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Counties consider funding options for Communiversity

Posted 6/23/2014 in Area

Officials with East Mississippi Community College and the Golden Triangle Development LINK are expected to approach supervisors in Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha County next month in hopes of securing 20-year funding commitments for a new workforce training facility it calls "Communiversity."

Local farmer asking for support in fight against new poultry law

Posted 6/23/2014 in Area

A local farm is gaining momentum in its efforts to change state laws.

West Point man arrested for alleged armed robbery

Posted 6/23/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville officers arrested a 28-year-old West Point resident Thursday after he allegedly broke into an Old West Point Road home and robbed its owner by gunpoint last week.

Cochran, McDaniel stump on Gulf Coast

Posted 6/23/2014 in State

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is telling supporters he will continue to ensure Mississippi's voice is heard in Washington if he's elected to a seventh term, while his Republican primary challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, says Cochran has been in office too long and it's time for a more conservative advocate on Capitol Hill.

 

MUW to expand out-of-state tuition waivers

Posted 6/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi University for Women will expand its waivers of out-of-state tuition charges.

 

Kerry confronts threat of new war in Iraq

Posted 6/23/2014 in National

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Baghdad today to meet with Iraq's leaders and personally urge the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace.

 

ABA: Lawyers can scour jurors' social media

Posted 6/23/2014 in National

Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors. The American Bar Association says it's ethical for lawyers to scour online for publicly available musings of citizens called for jury service -- and even jurors in deliberations.

 

 

2 Alcorn Co. inmates captured near jail

Posted 6/23/2014 in State

Alcorn County investigators said they have captured two inmates who escaped from the county jail on Sunday.

 

 

Schools: Another attempt to end federal oversight

Posted 6/23/2014 in State

Forty-four Mississippi school districts -- the largest number in the Southeast -- remain embroiled in lawsuits seeking to end decades of federal oversight.

 

City claims it was misinformed on storm cleanup reimbursement

Posted 6/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

J5 Broaddus acted as the city's project manager for debris cleanup following the April 28 tornado and then, a month later, bid out the job.

World Cup draws local attention

Posted 6/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With the United States securing a win in the group stage of the World Cup on Monday night, the nation is turning its attention to the games in Rio de Janerio.

The Dispatch takes 14 awards at annual press contest

Posted 6/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch staff took home 14 awards Saturday in the editorial division of the 2013 Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest.

 

City answers First Amendment lawsuit, denies wrongdoing

Posted 6/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has asked a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit a local pastor filed after being arrested while taking part in a pro-life rally three years ago.

 

 

The Verdict: Circuit Court rundown 6-22-14

Posted 6/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Auditors give Starkville a clean report, find no significant defects

Posted 6/21/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville received a clean Fiscal Year 2013-2014 audit from the Mississippi-based accounting firm Watkins, Ward and Stafford on Tuesday.

 

 

Hot grits attack leads to attempted murder charge

Posted 6/21/2014 in National

A Florida man has been charged with attempted murder after throwing a pan of hot grease and grits at a man who was on his front porch.

 

McDaniel evolves answer about federal education funding

Posted 6/21/2014 in State

U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel has changed his statements about federal school funding in the past two weeks, after coming under sharp criticism from former Gov. Haley Barbour and state education leaders.

Mississippi's Cochran faces rival 34 years younger

Posted 6/21/2014 in State

Enmeshed in the toughest campaign of his career, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran appears a bit frayed as he tries to fend off a challenger who was born the same year Mississippi voters first sent him to Congress.

 

Pope's view on legalizing drugs: Just say no

Posted 6/21/2014 in National

Pope Francis condemned the legalization of recreational drugs as a flawed and failed experiment as he lent his voice Friday to a debate that is raging from the United States to Uruguay.

 

 

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