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Business brief: Trout joins practice

Posted 5/3/2012 in Business

Dr. Kelly Trout has joined the dental practice of Dr. George P. Elsberry.


Marriages and divorces 5-3-12

Posted 5/3/2012 in Business


Wamble hired as Heritage Elementary principal

Posted 5/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the construction of Columbus Middle School was underway, Principal Cindy Wamble was intimately involved in every aspect of the process, from choosing the paint colors and classroom design to haggling with then-Superintendent Dr. Del Phillips over the entrance location, she jokingly recalled last April following Phillips' resignation.

Council votes to hire six police officers

Posted 5/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In an effort to increase the manpower at the Columbus Police Department, the City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to allow Chief Selvain McQueen to hire six officers.

Caledonia tackles mosquito problem and votes to repaint historic church

Posted 5/2/2012 in Area

The Caledonia Board of Aldermen quietly ushered in the month Tuesday night, taking care of town business with relatively little public comment and no need for a lengthy executive session, as in the past few meetings.


Shots fired near Propst Park during games

Posted 5/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Shots were fired Tuesday night, within audible range of one of Columbus' busiest family attractions.



Failed charter school bill highlights state education needs

Posted 5/2/2012 in State

Charter school legislation is dead, with little chance for resuscitation before the end of the session Sunday, but most supporters and opponents agree it's only a matter of time before charter schools become a reality in districts across the state.


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.



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