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Mamrack named Dispatch News Editor

Posted 3/10/2012 in Business

A veteran journalist has rejoined the Dispatch staff. Kristin Mamrack assumed the role of news editor Monday, replacing former news editor Nerissa Young.


Oktibbeha County to provide jail beds for Starkville

Posted 3/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County has agreed to provide an extra eight beds at the county jail for prisoners from Starkville. This will cut the number of prisoners being transported to the Clay County jail from 15 to seven.



Local Sears store to close next month

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' Sears store will close April 29. In December, Sears Holding Corp. announced the Columbus store is one of three in the state to be closed, due to poor profit performance. Stores in Jackson and McComb, as well as 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores across the country, were also announced for closure.



City Council expected to name new CMSD board member March 20

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following is a brief profile of the applicants for the available seat on the Columbus School Board. Bruce Hanson's term ended earlier this month; he withdrew his application for reappointment.



State expected to play key role in presidential primary

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tuesday's primary places the Magnolia State on the national political playing field for the first time in decades. Three of the four Republican presidential candidates spent time in the state last week, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum making stops in Tupelo.


Calling all heroes: Red Cross kicks off fundraising campaign

Posted 3/9/2012 in Area

The local chapter of the American Red Cross kicked off its annual Heroes campaign Thursday, with participants gathering for an appreciation luncheon at Mississippi University for Women.


Severstal seeking Summer interns

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Recruitment has begun for Severstal North America's popular summer internship program, which pairs student interns with mentors to give the students meaningful, real-world experience.


New hospital officers announced for OCH

The Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center Thursday announced a change in hospital leadership.


Lowndes School Board supports prayer proposal

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School Board Friday voted 4 - 0 to support a school prayer proposal wending its way through the state legislature.



Lowndes District 1 Volunteer Fire Department begins fundraising

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

To update equipment and modernize fire trucks, the Lowndes County District 1 Volunteer Fire Department is embarking on a drive to raise $10,000.


Local airman promoted

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Airman 1st Class Gio'Vonnie Ellis, left, a Columbus native, was recently promoted.

Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society moves forward with new facility

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By late afternoon Thursday, it was almost too dark to see the dogs in their concrete holding pens at the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. A few strips of fluorescent lights struggled to penetrate the gloom, but the majority of the lights stopped working weeks ago.

Borsig: MUW adjusting to budget cuts

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As state legislators continue to cut the education budget, tuition now is the principal method of financing for colleges and universities, Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig told members of the Columbus Exchange Club Thursday.

Holliman released from prison

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Convicted in 2008 of his wife's murder, a Caledonia man -- Brian Holliman -- was released from prison Tuesday, pending a new trial, after the state Supreme Court overturned his conviction.


Miss. Supreme Court rules Barbour pardons valid

Posted 3/9/2012 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court Thursday upheld the pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour, during his final days in office, including several convicted in Lowndes and Okitbbeha counties.



Bomb threat at Fairview Elementary

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The eighth bomb threat of the school year occurred this morning, three days after a bomb threat at Columbus High School.


East Columbus neighborhood organizes watch

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The catch phrase Thursday night was delivered -- with moxie -- by a silver-haired lady in the front row of a local nursing home's dining room, when Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen thrust a microphone in her face and asked what people should do when they see suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.


Longtime Caledonia deputy marshals resign abruptly

Posted 3/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former law enforcement officers John Pevey and Ben Gill hired as replacements.


First Lady Deborah Bryant tours Smithville

Posted 3/8/2012 in State

Nearly a year after a deadly tornado left the Smithville community in shambles, Mississippi's First Lady Deborah Bryant witnessed the process of rebuilding the town, including efforts to associate Smithville with a new image.


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