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EMCC Workforce students double-down for free

Posted 6/4/2012 in Area

A pair of Golden Triangle students recently took advantage of grants and local funding to complete two programs, each, through East Mississippi Community College's Workforce Services Division, without paying a penny. The duo said it was tough, but it was worth it.

MSU hosts 4-H State Congress

Posted 6/1/2012 in Area

Teenagers from across the state gathered on the campus of Mississippi State University this week for the 2012 4-H State Congress hosted by the MSU Extension Service. This year, the congress drew nearly 700 youth, volunteers and extension agents, many of whom, officials hope, might one day attend MSU.

Colom appointed judge for city of Aberdeen

Posted 5/31/2012 in Area

Columbus native Scott Colom has been appointed municipal judge by the Aberdeen Board of Aldermen on a 4-1 vote. Ward 1 Alderman Alonzo Sykes voted against the appointment.

 

Damage award to sexually abused youth upheld

Posted 5/31/2012 in Area

The state Court of Appeals has upheld an award of $500,000 to a teenager who was sexually abused by workers at facilities operated by the Mississippi Department of Human Services in Starkville and Ackerman.

 

Smith named managing editor

Posted 5/30/2012 in Area

Slim Smith has been named managing editor of The Commercial Dispatch.

 

Police crack down on DUIs and seatbelts

Posted 5/29/2012 in Area

Several traffic check points were implemented by CPD over the holiday weekend. Between Saturday and Monday at midnight, 98 citations were issued and six arrests were made, including one for driving under the influence (DUI).

 

Ballet, art, cooking offered in upcoming summer programs

Posted 5/15/2012 in Area

The end of the school year doesn't have to be the beginning of the summer doldrums. Area organizations have planned a jam-packed calendar of events spanning the gamut of interests, from educational programs to outdoors camps and creative pursuits.

East Mississippi Community College graduates more than 900

Posted 5/12/2012 in Area

East Mississippi Community College students have graduated and they're ready to take their next step toward excellence, whether it's transferring to a four-year college or university or entering the job market.

 

Shooting case continued until September

Posted 5/4/2012 in Area

A Columbus woman charged with murder will be going back to court in September. Kalmesha Denise Jackson, 23, of 810 Eighth St. S. was charged with the January 15 shooting of Marquez Kentrel Carter, 23, of 1147 Tabernacle Road. Jackson's initial appearance in Municipal Court Thursday was continued until September 6.

 

Caledonia tackles mosquito problem and votes to repaint historic church

Posted 5/2/2012 in Area

The Caledonia Board of Aldermen quietly ushered in the month Tuesday night, taking care of town business with relatively little public comment and no need for a lengthy executive session, as in the past few meetings.

 

Noxubee gin investors hope to be in high cotton

Posted 5/1/2012 in Area

Construction on a new Noxubee County cotton gin is scheduled to begin Thursday. A $6.5 million investment, Bogue Chitto Gin, Inc. is expected to bring state-of-the-art technology to the Black Prairie area.

 

 

Local lawmakers comment on failed bond bill

Posted 5/1/2012 in Area

Funding for state and community college capital improvement projects is in jeopardy, after the Mississippi Senate failed to approve a proposed $400 million bond bill Saturday.

 

 

Smithville focuses on recovery

Posted 4/30/2012 in Area

A majority of the Smithville population was in attendance at Saturday's Smithville Memorial Day when Governor Phil Bryant presented Mayor Gregg Kennedy with a check for $13,732.16 to help pay debris removal costs.

 

Relay for Life honors cancer survivors, victims

Posted 4/28/2012 in Area

For Columbus resident Curley Williams, it was just another day. She was pushing a cart at a local grocery store, purchasing bulk items for the business she owns, Children First Day Care. As her cell phone began to ring, Williams had no idea her life was about to change forever.

Arrest report 4-29-12

Posted 4/28/2012 in Area

 

March area unemployment rates down

Posted 4/27/2012 in Area

As the nation's sluggish economy continues to slowly move forward, unemployment rates continue to drop throughout the area, with the Golden Triangle reporting a 10.4 percent unemployment rate in March, compared to an 11.4 percent rate in February and 12.7 percent last March.

 

 

Child porn scam linked to bogus Bieber

Posted 4/27/2012 in Area

An Alabama man was indicted Thursday on child porn and extortion charges after authorities say he posed as pop sensation Justin Bieber online and convinced young girls to send him inappropriate photos, federal prosecutors say.

 

Job training helps employees prepare for new careers

Posted 4/26/2012 in Area

Judy Flynn spent 19 years working at United Technologies in Columbus. Then she found out the plant was closing. Fearful of not finding a new job at the age of 48, Flynn decided to send her resume to American Eurocopter.

 

West Point tourism tax bill passes House

Posted 4/26/2012 in Area

People eating and lodging in West Point may soon be paying a one percent tax increase.

 

 

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