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Erby confirmed as head of Marshals' office

Posted 4/3/2012 in Area

A top law enforcement representative of Lowndes County next week will travel to Washington, D.C., for a special commendation from President Barack Obama.

Market Street Festival headliner on Letterman tonight

Posted 4/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will be musical guests tonight on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman."


Columbus Police respond to multiple weekend burglaries

Posted 4/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a number of weekend burglaries.



Noxubee special election held today for school superintendent

A special election for Noxubee County superintendent of education will proceed as scheduled, Tuesday.


Monday profile: Miss Effie gives students a home away

On a typical day, Hopkins, 56, makes her circuit from the Colvard Student Union to the Research Park, a 30-minute trip she repeats continuously, from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

MSU doctors prescribe exercise along with traditional medicine

When acid reflux problems led Mississippi State junior Sherika Wheeler to visit her campus physician, she didn't anticipate medical advice that involved tractor-tire flipping and jumping rope.


Police investigating four Friday burglaries

Posted 4/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a series of Friday burglaries.


Third MSU shooting suspect expected in court

One of three suspects in the shooting death of a Mississippi State University student is expected to make his initial court appearance today.

From at-risk to high-performing, West Lowndes Elementary beats the odds

Posted 3/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, 158 Mississippi schools were at risk of failing. West Lowndes Elementary was one of them. As Principal Robert Sanders stared at the 2007-2008 state test scores, he knew the odds were stacked against his students. He also knew he wasn't going to give up. And so he set about an ambitious plan to revamp not only a school but a community.


Vernon woman arrested for murder

Posted 3/31/2012 in Area

A Vernon, Ala. woman was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of a Beaverton, Ala. man.


Military families tour Columbus with Yellow Ribbon

Posted 3/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitor's Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter knows how it feels to have a loved one on military deployment. When her son was deployed with the U.S. Army to Iraq in 2005, Carpenter said all she could do was hope for some type of communication.

Fairwell to a pilgrimage favorite

Posted 3/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than 20 years and hundreds of tours, a Columbus icon is shutting her doors to pilgrimage visitors. Trudy Gildea, owner of Twelve Gables, one of the state's most historic homes, recently announced this year will be her home's pilgrimage swan song.


United for Israel to host Tuesday program

Posted 3/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a recently formed organization on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, will host a program on the university campus.



Dispatch to discontinue Saturday print edition, restore Monday paper

Posted 3/31/2012 in Area

Today's Dispatch is the last Saturday edition we will publish. Starting this week, The Dispatch will resume printing a Monday afternoon edition of the paper and will discontinue the Saturday morning edition.


Girl Scouts troop spreads the love at Loaves and Fishes

Posted 3/30/2012 in Area

It was a rainy, dreary afternoon, but the members of Girl Scout Troop 20253 charmed the crowd Friday, serving up megawatt smiles and steaming pans of baked ziti at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen.

Area officials pitch in to 'Paint the Town'

Posted 3/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A house on Columbus' south side is now a lot brighter thanks to some volunteers from city hall. Mayor Robert Smith, Ward 1 Councilman Gene Taylor, Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box and others donated their time Friday to help an elderly Ward 1 resident.


Bond denied for men charged in MSU student homicide

Posted 3/30/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Bond was denied Friday for three men accused of capital murder, in the March 24 shooting death of Mississippi State University student John Sanderson.


Columbus police help coordinate neighborhood watch programs

Posted 3/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus Police Department Thursday met with about 50 residents for a city-wide neighborhood watch program, hosted by CPD Chief Selvain McQueen.

22nd Annual 'Tales from the Crypt' brings back the past

Posted 3/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students at Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science are giving the past a voice at Friendship Cemetery, allowing Pilgrimage attendees to connect Columbus' history to its present.

Columbus Housing Authority rated high performer

Posted 3/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Based on the agency's 2011 performance, the Columbus Housing Authority was rated as a high performer by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


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