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Mississippi River could crest today at Memphis

Posted 5/9/2011 in Area

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Forecasters say the Mississippi River could crest late today at Memphis -- hours sooner than previously predicted -- but the mayor says the city's ready for it.


Two-day manhunt ends in fire fight

Posted 5/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man who has been off of his anti-psychotic medicine since December was shot at least twice in a fire fight with Lowndes County deputies this morning, according to Sheriff Butch Howard.


Photo Gallery: Market Street Festival 2011

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Columbus police overtime: A volunteer system, spread thin

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some city employees are making up to $36,000 just in overtime pay, working up to 26 hours per week despite the risk of fatigue, an analysis by The Dispatch shows. According to public records obtained by The Dispatch, 16 city employees -- all but two from the police department -- made more than $10,000 just in overtime in 2010 or are projected to make more than that in 2011.


Who is the city of Columbus' highest paid employee?

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Who is the city of Columbus' highest paid employee? It isn't the mayor, the city administrative officer, or even the police chief. It's a police corporal.



Tornado victim remembered for commitment to safety and family

Mike Rodgers would have been proud to be at work Friday. The Ability Works instructor was always preaching safety and the company, which teaches employment skills to disabled individuals, is on a roll, reaching its record 118th day without a work loss accident.


Bounds urges MUW graduates to become 'caretakers'

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women graduates were urged to take care of their university just as it has taken care of them for four years. The message was delivered today by Dr. Hank M. Bounds, commissioner of higher education, who told them that it was their turn to become caretakers.

Newcomers use street festival as way to get their name and wares out

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Market Street is more than a festival; it's the ultimate business card. As the festival expands in every way, from the number of visitors, to the number of vendors to the square footage covered, it has become one of the best forms of advertising in the Golden Triangle.


At graduation, a mother's life renewed: Mom, who inspired children to attend college, returns to school to earn her own degree

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Behind a pair of black glasses are eyes that have seen a lifetime of pain and sorrow.



Liddell named interim Columbus school superintendent

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Martha Liddell, assistant superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District, was named interim superintendent Friday afternoon during a special meeting at the central office.



River forces move of 'Memphis in May' barbecue contest

Posted 5/6/2011 in Area

As Old Man River continues to rise, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, in cooperation with local and state emergency management personnel, is closely monitoring Mississippi River levels, which are expected to crest May 10.


New Hope men charged in drugs-for-guns ring

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men have been charged with a string of Lowndes County burglaries that targeted guns, which they allegedly traded for marijuana.

Woman charged with statutory rape after taking children from New Hope school

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 33-year-old married mother faces two counts of statutory rape today against two 15-year-old New Hope High School students, who were released to the woman from school without parents' permission.


Straight talk from Columbus students, and teachers, at WakeUp forum

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Straight talk about real issues was the theme Thursday night as students, parents and educators gathered at Lee Middle School to discuss ways to bridge the gap between personal potential and academic achievement, particularly among African-American youth.



PetSmart joining T.J. Maxx in Columbus shopping center

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

T.J. Maxx and PetSmart will be neighbors in Columbus this fall. Both are slated to open in the old Goody's shopping strip, where Burlington Shoes and Old Navy still are located.



Starkville middle school students donate to storm victims

Add Starkville middle-schoolers to the growing list of populations working to relieve the pain of tornado victims.



Starkville Relay for Life gets under way

Cancer has always existed, but there was a time for each individual touched by the disease before they were as familiar. The nostalgia of that carefree time is behind tonight's Relay For Life at the Starkville Sportsplex.


Oktibbeha men arrested in home invasion

Three Oktibbeha County men have been arrested for an April home invasion which left three victims in the hospital.


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