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Lt. governor candidates argue game plans

Posted 7/30/2011 in State

Bringing a close to a heated and costly race, Republican primary voters go to the polls Tuesday to pick the next lieutenant governor.


Camp Jigsaw helps adolescents with autism spectrum disorders

Posted 7/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A new summer camp at Mississippi State University combines fun activities with exercises to help adolescents with autism spectrum disorders overcome common communication and socialization troubles.

The final frontier: W.E. Williams recalls his time working at NASA

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

W.E. Williams spent most of his life working on classified information, conducting research in some of the country's top scientific and technological labs. From the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., to NASA headquarters, Williams didn't just witness history -- he played a unique role, helping develop space age technologies that captured the imagination of a nation.


Panel upholds vacating of death penalty for Hodges

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- A federal appeals panel has ruled that because of erroneous jury instructions, Quintez Wren Hodges was denied a fair sentencing hearing when he got the death penalty for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend's brother.



2011 Dispatch Pet Calendar Entries (link)

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

View the entries in the 2011 Dispatch Pet Calendar contest. Voting forms can be found in the print edition of the Dispatch. All proceeds go to benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society and Newspapers in Education.



Starkville releases 2012 budget

Posted 7/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

City departments can expect much of the same when Starkville's proposed fiscal year 2012 budget is unveiled today.



School board defends 'ignoring' Columbus council

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a meeting Thursday morning, the Columbus City Council expressed frustration over the city school board's refusal to bring its entire board of trustees to the table to discuss the 2012 budget.



Redistricting plan approved, could face litigation

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County's redistricting plan got the OK from the U.S. Department of Justice. But, after elections, the county may still face a lawsuit.


Logan's to open Aug. 8 in Columbus; T.J. Maxx debuts the day before

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Loosen up. Toss the shells on the floor. On Aug. 8, Logan's Roadhouse officially invites the Columbus area to toss a few peanut hulls on the floor.

10% trouble? Seventy-five percent of U.S. gasoline is blended with ethanol

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Near 100-degree heat. Engines roaring through the stoplight. The possibility of a call coming over the scanner. The buzz-hum-bang of men working on cars. There were a thousand things for Willie Jones to focus his attention on Wednesday afternoon, as he filled his sheriff's cruiser at a Columbus Chevron station.


Governor Candidate Profile: Phil Bryant

Posted 7/29/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Phil Bryant was part of a Jaycees group invited to the White House in 1986 to meet President Ronald Reagan. He remembers sitting in the Roosevelt Room, near the Oval Office, and being in awe as the broad-shouldered Republican icon strode into the room, a mere 12 feet away, and urged the young civic-group presidents to become leaders in their own communities.



Governor Candidate Profile: Dave Dennis

Posted 7/29/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Republican Dave Dennis says he's running for Mississippi governor because he believes the state will face "a phenomenal leadership void" when Haley Barbour leaves office after two terms, and he believes he can fill it.


Man, juvenile arrested for Village Cycle Center four-wheeler theft

Posted 7/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

One man and one juvenile were arrested Tuesday in connection with the recent break-in and theft of two four-wheelers at Village Cycle Center.

MSU growth the focus of Starkville community roundtable

Posted 7/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Growth, in all aspects of industry around Starkville and Oktibbeha County, was the main topic at the community roundtable Wednesday at Mississippi State University.


Renasant Bank to open branch in Starkville

Posted 7/28/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With branches sprinkled across the Golden Triangle, Renasant Bank has long been an absent player in the Starkville market.



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