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EMCC's growth leads to expansion of graduation ceremonies

Posted 12/17/2012 in Area

A new graduation ceremony at East Mississippi Community College allowed a handful of students the chance to "double-dip" this week.

 

 

Waste Management receives grant

Posted 12/10/2012 in Area

Golden Triangle Waste Management Authority received a grant this week that will be used to fund a household hazardous waste collection project.

 

 

Salvation Army, police seek toy donations

Posted 12/7/2012 in Area

The Salvation Army and Walmart will be working together this weekend to provide another way for local residents to make Christmas brighter for area children.

 

Skimming fraud on upswing during shopping season

Posted 12/6/2012 in Area

With only 19 shopping days left until Christmas, shoppers crowd the stores and browse the Internet in search of the perfect gift. For many, that means paying for the item by a swipe of the debit card and that could make unsuspecting shoppers vulnerable.

Lairy to run for Turner's senate seat

Posted 12/6/2012 in Area

Like father, like daughter? Angela Turner Lairy, daughter of state senator Bennie Turner, D-West Point, has announced she will run in the Jan. 15 special election to fill the seat left vacant by her father's death Nov. 27, Lairy told the Dispatch Wednesday.

Turner leaves legacy of integrity and courage

Posted 12/3/2012 in Area

WCBI news personality Aundrea Self didn't hesitate when asked to describe her former employer and friend, the late Sen. Bennie Turner. "He always exuded a quiet confidence," Self said Sunday. "He had a strong presence when he walked into the room."

Supes give Silicor Materials an ultimatum

Posted 12/3/2012 in Area

Company has until Dec. 31 to escrow $150,000

 

Groups prep for holiday giving

Posted 11/30/2012 in Area

The holiday season can be a time of joy and wonder, but for many, it can also be a time of despair and frustration for those in need of toys for their children, clothes, food and even shelter. To make their holidays a bit brighter, many Lowndes County residents are joining together to volunteer and give back to the community.

 

 

Sen. Turner's funeral set for Monday in West Point

Posted 11/30/2012 in Area

The funeral for state Sen. Bennie Turner is scheduled for Monday in his hometown of West Point.

 

Longtime legislator Turner dead at 64

Posted 11/28/2012 in Area

A longtime member of the state legislature, who represented a portion of Lowndes County, has died at age 64. Bennie Turner, D-West Point, died Tuesday afternoon at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Big bill for levee upkeep comes to New Orleans

Posted 11/27/2012 in Area

In the busy and under-staffed offices of New Orleans' flood-control leaders, there's an uneasy feeling about what lies ahead.

Live or artificial: Christmas tree time has arrived

Posted 11/26/2012 in Area

It's that time of year when the twinkling of Christmas tree lights can be seen in nearly every home. Trees decorated with tinsel and homemade ornaments, with presents nestled under the branches, are proudly displayed in living rooms.

 

Local retailers battle football, big box stores

Posted 11/24/2012 in Area

Over the last few years, there has been a national movement to support small business. Small Business Saturday follows Black Friday and encourages shoppers to shop local and support members of their community by shopping at small, locally-owned businesses instead of big national chain stores.

 

Area peanut growers produce bumper crop

Posted 11/23/2012 in Area

Peanut butter is a staple food item for many Lowndes County residents. And if your favorite brand is Jif, there's a good chance your peanut butter may have ties to Monroe County.

 

Columbus merchants ready for Black Friday

Posted 11/21/2012 in Area

As families across the country gather over turkey and cranberry sauce to celebrate Thanksgiving, retailers and shopaholics alike are preparing for the biggest shopping day of the year -- Black Friday.

 

Unemployment numbers provide reason for optimism

Posted 11/21/2012 in Area

Unemployment figures continue to slowly drop, just in time for the holiday season, which should be a good bit brighter than last year for workers across the Golden Triangle.

 

West Point's Christmas Tour of Homes visits Old Waverly

Posted 11/17/2012 in Area

The third annual Christmas Tour of Homes in West Point will showcase six unique homes at Old Waverly Golf Club on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 2-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 4-6 p.m. in the Clubhouse on the grounds.

 

Husband rescues wife from burning home

Posted 11/14/2012 in Area

The heroic efforts of a Crawford man saved the life of his wife Tuesday morning. The mobile home belonging to Henry and Betty Sharp caught fire just after 8:30 yesterday morning with two women trapped inside.

 

West Point to crack down on unlicensed vendors

Posted 11/13/2012 in Area

The West Point Police Department plans to crack down on unauthorized vendors.

 

Voter turnout strong locally

Posted 11/7/2012 in Area

Although President Barack Obama was elected to a second term Tuesday night, Republican Mitt Romney won in Lowndes County but only by a narrow margin.

 

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