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'Fireworks on the Water' to be at Lock and Dam

Posted 7/1/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The public is invited to "Fireworks on the Water" on the east bank of the Stennis Lock and Dam at 5 p.m. Saturday.

 

Columbus men arrested following May shooting

Posted 7/1/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department has arrested two men accused of shooting into an occupied vehicle near the intersection of 22nd Avenue North and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on May 24.

LCSD still searching for votech site

Posted 7/1/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Voters gave the Lowndes County School District the go ahead in May to issue $44 million worth of bonds, but one-fourth of that money has no place to call home.

Myles back to school board despite Wynn's objections

Former Starkville School District Board of Trustees President Eddie Myles rejoined the consolidated school board and will fulfill outgoing President Eric Heiselt's term.

Ban on texting and driving begins today

Posted 7/1/2015 in State

A Mississippi law banning texting and driving goes into effect today.

 

Lowndes Co. supes move ahead with E911 expansion

Posted 7/1/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors cleared the final hurdle in its plans to begin work on an expanded E911 Center during Tuesday's regular board meeting, voting unanimously to award the contract for construction.

 

Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's son dies in Mississippi

Posted 7/1/2015 in State

A son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson became rich by winning a court fight over his father's estate.

 

No immediate high court action on Mississippi abortion law

Posted 7/1/2015 in State

Mississippi's only abortion clinic will likely remain open at least until the fall, because the U.S. Supreme Court is taking no action until then on a dispute over a state law that could close it.

 

 

Tractor-trailer hitches could be faulty, 6,000 may be in use

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

On a twisty, snow-lined hill that the locals call "Devil's Backbone," a 12-ton semi-trailer came loose from its tractor and plowed into an oncoming line of pre-dawn commuters.

 

MSU dairy plant gets upgrade

Recent upgrades to the Custer Dairy Processing Plant at Mississippi State University are helping ensure the next generation of Bulldogs can enjoy the same quality which MSU cheese connoisseurs have come to appreciate and expect.

 

Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled it off, a state official said Tuesday.

 

 

Bush likely earned less, paid higher tax rate than Clintons

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

In the first presidential race since Democrats cast the GOP nominee as an out-of-touch millionaire, Republican Jeb Bush is aggressively trying to flip the script.

 

 

O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air, study says

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too.

 

 

Episcopalians to vote on allowing gay marriage in churches

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

Episcopalians are set to vote today on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

 

 

Federal report faults police actions during Ferguson unrest

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown's death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department draft report that found across-the-board flaws in law enforcement's response.

 

 

Obama aims to change conversation around Affordable Care Act

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

President Barack Obama is aiming to use the momentum from a recent Supreme Court victory for his health care law to change the conversation from talk about undoing his signature domestic achievement to talk about how to improve it.

 

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.

One of Dispatch's longest-tenured carriers delivers last paper today

Posted 6/30/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mae Pitman has delivered The Commercial Dispatch since 1972.

 

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