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In Columbus, a Relay to remember

Posted 4/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 4,000 people filled the Magnolia Bowl in downtown Columbus on Friday night. Two crates of doves were released at the start of the Relay for Life, to symbolize love, courage and to honor cancer survivors.


Starkville reaches out to storm victims

Posted 4/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville is mobilizing to help her tornado-ravaged neighbors.



Severstal still without power following storm

Posted 4/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While power was restored in the Golden Triangle on Wednesday night and Thursday, Columbus steel plant Severstal is still without power.



List of fatalities in Miss. from severe storms

Posted 4/30/2011 in Area

Here are the people killed by severe storms in Mississippi during this past week, according to lists provided by coroners and law enforcement officers.



Miss. death toll from storms rises to 35

Posted 4/30/2011 in Area

Mississippi's death toll has climbed to 35 from this week's violent storms.



UPDATED: How you can volunteer, donate to the tornado relief effort

Posted 4/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ways to donate time and money, locally, statewide and and nationally, to the victims of the April 27 tornado outbreak.



Possum Town Mile-A-Day returns

Posted 4/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's time for Lowndes County to get back to the track. The Lowndes County Y and The Commercial Dispatch are hosting the second annual Possum Town Mile-A-Day Marathon, all May long.



CAFB reports drop in local economic impact

Posted 4/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After losing federal funding in 2010, the Columbus Air Force Base has reported a sharp drop in its local economic impact for that year.



Lowndes aids relief efforts in storm's wake

Posted 4/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While Lowndes County was spared from the wrath of Wednesday storms, neighboring counties were devastated. And Columbus and Lowndes County law enforcement, firefighters, charitable agencies and churches migrated to Clay and Monroe counties, as well as Tuscaloosa, Ala., to help with relief and recovery efforts.


Northaven Woods celebrates park's opening Saturday

Posted 4/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During a time when developers seemed to be snatching up prime real estate at neck-breaking pace, Northaven Woods subdivision claimed six acres of wooded area as a neighborhood park.

Candidates share vision for Lowndes schools

Posted 4/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County superintendent of education candidates shared their visions for the district at a public forum Thursday, when they answered questions about qualifications and school issues.


Murder trials continued in Oktibbeha court

Posted 4/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two of five murder trials scheduled for Oktibbeha County Circuit Court's April term have been continued until the summer.



Starkville men charged in auto burglaries

Posted 4/29/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two Starkville men are in jail for stealing out of cars.



MEMA: Smithville tornado was most powerful in state in more than 40 years

Posted 4/29/2011 in Area

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received confirmation from the National Weather Service in Memphis that an EF-5 tornado with winds up to 205 mph struck the city of Smithville in Monroe County Wednesday afternoon.



'You can't just put up a tarp. There's nothing left'

Posted 4/28/2011 in Area

Survivors picked through rubble Thursday in Smithville, a northeastern Mississippi town that was mostly flattened by violent storms that roared through the South a day earlier.



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