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KiOR to research bamboo as biofuel

Posted 6/5/2012 in Area

Alcorn State University, in Lorman, is partnering with Pasadena, Texas-based KiOR, researching bamboo as a biofuel. Mississippi Development Authority legislation that brought KiOR to Columbus also included funding for Alcorn and Mississippi State University.


Oktibbeha County supes discuss 16th Section property

During a public hearing Monday, District 3 Supervisor Marvel Howard noted many options should be considered for the Oktibbeha County Lake lease. "If the school board gets a proposal then great, but we have to look at our other options just in case," he said.

Sisters want brother who killed their kids spared

Posted 6/5/2012 in State

Two women are asking Mississippi's governor to spare their brother from execution, even though he killed four of their children, paralyzed another and stabbed one of the sisters.

Wicker faces low-budget challengers in Senate race

Posted 6/4/2012 in State

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker shows the confidence of a man who will barely need to break a sweat in his run for re-election in Mississippi this year.

EMCC Workforce students double-down for free

Posted 6/4/2012 in Area

A pair of Golden Triangle students recently took advantage of grants and local funding to complete two programs, each, through East Mississippi Community College's Workforce Services Division, without paying a penny. The duo said it was tough, but it was worth it.

Monday profile: Camp Rising Sun close to heart for Jess Stanford

Posted 6/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jess Stanford is a bit of a hybrid. There is a playfulness in her sly smile and her eyes flash mischief. And yet, the set of her jaw speaks to her confidence and there is a firmness in her speech that tells you she has big plans.

"My yard is a sewer": Drainage woes plague neighborhood

Rachel Campbell has lived at the west end of Carver Drive in Starkville, since 1981. For the majority of those years, she feels her front yard has been nothing, but a source of disgust. "Around 1986, the city took that sewage drain from the middle of the street and moved it right to the edge of my yard," she recalled. "From stool to those sanitary pads, tampons and any waste you can think of, when it gets backed up, my yard is a sewer."

Southern Baptist leader reprimanded, show canceled

Posted 6/2/2012 in National

The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics chief was reprimanded Friday and his radio show canceled after he made inflammatory comments about the Trayvon Martin case.


Crime report 6-3-12

Posted 6/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman faces up to three years in prison for alleged credit card fraud, Attorney General Jim Hood said Saturday.


Mackay will run again for Council

Posted 6/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Ward 2 City Councilwoman Susan Mackay confirmed Saturday she again will seek the office in the 2013 municipal elections.


Alternate redistricting plan backed by council pair

Posted 6/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Columbus City Council prepares for a public hearing Monday on the federally mandated redistricting, an alternate plan has surfaced. The new plan is being publicly supported by Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem.



Lowndes County to say pull up those pants?

Posted 6/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Young men beware: Your saggy bottoms soon may be unwelcome in both Columbus and Lowndes County. The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday is scheduled to discuss an ordinance prohibiting public indecency.


Colonel Barre Seguin to depart June 27

Posted 6/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, the Seguin family landed at Columbus Air Force Base. In that brief tenure, they've left an indelible impression upon the base and the community.

Humane Society scavenger hunt raises $5K

Posted 6/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society is closer to beginning the second phase of a planned renovation project. About $5,000 was raised Saturday, during a scavenger hunt fundraiser at Waverly Marina.

Columbus School District Superintendent: At last, Liddell

Posted 6/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a roller coaster ride of peaks and valleys over the past two weeks, the Columbus Municipal School District finally has a new superintendent -- almost.

Council considers Watch Group's fears

Posted 6/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rumors were squashed and a social media group agreed to help reduce Columbus' crime rate in any way possible Thursday night, when about 40 people turned out for a public forum held by the Columbus City Council.

Much-loved teacher Hyde succumbs to cancer

Posted 6/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For 15 years, elementary school teacher Rashean Hyde fought for her students, making sure they had everything they needed to succeed in school and in life.


The YMCA and The Dispatch offer the Third Annual Mile-a-Day Marathon

Posted 6/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Continuing the journey to a more active community, the YMCA and the Dispatch again have partnered to offer the Possum Town Mile-a-Day Marathon this month. The goal is for participants to log 26.2 miles of walking or running, throughout the month. The event is a non-competitive effort to promote healthier lifestyles for Lowndes County residents.


MSU hosts 4-H State Congress

Posted 6/1/2012 in Area

Teenagers from across the state gathered on the campus of Mississippi State University this week for the 2012 4-H State Congress hosted by the MSU Extension Service. This year, the congress drew nearly 700 youth, volunteers and extension agents, many of whom, officials hope, might one day attend MSU.


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