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Court date set for alleged illegal alligator hunting

Posted 4/10/2012 in Area

Two alleged illegal alligator hunters are scheduled to appear in Rankin County Justice Court on May 1, after being arrested for attempting to take an alligator without a permit on March 23.

 

 

Spring prompts storm preparedness

Posted 4/7/2012 in Area

With severe weather and deadly tornadoes a common occurrence across the nation, Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency Director Cindy Lawrence said every day is the day to be prepared.

 

New law allows schools to waive out-of-state tuition

Posted 4/5/2012 in Area

As the costs of higher education escalate, budget conscious parents and students often feel forced to choose between the college they want and the one they can afford. It's not easy on the institutional side either. Competition for student dollars is fierce, and a college in today's market needs every competitive advantage it can get.

Jones ousts Liddell in Noxubee superintendent special election

Posted 4/5/2012 in Area

Embattled Noxubee County School District Superintendent candidate Roger Liddell -- who owes the Hollendale School District in Washington County more than $100,000 -- wants Noxubee voters to go to the polls for the third time in a year.

Erby confirmed as head of Marshals' office

Posted 4/3/2012 in Area

A top law enforcement representative of Lowndes County next week will travel to Washington, D.C., for a special commendation from President Barack Obama.

 

Vernon woman arrested for murder

Posted 3/31/2012 in Area

A Vernon, Ala. woman was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of a Beaverton, Ala. man.

 

 

Dispatch to discontinue Saturday print edition, restore Monday paper

Posted 3/31/2012 in Area

Today's Dispatch is the last Saturday edition we will publish. Starting this week, The Dispatch will resume printing a Monday afternoon edition of the paper and will discontinue the Saturday morning edition.

 

Girl Scouts troop spreads the love at Loaves and Fishes

Posted 3/30/2012 in Area

It was a rainy, dreary afternoon, but the members of Girl Scout Troop 20253 charmed the crowd Friday, serving up megawatt smiles and steaming pans of baked ziti at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen.

Watercolor exhibit and acoustic guitar featured tonight

Posted 3/29/2012 in Area

The Columbus Arts Council hosts a gallery opening and reception tonight, featuring the work of international award-winning botanical watercolorist Hillary Parker. The Georgia-based artist's exhibit, "A Portfolio of Nature's Beauty," will be on display through April.

 

Mississippi State and MUW recognized by Higher Education Community

Posted 3/29/2012 in Area

Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women are both being recognized nationally, with MSU being named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its community service activities, and MUW also being named to the honor roll.

 

EMCC's Pine Grove Festival shows off artists, music and more

Posted 3/23/2012 in Area

East Mississippi Community College's annual celebration of all things artsy returns March 26-29 with the Pine Grove Arts Festival.

 

Wilson Phillips to revisit signature sound in Meridian

Posted 3/23/2012 in Area

With one of the most famous pedigrees in popular music, Wilson Phillips will be bringing their California sun-kissed brand of pop to the MSU Riley Center Sunday, March 25.

 

 

West Point schools consider abstinence-only sex education

Posted 3/22/2012 in Area

The West Point School District is considering an abstinence-only program for its students, in compliance with a state-mandated directive for all school districts to offer sex education.

 

Merchants prep for spring, upcoming open house

Posted 3/17/2012 in Area

Maybe it's the extra hour of sunlight, slipping through office window blinds and begging workers to come out and play. Maybe it's the sight of wisteria running tangled and wild, knock-kneed calves in the fields, early flowers poking defiant heads above the earth and declaring spring officially sprung. Maybe it's the sneeze-inducing pollen, blowing through the air like Southern pixie dust, speaking of life, growth and Faulkneresque "wet seeds wild in the hot blind earth."

 

Project Feed Columbus looking for donations

Posted 3/17/2012 in Area

Project Feed Columbus, a joint effort between the City of Columbus and The United Way of Lowndes County, as well as local stores Food Giant and Wal Mart, will be ongoing through the end of March. The campaign is a canned food drive to help local food pantries and shelters.

 

 

Cadence Bank acquires Encore Bancshares

Posted 3/16/2012 in Area

Last week, Cadence Bancorp LLC -- the parent company of Cadence Bank -- announced the acquisition of Encore Bancshares, Inc., a Houston, Texas-based commercial bank with $1.5 billion in assets.

 

'Blues for Willie': Tribute held for late elder statesman of the blues

Posted 3/15/2012 in Area

On Friday, the Columbus Arts Council presents "Blues for Willie," a tribute to honor this elder statesman of the Black Prairie blues, a man who preached a consistent message of peace, love and social justice.

Ardillo appointed to state military council

Posted 3/15/2012 in Area

Gov. Phil Bryant Tuesday re-established and appointed a Columbus man to the Mississippi Military Communities Council, which was formed to help promote and protect the state's military interests.

Growth Alliance names new director, plans for Link partnership

Posted 3/15/2012 in Area

The West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance has suffered its share of growing pains over the past few months, with staff changes, a new partnership and a new direction.

 

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