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CMSD holding budget hearing tonight

Posted 7/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local residents are encouraged to attend the Columbus Municipal School District public budget hearing at 6 p.m. today at Brandon Central Services.

Wife, mother-in-law of missing New Hope man charged with murder

Posted 7/28/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The wife and mother-in-law of a missing New Hope man were both formally charged Monday with murder.

West Point police seek bank robber

Posted 7/28/2015 in Area

A bank robber is on the loose.


Man accused in transgender girl's killing due in court

Posted 7/28/2015 in State

A George County man accused in the murder of a transgender teenager is due in George County Justice Court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.



Man deported 6 times arrested in Mississippi

Posted 7/28/2015 in State

Federal authorities say a man deported to Mexico six times has been found in the United States without permission again, this time after an arrest in Mississippi.



Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill.



Experts: Report shows Bland may have used pot in jail

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

An initial toxicology report for Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail cell three days after her arrest during a traffic stop, raises the possibility that she may have used marijuana while in custody, two experts said.



Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad'

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."


Boy Scouts of America to allow gay adult leaders

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

The Boy Scouts of America has ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders but will allow church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.


2016 Republicans use Trump, TV to make debate cut

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

Rick Perry is attacking Donald Trump's credibility and branding the billionaire businessman "a cancer on conservatism." Rick Santorum, a conservative stalwart, popped up on a TV program popular with liberals. Lindsey Graham set his cellphone on fire.


Aldermen to discuss raises for workers, elected officials

Posted 7/27/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the second time in two months, Starkville aldermen will discuss setting a minimum $10-per-hour pay raise for city employees and an annual increase for the incoming administration.


Child struck in Southside hit and run

Posted 7/27/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A juvenile struck by a car during a hit-and-run Saturday evening in Columbus suffered only moderate injuries, authorities say.



West Point utility bills to rise

Posted 7/27/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Town residents will be paying higher utility bills this fall.


Butler: Pickering misspending campaign money

Posted 7/27/2015 in State

Second-term Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering is defending his campaign spending on travel, vehicles and a garage door.


State sales tax holiday weekend will begin July 31

Posted 7/27/2015 in State


Holloway joins Dispatch newsroom

Posted 7/25/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Alex Holloway has joined The Commercial Dispatch staff as a news reporter, general manager Peter Imes has announced.

CMSD deals with teacher turnover

Posted 7/25/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District will have many new teachers when it begins classes next month.

Charges expected to be filed Monday

Posted 7/25/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The wife and mother-in-law of a missing New Hope man are expected to be formally charged Monday in connection to the case.

The eerie case of Manuel Vasquez

Posted 7/25/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The case of a missing Lowndes County resident named Manuel Vasquez took an eerie turn last week when investigators with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department discovered human remains in the yard of his home in a wooded, residential neighborhood in New Hope.


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