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Monroe coroner: Man found in field died of natural causes

Posted 6/2/2011 in Area

A Hamilton man found dead on Monday died of natural causes, said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley.



Choctaw Coroner: Inmate killed after attacking officer

Posted 6/2/2011 in Area

A Choctaw County fugitive who overpowered an Ackerman police officer and stole her cruiser at gunpoint is dead following a pursuit.



Missing Hamilton man found dead

Posted 5/31/2011 in Area

HAMILTON -- Authorities say an 81-year-old Monroe County man was found dead in a field behind his home Monday by two neighbors.



Memorial Day Closings

Posted 5/25/2011 in Area

The Dispatch will not print a newspaper on Monday, May, 30, and our offices will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.



Clay County man dies in 18-wheeler accident

Posted 5/25/2011 in Area

A Clay County man died Monday night when his vehicle was struck on the side of the road by an 18-wheeler.


Fewer people filling up as gas prices rise

Posted 5/17/2011 in Area

Monday afternoon, 68-year-old William Nance pumped $10 worth of gas into his pickup. At $3.96 a gallon, $10 in mid-grade fuel doesn't go as far as it used to.


Columbus concert set to raise money for Smithville

Posted 5/15/2011 in Area

The local music community is putting its own spin on tornado relief, holding a benefit concert along the Columbus Riverwalk on Sunday from noon until late into the night.



Wren man dies in wreck

Posted 5/14/2011 in Area

A 76-year-old man died and his grandson was severely injured Friday, when his pickup was struck by an 18-wheeler in Monroe County.


Helping hands: Area residents provide relief for those impacted by tornadoes

Posted 5/14/2011 in Area

Lowndes County was largely spared the wrath of last month's devastating tornadoes, residents have not gone untouched. Some had friends and family who were directly impacted. Others didn't know a single person involved, but they responded anyway. Some gave money. Some gave time. Most gave something.

PBS does detective work in West Point

Posted 5/12/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- A young white man, donning a Confederate uniform, poses with his knife and revolver. Beside him, a young black man is seated, also holding his knife, and a shotgun, also in a Confederate coat.


BancorpSouth to close 23 branches in six states

Posted 5/11/2011 in Area

BancorpSouth Inc. said Tuesday that it will close 23 bank branches in six states this summer as part of a plan to consolidate operations.



In the Delta, a new flood brings back old fears

Posted 5/9/2011 in Area

GREENVILLE -- As the crest in the Mississippi River rolls toward the heart of the Delta, the great flood of 1927 is on a lot of minds.



Mississippi River could crest today at Memphis

Posted 5/9/2011 in Area

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Forecasters say the Mississippi River could crest late today at Memphis -- hours sooner than previously predicted -- but the mayor says the city's ready for it.



River forces move of 'Memphis in May' barbecue contest

Posted 5/6/2011 in Area

As Old Man River continues to rise, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, in cooperation with local and state emergency management personnel, is closely monitoring Mississippi River levels, which are expected to crest May 10.


Starkville volunteers aid Smithville tornado cleanup

Posted 5/5/2011 in Area

Smithville isn't flattened. It's hilly. One week after being assaulted by an EF-5 tornado that left 16 residents dead as of Wednesday, the landscape of the Monroe County town is studded with piles of rubble and debris which have been gathered, swept and bulldozed together.


UPDATED: How you can volunteer, donate to the tornado relief effort

Posted 5/4/2011 in Area

Ways to donate your time, money and supplies to the storm relief effort.



Attorney general warns of fraud, price gouging

Posted 5/3/2011 in Area

As victims of tornadoes last week try to reassemble their fragmented lives, state officials are asking people to be on the lookout for fraud and price gouging.



Power restored to most 4-County customers

Posted 5/3/2011 in Area

Crews from 4-County Electric Power Association are almost finished restored power following a series of deadly storms in late April.



West Point principal tapped to lead district

Posted 5/3/2011 in Area

Burnell McDonald is next in line to run the West Point School District.


Columbus contractor, moved by tragedy, starts charity for tornado victims

Posted 5/3/2011 in Area

They stood in the rain around the red donation box, eyes closed, hands clasped, praying for the people of Smithville, praying for direction as they attempt to help in whatever way they can. What started as a simple Facebook post has become a cohesive movement, and what started as an uneasy feeling has become a loud, clear calling to serve.


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