Mississippi leads the nation in teenage pregnancy. Our Legislature is also a leader -- in keeping comprehensive sex education out of public schools. There seems to be a connection here.
Despite the down economy and crippling state budget cuts, Mississippi University for Women's interim president, Allegra Brigham, reported there are more than a few rays of sunshine emanating from the Columbus college.
Cadence's about-face on Wednesday, agreeing to be scooped up by a private investment firm one week after it had already agreed to be bought by Trustmark, is a positive outcome for the Starkville and Columbus communities.
Mississippi's community colleges look like a great deal, the more we look at the numbers.
We've seen interesting discussions on our website regarding the case of the Sulligent, Ala., football coach who is accused of child molestation charges, both in federal court and in courts in Monroe and Itawamba counties.
Many of us can still remember when all the banks in town were either locally owned or closely held -- National Bank of Commerce, First Columbus National Bank, Merchants and Farmers among them.
Franklin Academy was awhirl with activity Tuesday morning -- literally. The University of Mississippi Medical Center's MedEvac helicopter landed in the Magnolia Bowl, a strong symbol of the landing of a partnership between the Jackson medical center and the Columbus elementary school.
It actually felt chilly Monday morning. Fall is here, and we couldn't be more ready.
Economic tides seem to ebb and flow in downtown Columbus, as they do most places. Businesses come and go. Stores and restaurants open, then go dark, and are replaced with something new.
Columbus has fielded its first two pedaling patrolmen, who will be policing high-crime areas on mountain bikes. Patrolmen Kenneth Brewer and Dwight Smith are on bikes part-time until they complete their training, which will enable them to train other officers.
A local high school student's death in a tragic hunting accident has brought out the best in many of those who knew him -- and many who didn't.
One of the joys of the newspaper business is we're inundated with spam e-mail on a daily basis -- and during a heated election season, much of it is political.
The economy may have slowed things down, but the PACCAR engine plant -- the newest and one of the biggest feathers in the region's industrial cap -- is suddenly humming along. The company, which has typically remained guarded about what's happening inside its Lowndes County plant, said Monday it has already produced more than 1,000 engines at the facility.
How many hometowns does Tennessee Williams have? Clarksdale, New Orleans, Provincetown, Mass., and Columbus all have a claim on the playwright and all hold literary events in his honor.
As ironic as it sounds, some local inmates can thank getting locked up for giving them a jump start on their education.
Tennessee Williams scholars, actors, and even some friends and family of the famed playwright have been gathering in Columbus this week for the tribute and tour held each year in the Pulitzer-winner's honor.
Religious extremists do extreme things, no matter their religion. That's why we're not surprised that the wrong-headed leader of a small church in Florida plans to burn a Quran, Islam's holy book, in a bonfire on Sept. 11.
Today, we began charging for some content on our website, cdispatch.com. This decision, and exactly how we should go about it, came after much internal discussion and debate.
Allegra Brigham, Mississippi University for Women's interim president, is locked in a game of good cop, bad cop.
In 2011, Columbus will be home to a cutting-edge biofuel production site, potentially paving the way for more renewable energy sources.
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