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Company drops Paula Deen as spokeswoman

Posted 6/25/2013 in National



Rights case favors transgender girl

Posted 6/25/2013 in National


Liddell sues CMSD for reinstatement

Posted 6/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell has sued to be reinstated as the district's superintendent. The Dispatch obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which was filed Friday afternoon in Lowndes County Chancery Court by her attorney, Austin Vollor of Starkville. Dr. Liddell is asking the court to "intervene to restore the rights of the plaintiff, namely to reinstate her as superintendent."

Dudy Noble Field, restaurants hold viewing parties

Posted 6/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Can't make it to Omaha for for the finals of the College World Series? Seven Starkville restaurants will host official Mississippi State baseball watch parties this week for fans unable to attend the best-of-three championship series in Omaha.

Monday profile: Lacey's love leads to St. Paul's

Posted 6/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Jennet "Jen" Lacey left the classroom last year, she didn't know she would be returning so soon. Lacey retired from the Columbus Municipal School District in December 2012 and less than four months later was hired as the director for St. Paul's Episcopal Preschool.


Hostess: Twinkies to return to shelves July 15

Posted 6/24/2013 in National



Supervisors may pick interim prosecutor tonight

Posted 6/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Supervisors could name an interim replacement for retiring county prosecutor Roy Carpenter Jr. at its 5:30 p.m. meeting today. The board is expected to take action soon - either today or by July's first monthly meeting - as Carpenter ends an almost 30-year career as Starkville and Oktibbeha County's prosecutor.


CL&W receives clean water audit, sets budget

Posted 6/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Light and Water Board of Trustees were given the results of CL&W's water division's latest audit and approved the budget for its next fiscal year Thursday.


Coroner: Police kill gunman at Miss. church

Posted 6/24/2013 in State



Police search for teen who hit photographer

Posted 6/24/2013 in State



NSA leaker Snowden's Cuba flight departs

Posted 6/24/2013 in National


Blues singer Bobby 'Blue' Bland dies at 83

Posted 6/24/2013 in State

Bobby "Blue" Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as "Turn on Your Love Light" and "Further On Up the Road," died Sunday. He was 83.


South Africa: Nelson Mandela still in critical condition

Posted 6/24/2013 in National



The Verdict for the May session of Circuit Court

Posted 6/24/2013 in Area


Dispatch picks up 14 awards at state press association

Posted 6/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch picked up 14 awards, including eight first-place honors, in the annual Mississippi Press Association Better Newspapers Contest. The awards were announced at Saturday's MPA banquet, held at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino.

Vikings coach Frazier to highlight senior citizens fund-raiser

Posted 6/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Minnesota Vikings head coach and Columbus native Leslie Frazier will be the keynote speaker Thursday at a dinner benefiting the annual Columbus senior citizens Thanksgiving luncheon. The dinner will be held at 7 p.m. at the Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus.

Eurocopter on verge of Lakota contract with Thailand

Posted 6/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fight to sustain production of the UH-72 Lakota, which is manufactured in Columbus, may be helped pending U.S. Congress' approval of a foreign military sale of six helicopters to the government of Thailand.

With time running out, budget is top priority for CMSD

Posted 6/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The looming budget deadline is a top priority for Columbus Municipal School District Interim Superintendent Edna McGill. McGill was appointed as interim superintendent on a temporary basis during a special meeting of the CMSD board of Trustees Thursday. She started work on the budget Friday morning.

Judge Williamson to oversee Ward 4 election review proceedings

Posted 6/22/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi 10th Circuit District Judge Lester F. Williamson Jr. will oversee alderman candidate John Gaskin's request for an election review, counsel confirmed Friday.


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