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'Tis the season ... for shoplifting

Posted 11/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Christmas season is in full swing, and area police expect property crime to increase. "Crime goes up as a result of human nature," Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said. Downtown store owners also recognize the possibility of shoplifting to spike during the Christmas shopping season.



MUW could have new president Wednesday

Posted 11/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of two things will happen on the Mississippi University for Women campus Wednesday: Dr. Jim Borsig will be named the next president of The W, or the state College Board will announce that the search continues.


Firefighters rescue 93-year-old woman from burning home

Posted 11/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thanks to two firefighters, a 93-year-old woman was saved from a burning home Tuesday morning. A family escaped a house fire in south Columbus, but two received enough injuries to go to the hospital for treatment.

EPA eyes Kerr-McGee land for renewable energy site

Posted 11/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An abandoned Superfund site in the city may see new life as a solar energy producer. The city of Columbus is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to consider a solar panel farm at the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant. The EPA announced earlier this month it will study the site to determine what kind and whether a renewable energy facility can be built on the property at 2300 14th Ave. N.

Apartment building fire displaces 16 residents; no injuries

Posted 11/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Sixteen people safely evacuated an apartment fire at Brookville Gardens on Monday morning. Starkville Fire Department reached the scene at 7:34 a.m.; firefighters found two of four apartments in building No. 25 engulfed by flames and smoke.

8 applied for Natchez police chief

Posted 11/29/2011 in State

With just two days left before the deadline, eight people have submitted applications to be the next Natchez police chief.


New Miss. animal cruelty law seen as weak

Posted 11/28/2011 in State

Some say Mississippi's new felony animal-cruelty law is not doing the job. As an example they point to a hoarder discovered with about 200 dogs, many starving and reduced to skin and bones.



Aberdeen removing railroad crossing

Posted 11/28/2011 in Area

The city of Aberdeen is removing a bumpy railroad crossing in the downtown area. Mayor Jim Ballard tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the work is part of the city's efforts to improve its appearance.



WOBV to stream parade for first time

Posted 11/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Today, soldiers deployed overseas and Starkville natives living across the country can experience a little piece of home. The 2011 Starkville Christmas parade, annually recorded by WOBV and aired throughout December, will be streamed live on the internet for the first time.


Fans give their thoughts on the intense rivalry between MSU and Ole Miss

Posted 11/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Jack and Mary Lott weren't about to let a little rain spoil their party. The Lotts have attended the past 15 football games between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State.


Young joins Dispatch as news editor

Posted 11/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A West Virginia journalist with more than 20 years experience has joined the staff of The Dispatch. Nerissa Young assumed the role of news editor Monday, replacing former news editor Garthia Elena Halbert-Burnett, who was promoted to managing editor earlier this month.



Lowndes County deputy returns from administrative leave

Posted 11/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office cleared Lt. Steve Hatcher to return to duty Wednesday after firing his weapon at a suspected burglar almost two weeks ago.



The Y rings in the season with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Posted 11/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

'Tis the season. And he's always jolly. St. Nick will make his annual appearance at the downtown Columbus Y on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Mrs. Claus also will be on hand.



Lt. Gov.-elect Reeves to speak Tuesday at MSU

Posted 11/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Lt. Gov.-elect Tate Reeves will be featured Nov. 29 at Mississippi State's next Morris W.H. "Bill" Collins Speaker Series program.



Columbus man arrested for burglary of Atmos energy

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City police charged a Columbus man with burglary of a commercial building after he was found at the scene. Police said someone attempted to break into Atmos Energy at 1423 Main St. next door to the Columbus Police Department at 12:24 a.m. Sunday. Anthony Gaige Handley, 19, of 901 Gatlin Road is charged in the incident.



Lowndes Arrest Report 11-25-11

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reported the following felony arrests:


UPDATE: Police identify burglary suspects caught on video

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are looking for a Columbus man and a Macon man believed to be responsible for a Wednesday-night home burglary caught on video.


As crimes increase, police offer deterrent measures

Posted 11/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Hide your goods. Leave on your lights. That's the message Starkville police have for residents during the holidays.



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