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Local ties emerge as DAR marks bicentennial of War of 1812

Posted 6/18/2012 in Area

On June 18, 1812, the young United States of America shocked the world by declaring war on Great Britain. Two centuries later, the conflict known widely as the "second war of independence" is being recognized in Columbus.


Lowndes, Clay counties to get money from feds

Posted 6/18/2012 in Area

Lowndes and Clay counties will be among more than 1,850 local governments to receive funds under the 2012 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.


MSU director co-chairs armored vehicle research team for NATO

Posted 6/16/2012 in Area

The newest co-chair of a research team developing the next generation of ground vehicles for the world's leading military alliance is from Mississippi State University.

A welcome change: Drop in gas prices has little effect on city's budget

Posted 6/14/2012 in Area

After months of grim forecasts and overwrought predictions, gas prices did the exact opposite of what was predicted and took a nosedive. According to the average price in Columbus is $3.27 a gallon, with the lowest prices being $3.23 a gallon at Murphy USA. The highest price was found at Sandfield One Stop with a price of $3.39 a gallon.

Caveat Emptor: Law enforcement sees surge in scams

Posted 6/14/2012 in Area

Local law enforcement are urging the public to be "suspicious and cautious" of several different scams that both the Starkville Police Department and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office have had an increased number of reports for.


Cyberstalking cases are hard to prosecute

Posted 6/11/2012 in Area

Stalking laws have been on the books in the United States since the early 1990's, and in 2003, following suite with a number of other states, Mississippi enacted a felony cyberstalking statute to help fight digital victimization. Even so, only a relative few cases are prosecuted.



Caledonia outlines municipal complex plans

Posted 6/9/2012 in Area

It may not be the Taj Mahal, but Caledonia aldermen believe the new municipal complex they're planning will be a welcome improvement for the community.


Judge Kitchens frustrated with state sentencing laws

Posted 6/9/2012 in Area

16th District Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens says state laws creating leniency on time served for convicted criminals is undermining the justice system.

Sex offender captured after chase

Posted 6/8/2012 in Area

After eluding authorities in Pickens County, Ala., a Columbus man is behind bars, charged with failing to register as a sex offender.


Nothing foggy about mosquito control

Posted 6/7/2012 in Area

There are two things associated with summer in Mississippi: oppressive heat and humidity and the presence of mosquitoes. Summer in Columbus are no different.



Spain House fate remains in limbo

Posted 6/7/2012 in Area

Tupelo leaders have been told relocating the historic Spain House will cost 62 percent more than originally estimated.



KiOR to research bamboo as biofuel

Posted 6/5/2012 in Area

Alcorn State University, in Lorman, is partnering with Pasadena, Texas-based KiOR, researching bamboo as a biofuel. Mississippi Development Authority legislation that brought KiOR to Columbus also included funding for Alcorn and Mississippi State University.


EMCC Workforce students double-down for free

Posted 6/4/2012 in Area

A pair of Golden Triangle students recently took advantage of grants and local funding to complete two programs, each, through East Mississippi Community College's Workforce Services Division, without paying a penny. The duo said it was tough, but it was worth it.

MSU hosts 4-H State Congress

Posted 6/1/2012 in Area

Teenagers from across the state gathered on the campus of Mississippi State University this week for the 2012 4-H State Congress hosted by the MSU Extension Service. This year, the congress drew nearly 700 youth, volunteers and extension agents, many of whom, officials hope, might one day attend MSU.

Colom appointed judge for city of Aberdeen

Posted 5/31/2012 in Area

Columbus native Scott Colom has been appointed municipal judge by the Aberdeen Board of Aldermen on a 4-1 vote. Ward 1 Alderman Alonzo Sykes voted against the appointment.


Damage award to sexually abused youth upheld

Posted 5/31/2012 in Area

The state Court of Appeals has upheld an award of $500,000 to a teenager who was sexually abused by workers at facilities operated by the Mississippi Department of Human Services in Starkville and Ackerman.


Smith named managing editor

Posted 5/30/2012 in Area

Slim Smith has been named managing editor of The Commercial Dispatch.


Police crack down on DUIs and seatbelts

Posted 5/29/2012 in Area

Several traffic check points were implemented by CPD over the holiday weekend. Between Saturday and Monday at midnight, 98 citations were issued and six arrests were made, including one for driving under the influence (DUI).


Ballet, art, cooking offered in upcoming summer programs

Posted 5/15/2012 in Area

The end of the school year doesn't have to be the beginning of the summer doldrums. Area organizations have planned a jam-packed calendar of events spanning the gamut of interests, from educational programs to outdoors camps and creative pursuits.


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