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EMCC's Buddy Stephens comfortable as a junior college lifer

Posted 12/7/2013 in Area

"A junior college lifer." East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens does not know when or where the term originated. However, he does know his comfort level with the accolade.


Sources: Bulldogs bound for Liberty Bowl

Posted 12/5/2013 in Area

Sources close to the Mississippi State football program confirm to The Dispatch they are preparing for a invitation to the 2013 Liberty Bowl. The Bulldogs will play the winner of the CUSA championship game between Rice and Marshall.


Vernon website aimed at promotion

Posted 12/4/2013 in Area

The City of Vernon's first official website will be fully functional in 45 days, Mayor Glenn Crawford announced at the Vernon City Council meeting Monday.


Sister: Deadly shooting was over Alabama-Auburn game

Posted 12/4/2013 in Area

A woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of last weekend's Iron Bowl football game was angry that the victim and others didn't seem upset over the Crimson Tide's loss to archrival Auburn, said the sister of the slain woman.


Arrest report: 12-3-13

Posted 12/3/2013 in Area


Former Klansman indicted in cross burning

Posted 11/30/2013 in Area

A onetime Ku Klux Klan leader is charged with burning a cross in a mostly black neighborhood in southeast Alabama, federal prosecutors said Friday.



Retrial to begin in Katrina police shooting

Posted 11/30/2013 in Area

Three years after his manslaughter conviction, a former New Orleans police officer is getting a second chance to persuade a jury that he was justified in fatally shooting a man outside a strip mall during Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath.



Area stores, shoppers ready for 'early' Black Friday

Posted 11/28/2013 in Area

In years past, Black Friday sales have been reserved for, well, Friday. Not this year. Many stores around the Golden Triangle are opening at 8 o'clock tonight, giving shoppers a few more precious hours to snatch up the must-have items of the season.



Millport to get $350K sewer upgrade

Posted 11/27/2013 in Area

The City of Millport's sewer system will receive an upgrade after Mayor Icie Wriley announced Monday a $350,000 grant had been awarded from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.



School news: Lamar County honor roll

Posted 11/27/2013 in Area


West Point tax returns jump $16K

Posted 11/25/2013 in Area

Mississippi Department of Revenue data shows West Point tax returns collected in September and received by the city this month are up when compared to the same months in 2012, while Columbus and Starkville returns were down.


Federal prosecutors appeal Tupelo child porn acquittal

Posted 11/25/2013 in Area


Gas line leak leads to Artesia evacuation

Posted 11/21/2013 in Area

Approximately 200 residents were evacuated from their homes in Artesia earlier this morning after a suspected gas line break.

Arrest report: 11-21-13

Posted 11/21/2013 in Area


1 dead in Lee Co. school bus collision

Posted 11/21/2013 in Area



Elvis Presley's intellectual property rights sold

Posted 11/20/2013 in Area



Ala. rail line reopens after derailment, spill

Posted 11/19/2013 in Area


Mississippi University for Women, EMCC joining culinary forces

Posted 11/16/2013 in Area

Mississippi University for Women and East Mississippi Community College are joining forces in the world of culinary arts. Students earning their associates degree in hotel and restaurant management at EMCC will now be able to "seamlessly transfer" to MUW to obtain a degree in culinary arts, the institutions announced Friday.

Hometown hero Jerry Rice returns to Crawford

Posted 11/15/2013 in Area

One day in the late 1970s, at B. L. Moor High School, principal Ezell Wicks was making his rounds in the hallways. He spotted Jerry Rice playing hookie. Rice thought his hiding place was optimal. It wasn't. Wicks approached and scared Rice, who bolted. Wicks noticed how fast the sophomore could run and, after lashing Rice eight times, told him to try out for the football team.


Tupelo hospital lays off 109 workers

Posted 11/14/2013 in Area



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