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Starkville restaurant robbed at gunpoint

Posted 1/20/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville police are searching for a man who robbed a McDonald's Wednesday morning on Highway 12. Omnova shares sink on report

Posted 1/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Omnova Solutions Inc. is coming off what its executives say was a highly profitable and record year in many respects, including a major acquisition. Yet fourth-quarter earnings disappointed Wall Street.


Classes begin at new Columbus Middle School

Posted 1/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cinderella is finally at the ball -- Cinderella being more than 900 middle-schoolers, and the ball being a $19.1 million state-of-the-art school.


Starkville K-9 unit makes drug arrests

Posted 1/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man was arrested over the weekend with approximately 22 grams of crack cocaine.



Starkville aldermen interview for technology head

Posted 1/19/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday night took another step toward upgrading the city's Information Technology Department.


A man in need of help, who too often refused

Posted 1/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

To many, he was just a bum. But to those who knew Hozzie Hawthorne, he was a warm, if not enigmatic, man. And he was loved. Hawthorne, 72, was best known around downtown Columbus for resting on the benches in front of the post office and the Lowndes County Courthouse, asking passers-by if they could spare some money.


Council votes to reduce tourism board to six members

Posted 1/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An amendment to permanently reduce the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors to six members passed despite Ward 6 Councilman Bill Gavin reversing his position from the council's Dec. 21 meeting and supporting the pursuit of a local and private agreement from the state Legislature.



Pardon our dust: Dispatch undergoing renovations

Posted 1/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Visitors to The Dispatch's building in downtown Columbus may have noticed renovations taking place in the front office.



Pearl River Co. official running for Governor

Posted 1/18/2011 in Business

Pearl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday will formally kick off his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor on Thursday with a rally at the courthouse in Poplarville.


'Unsung heroes' of equality in Columbus honored

Posted 1/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dream 365 ended its Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration lauding what a visiting figure in the civil rights movement called "unsung heroes" of the community. A commemorative breakfast at Trotter Convention Center on Monday wrapped up the local group's fifth and biggest year celebrating the MLK Jr. holiday.

Governor hopeful Dupree: Hope rests with all of us

Posted 1/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A gubernatorial candidate visiting Columbus for an event celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said America isn't ready for another civil rights icon.

Starkville celebrates King's legacy with march

Posted 1/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The march began on Dr. D.L. Conner Drive, just north of Highway 182. There were preachers and politicians, elementary school students and sorority sisters.

Volunteers clean up Starkville on MLK Day of Service

Posted 1/18/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Since members of the former Oktibbeha County chapter of the American Red Cross started a new non-profit emergency response organization last year, the group has worked out of the living room of former Red Cross Director Becky Wilkes.


Barbour: Mississippi to celebrate Freedom Riders

Posted 1/17/2011 in Business

Plans for Mississippi to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides of the civil rights movement have been announced by Gov. Haley Barbour.



MUW fire victims remembered in high school ceremony

Posted 1/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two of four teenagers killed a year ago in a fire at a Hoover motel were honored at the high school where they had graduated seven months earlier.



Ala. hunter dies in fall from deer stand

Posted 1/17/2011 in Business

Emergency officials say a 36-year-old Madison County man died after falling about 20 feet from a deer stand.



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