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Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Clay election results, updated throughout the night (link)

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



City of Starkville could move forward with $14.2M master plan

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will move forward tonight with its plan to build a new police station and renovate City Hall. The board will consider adopting the city of Starkville municipal facilities master plan and moving forward with Phase 1 -- the construction of a new police station -- at its regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall.



Teen convicted of rape ordered to get treatment

Posted 8/2/2011 in Area

A 16-year-old boy who was recently convicted in Clay County Circuit Court of sexually assault a then-8-year-old West Point girl has "borderline intellectual function," according to a court-ordered psychoanalysis.



Southside closer to becoming a historic district

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is one step closer to an ordinance protecting and defining guidelines for the Southside district.



Three arrested, one sought in copper thefts

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested three people Sunday night and are searching for a fourth suspect in connection with a string of copper thefts that have plagued area business owners since June.



Suspects sought in Tuesday-morning shooting

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Southside Columbus man is in stable condition at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle after being shot early this morning.


Back to school: Teachers gear up for the big day

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The hardwood floors gleamed Monday afternoon with such a lustrous shine that if Franklin Academy fourth-grade teacher Anne Turnage had taken a moment to gaze into the depths, she might well have felt inspired to make a wish.


Oktibbeha County Primary Elections Preview

The Oktibbeha County primary elections Tuesday will decide the Democratic and Republican nominees for the general election in November. The two most tightly-contested races are for Oktibbeha County sheriff and circuit clerk. Voting begins at various locations around Starkville and Oktibbeha County at 7 a.m. and concludes at 7 p.m. Below is a breakdown of the races for sheriff and circuit clerk, as well as a list of candidates for other races in the county.



Columbus native, former MUW public relations director dies at 59

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Beloved, long-time University of Montevallo Director of Public Relations and Columbus native Cynthia Shackelford, 59, passed away Wednesday morning following an illness.


Oktibbeha Co-op raises $13K for cancer patient

Posted 7/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The smell of smoked barbecue is almost synonymous with "good times" in the South, but Friday the smell was also a reminder of a good cause.

Shoppers pack stores for sales tax holiday

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a madhouse, but everyone was all smiles Saturday, when budget-conscious shoppers packed the aisles of Columbus stores for the third annual state sales tax holiday.


Oktibbeha County Circuit Court sentencings

Posted 7/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man was sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual battery this week in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.


Ask Rufus: Columbus in danger of losing a piece of its history

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

I read in Wednesday's Dispatch the Postal Service was considering closing the downtown Columbus post office. Beside the practical inconvenience, such a move would vacate a building on the National Register of Historic Places and end a 191-year stretch for the Main Street staple.

Lowndes County United Way donations are down

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last year, United Way of Lowndes County raised $500,000 -- $100,000 less than its campaign goal. Charitable contributions are down, but community need is greater than ever.


Boy, 14, sentenced for molesting 8-year-old West Point girl

Posted 7/30/2011 in Area

A then-14-year-old Amory boy pleaded guilty in Clay County circuit court July 20 to statutorily raping an 8-year-old West Point girl.



Lt. governor candidates argue game plans

Posted 7/30/2011 in State

Bringing a close to a heated and costly race, Republican primary voters go to the polls Tuesday to pick the next lieutenant governor.



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