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Smith named managing editor

Posted 5/30/2012 in Area

Slim Smith has been named managing editor of The Commercial Dispatch.

Country Club board to submit second bankruptcy plan

Posted 5/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a year of toiling in a financial quagmire, Columbus Country Club board members are preparing to submit their second reorganization plan with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. The club, which has operated at its present location since 1923, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 3, 2011.

Columbus students win Destination ImagiNation honors

Posted 5/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Middle School students are celebrating this week, after one of their Destination ImagiNation teams placed 10th in the competition's Global Finals last weekend in Knoxville, Tenn.

Speculation over OCH sale already stirring emotions

Posted 5/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

There have been no formal talks and the matter hasn't even made it onto the agenda yet. Even so, the rumors and speculation surrounding a possible sale of the Oktibbeha County Hospital have already prompted an accusation and a rebuttal.

Mayor's son arrested

Posted 5/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

German Terell Smith, son of Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, was arrested Saturday night, by officers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, at Highway 182 and Ninth Street and charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.


Bryants now living in Miss. Governor's Mansion

Posted 5/29/2012 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, have started living in the renovated Governor's Mansion, more than four months after he took office.


Oktibbeha County Hospital introduces Jack, the surgical robot

Posted 5/29/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Hospital last week hosted an open house to showcase one of the newest additions to the surgical staff and his name is Jack.


Police crack down on DUIs and seatbelts

Posted 5/29/2012 in Area

Several traffic check points were implemented by CPD over the holiday weekend. Between Saturday and Monday at midnight, 98 citations were issued and six arrests were made, including one for driving under the influence (DUI).



Golden Triangle unemployment rates continue to fall

Posted 5/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the third month in a row, the number of unemployed workers in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties decreased. A Mississippi Department of Employment Security report on statewide unemployment notes the April unemployment rate for Lowndes County was 8.7 percent, a significant drop from 9.1 percent in March and 9.9 percent in February.


A flight to honor those who have served

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

He was just a boy from Mississippi, born and raised in Louisville, shipped off to war at the age of 18. He was a member of the "Greatest Generation," fighting in what would later be known as the "Good War."


CMSD selects superintendent

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a year in flux, the Columbus Municipal School District has a new superintendent, Board President Tommy Prude announced Saturday afternoon, declining to release the name of the chosen candidate.


Court: Wright wrongfully terminated

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A two-year saga has come to a close for Lowndes County Superintendent Lynn Wright, whose name was cleared Wednesday when Lowndes County Chancery Court Judge Dorothy Colom ruled he was wrongfully terminated as principal of New Hope High School in 2010.

During interview, Liddell pushes for accountability

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell Friday was interviewed by the board of trustees, as the last of three candidates vying for the full-time job.

Gardner sentenced to twenty years for burglary

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens Friday sentenced Demonta Gardner to 20 years in prison. A jury last week convicted Gardner of burglary of an occupied dwelling, but he was not convicted on a related armed robbery charge.


Crime report 5-27-12

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Breaking: Gardner sentenced to 20 years

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Demonta Gardner sentenced to 20 years for burglary of an occupied dwelling

Henson: 'It takes a village' now more than ever

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city school board gathered Thursday night to interview the second of three superintendent candidates, who provided detailed insight into the strategies her district employed to weather a reversal of fortunes and cope with common education challenges.


Statistics on Lowndes school safety and drug use released

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several years ago, when the Lowndes County School District was applying for a Safe and Drug-Free Schools grant through the United States Department of Education, school officials were required to survey students about prevalence and risk factors for drugs and violence on campus.


Armed robbery prosecution ends in mistrial

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes Circuit Court Judge Lee Howard Thursday declared a mistrial for defendant Justin Richardson.


GSDP CEO search plan expected by mid-July

Posted 5/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

There was no white smoke drifting from the chimney above the offices of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership on Thursday afternoon.



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