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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.



State expected to play key role in presidential primary

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tuesday's primary places the Magnolia State on the national political playing field for the first time in decades. Three of the four Republican presidential candidates spent time in the state last week, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum making stops in Tupelo.


Calling all heroes: Red Cross kicks off fundraising campaign

Posted 3/9/2012 in Area

The local chapter of the American Red Cross kicked off its annual Heroes campaign Thursday, with participants gathering for an appreciation luncheon at Mississippi University for Women.


Severstal seeking Summer interns

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Recruitment has begun for Severstal North America's popular summer internship program, which pairs student interns with mentors to give the students meaningful, real-world experience.


New hospital officers announced for OCH

The Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center Thursday announced a change in hospital leadership.


Lowndes School Board supports prayer proposal

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School Board Friday voted 4 - 0 to support a school prayer proposal wending its way through the state legislature.



Lowndes District 1 Volunteer Fire Department begins fundraising

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

To update equipment and modernize fire trucks, the Lowndes County District 1 Volunteer Fire Department is embarking on a drive to raise $10,000.


Local airman promoted

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Airman 1st Class Gio'Vonnie Ellis, left, a Columbus native, was recently promoted.

Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society moves forward with new facility

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By late afternoon Thursday, it was almost too dark to see the dogs in their concrete holding pens at the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. A few strips of fluorescent lights struggled to penetrate the gloom, but the majority of the lights stopped working weeks ago.

Borsig: MUW adjusting to budget cuts

Posted 3/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As state legislators continue to cut the education budget, tuition now is the principal method of financing for colleges and universities, Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig told members of the Columbus Exchange Club Thursday.


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