The Oktibbeha County School District board of trustees will receive an update in student achievement goals at their meeting Monday. The district has administered two rounds of practice tests similar to what students will see on state exams. All grades that are state-tested have taken the practice exams.
A rental house on 20th Street North in Columbus caught on fire early Thursday morning, but firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, according to Capt. Brett Thomas of Columbus Fire and Rescue Station 1.
County employees may soon see a change in the way they are paid if the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors approves a paperless payment system during their meeting Monday at 9 a.m. Board President Harry Sanders said the current system of paying the county's around 330 employees is causing confusion and becoming a nightmare.
The Dispatch advertising staff won multiple awards in the Mississippi Press Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest for Advertising. The awards ceremony was this past Saturday in Jackson. The paper competed with other newspapers with a circulation between 9,000 and 15,000.
A 20-year-old college student was found dead in an apartment Friday night, but so far there are few clues as to what caused her death.
The consensus among Starkville School District stakeholders -- at least those who've followed the superintendent search -- is that the board of trustees is making all the right moves. They say the board's openness and inclusion of community members is a welcome change given its handling of former superintendent Judy Couey's sudden resignation in 2011 and the manner in which she was hired in 2008.
The news wasn't pretty at the Columbus Municipal School District's budget planning session Saturday morning, but it wasn't altogether unexpected either. Financial woes have plagued the district for years, and the pecuniary prospects are equally grim for the 2012-2013 school year.
Police were on the scene at Dutch Village Shell station at the corner of Lehmberg Road and Highway 50 in Columbus Saturday night.
When the Jackson-based Mississippi Humanities Council announced recipients of its 2012 Public Humanities Awards Thursday, Beverly Norris of Columbus, and the Columbus Arts Council, were named to receive the Humanities Partner Award. Honorees will be recognized in ceremonies Feb. 24 at the Hilton Jackson Hotel in the state capitol.
STARKVILLE -- Upon arriving at the campus of Starkville High School, one thing leaps out to a first-time visitor -- between the school and the football field stands an old, white, worn house. "The white house," as it's known to students and faculty, serves as a haven and classroom to the art students of Andrew Lark.
Patrolman Lance Luckey sits in a side room at the Columbus Police Department, his fists balled, his eyes straying to the television. His partner, master patrolman Kelvin Lee, is kicked back in his chair, only slightly more relaxed.
Four people were arrested Thursday in connection with a string of burglaries, and Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge said more arrests are forthcoming. Along with the arrests, deputies recovered thousands of dollars of stolen property.
STARKVILLE -- Experience played a significant factor in the Starkville School District board of trustees selection of finalists for superintendent, said Board President Keith Coble. Lewis Holloway, superintendent of Bulloch County, Ga., and Michael McInnis, superintendent of Union School District are among the three who'll interview in a public forum Monday, the board announced Friday. Michael Van Winkle, assistant superintendent of Jackson County School District, is also a finalist.
County officials are urging residents to take ownership of their communities. On March 19, the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office and Board of Supervisors will host a neighborhood-watch meeting in the courtroom of the county courthouse.
In celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, an interfaith conversation between five local religious leaders will be held Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Lt. Wayne McLemore has been on the Columbus police force for 24 years. Over the years, he has worked in drug- and gang-resistance education, criminal investigations, the SWAT team and public relations.
STARKVILLE -- If residents hear a commotion around 4:30 p.m. in downtown Starkville today, there's no need for concern. It's Dudy Gras 6.5, the seventh annual parade and celebration signifying the start of Mississippi State University's baseball season.
Details of a settlement agreement between the city of Columbus and the mother of a young man who was fatally shot by police in 2008 will remain confidential even when the paperwork is finalized, City Attorney Jeff Turnage said Thursday.
A Columbus man charged with exploitation of children had his initial appearance in municipal court Thursday.
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