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Church's plan to occupy downtown Columbus theater challenged

Posted 5/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hope Community Church served up a steaming cup of controversy Monday when it asked the Columbus Planning Commission to let it move downtown and set up a coffee shop.


Man shot in firefight with Lowndes deputies dies

Posted 5/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The man who was shot multiple times in a firefight with Lowndes County deputies died at the hospital Monday. Meanwhile, five deputies have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation.



4-County asks Oktibbeha customers to conserve during substation work

Posted 5/10/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Crews with 4-County Electric Power Association began work to upgrade the Lakeside Substation in Clayton Village in Oktibbeha County at 7 this morning.



Starkville volunteers plan storm work day in Webster County

Posted 5/10/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville and Oktibbeha County residents looking for an opportunity to help with relief efforts in many of the tornado-ravaged areas around the state will have another opportunity to do so in neighboring Webster County this week.



In the Delta, a new flood brings back old fears

Posted 5/9/2011 in Area

GREENVILLE -- As the crest in the Mississippi River rolls toward the heart of the Delta, the great flood of 1927 is on a lot of minds.



Mississippi River could crest today at Memphis

Posted 5/9/2011 in Area

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Forecasters say the Mississippi River could crest late today at Memphis -- hours sooner than previously predicted -- but the mayor says the city's ready for it.


Two-day manhunt ends in fire fight

Posted 5/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man who has been off of his anti-psychotic medicine since December was shot at least twice in a fire fight with Lowndes County deputies this morning, according to Sheriff Butch Howard.


Photo Gallery: Market Street Festival 2011

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Columbus police overtime: A volunteer system, spread thin

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some city employees are making up to $36,000 just in overtime pay, working up to 26 hours per week despite the risk of fatigue, an analysis by The Dispatch shows. According to public records obtained by The Dispatch, 16 city employees -- all but two from the police department -- made more than $10,000 just in overtime in 2010 or are projected to make more than that in 2011.


Who is the city of Columbus' highest paid employee?

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Who is the city of Columbus' highest paid employee? It isn't the mayor, the city administrative officer, or even the police chief. It's a police corporal.



Tornado victim remembered for commitment to safety and family

Mike Rodgers would have been proud to be at work Friday. The Ability Works instructor was always preaching safety and the company, which teaches employment skills to disabled individuals, is on a roll, reaching its record 118th day without a work loss accident.


Bounds urges MUW graduates to become 'caretakers'

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women graduates were urged to take care of their university just as it has taken care of them for four years. The message was delivered today by Dr. Hank M. Bounds, commissioner of higher education, who told them that it was their turn to become caretakers.

Newcomers use street festival as way to get their name and wares out

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Market Street is more than a festival; it's the ultimate business card. As the festival expands in every way, from the number of visitors, to the number of vendors to the square footage covered, it has become one of the best forms of advertising in the Golden Triangle.


At graduation, a mother's life renewed: Mom, who inspired children to attend college, returns to school to earn her own degree

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Behind a pair of black glasses are eyes that have seen a lifetime of pain and sorrow.



Liddell named interim Columbus school superintendent

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Martha Liddell, assistant superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District, was named interim superintendent Friday afternoon during a special meeting at the central office.



River forces move of 'Memphis in May' barbecue contest

Posted 5/6/2011 in Area

As Old Man River continues to rise, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, in cooperation with local and state emergency management personnel, is closely monitoring Mississippi River levels, which are expected to crest May 10.


New Hope men charged in drugs-for-guns ring

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men have been charged with a string of Lowndes County burglaries that targeted guns, which they allegedly traded for marijuana.


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