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Tougher rules hit fishermen, industry hard

Posted 12/5/2011 in State

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. -- Travis Palladeno, a veteran charter fishing captain on Florida's Gulf Coast, flips through his appointment book and bemoans the blank pages. Restrictions on some of the most popular -- and tasty -- sport fish are so strict right now, fewer people want to go out.



New Mississippi gun law quietly eases limits

Posted 12/5/2011 in State

JACKSON -- People who want to carry a gun to the courthouse, on a college campus or in a bar in Mississippi may now be able to do that by taking an eight-hour course and getting a concealed carry permit.



Lucimarian Roberts receives Evers award

Posted 12/5/2011 in State

GULFPORT -- A longtime community leader in south Mississippi has received the Gulfport Branch of the NAACP's highest award -- the Medgar W. Evers Lifetime Achievement Award.



Lowndes tourism funding gets more competitive

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Changes to the grant guidelines for community events will make the process more competitive, a member of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors said Thursday at a special meeting to approve the changes.



Aldermen could discuss public-private proposal Tuesday

Posted 12/3/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

STARKVILLE -- Mayor Parker Wiseman hopes to officially begin the search for a tax-neutral financing for the the ongoing municipal facilities plan Tuesday. Wiseman said Friday that the Board of Aldermen could discuss a request for project proposal to test the market for companies interested in striking a public-private partnership. Wiseman believes a renovated and remodeled City Hall could be an attractive space for urban development, with the possibility of leasing newly created office space to help offset the project's price tag.



Columbus Christmas parade set for Monday night

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Linda Nail, her husband Jerry, and a handful of others have attended the Columbus Christmas parade each year for around 30 years. And they don't plan to stop this year.


The Borsig era begins

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New MUW president's job is to direct, not dictate.


Copple trial could begin this week

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Depending on the outcome of a couple pending motions, the Elbow Room murder case will go to trial this week, the final week of the current Lowndes County Circuit Court session.



Local teacher inducted into hall of fame

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus teacher was among five inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers at Mississippi University for Women Friday.



Trial by Fire: Duane Hughes relishes new role as training officer

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Duane Hughes is still trying to get his feet wet in his new position. Hughes took over as Columbus Fire and Rescue chief of training in June, but still comes in on Fridays, typically a day off for salaried city employees, to get a better grasp of his position.



Peter Imes: Joining the conversation now much easier

Posted 12/2/2011 in Business

The Dispatch's website,, has long encouraged online readers to leave comments at the bottom of each article. Though the paper still receives some letters to the editor by mail, most people now either email letters to us or simply post a comment at the end of a story.


Concerned citizens form neighborhood watch

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

North Columbus residents are taking action and formed a neighborhood watch group. The group held a meeting Thursday at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and 60 residents discussed a number of topics such as "peddlers" hanging around streets, people knocking on doors and recent burglaries that affected some group members.


Lowndes Country Circuit Court 12-2-11

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Caledonia man accused of child abuse was sentenced to eight years in prison. Gerald Melvin Fink III, of 2036 Anderson Grove Road Lot 1 in Caledonia, was sentenced Nov. 16 by Circuit Court Judge James Kitchens to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.



Infrastructure a top priority for Columbus mayor

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith said if he were king for a day, he would improve the city's infrastructure. The difficulty of being mayor, not king, is the mayor has to have the votes and the money to get it done, Smith said. However, he pledged his No. 1 goal as mayor is improvements in street paving and storm drainage, water and sewer lines.



Trial continued in case of murdered club owner

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The capital murder case of Cedric Cortez Whitley, of 20393 Egypt Road in Aberdeen, was continued by Circuit Court Judge Lee Coleman until next year.


Community sends off EMCC with support (video)

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a warm sendoff for the East Mississippi Community College football team. Head Coach Buddy Stephens only hopes it isn't the biggest celebration the team has. "We hope that there's a bigger party when we come back," Stephens said. "And we'll be happy if that happens."

Lions roar into El Toro Bowl

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

East Mississippi Community College is gearing up for the biggest athletic event in its history. The school's No. 2 football team (11-0) will take on No. 1 Arizona Western College (11-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the El Toro Bowl presented by Time Warner Cable. The unbeaten powers play for the NJCAA national championship at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Ariz.


Tourism board tightens guidelines for grant money

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors approved new grant guidelines Thursday that will take full effect during the 2012-13 fiscal year.



Holliman murder conviction overturned

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County man will get a new trial after the state Supreme Court overturned his murder conviction for "an egregious display of prosecutorial misconduct."



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