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Time's up: City cancels bus service contract

Posted 12/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' contract with Lawrence Transit System to bring public transportation to the city is officially null and void. Mayor Robert Smith said he spoke with LTS coordinator Dorothy Dowdell Thursday and informed her it would be in the best interest of the city going forward if the contract was canceled.


MSU student killed in Wednesday wreck

Posted 12/6/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

James Harrell, a 22-year-old Mississippi State University student, was killed Wednesday in a single-car wreck on Old West Point Road.


E-911 could find new home in county education building

Posted 12/6/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County School District's administrative home could be retooled for E-911 use, a move that would alleviate space restrictions at emergency management's current Jefferson Street location.


Mississippi AG office tries to clarify new gun law

Posted 12/6/2013 in State

Certain gun owners can carry concealed weapons even in areas where a local government has posted signs banning them, the attorney general's office said Thursday in an opinion aimed at clarifying Mississippi's gun laws.


Fire Dept. to be recommended for national accreditation

Posted 12/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue will be recommended for national accreditation, the department announced Thursday.

Fast-food protesters push for wage hikes

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for higher wages.


Ky. man fills brother's wish with big tip in Vt.

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

Before Aaron Collins died, he gave his brother, Seth, a mission: Eat, be merry and leave a giant tip. On Wednesday night, Seth Collins of Lexington, Ky., did just that, leaving a $500 tip for a Friendly's waitress in Springfield, Vt.



Wassail Feast postponed until Dec. 13

Posted 12/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bad weather forces the postponement of Friday's Wassail Fest in downtown Columbus


Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at 95

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.


Sources: Bulldogs bound for Liberty Bowl

Posted 12/5/2013 in Area

Sources close to the Mississippi State football program confirm to The Dispatch they are preparing for a invitation to the 2013 Liberty Bowl. The Bulldogs will play the winner of the CUSA championship game between Rice and Marshall.


Link has much to celebrate at annual luncheon

Posted 12/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the last decade, industries have made roughly $4.6 billion worth of investments in the Golden Triangle area. With that has come about 5,400 jobs. That's what Joe Max Higgins, the CEO of the Golden Triangle Development Link, said to begin the Link's annual year-end luncheon on Wednesday.

Quality of life issues dominate Wards 4, 5

Posted 12/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen wrapped up a two-day tour of the city's six wards Wednesday in preparation for today's strategic planning retreat. The council toured wards 4, 5 and 6.

Art contest winners, Santa to serve as parade marshals

Posted 12/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Six local boys and girls will be the junior marshals in Columbus' annual Christmas parade on Dec. 14. The junior marshals were selected based on their entries in a holiday art contest sponsored by Main Street Columbus.

Industry leaders act as judges at Caledonia science fair

Posted 12/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local industry leaders were at Caledonia Middle School on Wednesday morning to judge the school's first science fair. Science teacher Renee Allen said she decided to have her students conduct a science project as a way of implementing Common Core.

Mexico plans how to safely contain recovered radioactive cobalt-60

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Mexican troops and federal police kept a nighttime watch on a rural field where thieves abandoned a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60, while officials began planning the delicate task of recovering the dangerous material.

MUW student submits winning Market Street 2014 poster

Posted 12/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The poster for the 2014 Market Street Festival has been revealed. Main Street Columbus announced the winning poster Wednesday afternoon at Mississippi University for Women.


Newsweek to start printing again next year

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Paper copies of Newsweek will again roll off the presses starting next year.



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