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Wiseman suggests drainage fee to help city with costs

Posted 12/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville could have a new funding mechanism for its growing number of stormwater drainage issues. Mayor Parker Wiseman on Tuesday suggested adding a drainage fee to city utilities to help offset a million-dollar gap between expected revenues and project costs over the next 10 years.



Christmas closings 2011

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch will print a four-section Christmas edition on Saturday. Circulation will take calls from 6-9 a.m. on Saturday. There will not be a Sunday paper printed.



Selvain McQueen sworn in as Columbus police chief (video)

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Selvain McQueen officially became the new Columbus police chief Tuesday night, though he's been doing the job since July.



Columbus appoints new school board member

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District has a new board member. The Columbus City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of appointing Aubra Arletta Turner to the school board of trustees.


Columbus man arrested, charged with possession of child porn (video)

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of child pornography is out of jail today on a $7,500 bond.


Winn-Dixie sold to Bi-Lo

Posted 12/20/2011 in Business

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The supermarket chain Winn-Dixie is being sold in a deal valued at $560 million to Bi-Lo LLC, the companies said Monday, creating a huge grocery operator in the South.



Receipts: Southaven mayor a big tipper on city tab

Posted 12/20/2011 in State



Barbour hits lecture circuit Jan. 11

Posted 12/20/2011 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour tells The Associated Press his first event as a professional speaker will be the day after he leaves office.



USM President: Colleges benefit in economic partnerships

Posted 12/20/2011 in State

JACKSON -- One higher education leader says Mississippi's universities could expect dividends from getting more involved in economic development and job training.



Second Baptist Church donates bicycles to 60 area children

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sixty city and county elementary students will wake up to a two-wheeled surprise Christmas morning. Monday, members of Second Baptist Church in Starkville delivered bicycles for third- through fifth-grade students at Henderson-Ward Stewart and East Oktibbeha elementary schools.



Board OKs plans to make downtown Starkville a national historic district

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Historic Preservation Commission is officially on board with the Starkville Central Neighborhood Foundation's move to get downtown recognized as a national historic district.



Club Rock, BJ3 under scrutiny in Oktibbeha County

Posted 12/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two events venues are scheduled to undergo state safety inspections today. Club Rock and BJ3, on Rockhill Road and Old West Point Road, respectively, were visited this morning by the state fire marshals, who evaluated each building for proper exits, capacity and emergency lighting.



Former Ole Miss chancellor Khayat hospitalized

Posted 12/20/2011 in State

OXFORD -- A University of Mississippi spokesman says retired chancellor Robert Khayat is hospitalized but improving.



Columus police arrest man in vehicle burglary

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested a man early Tuesday morning in the north side of the city for burglary of a vehicle.


A healthy outlook: Mental health gets a facelift with new facility

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If Baptist Behavioral Health Care's new facility doesn't fit the image of a stereotypical mental health hospital, there's a good reason: It was designed to be the antithesis, with every detail chosen with an eye toward aesthetics and efficiency.


Columbus man killed in West Point shooting

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

WEST POINT -- West Point police are looking for the person responsible for the murder of a Columbus man. At 10:51 p.m. Friday, Clay County 911 received calls of gunshots fired and someone lying in the road on Brady Street.



Columbus' cash balance falls $850K

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For most people, this is the time of year when last-minute Christmas shopping reigns supreme, and the wallets and pocketbooks open up. For Columbus city officials, it's the time of year when finances are a little tighter and the city's pocketbook stays closed.



Tourism audit: $20,000 in undocumented expenses

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A board that has engaged in name-calling and threats went at it again as Treasurer Bart Wise went over findings from Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau annual report audits.



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