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Out of tragedy comes a call to action

Posted 7/31/2012 in Area

The day she lost everything was the day Denise Todd started giving back.



With votes against him, Trainer still pursuing OCH options

Posted 7/31/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With Oktibbeha County District 1 Supervisor John Montgomery coming out publicly against the possible sale of the county hospital, District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer is suddenly fighting an uphill battle.



LCSO investigating shooting at Crawford club

Posted 7/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Sunday morning shooting in west Lowndes County is still under investigation by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.



CPD investigates string of burglaries

Posted 7/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a series of Sunday burglaries that have targeted beauty salons.



Cadence teams up with Humane Society for pet adoption day Tuesday

Posted 7/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cadence Bank and the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society are hosting a pet adoption day on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Cadence Bank branch on Bluecutt Road.


Officials say student data responsible for spike in unemployment numbers

Posted 7/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

June unemployment figures show a slight increase from May of those without jobs. According to the Mississippi Department of Unemployment Security, June unemployment numbers rose to 10.4 percent from 9.6 percent. But the MDUS said the increase is not a cause for alarm.

Monday profile: Stidham still thrives in teaching practical skills to students

Posted 7/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Stidham is the director for the Millsaps Career and Technical Center at Starkville High School, and was recognized last week at the Mississippi Department of Education conference for his 30 years of service.


United Way seeks data for needs assessment

Posted 7/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The United Way of Lowndes County is continuing to seek public input, with a survey designed to ascertain community needs and prioritize the agency's funding allotments.



Crime report 7-30-12

Posted 7/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Man sentenced as habitual offender

Posted 7/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County



Black couple says racism forced wedding relocation

Posted 7/28/2012 in State

A Jackson couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.


Local gun laws: State's lenient gun laws in question after Colo. shooting

Posted 7/28/2012 in State

In the wake of a mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were shot and killed during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" July 20, gun sales across the nation are on the rise.


More rain needed for Miss. soybeans

Posted 7/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Agriculture experts at Mississippi State University say Mississippi's soybean crop needs more moisture to complete what has at times been a dry season. Mississippi State's University Extension Service says recent rains, along with irrigation, have helped after a dry spell in June.



Dispatch expands Starkville office

Posted 7/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sarah Fowler joins Micah Green in covering news for The Commercial Dispatch's Starkville bureau.



Few bright spots in child well-being survey

Posted 7/28/2012 in State

Despite small gains, Mississippi once again ranks last in the nation for children's well-being, with lingering effects of the recession continuing to loom over more than a third of the state's households.



Cook hired as Chamber CEO in Lamar County, Texas

Posted 7/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Columbus-Lowndes Development Link employee has found a new home as president of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Texas.


Louisiana fugitive arrested for multiple burglaries

Posted 7/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Police Department has apprehended a man believed to be responsible for at least six burglaries in the area.


C Spire will appeal to Aldermen for variance to build tower

Posted 7/27/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

C Spire Wireless Media Relations Manager Dave Miller said the company will appeal a recommendation by the Starkville Board of Adjustments and Appeals for the city to deny the construction of a cell tower.


Columbus man dead in Highway 45 crash

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A three-vehicle accident late Thursday on Highway 45 has claimed the life of a Columbus man.


New Hope home burns during hour-long wait for fire trucks

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fire, which started at approximately 9:05 a.m., was hard to fully extinguish because of the summer heat and lack of volunteer responders, said Lowndes County Fire Coordinator Sammy Fondren. The home, located at 804 Crowe Road, was owned by Leon and Ethel Harris, who were not injured in the fire.



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