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Apartment building fire displaces 16 residents; no injuries

Posted 11/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Sixteen people safely evacuated an apartment fire at Brookville Gardens on Monday morning. Starkville Fire Department reached the scene at 7:34 a.m.; firefighters found two of four apartments in building No. 25 engulfed by flames and smoke.

8 applied for Natchez police chief

Posted 11/29/2011 in State

With just two days left before the deadline, eight people have submitted applications to be the next Natchez police chief.


New Miss. animal cruelty law seen as weak

Posted 11/28/2011 in State

Some say Mississippi's new felony animal-cruelty law is not doing the job. As an example they point to a hoarder discovered with about 200 dogs, many starving and reduced to skin and bones.



Aberdeen removing railroad crossing

Posted 11/28/2011 in Area

The city of Aberdeen is removing a bumpy railroad crossing in the downtown area. Mayor Jim Ballard tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the work is part of the city's efforts to improve its appearance.



WOBV to stream parade for first time

Posted 11/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Today, soldiers deployed overseas and Starkville natives living across the country can experience a little piece of home. The 2011 Starkville Christmas parade, annually recorded by WOBV and aired throughout December, will be streamed live on the internet for the first time.


Fans give their thoughts on the intense rivalry between MSU and Ole Miss

Posted 11/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Jack and Mary Lott weren't about to let a little rain spoil their party. The Lotts have attended the past 15 football games between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State.


Young joins Dispatch as news editor

Posted 11/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A West Virginia journalist with more than 20 years experience has joined the staff of The Dispatch. Nerissa Young assumed the role of news editor Monday, replacing former news editor Garthia Elena Halbert-Burnett, who was promoted to managing editor earlier this month.



Lowndes County deputy returns from administrative leave

Posted 11/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office cleared Lt. Steve Hatcher to return to duty Wednesday after firing his weapon at a suspected burglar almost two weeks ago.



The Y rings in the season with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Posted 11/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

'Tis the season. And he's always jolly. St. Nick will make his annual appearance at the downtown Columbus Y on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Mrs. Claus also will be on hand.



Lt. Gov.-elect Reeves to speak Tuesday at MSU

Posted 11/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Lt. Gov.-elect Tate Reeves will be featured Nov. 29 at Mississippi State's next Morris W.H. "Bill" Collins Speaker Series program.



Columbus man arrested for burglary of Atmos energy

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City police charged a Columbus man with burglary of a commercial building after he was found at the scene. Police said someone attempted to break into Atmos Energy at 1423 Main St. next door to the Columbus Police Department at 12:24 a.m. Sunday. Anthony Gaige Handley, 19, of 901 Gatlin Road is charged in the incident.



Lowndes Arrest Report 11-25-11

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reported the following felony arrests:


UPDATE: Police identify burglary suspects caught on video

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are looking for a Columbus man and a Macon man believed to be responsible for a Wednesday-night home burglary caught on video.


As crimes increase, police offer deterrent measures

Posted 11/25/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Hide your goods. Leave on your lights. That's the message Starkville police have for residents during the holidays.


Thanks and giving: Citizen, police volunteers deliver more than 1,000 meals to community members

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Usually, the visits take around five minutes. You stop at the house, introduce yourself, tell why you are there and hand over a warm Thanksgiving meal in an act of kindness.

Columbus police break up fights

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Aside from a Black Friday shopping incident, Columbus police responded to a couple of additional disturbances during the early hours of this morning.

Stores report busy, mostly peaceful sales

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area stores are experiencing brisk sales for the official Black Friday launch of the holiday shopping season. Store representatives said shoppers were well-behaved. The only reported problem was outside the Belk store on Highway 45 North before the store opened.


CLOPAC to pay travel expenses for police chief candidates

Posted 11/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee showed its giving side and offered to provide up to $3,000 for travel expenses for the three out-of-town finalists for Columbus police chief.



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