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Storm anniversary: Transplants long for home, embrace new city

Posted 8/29/2010 in Area

On Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, Patricia Jordan and her son, Teche, watched the waters outside their Ocean Springs home, which was four blocks from the beach, rise until their mailbox was under water. Then they watched their car float down the street like a boat. When water began pouring through the electrical outlets of their one-story home and waves started buckling the walls, Jordan knew it was time to get out.

Libraries, though more vital, struggling with cuts

Posted 8/27/2010 in Area

An unfortunate correlation occurs at public libraries when the economy turns sour: Budgets and services are cut just as the public's need for access to those resources peaks.

Biofuel company to locate in Columbus (video)

Posted 8/26/2010 in Area

JACKSON -- Columbus is first in line to receive one of three renewable biofuel production plants in Mississippi. Governor Haley Barbour announced Thursday KiOR of Houston, Texas, has agreed to invest $500 million to build three facilities in Mississippi and create an estimated 1,000 jobs.

For first time, MSU turns away housing applicants

Posted 8/26/2010 in Area

Hundreds of Mississippi State University students can attest to the university's growth. For the first time, MSU has had to turn away about 400 upperclassmen requesting on-campus housing. "They approached us desiring a space in housing," explained MSU Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Bill Kibler, noting the requests of the upperclassmen were declined in time for them to find off-campus housing before school began.


Jobless rate rises in July in state, across Golden Triangle

Posted 8/25/2010 in Area

Mississippi's unemployment rate for July rose to 11.5 percent, and Golden Triangle counties all had rates worse than the state average. In Columbus, more than one in five people was out of work.



Positive intervention

Posted 8/24/2010 in Area

Parents and teachers tend to believe students know how to act by the time they reach school age and if they're being "bad" it's because they choose to be. Not so, says a professional development service from the University of Southern Mississippi.



Selectmen question municipal court operations

Posted 8/24/2010 in Area

After months of discussion, West Point's city judge appeared before the Board of Selectmen Thursday during a special called meeting to address concerns about the current municipal court probation system.


New chuckles debut on Dispatch's comics page

Posted 8/23/2010 in Area

The Dispatch is welcoming a few new characters to its funny page.


Area districts tout improvement on test scores

Posted 8/20/2010 in Area

School districts around the Golden Triangle are touting their improvements today following the release of 2009-2010 accountability testing results.



No foul play suspected in New Hope car fire

Posted 8/20/2010 in Area

Foul play is not suspected in a car fire that broke out at the BP gas station at Highway 69 and Hughes Road near New Hope on Monday.



Noxubee County man pleads guilty to murder

Posted 8/19/2010 in Area

A 26-year-old man pleaded guilty to the 2007 murder of a Noxubee County man Thursday in Lowndes County Circuit Court.



Two arrested in Omnova strike

Posted 8/19/2010 in Area

Two union workers were arrested at Omnova Wednesday evening while they were protesting the way the company treated them.



Redistricting could mean lost seat in Lowndes

Posted 8/19/2010 in Area

Will Lowndes County lose a representative in the Mississippi Legislature? Will a redistricting plan be approved before the June 1 qualifying deadline for elections?


Enrollment rises at public schools, falls at most private academies

Posted 8/19/2010 in Area

Around the Golden Triangle, enrollment at public schools is up, while some private schools have experienced a decrease.


Job details available soon for north Miss. Toyota plant

Posted 8/19/2010 in Area

State and local officials on Monday will reveal details about how people can apply for the 2,000 production jobs at the Toyota plant in north Mississippi.



The Monroe Journal: - Minga awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to wire fraud (link)

Posted 8/19/2010 in Area

An Amory business man pleads guilty to federal fraud charges.



Power Brokers: Some electric co-op boards make more, do less

Posted 8/18/2010 in Area

As long as the lights stay on, most people are content to stay in the dark about who runs their electric company.


Tronox fire rattles neighbors

Posted 8/17/2010 in Area

A thick dark cloud rose behind Cadence Bank on Old Highway 45. It took a few moments for workers at the Hamilton bank to realize it was smoke, and there was only one place it could be coming from.


Despite heat, recent rains help jump-start crops

Posted 8/17/2010 in Area

Record temperatures have some farmers sweating about the viability of their crops in August. Farmers in Lowndes County, however, aren't hurting as badly.



Lawmakers hold redistricting hearings

Posted 8/17/2010 in Area

JACKSON -- Fast-growing and relatively affluent suburbs could gain representation in the Mississippi Legislature, while economically struggling areas with shrinking populations could lose some seats.



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