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Lowndes Co. pond death ruled drowning

Posted 4/18/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The death of Crawford man found in a Lowndes County catfish pond Wednesday has been ruled a drowning.


Murder suspect rejects plea deal, heads to trial

Posted 4/18/2015 in Area

A Clay County man accused of murder in the death of a Golden Triangle high school student wants a jury trial.

LINK eyeing Oktibbeha sites for development

Posted 4/18/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Plans to develop the proposed Innovation District's 326 acres of rolling countryside for advanced manufacturing were moving along perfectly until the Golden Triangle Development LINK announced it would walk away from the site because of mounting concerns produced from due diligence studies.

Arrest report: 4-19-15

Posted 4/18/2015 in Area


Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

Posted 4/18/2015 in National

Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.


Police arrest 2 for 'Spice' trafficking

Posted 4/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested two suspects Wednesday following a routine traffic stop where officers say they found synthetic marijuana.

Photo: Crazy for crawfish

Posted 4/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dispatch editorial assistant Kelly Butler rescues a runaway crawfish in the alley behind the newspaper's offices this morning.

Late-night robbery at Regions Bank

Posted 4/17/2015 in Area

A local business manager was robbed at gun point while making a night deposit about 1 a.m. Thursday.


$1.6M flows into Congressional election

Posted 4/17/2015 in State

The race for Mississippi's 1st Congressional District representative has more than $1.6 million being thrown around.


MSU apologizes for vulgar warmup shirts

Posted 4/17/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State's baseball team made the wrong kind of fashion statement Thursday.


SBW, CDAF weekend ready to kickoff

Posted 4/17/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Visitors to the Golden Triangle will find a plethora of fun-filled events associated with Mississippi State University's Super Bulldog Weekend and Starkville's Cotton District Arts Festival, but rain could damper attendance figures.


Exchange Club honors top area students

Posted 4/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thursday's Columbus Exchange Club meeting included an appearance by national Exchange Club President Tom Karnes of Lincoln Park, Michigan, who read a resolution from the national club commending the Columbus chapter for its exemplary performance as it celebrates its 90th year.


Glenn Boyce named higher education chief

Posted 4/17/2015 in State

The College Board is naming former Holmes County Community College President Glenn Boyce as permanent higher education commissioner.


Driver who hit toddler starts events that leave 4 dead

Posted 4/17/2015 in National

Damani Terry just wanted to join a group of girls dancing in a park across the street. The 2-year-old stepped into the road -- right into the path of an oncoming van.


Homeland chief: Gyrocopter came in 'under the radar'

Posted 4/17/2015 in National

The Florida postal carrier charged Thursday with two federal crimes for steering his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace "literally flew under the radar" to the lawn of the Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said as key lawmakers raised alarms about security risks.


Families make videos to reassure patients with dementia

Posted 4/17/2015 in National

For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition.


Don't panic, college seniors: Jobs for grads likely to grow

Posted 4/17/2015 in National

The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring.



Putin offers to mend ties with West

Posted 4/17/2015 in National

Russia has weathered the worst of its economic troubles and is on the road to recovery, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a marathon call-in TV show, offering to normalize ties with the West if it treats Moscow as an equal partner and not a "vassal."



Lawmaker seeks review of reserve deputy program

Posted 4/17/2015 in National

A state lawmaker called Thursday for an independent review of Tulsa's reserve deputy program as more questions arose about the training of a 73-year-old volunteer officer who says he accidentally shot a suspect to death while the man was being held down by others.



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