An anchor since Leigh Mall's inception nearly four decades ago, Columbus' Sears store permanently will close April 29, as part of a nationwide corporate restructuring in response to sluggish sales, amid a still-shaky economy.
JACKSON -- Mississippi voters are choosing nominees for all four U.S. House seats and one Senate seat, and Republicans are helping select a nominee to face President Barack Obama. Polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On Monday, Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control agents executed a search warrant at the residence of Parker Roberson, age 76, at 1558 Parker Roberson Road in Maben.
On an ordinary night, the aircraft hangar would have been filled with student pilots and their instructors carrying out the Columbus Air Force Base mission of producing pilots, advancing airmen and "feeding the fight" by preparing airmen for eventual deployment. But Friday, the hangar was the setting for a dignitary-studded soirée that carried on well into the night as the base celebrated the 70th anniversary of its first graduating pilot class.
Part-time greeter and marketer and full-time helpmate, silver-haired Waylon Kyle stood next to a black-and-white cow, doling out red balloons and hearty helpings of goodwill, while his wife, Freda Kyle, flitted between filling lemonade orders and keeping a watchful eye on her employees. The Kyles and their six children are an example of what happens when corporate philosophy becomes a family commitment, forging a successful business model and multi-generational bond.
A veteran journalist has rejoined the Dispatch staff. Kristin Mamrack assumed the role of news editor Monday, replacing former news editor Nerissa Young.
Oktibbeha County has agreed to provide an extra eight beds at the county jail for prisoners from Starkville. This will cut the number of prisoners being transported to the Clay County jail from 15 to seven.
Columbus' Sears store will close April 29. In December, Sears Holding Corp. announced the Columbus store is one of three in the state to be closed, due to poor profit performance. Stores in Jackson and McComb, as well as 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores across the country, were also announced for closure.
The following is a brief profile of the applicants for the available seat on the Columbus School Board. Bruce Hanson's term ended earlier this month; he withdrew his application for reappointment.
Tuesday's primary places the Magnolia State on the national political playing field for the first time in decades. Three of the four Republican presidential candidates spent time in the state last week, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum making stops in Tupelo.
The local chapter of the American Red Cross kicked off its annual Heroes campaign Thursday, with participants gathering for an appreciation luncheon at Mississippi University for Women.
Recruitment has begun for Severstal North America's popular summer internship program, which pairs student interns with mentors to give the students meaningful, real-world experience.
The Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center Thursday announced a change in hospital leadership.
The Lowndes County School Board Friday voted 4 - 0 to support a school prayer proposal wending its way through the state legislature.
To update equipment and modernize fire trucks, the Lowndes County District 1 Volunteer Fire Department is embarking on a drive to raise $10,000.
Airman 1st Class Gio'Vonnie Ellis, left, a Columbus native, was recently promoted.
By late afternoon Thursday, it was almost too dark to see the dogs in their concrete holding pens at the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. A few strips of fluorescent lights struggled to penetrate the gloom, but the majority of the lights stopped working weeks ago.
As state legislators continue to cut the education budget, tuition now is the principal method of financing for colleges and universities, Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig told members of the Columbus Exchange Club Thursday.
Convicted in 2008 of his wife's murder, a Caledonia man -- Brian Holliman -- was released from prison Tuesday, pending a new trial, after the state Supreme Court overturned his conviction.
The Mississippi Supreme Court Thursday upheld the pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour, during his final days in office, including several convicted in Lowndes and Okitbbeha counties.
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