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Sonic hits hurdles in effort to build new parking lot

Posted 9/15/2010 in Business

The effort to build a new parking lot behind the Sonic Drive-In at Highway 12 and Vine Street was delayed Tuesday night when restaurant representatives withdrew their rezoning request and vowed to come back with another.


Teachers spending more than time in classroom

Posted 9/15/2010 in Business

As the sluggish economy drags on, teachers are providing more to their students than just knowledge. A national study released this month found that nationwide, teachers spent an average of $356 of their own money each year on supplies and instructional materials for their classrooms -- over and above the money parents spend each year for their children's own supplies.

Lowndes may become regional hub for autopsies

Posted 9/15/2010 in Business

The Lowndes County Coroner's Office is dead set on hosting its own autopsies and those of at least eight other Mississippi counties by January.

United Way supporters kick off county fundraising campaign

Posted 9/10/2010 in Business

More than 100 volunteers and supporters gathered Thursday at the Trotter Convention Center to herald in the beginning of the annual 2010-11 United Way of Lowndes County fundraising campaign.


Memphis Business Journal: Renasant to open new location in Columbus (link)

Posted 9/9/2010 in Business



Internet search just got better with Google Instant

Posted 9/9/2010 in Business

On Wednesday Google rolled out their Google Instant feature. Google Instant makes searching much easier and faster by actually showing search results to you while you type your keywords.



Renasant to expand in Golden Triangle

Posted 9/9/2010 in Business

Renasant Bank Wednesday announced its intention to enter the Columbus-Lowndes County market during the fourth quarter of 2010.


State poised for fast rebound, lt. gov. says (video)

Posted 9/8/2010 in Business

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant believes Mississippi is positioned to bounce back faster than any state in the country once the recession loosens its grip. He explained why during a Tuesday stop in Columbus.


Governor signs bill banning synthetic marijuana

Posted 9/3/2010 in Business

Synthetic marijuana is now illegal in Mississippi.



Police out in force for Labor Day weekend

Posted 9/3/2010 in Business

Law enforcement agencies nationwide are bracing for the Labor Day weekend rush, setting checkpoints and working officers overtime.



Plan to withhold Medicaid funds could cause education cuts

Posted 9/3/2010 in Business

Gov. Haley Barbour announced Tuesday $82 million slated for public K-12 schools would instead be placed in the state's rainy day fund.


Bar owner sues city, county for harassment

Posted 9/2/2010 in Business

Fuhgetaboutit bar owner Freddie Fields has sued Columbus and Lowndes County law enforcement agencies and officers for allegedly harassing him and his business.


Welcome to the paywall. Come on in.

Posted 9/1/2010 in Business

The Economist magazine declared 2010 the "Year of the Paywall" earlier this year. A paywall is simply refers to a subscription to a news website. The Dispatch launches our paywall today.


New prison offers boost for region's economy

Posted 9/1/2010 in Business

ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Mississippians and Alabamians packed the Aliceville, Ala., City Hall Tuesday to learn about job opportunities at the city's new federal women's prison.


MUW doesn't plan to lay off faculty

Posted 9/1/2010 in Business

Mississippi University for Women's tenured professors' jobs aren't in danger for fiscal 2012.



Aurora expected to double workforce in light of new contract

Posted 9/1/2010 in Business

Aurora Flight Sciences has been awarded a contract by the United States Department of Defense to build an unmanned vehicle -- the Orion Unmanned Aerial System -- which is developed at Aurora's Columbus facility.



Pistol-packing Ala. grandmother shoots intruder in bedroom

Posted 8/31/2010 in Business

A pistol-packing grandmother in Decatur hopes intruders will think twice before messing with her again.


Congressional review: Arts school gets A-plus (video)

Posted 8/31/2010 in Business

Students at Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School are less than a month into the school year and already have performed for a U.S. congressman.


State approves biofuel project for Columbus

Posted 8/29/2010 in Business

Mississippi lawmakers on Friday swiftly approved a multimillion dollar incentive package for what state and company officials call a first-in-the-world project to convert timber products to a crude oil substitute.



WTVA: Bankruptcy ahead for Blockbuster? (link)

Posted 8/27/2010 in Business



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