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Students show their stuff in Dispatch Design An Ad contest

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The inaugural Design An Ad contest winners appear in today's edition of The Dispatch. Complied of hand-drawn and computer generated advertisements, poems and short stories from local students, the young winners did an excellent expressing their creativity.

Gregory joins Dispatch staff

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nathan Gregory has joined the Dispatch staff as a news reporter, managing editor Slim Smith has announced.

County may add funds for soccer complex

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors could approve up to $20,000 to be added to the $50,000 it authorized for culvert installation at the Columbus Soccer Complex in December during its meeting Monday.


Philadelphian jumps on tracks to help fallen man

Posted 3/30/2013 in National

The recovering drug addict with a long rap sheet who had just sat down on the bench at a north Philadelphia train station often wondered if he was a good person, and perhaps never considered that anyone thought he was a hero to anybody.



Pope's foot-wash the final straw for Catholic traditionalists

Posted 3/30/2013 in National

Pope Francis has won over many hearts and minds with his simple style and focus on serving the world's poorest, but he has devastated traditionalist Catholics who adored his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for restoring much of the traditional pomp to the papacy.



Questions hang over details of Miss. reading plan

Posted 3/30/2013 in State

One of many ambitious education plans being considered by Mississippi lawmakers is a focus on reading in early grades, including holding back third-graders if they can't read on at least a basic level.



House approves bill to regulate abortion pills

Posted 3/30/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers are likely to approve a bill requiring a doctor to personally oversee the administration of abortion-inducing drugs and requiring the woman to return for a follow-up exam two weeks later.



Lawmakers OK financing for Nissan suppliers

Posted 3/30/2013 in State

Mississippi lawmakers have advanced a bill to help finance buildings for suppliers of Nissan Motor Co.'s plant near Canton.



CDC: 24 E. coli illnesses linked to frozen foods

Posted 3/30/2013 in Area

Health officials say at least 24 people have become sick from an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to frozen snack foods marketed to children.


Former Nev. lawmaker arrested after freeway chase

Posted 3/30/2013 in National

Police chased a former lawmaker on a freeway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles and arrested him at gunpoint following a struggle, hours after he became the first person ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature.


Man, 86, gets probation in mercy killing

Posted 3/30/2013 in National

There was no doubt 86-year-old George Sanders killed his ailing wife. Yet everyone in the small Arizona courtroom -- the prosecutor, the judge and even the couple's family members -- agreed it was a time for compassion, not punishment.


Gavin, Byrd make pitches for councilman position

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Candidates for Ward 6 Councilman spoke to members of the Columbus Exchange Club on Thursday at Lion Hills Golf Club in hopes to educate voters about how they could best serve the city of Columbus if elected.

CAFB simulator instructor plays key role in teaching next generation of pilots

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Gregg Havens retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years as a pilot and more than 5,000 hours of flying time, he figured he would spend the rest of his life on the ground. He was right. Sort of.


Ohio man faces charges for local bomb threats

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Ohio man suspected of more than 100 bomb threats, including threats called in at the Lowndes County Courthouse and Monroe County Courthouse in December, faces additional charges in a far-flung series of threats called into public buildings in five states.


2 arrested on drug charges near school

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two women were arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with drug-related offenses when their car was pulled over less than 100 yards from a school.

Hundreds turn out for benefit fish fry

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A benefit fish fry for Columbus Police Department officer Kelvin Lee raised more than $6,000 on Thursday. Officer Rhonda Sanders helped organize the event and said almost 1,000 plates were sold in a show of support for Lee, who is fighting stomach cancer.


Bank sets $500 million loan fund for Miss. firms

Posted 3/29/2013 in State

BancorpSouth is setting aside a $500 million loan fund aimed at Mississippi businesses, saying it will work with state officials to find qualified borrowers.


Humane Society is winner in Restaurant Week competition

Posted 3/29/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After nearly 10,500 votes were counted, the Oktibbeha County Humane Society was announced as the winner of Starkville's Restaurant Week at a press conference in front of Cadence Bank Thursday.


Bryant: Nominee qualified by anti-abortion work

Posted 3/29/2013 in State



Autopsy report still pending in candidate's death

Posted 3/29/2013 in State

More than a month has passed since the body of a Mississippi mayoral candidate was found dumped near a river levee, but the exact cause of his death remains largely a mystery pending the release of an autopsy report.



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