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Smith pushes comprehensive fire plan for county

Posted 7/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a new fire board in place for his constituents, District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith is hoping a comprehensive plan will be next in line for the county's fire services.


Crime report 7-23-12

Posted 7/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating some shots fired Saturday night.


Sharing a love for the outdoors

Posted 7/21/2012 in Area

North Mississippi native Jay Stokes remembers the thrill of killing his first deer when he was 10 years old. Now, Stokes is spending a large part of his adult life making sure hundreds of young people all over the Golden Triangle and beyond can feel that same thrill.


Miss. granted 'No Child Left Behind' waiver

Posted 7/21/2012 in State

Mississippi joined more than half the states in the nation this week, when it was granted a waiver from the most challenging aspects of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act.


New provost named at MUW

Posted 7/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Key staff positions continue to fall into place at Mississippi University for Women, with the college naming its new provost and vice president for academic affairs earlier this week. Dr. Dan Heimmermann, who hails from the University of Texas at Brownsville, will join MUW's leadership team Aug. 1.

Corn-ucopia: Local farmers could be sitting on a cash crop

Posted 7/21/2012 in Area

With corn futures closing at record highs on Friday and a drought continuing to devastate crops in the Midwest, area farmers could see more lucrative turnover with this years harvest.


The Dispatch wins seven MPA awards

Posted 7/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, The Dispatch picked up seven awards, including a first place award for its Lifestyles Section.



Hearing for Small Cities grant application Aug. 6

Posted 7/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A public hearing will be held Aug. 6 on a Mississippi Development Authority Small Cities Community Development Block Grant for which the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors is considering applying. The grant is for up to $2 million for site improvements at the Mississippi Steel Processing location on the Severstal campus.


Big Joe Shelton named manager of Main Street Macon

Posted 7/21/2012 in Area

Mississippi bluesman Big Joe Shelton has been named manager of Main Street Macon.

Columbus fans pack movie debut

Posted 7/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has been predicted to be the biggest blockbuster of the year and movie-goers Friday morning in Columbus helped confirm that belief. "The Dark Knight Rises," the third and final chapter in director Christopher Nolan's epic Batman saga, opened at midnight at theaters around the country, an opening obscured by the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead and 50 injured.

12 dead in Colorado theater shooting

Posted 7/20/2012 in National

A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight premiere of the Batman movie on Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

MSU projects on schedule as fall semester approaches

Posted 7/20/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the past few years, Mississippi State University has been in a constant state of flux. Construction crews and dirt piles have become an ever-present reminder of the university's growth.


City's comprehensive plan ready for public discussion

Posted 7/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A comprehensive plan, designed to set the standards for development and zoning in Columbus, will be making its way before the city council before summer's end. City Planner Christina Berry, whose office spear-headed the project, said the city planning commission has approved the plan. A public hearing on the plan, yet to be scheduled, is the next step in the process.



Steering committee to hold meeting

Posted 7/20/2012 in Area

The steering committee formed to explore creating a tri-county industrial development partnership will hold its first meeting on July 24, it was announced, but the site of the meeting was not disclosed.



Taking it to the streets: CPD officers spending more time patrolling in neighborhoods

Posted 7/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By implementing some new systems, including a more visible presence in the community, Police Chief Selvain McQueen is hoping to make Columbus a safer place for its residents and visitors.



Public Works Dept. to add six employees

Posted 7/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a request from Public Works Director Mike Pratt for approval to hire six new employees, who will be used for general labor and grass-cutting. Pratt said the additional employees will boost his roster to 73 employees, with an additional five to be hired later.


Sleeping man escapes injury when car crashes into bedroom

Posted 7/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Somehow no one was seriously injured Tuesday when a young woman drove her car through a wall and into the bedroom of an apartment building in west Starkville.


MSU sets new fundraising record at $86 million

Posted 7/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the fifth consecutive year, Mississippi State University has set a fundraising record. This year, MSU received $86 million in donations. That's $6 million more than last year and a whopping $35 million more than it raised in 2007.



Marriages and divorces 7-19-12

Posted 7/19/2012 in Business



Building permits 7-19-12

Posted 7/19/2012 in Business



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