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Local voter turnout light

Posted 3/14/2012 in Area

Lowndes and Oktibbeha County voters turned out primarily to vote for candidates on the Republican ticket.



Wicker, four congressmen turn to general election

Posted 3/14/2012 in State

Fresh off triumphs over primary contenders Tuesday night, Mississippi's congressional incumbents turned their focus to November.


Clean Sweep Columbus planned for March 24

Posted 3/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Clean Sweep Columbus organizers are recruiting volunteers for their fourth annual community cleanup, which will kick off March 24 at 9 a.m. at the Hitching Lot Farmer's Market.

Starkville man faces robbery charge

Posted 3/14/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man faces a robbery charge after an incident Monday at Petty's Barbecue on Highway 12 in Starkville.


Citizens' Police Academy accepting applications

Posted 3/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Applications for the next session of Citizens' Police Academy, beginning May 21 at 6 p.m., now are being accepted at the Columbus Police Department.



Wicker, Gore win in Miss. Senate primaries

Posted 3/13/2012 in State

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, beating E. Allen Hathcock of Stewart and Robert Maloney of Madison.


Santorum wins AL, MS in GOP fight for the South

Posted 3/13/2012 in State

A resurgent Rick Santorum swept primaries in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night, upending the race for the Republican presidential nomination as he sought to push Newt Gingrich toward the sidelines.


Nunnelee wins GOP primary in Miss. 1st District

Posted 3/13/2012 in State

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo has won the Republican nomination for Mississippi's 1st Congressional District.


Miss. Republicans seek contender against Obama

Posted 3/13/2012 in State

Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were almost evenly splitting Mississippi's Republican presidential primary vote Tuesday, with 60 percent of the precincts reporting.

MSU to announce hiring of Vic Schaefer today

Posted 3/13/2012 in State

Vic Schaefer will be the next women's basketball coach at Mississippi State University.

Planning commission takes up church, restaurant zoning

Posted 3/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Without issuing a recommendation, the Columbus Planning Commission Monday passed a request to allow a church in a single-family residential district to the city council.


Leigh Mall owners mum on new tenants for Sears space

Posted 3/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.



Mississippi primaries hone lists of federal candidates

Posted 3/13/2012 in State

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.


Webster County moonshine operation found

Posted 3/13/2012 in State

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.

Seventy Years of Wings Over Columbus

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

A Family Affair: Columbus native brings national chain back home

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

Mamrack named Dispatch News Editor

Posted 3/10/2012 in Business

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 to provide jail beds for Starkville

Posted 3/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

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.



Local Sears store to close next month

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.



City Council expected to name new CMSD board member March 20

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.



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