vicksburg park removes some Confederate items from store

Posted 6/27/2015 in State

Most souvenirs that feature the Confederate battle flag have been removed from the bookstore at Vicksburg National Military Park, home to a Civil War battlefield.



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