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Reeves defeats Hewes in GOP primary for lt. gov

Posted 8/2/2011 in State

State Treasurer Tate Reeves of Flowood has defeated state Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport in the Republican primary for Mississippi lieutenant governor.



Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Clay election results, updated throughout the night (link)

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



City of Starkville could move forward with $14.2M master plan

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will move forward tonight with its plan to build a new police station and renovate City Hall. The board will consider adopting the city of Starkville municipal facilities master plan and moving forward with Phase 1 -- the construction of a new police station -- at its regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall.



Teen convicted of rape ordered to get treatment

Posted 8/2/2011 in Area

A 16-year-old boy who was recently convicted in Clay County Circuit Court of sexually assault a then-8-year-old West Point girl has "borderline intellectual function," according to a court-ordered psychoanalysis.



Southside closer to becoming a historic district

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is one step closer to an ordinance protecting and defining guidelines for the Southside district.



Three arrested, one sought in copper thefts

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested three people Sunday night and are searching for a fourth suspect in connection with a string of copper thefts that have plagued area business owners since June.



Suspects sought in Tuesday-morning shooting

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Southside Columbus man is in stable condition at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle after being shot early this morning.


Back to school: Teachers gear up for the big day

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The hardwood floors gleamed Monday afternoon with such a lustrous shine that if Franklin Academy fourth-grade teacher Anne Turnage had taken a moment to gaze into the depths, she might well have felt inspired to make a wish.


Oktibbeha County Primary Elections Preview

The Oktibbeha County primary elections Tuesday will decide the Democratic and Republican nominees for the general election in November. The two most tightly-contested races are for Oktibbeha County sheriff and circuit clerk. Voting begins at various locations around Starkville and Oktibbeha County at 7 a.m. and concludes at 7 p.m. Below is a breakdown of the races for sheriff and circuit clerk, as well as a list of candidates for other races in the county.



Columbus native, former MUW public relations director dies at 59

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Beloved, long-time University of Montevallo Director of Public Relations and Columbus native Cynthia Shackelford, 59, passed away Wednesday morning following an illness.


Oktibbeha Co-op raises $13K for cancer patient

Posted 7/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The smell of smoked barbecue is almost synonymous with "good times" in the South, but Friday the smell was also a reminder of a good cause.

Shoppers pack stores for sales tax holiday

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a madhouse, but everyone was all smiles Saturday, when budget-conscious shoppers packed the aisles of Columbus stores for the third annual state sales tax holiday.


Oktibbeha County Circuit Court sentencings

Posted 7/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man was sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual battery this week in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.


Ask Rufus: Columbus in danger of losing a piece of its history

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

I read in Wednesday's Dispatch the Postal Service was considering closing the downtown Columbus post office. Beside the practical inconvenience, such a move would vacate a building on the National Register of Historic Places and end a 191-year stretch for the Main Street staple.

Lowndes County United Way donations are down

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last year, United Way of Lowndes County raised $500,000 -- $100,000 less than its campaign goal. Charitable contributions are down, but community need is greater than ever.


Boy, 14, sentenced for molesting 8-year-old West Point girl

Posted 7/30/2011 in Area

A then-14-year-old Amory boy pleaded guilty in Clay County circuit court July 20 to statutorily raping an 8-year-old West Point girl.



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