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Murder trial continued for 8th time

Posted 10/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The trial of a Sturgis man charged with capitol murder has been continued for the eighth time.


New wing commander asserts 'quiet leadership' at CAFB

Posted 10/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Col. Jim Sears, who replaced former wing commander Col. Barre Seguin in June, spoke to the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday, taking the opportunity to introduce Rotarians to both his leadership style and his vision for the base.

Area arrests 10-9-12

Posted 10/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following arrests were reported by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and Columbus Police Department.

Local employment numbers up over last year

Posted 10/9/2012 in Area

Data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Services (MDES) shows unemployment rates fell in August in every county. But the more telling data is comparing August unemployment numbers to those of the previous August.

Local restaurants continue to weather economic storm

Posted 10/9/2012 in Area

Last week, USA Today reported that 21,000 jobs are created each month in the restaurant business, one of the few fields that seems to have continually defied the economic woes that have slowed job growth across the U.S. Locally, the economic impact of the restaurant industry seems to mirror that national trend.

Wicker leads Romney cheers at GOP dinner

Posted 10/9/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sen. Roger Wicker said he was in the peanut butter and jelly aisle of a supermarket the day after Thanksgiving in 2007 when he got the call from Trent Lott who told Wicker he would be stepping down from his seat in the Senate.


Friends: Ala. student's behavior out of character before shooting

Posted 10/9/2012 in National

Gil Collar was a guy everybody wanted to be around in high school, friends said: The girls liked his good looks, even his opponents on the wrestling mat became buddies, and adults knew him as courteous and kind.


Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years

Posted 10/9/2012 in National

Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison -- effectively a life sentence -- in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.


EPA to Jackson: Stop dumping sewage in Pearl River

Posted 10/8/2012 in State

The city of Jackson released more than 2.8 billion gallons of minimally treated sewage -- enough to fill four NFL stadiums -- into the Pearl River system over the last four years, the Environmental Protection Agency says.


Nobel prize to Briton, Japanese for stem cell work

Posted 10/8/2012 in National

A British researcher and a Japanese scientist won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering that ordinary cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells, which then can turn into any kind of tissue -- a discovery that may led to new treatments.

Living room built around NYC Columbus statue a hit

Posted 10/8/2012 in National

Anyone hoping to commune with Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day will be disappointed: He's booked solid. Monday's tickets to the conceptual art installation that surrounds a 13-foot statue of the explorer with a well-appointed living room have all been snapped up.

'Fearless Felix' aims to break sound barrier in free fall

Posted 10/8/2012 in National

Experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life on Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history.

Acron's connection to downtown approaching 60 years

Posted 10/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Acron, who will turn 78 next week, has worked in downtown Columbus for nearly 60 years. He got his first job at the Straight 8 Cafe on Main Street as a dishwasher in 1954. After eight years there, he landed a job with Ernie Sisson's Shoe Store on Fifth Street, a position he acquired thanks to a bit of chicanery.

For Zetas, every month is breast cancer awareness month

Posted 10/8/2012 in Area

For the 200 members of Mississippi State University's Gamma Zeta chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, breast cancer awareness is both national philanthropy and personal mission. And though October is traditionally set aside for awareness campaigns, for these young women, it is a year-round passion.

Heritage seniors rally around Humane Society

Posted 10/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Slowly, but surely, the new Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society is beginning to take shape. The 8,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor kennel is slated for completion by the end of the month, with one side of dog pens completely fenced and gated and the second side still lacking fencing and windows.

MSU team's research focuses on 'augmented' reality

Posted 10/6/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If you want to know about his research, Edward Swan, a computer scientist and professor at Mississippi State, first points to a piece of equipment. It is called a haploscope. It is an optical device which through a series of angled lenses and mirrors, projects a separate image to each eye.

Sisson named news editor

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Carmen Sisson has been promoted to news editor, Dispatch Managing Editor Slim Smith has announced.

Seventh Ave. Festival thriving at 30-year mark

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kamal Karriem was wearing the official shirt for the Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival on Saturday, the last day of the biggest free festival in Mississippi. It read, "Commemorating 30 Years...not just an event, but a tradition."


Will Abstinence Plus curb tidal wave of teen pregnancies?

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Columbus Municipal School District and Lowndes County School District move forward with teaching state-required sex education in the classrooms, educators, students and their parents have very different opinions on the effectiveness of the fledgling program.



Court approves EMCC's purchase of Country Club

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of turmoil, the Columbus Country Club was quietly sold Friday morning at the United States Bankruptcy Court in Aberdeen, fetching $1.6 million.



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