Sometime between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday before last, Mary Simmons sent her brother in Atlanta a text message from her Tokyo apartment: It said, "Big earthquake in Japan. Epicenter not Tokyo. I'm safe and warm."
"Weeping" Willie Lang became a poet literally overnight. About 14 years ago, Lang was sleeping in his house near Helen's Kitchen, where the now out-of-work radio talk show host can usually be found drinking coffee and selling poetry.
When now-and-then resident Craig Oswald looks at the Gilmer Inn, he sees a treasure trove of history and a cast of colorful characters. But that's not how the inn is seen by its neighbors.
An 18-year-old woman was charged with perjury Thursday after she recanted claims that her ex-boyfriend had kidnapped, beaten and shot at her in late December.
It started with a personal goal: Get 50 pounds lighter, regain some energy. Mike Chandler, 47, never expected to win the 2011 Lowndes County Shrinkdown challenge.
Deputy clerks plug away on computers, packing small boxes in their free moments. Meanwhile, it still is a public office, with customers coming in sporadically.
The head of the Starkville Electric Department is urging customers to look at its new rate system as an opportunity to control their energy use.
Mississippi University for Women announced two key leadership positions following recent approval by the state College Board.
Mobile banking isn't anything new, but Cadence Bank's recently unveiled iPhone application is blazing new trails in Starkville.
Starkville is banking on an MDEQ grant to get more green trash bags on the street.
A Columbus Municipal Court hearing to appoint a public defender for the man suspected of a double homicide at the Elbow Room Lounge has been postponed until April 7.
The Lowndes County Circuit Clerk's office, on the second floor of the Lowndes County Courthouse, will be open only for minimal business and emergencies on Friday.
City Judge Nicole Clinkscales has not dismissed a disproportionately high number of cases involving the police officer who arrested her in 2009, a Dispatch investigation has revealed.
This week is spring break week for local students, who are getting a rest from classes and homework while parents get to spend more time with their children.
The Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit and the city SWAT team busted a large drug distribution ring Tuesday, arresting five people and seizing $36,100 worth of drugs.
A 34-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly fondled a 14-year-old girl while she was at a sleep-over at his residence.
A 44-year-old man who allegedly chased a woman from her home last year with a sword was arrested again last week, this time for grand larceny and credit card fraud from his mother.
Lowndes County plans to borrow an additional $1 million to fund a downtown Columbus soccer complex.
The Columbus City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to cap the number of days an injured or disabled city employee can be on light or restricted duty at 90 days.
The Columbus Red Cross Chapter, which has recently strained to raise funds, has already received pledges for $31,000 in its Heroes Campaign this month.
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