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Student housing boom: Innovation key to new developments

Posted 5/31/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Enrollment at Mississippi State University is set to increase for the eighth consecutive year and, with no signs to indicate a change in pattern, University and Starkville developers are making strides to accommodate the continued student influx.


Bryant advocates school prayer in speech to teens

Posted 5/31/2012 in State

First-term Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant told a group of teenagers that he believes it should be possible for public schools to have some sort of nondenominational prayer to open the day. However, the Republican said he's not prepared to take any legal action to push the issue.



Damage award to sexually abused youth upheld

Posted 5/31/2012 in Area

The state Court of Appeals has upheld an award of $500,000 to a teenager who was sexually abused by workers at facilities operated by the Mississippi Department of Human Services in Starkville and Ackerman.


Columbus couple arrested after break-in

Posted 5/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An investigation into an early morning burglary at 4-County Electric Power Association led to the arrest of a Columbus couple.

Firefighters graduate

Posted 5/31/2012 in Business

Highfield elected

Posted 5/31/2012 in Business


Marriages and divorces 5-31-12

Posted 5/31/2012 in Business



Building permits 5-31-12

Posted 5/31/2012 in Business


Continuance granted in Newell murder trial

Posted 5/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes Circuit Court Judge Lee Coleman Tuesday granted a continuance in the murder trial of James Newell of Vernon, Ala.

Superintendent candidate withdraws

Posted 5/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second of three final candidates has withdrawn from consideration for the city schools superintendent's position.

Smith named managing editor

Posted 5/30/2012 in Area

Slim Smith has been named managing editor of The Commercial Dispatch.

Country Club board to submit second bankruptcy plan

Posted 5/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a year of toiling in a financial quagmire, Columbus Country Club board members are preparing to submit their second reorganization plan with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. The club, which has operated at its present location since 1923, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 3, 2011.

Columbus students win Destination ImagiNation honors

Posted 5/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Middle School students are celebrating this week, after one of their Destination ImagiNation teams placed 10th in the competition's Global Finals last weekend in Knoxville, Tenn.

Speculation over OCH sale already stirring emotions

Posted 5/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

There have been no formal talks and the matter hasn't even made it onto the agenda yet. Even so, the rumors and speculation surrounding a possible sale of the Oktibbeha County Hospital have already prompted an accusation and a rebuttal.

Mayor's son arrested

Posted 5/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

German Terell Smith, son of Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, was arrested Saturday night, by officers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, at Highway 182 and Ninth Street and charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.


Bryants now living in Miss. Governor's Mansion

Posted 5/29/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, have started living in the renovated Governor's Mansion, more than four months after he took office.


Oktibbeha County Hospital introduces Jack, the surgical robot

Posted 5/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Hospital last week hosted an open house to showcase one of the newest additions to the surgical staff and his name is Jack.


Police crack down on DUIs and seatbelts

Posted 5/29/2012 in Area

Several traffic check points were implemented by CPD over the holiday weekend. Between Saturday and Monday at midnight, 98 citations were issued and six arrests were made, including one for driving under the influence (DUI).



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