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Clay County's David Winfield remembered as knowledgable, competitive supervisor

David Winfield, the former District 5 supervisor who passed away due to natural causes Saturday at the age of 68, leaves a legacy of unquestioned tenacity and preparedness.



Bond set at $1 million for West Point man accused of murdering son

Posted 6/6/2011 in Area

Bond has been set at $1 million for a West Point man accused of murdering his son.



Crime Report: Columbus man arrested on drug charges at club

Posted 6/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Here's a look at weekend arrests, including the arrest of a Columbus man early Saturday morning at the Grey Goose nightclub for possession of a small amount of crack cocaine and marijuana.


Columbus Boys and Girls Club 'in the black' for the first time in five years

Posted 6/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a year's worth of transfusions, the Columbus Boys and Girls Club is again standing on its own. From January to December 2010, eight local churches picked up the club's $2,800 mortgage, giving it time to catch up and get out of the red.

North Columbus business owner fashions concrete headstones

Posted 6/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gregory Gates makes people into angels ... literally. The owner of Gifts for All in north Columbus, a "whotnots" shop near Columbus Air Force Base, makes concrete sculptures for burial markers including headstones, babies, hearts, teddy bears, benches and of course, angels.

Alleged drunk driver claims he tossed drugs, guns during Columbus police chase

Posted 6/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An alleged drunk driver led police on a chase through downtown Columbus Sunday night, hitting several vehicles before crashing into a fence at Mississippi University for Women.

Blaze sends unidentified Starkville man to Georgia burn unit

A Starkville man is recovering in a Georgia burn unit following a Sunday morning fire. The unidentified man, said to be in his late 60s, is a resident of Boardtown Village senior living apartments on North Montgomery Street.

West Point man accused of shooting son

Posted 6/6/2011 in Area

A 69-year-old West Point man is at the center of an investigation into the murder of his 48-year-old son.


Paperwork shows unauthorized use of district van by Starkville's Couey

At first glance, a paper trail detailing an out-of-state trip former Starkville School District Superintendent Judy Couey took seems to be an open-and-shut case for board action, but there may be more to the story.



Ex-Starkville school superintendent Couey says she was treated unfairly

Judy Couey knows a school superintendent serves at the whim of the school board, but she contends she was treated unfairly in the process that saw her out the door in April.


District 2 residents seek solution to flood problem

Posted 6/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During the last hard rain this spring, homes along Perkins and Ridge roads were plagued with stubborn water. After years of battling flooding, Ray Berry's childhood home on Ridge Road gave in: Water forced its way into the house.

Lowndes eyes demolition again for Oak Dale Park resident's overgrown lot

Posted 6/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The house is falling apart. The yard is thick with grass and weeds, several feet high. It is not a new issue.

Residents celebrate as new community center opens in Anderson Grove

Posted 6/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new Anderson Grove Community Center may not be as plush as centers of larger communities, but it's the pride of residents there.


Severstal begins expansion at Columbus mill

Posted 6/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal Columbus' continued expansion eventually will allow it to target the automotive industry, said Wilbur Winland, vice president and general manager of Severstal Columbus.



The Dispatch to introduce Saturday edition

Posted 6/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Starting in July, The Dispatch will begin printing a Saturday morning edition of the paper, which will include up-to-date local sports, community events and -- back by popular demand -- a TV guide. The Dispatch currently publishes Monday-Friday, and on Sunday. Starting July 2, the paper will discontinue its Monday print edition.


Former frat house sees new life as event venue

As home to two fraternities in recent years, the stately white house on North Jackson Street near the corner of Highway 182 has hosted its fair share of parties. And the new owner has no plans to change the house's partying ways.


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