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Columbus program tackles dropout 'epidemic'

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District's dropout prevention program kicks off Oct. 15, city school superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell told members of the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday at the Columbus Country Club.


Seventh Avenue festival will feature plenty of 'Zapp'

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

K-Ci and JoJo, Dru Hill and Bobby "Blue" Bland are just a few of the A-list entertainers who have performed on the stage on the corner of Seventh Avenue North and 15th Street in Columbus in past years. And organizers of this year's Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival promise this year's event, which starts Oct. 4, will be one of the best the city has seen.


Colsons' farm has become a rite of Fall

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a typical late September evening in Caledonia -- just cool enough to herald the advent of autumn, just warm enough to encourage the mosquitoes to linger, plying their sanguinary trade for a few more weeks.

Vacant storefronts: Trend or coincidence?

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Another downtown business is closing its doors.

Will arrives on editorial page

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch editorial page will welcome a new conservative voice today with the arrival of syndicated columnist George Will.


Summit tackles 'quality of life' issues

Posted 9/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Healthy Starkville Committee will bring together 50 leaders from the community on Thursday to discuss ways to strengthen and improve the always important, but vaguely defined "quality of life."



Dear Papa: Letters to Hemingway get crucial repair

Posted 9/26/2012 in National

The paper conservator's scalpel picked at the red and black specks, flicking away the fly droppings that had stained Ingrid Bergman's letter to Ernest Hemingway. "I shall remember people like you and forget the rest of the world," the actress wrote to her author friend from Rome in 1950.



Poll: Most see health law being implemented

Posted 9/26/2012 in National

They may not like it, but they don't see it going away. About 7 in 10 Americans think President Barack Obama's health care law will go fully into effect with some changes, ranging from minor to major alterations, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds.


41-pound cat named Skinny up for adoption in Texas

Posted 9/26/2012 in National

Don't be fooled by the name: Skinny the cat is one hefty feline. And all 41 pounds of her needs a home.

AP: Party seems over for Somali pirates

Posted 9/26/2012 in National

The empty whiskey bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs littering this once-bustling shoreline are signs the heyday of Somali piracy may be over. Most of the prostitutes are gone and the luxury cars repossessed. Pirates while away their hours playing cards or catching lobsters.


Report: More fees, less choice for air travelers

Posted 9/26/2012 in National



Anti-Muslim filmmaker's probation case creeps on

Posted 9/26/2012 in National

The federal probation violation investigation targeting the man behind the anti-Muslim video inflaming the Middle East is proceeding slowly and privately, reflecting the explosiveness of the case.


Investigator: Woman died from buttocks implant

Posted 9/25/2012 in National

A Georgia woman had little chance of surviving an illegal cosmetic procedure in Mississippi because the silicone-like substance that was injected in her buttocks caused the blood clots in her lungs that killed her, an investigator testified Monday.


Appeals court tosses out landmark Katrina ruling

Posted 9/25/2012 in National

A federal appeals court reversed itself Monday and threw out a judge's landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers was liable for billions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina flood damage that property owners blame on the corps' maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel.



Miss. convicted killer captured in Georgia

Posted 9/25/2012 in National

A convicted killer, who escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman over the weekend, has been captured in Georgia.



City awaits DOJ redistricting decision

Posted 9/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of discussion, the 2012 redistricting plan for the City of Columbus has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice. And consultant Chris Watson, whose firm Bridge and Watson handled the redistricting, said the city will now wait for the DOJ to make its decision.



MUW rape suspect arrested

Posted 9/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investigators with the Columbus Police Department arrested a man yesterday believed to be responsible for raping a woman on the Mississippi University for Women campus in August.


Commission denies Facebook 'Like' appeal

Posted 9/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a unanimous vote, the Columbus Civil Service Commission voted to uphold the suspension of a Columbus Police Officer who was reprimanded for "liking" a post on Facebook. The commissioners voted 3-0 that chief of police Selvain McQueen, mayor Robert Smith and the city council voted to suspend officer Lance Luckey on good faith and therefore denied his appeal.


Report: Premium hikes for top Medicare drug plans

Posted 9/25/2012 in National

Seniors enrolled in seven of the 10 most popular Medicare prescription drug plans will be hit with double-digit premium hikes next year if they don't shop for a better deal, says a private firm that analyzes the highly competitive market.


Short says complex a success despite parking, restroom issues

Posted 9/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although official numbers aren't available, organizers for the opening of the Columbus Soccer Complex estimate more than 2,000 people attended Saturday's festivities. And for Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority Executive Director Roger Short, the grand opening was a major success.


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