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If no buyer steps forward, Friendship House could soon see demolition

Posted 4/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Seventh Street teemed with activity Sunday morning as churchgoers filled surrounding parking lots for Easter services at First Baptist Church downtown. Amidst the bustle, Friendship House stood quietly nearby -- silent sentry to a changing era as small neighborhood churches give way to mega worship centers in outlying areas.

Monday Profile: Pat Tuggle enjoys her role as the 'go-to girl' at the Lowndes Sheriff's Office

Posted 4/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was 11 years ago. Butch Howard was hoping to win his first term as Lowndes County sheriff. NBC had just bought the First Federal Bank in Columbus, and Pat Tuggle, originally from Tuscon, Ariz., was working as a teller.


Independent schools adjust to current financial times

Posted 4/25/2011 in Area

School districts publicly have made budget and staff cuts over the past years, and they continue to brace for cuts, awaiting final allocations numbers from the Mississippi Department of Education.



Get moving with the Possum Town Mile-A-Day Marathon

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's time for Lowndes County to get back to the track. The Lowndes County Y and The Commercial Dispatch are hosting the second annual Possum Town Mile-A-Day Marathon all May long.


Man arrested in Friday stabbing

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Friday morning stabbing led to the arrest of one suspect on multiple charges. Javonte Carter, age and residence unknown, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and possession of cocaine shortly after 7 a.m.


Organizers: Spring Pilgrimage drew visitors from all 50 states

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Despite a lower turnout, Spring Pilgrimage drew people from all 50 states for the first recorded time this year, according to information released this week by event organizers.



Phillips' leaving called 'great loss' for Columbus

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith said Friday morning that it will be "a great loss" if Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Del Phillips accepts a position with the Sumner County, Tenn., Board of Education, which unanimously named him its top candidate for superintendent.



Peaveys to address MSU commencement

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi State alumnus who founded the Peavey Electronics Corp. and the alumna who leads the Meridian-based international business are the university's spring commencement speakers April 29-30. Nearly 2,400 students are candidates for spring-semester diplomas.


Bigger than ever: Cotton District Arts Festival grew by 40 percent, officals say

Posted 4/23/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Cotton District Arts Festival is bigger than ever. With 147 artists and 23 food vendors, CDAF committee co-chair Maggie Bjorgum said Saturday the festival grew by 40 percent this year and she expected more than 20,000 to visit the Cotton District before the day was done.


Oktibbeha constable laid to rest after losing fight with cancer

Posted 4/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County said goodbye to a servant of 30 years this week.


Former Columbus fire chief Massey dies

Posted 4/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Columbus Fire Chief James Massey passed away Thursday around 9:30 p.m. at his home.


Robbins, Clay County's 'senior and only man,' named Trooper of the Year

Posted 4/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For state Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Robbins, checking seat belts and handing out speeding tickets in Clay County was just a start.


For many on Easter Sunday, church-going habits resurrected

Posted 4/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local pastors were preparing this week for "Christmas-Easter Only" churchgoers, known somewhat irreverently as "CEOs."

Cleanup under way in wake of severe storm

Posted 4/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With numerous trees down, some in houses, local residents are turning to the unwelcome task today of clearing the debris left in the wake of the most severe storm so far this year.

Columbus schools' Phillips top candidate for Tennessee post

Posted 4/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Schools Superintendent Del Phillips is the top candidate for director of schools in Sumner County, Tenn., a Tennessee newspaper reported.

Storms highlight drainage issues in Starkville

Posted 4/22/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Although battered by storms for the majority of the day Wednesday, Starkville received some help from Mother Nature.

UPDATE: Suspect in stabbing of Lowndes woman turns self in

Posted 4/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 31-year-old woman was sent to the hospital in critical condition Thursday after she was allegedly stabbed five or more times by her live-in boyfriend in Lowndes County.


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