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Crime report 7-30-12

Posted 7/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Man sentenced as habitual offender

Posted 7/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County



Black couple says racism forced wedding relocation

Posted 7/28/2012 in State

A Jackson couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.


Local gun laws: State's lenient gun laws in question after Colo. shooting

Posted 7/28/2012 in State

In the wake of a mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were shot and killed during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" July 20, gun sales across the nation are on the rise.


More rain needed for Miss. soybeans

Posted 7/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Agriculture experts at Mississippi State University say Mississippi's soybean crop needs more moisture to complete what has at times been a dry season. Mississippi State's University Extension Service says recent rains, along with irrigation, have helped after a dry spell in June.



Dispatch expands Starkville office

Posted 7/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sarah Fowler joins Micah Green in covering news for The Commercial Dispatch's Starkville bureau.



Few bright spots in child well-being survey

Posted 7/28/2012 in State

Despite small gains, Mississippi once again ranks last in the nation for children's well-being, with lingering effects of the recession continuing to loom over more than a third of the state's households.



Cook hired as Chamber CEO in Lamar County, Texas

Posted 7/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Columbus-Lowndes Development Link employee has found a new home as president of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Texas.


Louisiana fugitive arrested for multiple burglaries

Posted 7/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department has apprehended a man believed to be responsible for at least six burglaries in the area.


C Spire will appeal to Aldermen for variance to build tower

Posted 7/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

C Spire Wireless Media Relations Manager Dave Miller said the company will appeal a recommendation by the Starkville Board of Adjustments and Appeals for the city to deny the construction of a cell tower.


Columbus man dead in Highway 45 crash

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A three-vehicle accident late Thursday on Highway 45 has claimed the life of a Columbus man.


New Hope home burns during hour-long wait for fire trucks

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fire, which started at approximately 9:05 a.m., was hard to fully extinguish because of the summer heat and lack of volunteer responders, said Lowndes County Fire Coordinator Sammy Fondren. The home, located at 804 Crowe Road, was owned by Leon and Ethel Harris, who were not injured in the fire.


Borsig admits error in hiring of felon

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig was contrite yet firm during a Thursday news conference in which he minced no words explaining how a flawed hiring policy may have contributed to the embezzlement of roughly $30,000 from the MUW Foundation.


CVB budget grows to $1.6 million

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will have a slightly larger operating budget for the coming year, thanks primarily to an increase from city sales tax collections.



Swales mum on decision to leave CVB

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors likely will vote Tuesday to accept the resignation of George Swales from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors' Bureau.



Tax-free weekend starts today

Posted 7/27/2012 in Area

Back-to-school shoppers throughout the state will get a break this weekend, thanks to a Mississippi law that excludes many purchases from state sales tax.


Three arrests in armed burglary case

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three Columbus teenagers have been arrested in connection with a Tuesday night armed robbery.


Aberdeen closes deal on land for plant

Posted 7/27/2012 in Area

Aberdeen officials have signed a sale option with SPW and Associates of Birmingham, Ala., in hopes of bringing in a biofuel plant.



Building permits 7-26-12

Posted 7/26/2012 in Business



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