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Official: Amish girls sexually abused in New York abduction

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Two young Amish sisters were sexually abused after their abduction from a roadside farm stand in northern New York, a prosecutor said Saturday.


Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Missouri's governor today ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

Woman dies after parking lot shooting in Columbus

Posted 8/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A woman is dead and another woman is in custody after an early morning shooting in a parking lot along Highway 45 North in Columbus.

Browning named Dispatch managing editor

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

William Browning has moved to an interim managing editor position with The Commercial Dispatch.

Man flees deputies, charged with aggravated assault

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a 24-hour manhunt, a Lowndes County resident has been arrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault.


County approves estoppel with Steel Dynamics

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors on Friday approved providing an estoppel certificate to a company that has announced plans to purchase the Severstal steel plant.


Relative of CMSD's Hickman declines position

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Chicago-based educator tapped to be director of schools within the Columbus Municipal School District has declined to accept the position, according to a letter the district's superintendent sent The Dispatch late last week.


LCSD makes arrest in fire death case

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A suspect has been detained in the Monday morning death of a Lowndes County woman.


Columbus triathlon comes off without hitch

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was 7 a.m. Saturday. Jamie Nettles stood at the end of the line waiting her turn to plunge into Lake Columbus. Fog hung over the lake and a crisp breeze blew over the 177 athletes about to participate in the third annual Possum Town Triathlon.


Candlelight vigil marks Elvis' death in Memphis

Posted 8/16/2014 in Area

Holding flickering candles, fans of Elvis Presley made a slow, nighttime walk past his gravesite at Graceland on Friday, marking the anniversary of his death 37 years ago.



Retired judge to oversee Miss. election challenge

Posted 8/16/2014 in State

A retired chancery judge who is now a Methodist minister will oversee a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff.



Federal officials rethinking giving excess military gear to police

Posted 8/16/2014 in National

After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.


Columbus mayor says 'No' to pay raise

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith will ask city councilmen to rescind a $10,000 pay raise he voted himself last week.

City Hall number listed on fundraiser flyer

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Whether or not you plan on attending a private fundraiser for Mayor Robert Smith tonight, you have a vested interest in the event if you are a Columbus resident.

Mayor, council violated open meetings laws

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Ethics Commission has issued a preliminary report stating that meetings of the Columbus mayor and city council that took place this year violated three sections of the state's Open Meetings Act.

Columbus twins land spot in feature film

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus, meet your youngest movie stars. Scarlett and Summer Atkinson went to Jackson on Wednesday to film a scene or two for "The Hollars," a feature film being made in the capital city.


Sturgis motorcycle rally ending hiatus this weekend

Posted 8/15/2014 in Area

Sturgis' annual bike rally returned from a lengthy hiatus Thursday night with a kick-off party in Louisville and will continue through Sunday morning.



Authorities ID victim pulled from pond Thursday

Posted 8/15/2014 in Area

A man found dead in a pond Thursday at a Hamilton chemical plant has been identified.


Arrest report: 8-15-14

Posted 8/15/2014 in Area

Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.


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