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The final days of The Victorian Era: Only one goal remains for Bulldogs in 'Queen Victoria's' final season

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Last October, Victoria Vivians was chosen as homecoming queen at Mississippi State and she's embraced the title of "Queen Victoria" ever since. It suits her, probably more than she realizes.


Slimantics: Have the stars aligned for Miss. Democrats?

Posted 3/16/2018 in Local Columns

Ever since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the idea that a coalition of progressive white and black voters in Mississippi could break the stranglehold of conservative politics in a state-wide race has been largely an unproven theory.


Goodbye to an unorthodox restaurateur: Norfleet Reichle dies at home Wednesday at age 68

Posted 3/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Norfleet Reichle, lover of food, drink, friends and outlandish schemes, died at his home Wednesday at age 68.


New veterans center director looks to build on MSU reputation

Posted 3/14/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For military veterans, college can be a different world.


Top-seeded Bulldogs thrilled to open play on a weekend night

Posted 3/13/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It happens every year, but somehow it never feels like a routine.


Spelling success: Area students prepare for state bee with trip to Washington on the line

Posted 3/12/2018 in Area

A student each from Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties will be among those competing Tuesday in the Mississippi Spelling Bee at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium at Jackson State University.


'Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?': Sale Elementary invites community leaders to match wits at quiz game

Posted 3/10/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Friday afternoon, the Sale Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization staged a quiz competition, inviting a group of city leaders to match wits against a panel of 15 honor roll students.


Parents plan to fight against Head Start closure

Posted 3/9/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Anderson Grove Head Start program is set to close at the end of the school year on May 24 after 34 years of operation at the former elementary school just south of the Caledonia town limits.


The Pickett line: New parks team ready to go to work in Caledonia

Posted 3/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Until Monday, the job of managing Caledonia's Parks Department was a one-man gig.


Mississippi seeing record employment

Posted 3/8/2018 in Area

Unemployment in Mississippi continued in 2018 at historically low rates, according to information released this week by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.


Slimantics: Mississippi abortion bill is built on science that doesn't exist

Posted 3/8/2018 in Local Columns

Something interesting happened in the Mississippi Legislature this week.


Lowndes Co. looks to CDs for more revenue

Posted 3/6/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors approved a plan Monday to bring more money into the county coffers by investing some of its general fund in bank certificate of deposits.


Columbus water tower gets makeover

Posted 3/5/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hal McClanahan's neighbor to the north of his home on Second Street South has always been pretty quiet. That changed Saturday morning.


Hickman requests termination hearing

Posted 3/3/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board approved the hiring of a legal consultant during a special call meeting Friday, a day after an attorney for former superintendent Phillip Hickman requested a termination hearing.


Lowndes school district looks for funds to equip new tech center

Posted 3/1/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District Superintendent Lynn Wright appeared before the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Wednesday seeking help to fund equipment for the district's new career tech center.


Slimantics: Senate campaign: Sweet, but deadly

Posted 3/1/2018 in Local Columns

Ask any dog owner and he will tell you to be careful where you keep the anti-freeze.


Boys and Girls Club members 'Rise Up' for black history program

Posted 2/28/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One by one, the children stepped up to the podium, the heads of some of the smaller children barely visible to the audience of 75 people who gathered Tuesday evening at the Columbus Boys and Girls Club for the club's annual Black History Month program.


Slimantics: MSMS is model that can be followed

Posted 2/28/2018 in Local Columns

Thirty years ago, the Mississippi Legislature, in a rare spasm of visionary leadership, created the Mississippi School for Mathematics & Science on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.


New Hope school attendance bounces back today

Posted 2/27/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, continue to look into a pair of social media posts that threatened violence at New Hope schools that had concerned parents keeping their children out of school Monday.


Poll results for posterity: Dispatch displays board once used to inform public of election results in real-time

Posted 2/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Over the decades, the way news is processed, packaged and delivered has evolved -- from newspapers to radio to TV and, now, social media.



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