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Organizers say Caledonia Day was "the biggest blast we ever had"

Posted 10/18/2011 in Area

Everywhere Caledonia Alderman Bill Darnell went Monday, he kept hearing the same thing: How much fun everyone had at Saturday's eighth annual Caledonia Day festival.


UPDATE: Authorities searching for Lowndes County woman

Posted 10/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

UPDATE: Lowndes County Chief Deputy Greg Wright said Tuesday afternoon that a detective made contact with Lowndes County woman, Gloria Jean Davidson, 24. Wright said "everything appears to be fine," and the detective who made contact is confident she will be going home soon.


Obama's former pastor keynote for Columbus' MLK celebration

Posted 10/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dream 365 -- Columbus' annual commemoration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King -- now is "one of the largest" celebrations of the civil rights activist in the state, event organizer Learnard Dickerson Monday told the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors.


MUW president interviews begin Wednesday

Posted 10/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women's presidential search continues this week, with the first round of interviews being held Wednesday morning at the College Board in Jackson.



Supes set fines, penalties in latest vicious dog ordinance

Posted 10/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In the latest draft of Oktibbeha County's vicious-dog ordinance, violators will face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500.


SFD responds to garage fire, saves home

Posted 10/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Swift work by Starkville firefighters kept a garage blaze from damaging an entire home Sunday morning. Station 3 of the Starkville Fire Department responded to 90 Leflore St. in the Rolling Hills subdivision off North Jackson Street at 8:11 a.m. Sunday after a neighbor called and alerted the three occupants that the garage was engulfed by flames.


DNA test should ID rape suspect

Posted 10/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville police hope by the end of the week to have a positive identification of the man wanted for an attempted sexual assault on University Drive.



Life-at-fertilization push in Miss.

Posted 10/17/2011 in State

A national effort to put abortion bans into state constitutions is looking for its first victory next month in Mississippi, where voters are being asked to approve an amendment declaring that life begins when a human egg is fertilized.



DeSoto gets 2 school bus ambulance conversion kits

Posted 10/17/2011 in State



Miss. court weighing damage limitations

Posted 10/17/2011 in State

The Mississippi Supreme Court has asked attorneys for more information as it considers whether the state's limitation on damages in civil cases is constitutional.


Farming, Faith, Football and Family

Posted 10/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a classic, halcyon fall afternoon in Caledonia Saturday, with every parking lot, side street and driveway jammed to capacity as thousands turned out for the eighth annual Caledonia Day festival.


Pink Heals tour coming to Starkville

Posted 10/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- With breast cancer awareness at an all-time high, there's still thousands of women who don't receive an annual mammogram. Whether it's due to a lack of health insurance or a belief that age and a relatively healthy lifestyle significantly lowers risk, many women are skipping screenings.



LCSD board seeks to appoint superintendent

Posted 10/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District is one step closer to having an appointed, rather than an elected superintendent, voting 4-1 Friday morning to request permission from the state Legislature to put the issue up for a local referendum.



Circuit court term begins Monday in Oktibbeha

Posted 10/15/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Two murder trials are slated for the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court's October term. Steven D. Love, 28, of Maben, will stand trial Wednesday for the beating death of 68-year-old William C. Brown in late 2009. Love's trial has been continued multiple times since he was indicted in August 2010.



Howard explains release of CPD suspect

Posted 10/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff Butch Howard wanted to clear up any confusion with the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors regarding the release of a shooting suspect earlier this month.



Lowndes County supervisors ponder 911 readdressing

Posted 10/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith, there are times when emergency response units have difficulty finding the correct address to respond to 911 calls. The quick fix is an ordinance similar to the one the Oktibbeha County board of supervisors passed.


Video of Creekstone robbery

Posted 10/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch obtained video footage of the armed robbery that occurred earlier this week at Creekstone Chevron.

Local personality DJ Lovebone shares the ins and outs of being a disc jockey

Posted 10/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What do you wear to a Friday night tête-à-tête with a guy named "Lovebone?" And how do you address him? Mr. Love? Mr. Bone?

The first class: Original MSU vet school class returns for 30th anniversary gala

Posted 10/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- It's late 1976, and Newton-native Jerry Bounds has his fingers crossed that one of the students accepted into Auburn University's veterinary school will decline their invitation.

Pumpkinpalooza expected to draw 5,000 to downtown

Posted 10/14/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Neighbors who've recently driven by the farm of Anna and Eric Lancaster have noticed something out of the ordinary. Where tomatoes and peas usually grow, close to 300 pumpkins and gourds have sprung up over the past three months.


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