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City tables request to fund shooting range cost overruns

Posted 5/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen will take more time to consider how cost overruns for the Columbus Air Force Base shooting range can be resolved.


Cable One, city agree on new contract

Posted 5/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A renewed franchise agreement between the city of Columbus and Cable One may mean an extra $150,000 in the city coffers over the next 10 years, according to a negotiator between the two parties.

Georgia couple arrested for heroin

Posted 5/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Georgia residents have been arrested for allegedly trafficking heroin into the Golden Triangle. Jamie Wallace, 19, and Michael Pamfilis, 24, both of Atlanta, were arrested Monday by agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit.

A cure for the blues: Caledonia woman dances, dreams of roses

Posted 5/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The sun had nearly set Tuesday in Caledonia and in a gravel driveway that leads to a trailer park, there she was, her body swaying, her head tilted back. She almost looked peaceful, dancing alone.

In the eye of the storm: FOIA shows Ward 2 Alderman Wynn set board action with private email

A Freedom of Information Act request by The Dispatch shows Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn sent an email from a private account setting up board business, an act that partially ties into a recent Open Meetings Act complaint alleging aldermen tend to city business outside the public's view.

Browning on Business: Columbus getting Starbucks

Posted 5/8/2014 in Business

Columbus is getting a Starbucks, a Kay Jewelers and another as-yet-to-be-named retail business. All three will be housed in a single building being constructed in a now-vacant lot in the 1900 block of Highway 45 North.

Newell appeals Slab House manslaughter conviction

Posted 5/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Alabama man sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for manslaughter in a 2008 shooting death at a Mississippi bar has appealed his conviction to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. James "Chuck" Newell was sentenced in 2012 in Lowndes County Circuit Court in the slaying of Adrian Boyette.

Putin: Troops have pulled back from border

Posted 5/8/2014 in National

Russian President Vladimir Putin softened his tone in the confrontation with the West on Wednesday, declaring that Russia has pulled its troops away from the Ukrainian border and calling for a delay of Sunday's referendum on autonomy in Ukraine's restive east.


Federal agents targeting synthetic drugs in crackdown

Posted 5/8/2014 in National

The Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to stay one step ahead of synthetic drug makers, wholesalers and retailers as it broadens its crackdown on the growing black market product.



Atheist group renews suit on Rankin school prayer

Posted 5/8/2014 in State

A student supported by an atheist group says the Rankin County school district is still violating a ban on school prayer.



GM recalls challenge company

Posted 5/8/2014 in Business

Nine million parts. That's what General Motors needs to repair millions of cars it has recalled since Feb. 7.



Marriages and divorces 5-8-14

Posted 5/8/2014 in Business



Bible curriculum part of Hobby Lobby chief's evangelization push

Posted 5/8/2014 in National

Steve Green's faith led him to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he's argued the nation's new health care law and its requirement that his business provide certain types of birth control to employees violates his religious freedoms.


Boko Haram leader vaulted into headlines

Posted 5/8/2014 in National

Tugging on his winter hat, the Islamic militant leader declared with a sneer: "I will sell women."


Building permits 5-8-14

Posted 5/8/2014 in Business



No gains for 12th-graders on national exam

Posted 5/8/2014 in National

Handing out dismal grades, the Nation's Report Card says America's high school seniors lack critical math and reading skills for an increasingly competitive global economy.


MSMS students to perform in historic Sandfield Cemetery

Posted 5/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students will perform an "8th of May Emancipation Celebration" in a Columbus cemetery Thursday.


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