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Domestic dispute leads to arrest of couple

Posted 5/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A domestic dispute landed a Caledonia couple behind bars Wednesday night.

Young poets to be published

Determining the best writer in Debbie Vanderford's fifth grade class at Henderson Elementary School is not an easy assignment.

Miss. legislators OK limits on attorney general

Posted 5/3/2012 in State

A measure to limit Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood's ability to control state legal business is on the way to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.


Utility costs to rise with hot temps

Posted 5/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With summer comes higher power bills. Although the area's power supplier, the Tennessee Valley Authority, has not yet announced rate increases for the summer, Lowndes County residents still can expect to pay higher utility bills.


Kaye wins achievement award

Posted 5/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus architect and noted historian, Sam Kaye, was given a lifetime achievement award by the Mississippi Heritage Trust Friday.

Mississippi Senate adopts redistricting plan

Posted 5/3/2012 in State

A majority of Mississippi senators voted Wednesday to approve the chamber's redistricting plan, despite complaints from a few colleagues who think they're treated unfairly because their districts are dramatically changed.


Oktibbeha County Relay for Life begins Friday

The Oktibbeha County Relay for Life begins Friday and, like many of those who help stage the event each year, Brian Hawkins has a personal connection to the cause.


Business brief: Trout joins practice

Posted 5/3/2012 in Business

Dr. Kelly Trout has joined the dental practice of Dr. George P. Elsberry.


Marriages and divorces 5-3-12

Posted 5/3/2012 in Business


Wamble hired as Heritage Elementary principal

Posted 5/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the construction of Columbus Middle School was underway, Principal Cindy Wamble was intimately involved in every aspect of the process, from choosing the paint colors and classroom design to haggling with then-Superintendent Dr. Del Phillips over the entrance location, she jokingly recalled last April following Phillips' resignation.

Council votes to hire six police officers

Posted 5/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In an effort to increase the manpower at the Columbus Police Department, the City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to allow Chief Selvain McQueen to hire six officers.

Caledonia tackles mosquito problem and votes to repaint historic church

Posted 5/2/2012 in Area

The Caledonia Board of Aldermen quietly ushered in the month Tuesday night, taking care of town business with relatively little public comment and no need for a lengthy executive session, as in the past few meetings.


Shots fired near Propst Park during games

Posted 5/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Shots were fired Tuesday night, within audible range of one of Columbus' busiest family attractions.



Failed charter school bill highlights state education needs

Posted 5/2/2012 in State

Charter school legislation is dead, with little chance for resuscitation before the end of the session Sunday, but most supporters and opponents agree it's only a matter of time before charter schools become a reality in districts across the state.


Columbus gearing up for 17th Market Street Fest

Posted 5/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By Friday afternoon, the streets of downtown Columbus will be transformed into a showcase for the arts as the 17th annual Market Street Festival gets underway.


Noxubee gin investors hope to be in high cotton

Posted 5/1/2012 in Area

Construction on a new Noxubee County cotton gin is scheduled to begin Thursday. A $6.5 million investment, Bogue Chitto Gin, Inc. is expected to bring state-of-the-art technology to the Black Prairie area.


Well, like I was saying....

Oh yeah, you probably don't remember the point that I was trying to make when I last wrote for The Commercial Dispatch. That's understandable. It was 30 years ago, after all. This week I am returning to The Dispatch where I will cover the city of Starkville and its neighboring communities.


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