STARKVILLE -- Shoppers, keep swiping cards and passing bills. Following positive retail reports on Black Friday and during the Thanksgiving weekend, area vendors are hopeful the trend will continue during the 39th Annual Starkville Holiday Bazaar today and Thursday at the Starkville Sportsplex. The bazaar is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Admission is free.
A jury found Lavento Shamon Fox, 28, not guilty on all five counts Wednesday. A 12-person jury including nine women and three men deliberated for around one hour Wednesday morning before returning to the Lowndes County courtroom to deliver the verdict.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With just two days left before the deadline, eight people have submitted applications to be the next Natchez police chief.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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 Tate Reeves will be featured Nov. 29 at Mississippi State's next Morris W.H. "Bill" Collins Speaker Series program.
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.
The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reported the following felony arrests:
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