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Militias complicate situation on Texas border

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more armed men in fatigues.



Pope Francis OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community -- and not just one country -- should decide how to intervene.


New leadership at local Boys and Girls clubs

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local branches of the Boys and Girls Club are shaking things up. Former Columbus Unit Director Antoine Walker recently transferred to the Starkville location while former volunteer and club coordinator Brittany Houston was promoted to head up the Columbus site.

Trotter renovation will be 'good swan song' for long-time director

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Frank Goodman was hired to oversee Trotter Convention Center six months before construction work on the facility was completed in 1987. Trotter was created through a renovation and conversion of the old National Guard Armory and city auditorium. That was the last time he got to see a major renovation of the building until this year.

Columbus, Starkville ranked among state's most exciting cities

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kim Bennett believes Columbus citizens have to invest in downtown for themselves. That's why she and her husband, Dr. Dan Bennett, bought the building at 513 Main St. The Bennetts are putting in a new business, "The Southern: A Social Venue."


Hamilton chemical plant death ruled drowning

Posted 8/18/2014 in Area

The Thursday morning death of a Brooksville man at a local chemical plant has been ruled a drowning.


Starkville market attendance, sales growing

Posted 8/18/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Community Market's vendor and attendance counts continue to grow under the second year of Greater Starkville Development Partnership control, market manager Jennifer Prather said, as the event has almost doubled the number of sellers this year and maintained about $4,000 in business per week.


Miss. physicians want smoking ban put to voters

Posted 8/18/2014 in State

Having failed to persuade lawmakers to ban smoking in public places, the Mississippi State Medical Association now wants lawmakers to put the question to voters.


Perry moves ahead with '16 courtship despite case

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Undeterred by indictment, Texas Gov. Rick Perry intends to travel to three major 2016 primary states during the next two weeks even as he faces the prospects of a highly unpresidential booking on felony charges.

Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.


MSU names 2 to deal with hog damage

Posted 8/18/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University's Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts has added two staff members who will focus on controlling the state's wild hog population.



Official: Amish girls sexually abused in New York abduction

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Two young Amish sisters were sexually abused after their abduction from a roadside farm stand in northern New York, a prosecutor said Saturday.


Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Missouri's governor today ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

Woman dies after parking lot shooting in Columbus

Posted 8/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A woman is dead and another woman is in custody after an early morning shooting in a parking lot along Highway 45 North in Columbus.

Browning named Dispatch managing editor

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

William Browning has moved to an interim managing editor position with The Commercial Dispatch.


County approves estoppel with Steel Dynamics

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors on Friday approved providing an estoppel certificate to a company that has announced plans to purchase the Severstal steel plant.


Man flees deputies, charged with aggravated assault

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a 24-hour manhunt, a Lowndes County resident has been arrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault.

Relative of CMSD's Hickman declines position

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Chicago-based educator tapped to be director of schools within the Columbus Municipal School District has declined to accept the position, according to a letter the district's superintendent sent The Dispatch late last week.


LCSD makes arrest in fire death case

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A suspect has been detained in the Monday morning death of a Lowndes County woman.



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