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Columbus native set for Miss America pageant

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jasmine Murray of Columbus will take part in the Miss America Pageant tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

New cafeteria program highlights importance of CMSD staff

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Paula Baker gets to work at 6:30 a.m., she has a lot of mouths to feed. Baker, for the past eight years, has been the cafeteria manager at Columbus High School. Everyday, she and her staff prepare 2,324 meals -- two for 1,162 students.

New Hope High getting new field house

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Hope High School is getting a new field house. Lowndes County School District board members voted Friday to spend approximately $2 million on the 16,000-plus square foot building.

Browning named Dispatch managing editor

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

William Browning has been named managing editor of The Commercial Dispatch. Browning has served as interim managing editor since August and previously as news editor. He joined the staff of The Dispatch in July 2013.

Port authority board hires Sanders

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority's board of directors has named Will Sanders the port's new director.

 

Lowndes budget hearing set for Monday

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New debt service payments and employee raises will likely result in Lowndes County dipping into its reserve fund next fiscal year to make up for an estimated $550,000 deficit.

 

Arrest report: 9-14-14

Posted 9/13/2014 in Area

 

Overall county millage rate increasing .91 mills for school needs

Posted 9/13/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors on Monday are expected to approve an overall 111.88-mill governmental and school ad valorem tax rate, which is almost a mill increase from the current levy.

 

Slain 5 kids loved to play, wrestle with their dad

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

The five children who authorities say were killed by their father loved to dress up as superheroes, play in the park and pool, and pose for the camera, always smiling. And they loved "wrestling with their dad."

 

Grand jury gets Cochran photos case

Posted 9/13/2014 in State

The case of a Pearl man accused of sneaking into a nursing home to take a photo of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's bedridden wife has been presented to a grand jury.

 

 

Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal prosecutors.

 

 

Eyeing 2016, Sen. Rubio stresses border security

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

Two years ago, immigration activist Gaby Pacheco got a call from Marco Rubio. The Florida senator wanted advice as he tried to develop a plan to help people like her: immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

 

Woman charged in dead babies case

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to call attention to the house with the foul smell and the shades that were always drawn.

 

Ferguson video shows witness raising hands in air

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

Cellphone video that shows a witness raising his hands in the air immediately after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson appears to support previous accounts and could bolster arguments that Michael Brown was surrendering when he was shot, legal experts said Friday.

 

 

Al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms U.S.

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria -- a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe -- poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say.

 

 

Pope urges world to shed apathy toward new threats

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I.

 

 

San Diego cabbies cry foul over body odor test

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination.

 

 

Marriage of newlyweds, ages 96 and 95, questioned

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

In some ways, Rebecca Wright doesn't understand all the fuss over her 96-year-old mother's recent marriage. After all, she says, "Anybody who wants to get married must have a little dementia."

 

Columbus brothers charged with manufacturing marijuana

Posted 9/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus brothers have been arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana.

MUW enrollment hits highest point in decade-plus

Posted 9/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fall enrollment numbers at Mississippi University for Women are up from last year, according to preliminary figures released this week by the state Institutions of Higher Learning.

 

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