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MSU offers three-day row crop short course

Posted 11/21/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University's Extension Service is offering a 2 1/2-day course for cotton, soybean and corn producers.



Killing seen as murder-for-hire

Posted 11/21/2011 in State

Hinds County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Richard Brown revealed last week in court that the 2008 shooting death of 48-year-old Larry Hunter, of Edwards is now being investigated as a murder-for-hire.


Head trauma: Mississippi is in the minority of states without concussion legislation

Posted 11/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was the first quarter of the third game in the New Hope High School football season. E.J. Jenkins was running down the field with the football, trying to avoid Columbus High School defenders. The junior wide receiver then took an "awkward hit to the back of the head," and fell to the ground.


Oktibbeha to adopt dog ordinance Monday

Posted 11/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors will adopt a vicious dog ordinance Monday morning. They need citizens to weigh in one final time before making it official.



Halbert-Burnett named Dispatch managing editor

Posted 11/19/2011 in Area

The Dispatch has a new editor, but her name will be familiar to many longtime readers.



Dispatch names Griggs new production manager

Posted 11/19/2011 in Area

You could say Perry Griggs has printer's ink in his blood, entering the profession in a Georgia printshop at 15 and quickly moving to the newspaper industry, where he rose from entry level pressman to production manager for news outlets across the South.


Starkville shopping center to get revamped

Posted 11/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Some call it the old Kroger building. Others call it Dirt Cheap. Either way, the obscure shopping center on Louisville Street has an identity crisis. Soon, though, Chestnut Commons will be a recognizable shopping strip.

Keeper of artifacts: Joan Wilson works to raise profile of Oktibbeha County museum

Posted 11/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Joan Wilson is so invested in Oktibbeha County history, you'd think she had roots four or five generations deep. Not quite.


Starkville woman finds closure in verdict

Posted 11/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Jan Morgan can move on. A Clay County judge Thursday found Robbie Norton, of Cedar Bluff, guilty of negligence and imposed a fine of $50 for running over Morgan with her vehicle on May 22.


Senior Citizens Unity Luncheon brings community together

Posted 11/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith hoped people would join together and ignore color during the sixth annual Senior Citizens Unity Luncheon at the Trotter Convention Center Wednesday, but it was hard to overlook Dora Stewart, who had donned a bright smile and a striking lavender suit -- replete with hat -- for the occasion.


'Strings for Food' offers guitar services for food bank donations

Posted 11/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With the help of a philanthropic Golden Triangle, a Strings for Food drive hosted by Backstage Music in Starkville Saturday hopes to collect more than 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food items to boost area food banks for the holidays. And, in this case, giving back may never have sounded so good.



Gonsoulin up for top school jobs in Starkville and Louisiana

Posted 11/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Starkville School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Walter B. Gonsoulin is among the 23 candidates still being considered for the district's top job. But he also is one of three final candidates in consideration for superintendent of the Lafayette Parish School District in Lafayette, La.



Deputy remains on leave pending shooting investigation

Posted 11/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lt. Steve Hatcher remains on administrative leave indefinitely after a Monday shooting. Hatcher was placed on leave until the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation completes its probe into the incident, where Hatcher shot a burglary suspect.



Bomb threat at Lowndes County Adult Detention Center

Posted 11/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities are investigating a bomb threat at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.


College Board names MUW preferred candidate for president

Posted 11/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The mood at Mississippi University for Women's Nissan Auditorium Thursday evening was one of bated breath and then finally, finally, a collective sigh of relief as a video sprang to life on the overhead projector screen and the announcement was made: A preferred candidate has been chosen as the college's next possible president.


Building permits 11-17-11

Posted 11/17/2011 in Business

Building permits Nov. 8 - Nov. 16



Marriages and divorces 11-17-11

Posted 11/17/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces Nov. 2 - Nov. 16



Lowndes Arrest Report 11-17-11

Posted 11/17/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:



Fifth suspect sought in home break-in

Posted 11/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CEDAR BLUFF -- One suspect remains at large, and four have been arrested in connection with a home burglary in the Clay County community of Cedar Bluff, Chief Deputy Eddie Scott reported in a press release.



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