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Navistar announces field-service contract

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Navistar Defense LLC on Wednesday announced that it received a $134 million delivery order for field service representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command.

 

 

1996 murder case ends in manslaughter plea

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Edward Lamon Blunt was outside WACR in his car waiting for a friend who was a disc jockey at the radio station on 14th Avenue North in Columbus. A man approached his vehicle claiming to be God.

 

Reserve policeman accused of embezzlement

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

COLUMBUS -- A Columbus Police Department reserve officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with embezzlement. Eric Maurice Lewis, 39, of 1617 23rd St. N. in Columbus is an employee at Lowe's Home Improvement on Military Road.

Incoming Oktibbeha sheriff plans regional approach to fighting drugs

Posted 12/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Steve Gladney is still getting used to his new celebrity status. The incoming Oktibbeha County sheriff made headlines when he defeated 36-year Sheriff Dolph Bryan in the Democratic primary and later won the general election by a landslide.

 

Police sharing few details about child porn seizure

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investigators are still going through items confiscated during a Tuesday morning raid at a Columbus residence during which officers seized what they report is child pornography.

 

 

Autism-friendly Santas a hit at malls, parties

Posted 12/21/2011 in National

HARTFORD, Connecticut -- Visiting a shopping mall to share Christmas wishes with Santa had always been too much for 10-year-old Ben Borre, due to the autism that makes the noise, lights and crowds an unbearable torment.

 

 

New FAA rules to help end flying while sleepy

Posted 12/21/2011 in National

WASHINGTON -- The government told passenger airlines Wednesday they'll have to do more to ensure pilots aren't too tired to fly, nearly three years after the deadly western New York crash of a regional airliner flown by two exhausted pilots.

 

 

Historical marker finds a new home

Posted 12/21/2011 in Area

MERIDIAN -- A historic marker that denotes the importance of Meridian as a railroad hub has been moved to the Union Station depot from Interstate 20.

 

 

Feds claim most of state's $20M settlement

Posted 12/21/2011 in State

JACKSON -- The federal government says Mississippi must turn over $17 million of a $20 million settlement with pharmaceutical companies accused of inflating wholesale prices.

 

 

Barbour defends proposed offshore drilling regs

Posted 12/21/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Allowing oil and gas drilling 10 to 12 miles south of Mississippi's coastline in the Gulf of Mexico is a good idea because it could generate state revenue, Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday. The Mississippi Development Authority on Monday published proposed regulations to lease state waters in the Gulf for the drilling.

 

 

Tupelo runway extension costs rise

Posted 12/21/2011 in Area

TUPELO -- The Tupelo Airport Authority has agreed to a $267,000 increase requested by the company building a runway extension.

 

 

Barbour budget proposes education consolidation

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Haley Barbour calls for reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities, reviving many of his past recommendations in his final Mississippi budget proposal.

 

 

Land-use proposal could affect loan stores

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen had its second public hearing to repeal and replace its current chart of permitted land uses with a more streamlined one.

 

 

Downtown rezoning to get additional public hearings

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville's implementation of form-based codes in downtown and university corridors will have two more rounds of public hearings.

 

 

Wiseman suggests drainage fee to help city with costs

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville could have a new funding mechanism for its growing number of stormwater drainage issues. Mayor Parker Wiseman on Tuesday suggested adding a drainage fee to city utilities to help offset a million-dollar gap between expected revenues and project costs over the next 10 years.

 

 

Christmas closings 2011

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch will print a four-section Christmas edition on Saturday. Circulation will take calls from 6-9 a.m. on Saturday. There will not be a Sunday paper printed.

 

 

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