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The Dispatch wins eight MPA awards

Posted 6/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Commercial Dispatch received eight awards in the Mississippi Press Association's annual 2010 Better Newspaper Contest Saturday night in Biloxi during the MPA's 145th annual convention.



CLOPAC hosts Q&A forum for Lowndes candidates

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Those Lowndes County residents who haven't had the chance to decide who to vote for in the Aug. 2 primaries will get another chance to hear from candidates on Tuesday and Thursday night.



City of Columbus embarks on $2.2 million street project

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Falcon Contracting, which is paving or repairing 69 Columbus streets this year for more than $2.2 million, plans to finish paving streets that do not require milling first, according to a general schedule released by the company.



Machete attacker remains in jail; mom accused of child abuse bails out

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man who attacked another with a machete after an argument remains in jail. A mother accused of child abuse bonded out the same day she was arrested.


Community members get rare look at Eka plant's inner workings

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Outside of Columbus city limits on Nashville Ferry Road, Eka Chemicals is a seemingly quiet neighbor. But its equipment and grounds span more than 800 acres and can turn out 15-20 trucks of product a day.


Changing of the guard at Annunciation school

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Change is afoot at Annunciation Catholic School, from a new principal to the addition of an eighth-grade class this fall.



Mississippi Governor's school comes to an end

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Imagine the Columbus riverfront with niche boutiques, restaurants and major big-box retailers. Imagine loft apartments and other housing. Imagine a year-round carnival and a boardwalk area where families can shop, live and play.



Oktibbeha Election Profile: Tax Assessor/collector

Posted 6/24/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County tax assessor/collector office will see its first leadership change in 20 years come January.



Building Permits 6-23-11

Posted 6/23/2011 in Business

Building permits for June 7 - June 20



Theaker promoted to Total Healthcare Center CEO

Posted 6/23/2011 in Business

Total Healthcare Center has appointed Stephanie Jones Theaker as its new chief executive officer. The center is federally qualified and in 2010 served 8,416 patients.



Marriages and divorces 6-23-11

Posted 6/23/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces May 31-June 21


Smoke still rising from city dump rubbish fire

Posted 6/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Wisps of smoke continued to rise from a rubbish fire at the Starkville city dump Wednesday. The Starkville Fire Department received a call early Tuesday morning reporting the fire and has sprayed more than 7,000 gallons of water over the quarter-acre area over the past 48 hours.

County to move Extension Center to newer offices

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The home isn't in disrepair. But it certainly shows its age. Built in the 1940s, the bungalow on Third Avenue North in Columbus across the street from Franklin Academy, has housed the Lowndes County office of the Mississippi State University Extension Center since the mid-'70s.


Clay escapee back in custody

Posted 6/23/2011 in Area

Now that an escaped inmate is back in custody, the Clay County Sheriff's Office is investigating how to make its jail more secure.



Woman accused of hitting cyclist will not face charges

Posted 6/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The woman accused of striking Starkville cyclist Jan Morgan will not face felony charges according to Morgan's husband.



4-County lineman recovering following accident

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 4-County lineman was burned Wednesday morning when he briefly touched a live power line in Clay County.



Arrest Report 6-23-11

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported the following felony arrests:



Council divided on utilities board appointment

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a split vote Tuesday, the City Council appointed former councilman Charlie Newell to the Columbus Light and Water board.



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