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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 Area

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.



Selvain McQueen sworn in as Columbus police chief (video)

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Selvain McQueen officially became the new Columbus police chief Tuesday night, though he's been doing the job since July.



Columbus appoints new school board member

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District has a new board member. The Columbus City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of appointing Aubra Arletta Turner to the school board of trustees.


Columbus man arrested, charged with possession of child porn (video)

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of child pornography is out of jail today on a $7,500 bond.


Winn-Dixie sold to Bi-Lo

Posted 12/20/2011 in Business

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The supermarket chain Winn-Dixie is being sold in a deal valued at $560 million to Bi-Lo LLC, the companies said Monday, creating a huge grocery operator in the South.



Receipts: Southaven mayor a big tipper on city tab

Posted 12/20/2011 in State



Barbour hits lecture circuit Jan. 11

Posted 12/20/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour tells The Associated Press his first event as a professional speaker will be the day after he leaves office.



USM President: Colleges benefit in economic partnerships

Posted 12/20/2011 in State

JACKSON -- One higher education leader says Mississippi's universities could expect dividends from getting more involved in economic development and job training.



Second Baptist Church donates bicycles to 60 area children

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sixty city and county elementary students will wake up to a two-wheeled surprise Christmas morning. Monday, members of Second Baptist Church in Starkville delivered bicycles for third- through fifth-grade students at Henderson-Ward Stewart and East Oktibbeha elementary schools.



Board OKs plans to make downtown Starkville a national historic district

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Historic Preservation Commission is officially on board with the Starkville Central Neighborhood Foundation's move to get downtown recognized as a national historic district.



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