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Woman sentenced in cooking oil death

Posted 4/16/2013 in State



Report finds lax oversight of specialty pharmacies

Posted 4/16/2013 in National

Congressional investigators say pharmacy boards in nearly all 50 states lack the information and expertise to oversee specialty pharmacies like the one that triggered a deadly meningitis outbreak last year.


Gilding the Gilmer: Operators hope renovations will again make historic hotel an option for tourists

Posted 4/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This past weekend was arguably one of the busiest Columbus has seen in a while. Between the conclusion of the Spring Pilgrimage and the Grillin' on the River barbecue competition, restaurants, shops and hotels enjoyed brisk business. Decades ago, Hotel Gilmer -- with its prime location on Main Street -- would have presided over it all.

Monday profile: Wells hits the road in new role with FCA

Posted 4/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jason Wells views each day as an opportunity to make a difference. As the new area administrator for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Wells travels to 57 schools throughout northern Mississippi, ministering to middle school and high school students.

City drafts new policy on hiring of felons

Posted 4/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A committee formed to set guidelines for a screening policy to replace the city's no-felony rule for considering city employment applicants has drafted language for the new policy, which will come before the Columbus City Council Tuesday for approval.


AP: Likely tax cheats flock South, West

Posted 4/15/2013 in National


Edible aesthetics: Sanders' landscaping creations all bear fruit

Posted 4/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In a world saturated with "green" appliances and "organic" food choices, sustainability is a word that gets tossed around a lot. But for many, like Starkville local Will Sanders, sustainability is a lifestyle choice, something ingrained in who they are and what they do.


Corporal punishment declining

Posted 4/15/2013 in State



Analysis: Fetal homicide laws not consistent

Posted 4/15/2013 in State


Dispatch collects APME writing awards

Posted 4/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch received three awards Saturday in the Louisiana-Mississippi Press Managing Editors annual newspaper competition for writing, photography and digital content produced during 2012.


Law adds wild hogs to population control program

Posted 4/15/2013 in State



Take the bait? NYPD anti-theft tactics criticized

Posted 4/15/2013 in National


Inmates, orchestra members perform behind bars

Posted 4/15/2013 in National

Strains of classical music echoed on Sunday -- not inside an august concert hall -- but in a bleak Chicago jail where the mostly teenage boys await trial on charges ranging from dope dealing to murder.


Rock and soul songwriter George Jackson dies at 68

Posted 4/15/2013 in State

Songwriter George Jackson, co-author of "Old Time Rock and Roll" and hundreds of other soul, rock and rhythm and blues tunes, has died. He was 68.



County considers Lee Middle for Vo-Tech Center

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a new twist to the city school district's continuing Lee Middle School sale saga, another interested buyer has emerged -- the Lowndes County School District.



Supes to revisit District 1 VFD property request

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors will revisit a request Monday to purchase property for a new main fire station in District 1.


Lowndes schools approve mandatory uniforms

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students in the Lowndes County School District will begin wearing uniforms district-wide next year, following a 3-1 vote by the board during Friday's meeting.


Lowndes County man dies in Saturday wreck

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning wreck claimed the life of a Lowndes County man Saturday.


Mennonite community rallies to repair tornado-damaged home

Posted 4/13/2013 in Area

Thursday afternoon, before answering his wife's call to lunch, Randy Classen walked out on his back porch. The area was under a storm warning and he wondered if he could see evidence of a tornado that had torn through neighboring Kemper County less than an hour earlier.


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