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Oktibbeha Courthouse will add security cameras

Posted 7/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

One of Oktibbeha County's courthouses could be beefing up security in the coming months. Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, visitors to the Oktibbeha County Circuit Courthouse may soon be seeing security cameras throughout the building.



Log jam of cases nothing new for circuit courts

Posted 7/24/2012 in Area

While the majority of cases involve various drug charges and property crimes, judges with the 14th Judicial District are set to preside over trials on aggravated assault, felony DUI, armed robbery, kidnapping and various sex crimes as the July term of Circuit Court begins this week in Oktibbeha County.



Parents, merchants ready for tax-free weekend

Posted 7/24/2012 in Area

Mississippi shoppers will get a break from sales tax this weekend as the annual tax-free weekend begins Friday at midnight. The tax-free shopping law was passed by the Mississippi Legislature in 2009 as a way to help families with the financial strain of back-to-school shopping.


MSU Officials: Penn State sanctions are wake-up call

Posted 7/24/2012 in Area

The leadership at Mississippi State University watched with one critical thought Monday as the NCAA delivered one of the most unique and strongest penalties to Penn State University.


Lyceum schedule features diverse entertainment options

Posted 7/24/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Maridith Geuder, chair of the committee tabbed with selecting performances for Mississippi State University's Lyceum Series said the committee's number one priority is enlightening students, but there is, of course, more to it than that.



CPD yet to issue sagging pants citation

Posted 7/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In an effort to stop a popular clothing trend, sagging pants ordinances are becoming a common tool to combat what many think is a visual nuisance. But are the ordinances effective?


Monday profile: Horse Park thrives under Miller's leadership

Posted 7/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Despite what the name implies, the Mississippi Horse Park goes far beyond the equine competitions, and Facility Manager Bricklee Miller will be the first to clear that up.

Smith pushes comprehensive fire plan for county

Posted 7/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a new fire board in place for his constituents, District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith is hoping a comprehensive plan will be next in line for the county's fire services.


Crime report 7-23-12

Posted 7/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating some shots fired Saturday night.


Sharing a love for the outdoors

Posted 7/21/2012 in Area

North Mississippi native Jay Stokes remembers the thrill of killing his first deer when he was 10 years old. Now, Stokes is spending a large part of his adult life making sure hundreds of young people all over the Golden Triangle and beyond can feel that same thrill.


Miss. granted 'No Child Left Behind' waiver

Posted 7/21/2012 in State

Mississippi joined more than half the states in the nation this week, when it was granted a waiver from the most challenging aspects of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act.


New provost named at MUW

Posted 7/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Key staff positions continue to fall into place at Mississippi University for Women, with the college naming its new provost and vice president for academic affairs earlier this week. Dr. Dan Heimmermann, who hails from the University of Texas at Brownsville, will join MUW's leadership team Aug. 1.

Corn-ucopia: Local farmers could be sitting on a cash crop

Posted 7/21/2012 in Area

With corn futures closing at record highs on Friday and a drought continuing to devastate crops in the Midwest, area farmers could see more lucrative turnover with this years harvest.


The Dispatch wins seven MPA awards

Posted 7/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, The Dispatch picked up seven awards, including a first place award for its Lifestyles Section.



Hearing for Small Cities grant application Aug. 6

Posted 7/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A public hearing will be held Aug. 6 on a Mississippi Development Authority Small Cities Community Development Block Grant for which the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors is considering applying. The grant is for up to $2 million for site improvements at the Mississippi Steel Processing location on the Severstal campus.


Big Joe Shelton named manager of Main Street Macon

Posted 7/21/2012 in Area

Mississippi bluesman Big Joe Shelton has been named manager of Main Street Macon.

Columbus fans pack movie debut

Posted 7/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has been predicted to be the biggest blockbuster of the year and movie-goers Friday morning in Columbus helped confirm that belief. "The Dark Knight Rises," the third and final chapter in director Christopher Nolan's epic Batman saga, opened at midnight at theaters around the country, an opening obscured by the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead and 50 injured.

12 dead in Colorado theater shooting

Posted 7/20/2012 in National

A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight premiere of the Batman movie on Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

MSU projects on schedule as fall semester approaches

Posted 7/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the past few years, Mississippi State University has been in a constant state of flux. Construction crews and dirt piles have become an ever-present reminder of the university's growth.


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