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Columbus gearing up for 17th Market Street Fest

Posted 5/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By Friday afternoon, the streets of downtown Columbus will be transformed into a showcase for the arts as the 17th annual Market Street Festival gets underway.


Noxubee gin investors hope to be in high cotton

Posted 5/1/2012 in Area

Construction on a new Noxubee County cotton gin is scheduled to begin Thursday. A $6.5 million investment, Bogue Chitto Gin, Inc. is expected to bring state-of-the-art technology to the Black Prairie area.


Well, like I was saying....

Oh yeah, you probably don't remember the point that I was trying to make when I last wrote for The Commercial Dispatch. That's understandable. It was 30 years ago, after all. This week I am returning to The Dispatch where I will cover the city of Starkville and its neighboring communities.


Smith to take over Dispatch Starkville Bureau

After a 30-year absence, Slim Smith is returning to the Dispatch.



Local lawmakers comment on failed bond bill

Posted 5/1/2012 in Area

Funding for state and community college capital improvement projects is in jeopardy, after the Mississippi Senate failed to approve a proposed $400 million bond bill Saturday.


Weekend fundraiser to honor Laura Carson

Eleven-year-old Laura Carson loved Camp Lake Stephens. Eating in the dining hall, canoeing, kayaking in the lake, flying down the zip line, playing Capture the Flag or just hanging with her friends, she loved every part of the camp. From the time she was seven years old, she visited Camp Lake Stephens every summer.


Two home burglaries reported Friday night

Posted 5/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a burglary and a possible attempted burglary from Friday.


Garage keeps city's vehicle fleet on the road

Posted 4/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Considering the many factors needed to keep a city operating on a functional level --elected officials, administrators, police, emergency responders, sanitation workers, the Public Works Department and others who have roles in its daily maintenance -- the city must keep moving. And with a fleet of about 240 vehicles, Columbus is always in motion.


Miss. lawmakers approve most parts of $5.6B budget

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Mississippi lawmakers on Saturday approved most parts of a $5.6 billion budget with only a few arguments about the level of education funding and whether to set aside money for an anticipated legal fight over voter ID.



Repairs and construction bond dies

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

A bond package that would have provided funding for repairs and new construction across Mississippi died when a Saturday deadline passed, though the legislature continued making strides Sunday to finish the budget process.



Council to discuss voting precincts, new police officers, board vacancies

Posted 4/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City Council on Tuesday will discuss moving the Lee Middle School and Mitchell Memorial Elementary School voting precincts. Mitchell has been sold by the Columbus Municipal School District and Lee is up for sale.



Mississippi observes Confederate Memorial Day

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Mississippi government employees are starting this work week with a holiday honoring the old South.


Dennis Tedford is on a mission to help

Posted 4/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There is a certain cadence to the way Dennis Tedford speaks. It's fast, vibrant and full of dramatic pauses matched only by his constant gesticulation. He thinks before he speaks, carefully choosing his words, but his eyes say almost as much as his voice. And his charm and charisma are almost off the charts.


Smithville focuses on recovery

Posted 4/30/2012 in Area

A majority of the Smithville population was in attendance at Saturday's Smithville Memorial Day when Governor Phil Bryant presented Mayor Gregg Kennedy with a check for $13,732.16 to help pay debris removal costs.



Colleges schedule spring graduations

Posted 4/30/2012 in State

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and an Air Force deputy chief of staff will speak at graduation exercises May 11-12 at Mississippi State University.



Noxubee Wildlife Refuge gets new manager

Posted 4/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has named a new manager for a national wildlife refuge in Mississippi and one in Alabama.


Church hosts a special night for area teens and adults

Posted 4/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For some it was the first foray into fine ladies' frippery, the first time to dab perfume on earlobes, string pearls around necks, slip satin shoes upon feet. For others, it was the first time to step beyond the watchful eye of parents and caretakers, even if the exhilarating taste of independence lasted only the seven minutes required for the limousine to loop the block. For nearly all of the prom-goers, it was the first time to be escorted down the red carpet, surrounded by a throng of people, buoyed by a chorus of cheers.

Relay for Life honors cancer survivors, victims

Posted 4/28/2012 in Area

For Columbus resident Curley Williams, it was just another day. She was pushing a cart at a local grocery store, purchasing bulk items for the business she owns, Children First Day Care. As her cell phone began to ring, Williams had no idea her life was about to change forever.

MUW names new alumni board

Posted 4/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A year ago, Mississippi University for Women was steeped in uncertainty, deep in the throes of a presidential search, with a newly-merged alumni association working to establish a framework and identity to move forward.


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