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CMSD workers forced to return pay

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Custodial and maintenance staff with the Columbus Municipal School District will have 28 hours of pay deducted from their next paychecks as reimbursement for pay approved by their supervisors but ruled inappropriate by district officials. The 39 employees will lose approximately $200 to $500, depending on their pay rate.


Wright: Board vote may be a misappropriation of funds

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Superintendent Lynn Wright is concerned the district may be judged to have misappropriated taxpayer funds if their vote opposing starting an alternative school in the county is not reversed.

Contractor killed at CAFB construction work site

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A contract worker died from injuries sustained in an accident at Columbus Air Force Base Thursday afternoon.

Brock chosen to direct United Way of Lowndes County

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This year's United Way of Lowndes County pacesetters may want to get a running start before trying to keep up with their new leader.


House panel OKs farm bill with food stamp cuts

Posted 5/16/2013 in National



Trust fund board holds first meeting

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A timeline has been set for financial firms to submit proposals to manage finances from Lowndes County's hospital sale.



Police: Suspect arrested in New Orleans parade shooting

Posted 5/16/2013 in Area



Trainer named final school merger commission member

Posted 5/16/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The entire seven-member Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure was set Wednesday after officials announced Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer as its final member.



GOP demands more despite Benghazi email release

Posted 5/16/2013 in National


Tiny preemies get a boost from live music therapy

Posted 5/16/2013 in National

As the guitarist strums and softly sings a lullaby in Spanish, tiny Augustin Morales stops squirming in his hospital crib and closes his eyes.


Tenn. senator: Sale idea cost TVA $500 million

Posted 5/16/2013 in Business



Building permits 5-16-13

Posted 5/16/2013 in Business



Firing of IRS official isn't ending uproar

Posted 5/16/2013 in National

Don't look for the outcry over the Internal Revenue Service's improper targeting of tea party groups to subside with the ouster of the agency's acting commissioner.



Ex-EMT in Texas pleads not guilty to charges

Posted 5/16/2013 in National



Conn. chef set to feast on cicadas during invasion

Posted 5/16/2013 in National


Turner says judgments don't tell whole story

Posted 5/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A public records search by The Dispatch shows that Turner Furniture LLC, which is owned by Ward 4 councilman candidate Marty Turner, has yet to satisfy a $56,023.84 judgment regarding failure to pay rent to former landlord and a cumulative $10,003.53 in other judgments.

Ecco Ride, Waters still in hunt for bus contract

Posted 5/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The president of a bus company interested in acquiring the bid for the Columbus Municipal School District bus service is speaking out after intense questioning by the school board during its Monday meeting.

Study shows good rapport between community, CAFB

Posted 5/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The third and final public meeting designed to inform the public about the preparation of a joint land use study was held Tuesday at the Caledonia YMCA building.

Caledonia candidates focus on annexation, traffic

Posted 5/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Town of Caledonia grows, elected officials will face new challenges: maintaining that growth, providing the infrastructure to support it and coping with the less positive consequences.


Ward 2 candidates report no outside funding

Posted 5/15/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Both Ward 2 alderman candidates Sandra Sistrunk and Lisa Wynn filed campaign finance documents by Tuesday's pre-runoff report deadline.



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