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Freshly elected lawmakers arrive at Capitol

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

It was a good day to be the new guy.


Heidi Ho could see tighter enforcement

Posted 1/6/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus officials have acknowledged a local nightclub's long history of violent altercations, and they say they are committed to doing something about it.

Two qualify for Lowndes circuit clerk

Posted 1/6/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Ward 2 councilman Joseph Mickens qualified as a Democrat, while Golden Triangle Planning and Development District director for computing services Tim Heard will run as an independent.

Regional homeless coalition builds momentum

Posted 1/6/2015 in Area

A group of local community leaders fighting homelessness in the Golden Triangle is picking up the pace.


Lowndes supes seek state permission to pay storm bill

Posted 1/6/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors approved a resolution requesting the state's permission to pay the last of the county's debris clean-up expenses from an April 2014 storm.


Supervisors refuse closed-door hospital discussions

A coalition of three supervisors rebuked an attempt to discuss OCH Regional Medical Center finances in executive session Monday.

Aldermen: Future raises unobtainable without austere spending

The three-person Starkville Audit and Budget Committee told city department heads not to expect across-the-board pay increases for workers.


Upcoming Oktibbeha County Justice Court races flush with Democrats

Election matchups for a variety of county-level seats began taking shape Monday as 21 candidates filed qualification paperwork to enter this year's race.


Arrest report: 1-6-15

Posted 1/6/2015 in Area


US oil falls below $50 for 1st time since 2009

Posted 1/6/2015 in National

The price of oil plunged again Monday and fell below $50 a barrel for the first time since April 2009.



Strong dollar makes world travel cheaper for Americans

Posted 1/6/2015 in National

Trips in Europe or Asia should be cheaper for Americans this year. Thank a stronger dollar.



Wicker to preside over US Senate on first day of Congress

Posted 1/6/2015 in State

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker will serve as presiding office of the U.S. Senate during the first day of the 114th Congress, which convenes today.



Nunnelee hospitalized in his Miss. hometown

Posted 1/6/2015 in State

A Mississippi congressman who had brain surgery last year is hospitalized for treatment of a bleeding problem in his left leg.



Rallies expected as Mississippi lawmakers begin 3-month session

Posted 1/6/2015 in State

As Mississippi lawmakers begin their three-month session at noon today, they will be greeted by groups trying to influence state policy on education standards, state employee pay raises and a host of other issues.


White House: Scalise as No. 3 says a lot about who GOP is

Posted 1/6/2015 in National

The White House on Monday waded into a controversy over revelations that the House's No. 3 Republican spoke to a white supremacist group 12 years ago.

New Congress to be sworn in today with GOP in charge

Posted 1/6/2015 in National

Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome.

City council to consider CMSD board position

Posted 1/5/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus real estate agent Stephen Jones has submitted the first application to fill a vacant seat on the Columbus Municipal School District board.


Area escapes holidays with no highway deaths

Posted 1/5/2015 in Area

Christmas and New Year's Day passed without any fatalities on Golden Triangle roadways, according to numbers the Mississippi Highway Patrol released to The Dispatch on Friday.



Golden Triangle avoids storm's wrath

Posted 1/5/2015 in Area

A line of thunderstorms knocked down trees and knocked offline a portion of Oktibbeha County's power grid Saturday afternoon.



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