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Caledonia grad inspires with ambition, drive -- and wins new car

Posted 5/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Seventeen-year-old Blaire Ruth didn't set out to become an inspiration to others; she was just trying to make it through her senior year at Caledonia High School. Day after day, month after month, the challenges kept mounting.

Starkville parks get silly with summer

Posted 5/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Parks and Recreation Department wants your kids to get silly.


Starkville puts focus on summer activities

Posted 5/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Not all of the suggestions for a better Starkville need to go through the Board of Aldermen, so some of the city's unelected leaders have banded together to make their own moves.



Marriages and divorces 5-26-11

Posted 5/26/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces for May 4-18



Nelson designated Certified Staffing Professional

Posted 5/26/2011 in Business

Magen Nelson, staffing specialist at Key Staff Source, recently received the Certified Staffing Professional designation from the American Staffing Association.



Arrest Report 5-26-11

Posted 5/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported these felony arrests over the past week:



MUW receives national recognition for community service efforts

Posted 5/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women has been recognized on the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction by the Corporation for National and Community Service.



Retrial in 2005 assault, robbery continues today

Posted 5/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In what family members called a "horrific" armed robbery, five people broke into a Lowndes County house and beat a 70-year-old man with a baseball bat July 18, 2005.


Learning, celebration on Lowndes' last school day

Posted 5/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you passed New Hope Elementary Wednesday afternoon and saw a caravan of Toyotas and Camrys snaking around the school with car horns blaring, you might have thought the rapture arrived four days late in Mississippi. No cause for alarm -- it was just the last day of school for the Lowndes County School District, celebrated teacher-style.

Peach vendors pays for kids' college education with fruit stand sales

Posted 5/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Methods to pay your kids' way through college: Savings plan, prepaid tuition, scholarships, grants, student loans ... peaches? Sarah Ballenger's family has stumbled upon a brilliant means of putting more than five children through college.


Clerk to host Oktibbeha candidate workshop

Posted 5/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk Angie McGinnis wants to prevent any misunderstandings, misconceptions and misinformation prior to primary elections on Aug. 2, so she's inviting all of the county's political candidates back to school for a day.


Late constable's wife sworn in to finish term

Posted 5/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ruby Shurden walked into the Oktibbeha County Courthouse Wednesday already in uniform. The new Constable District 1 will represent the county as well as the name printed on her name tag: Jimmy Shurden.

Three arrested in execution-style slaying

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three men, including a newly graduated Columbus High School student, have been charged with a gang-related execution of a 19-year-old last week in Lowndes County. Three to five men, who have affiliations with both the Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords gangs, broke into a home at 850 Harrison Road at about 3:15 a.m.


Lowndes puts old health dept. building up for sale

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After building a new health department last year, Lowndes County is looking for someone to take the old building off its hands.


Omnova attorney: Replacement workers harassed

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Omnova Solutions wants to keep the names and addresses of its 140 replacement workers private due to concerns for their safety. Meanwhile, the company's affiliated union, the United Steelworkers Local 748-L, is challenging the validity of a petition to decertify the union, which has been on strike since May 21, 2010.


Bounds: Early learning essential

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Education is the driving force behind economic development and the key to producing a stronger, more recession-proof Mississippi, state Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank Bounds told the Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon at the Country Club of Columbus.


Former Columbus tourism director returns items

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau staff started arranging memorabilia on the walls and shelves of their new offices last month, something was missing.


Memorial Day Closings

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch will not print a newspaper on Monday, May, 30, and our offices will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.



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