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Supervisor: Lowndes administrator told to resign or be fired

Posted 3/21/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County supervisor told The Dispatch on Saturday that some members of the board are trying to force County Administrator Ralph Billingsley out of his job.


CLW will not disconnect customers, charge late fees until further notice

Posted 3/20/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water will not disconnect customers or charge late fees for its services until further notice, the utility's board voted Thursday.


Starkville dials back garbage pickup to once weekly per route

Posted 3/18/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Amid an "extraordinary last few days" where news and recommendations on how to respond to the COVID-19 is "changing by the hour," Mayor Lynn Spruill asked aldermen Tuesday to declare a local state of emergency and announced sweeping changes to how the city will operate in the coming weeks.


Lowndes elections to return to paper ballots

Posted 3/18/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It appears Lowndes County elections will return to paper ballots but not in time for November.


Monday Profile: Pandemic has third-generation businessman working overtime to keep up

Posted 3/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

First they came for the hand sanitizer. Then the disinfectant. Then the toilet paper.


Home Base: Remembering Mr. Don

Posted 3/13/2020 in Local Columns

t was a little after 10 a.m. on a weekday. Another edition of the newspaper was printing on the press, and Don Rowe was sitting in my office.


Home Base: Better safe than sorry

Posted 3/12/2020 in Local Columns

My stepdaughter, Julia, has severe food allergies. We're talking peanuts, tree nuts, soy flour and soy protein.


Ethics Commission dismisses Dispatch complaint against EMCC regarding hype videos

Posted 3/11/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Ethics Commission last week dismissed a public records complaint The Dispatch filed against East Mississippi Community College in October in lieu of obtaining requested copies of hype videos the school produced for its football team.


LCSD weighs whether to tie West campus to Prairie Land sewer service

Posted 3/10/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District's board members are still weighing whether to turn over wastewater treatment at its West Lowndes facilities to Prairie Land Water Association. On Friday, though, the question seemed to be more of "when" than "if."


'It still ain't quite right yet': Shady Street slowly bounces back from 2019 tornado

Posted 2/22/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was cold Friday afternoon, but Willie Peterson was glad to be back to work all the same. Climbing to the top few steps of a ladder leaned against the side of a house on Shady Street, he surveyed how well the roof work had held up to recent days of significant rainfall that finally ceased late Thursday afternoon. Then coming down from the ladder, Peterson began preparing for his next tasks.


LCSD seeks cause of 100-plus roof leaks at New Hope High

Posted 2/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The roof at the 2-year-old New Hope High School building has leaked as many as 115 times, 38 of which are confirmed splits in the roofing material, project architect Joey Henderson told Lowndes County School board members during a special-call meeting Tuesday evening.


Aldermen issue bonds for park projects on 4-3 vote

A 4-3 vote Tuesday moved forward a resolution for Starkville aldermen to issue up to $25 million in general obligation bonds for park improvements, including building a tournament ready sports complex at Cornerstone Park off Highway 25.


SMART sees 20.5-percent rise in ridership in 2019

Posted 1/22/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit system saw increased ridership in 2019 for its campus and city routes, director Jeremiah Dumas reported to the board of aldermen Tuesday.


Monday Profile: A newspaper career with the wax burns to prove it

Posted 1/13/2020 in Area

Burns from a wax machine. Tiny nicks on her hands from an exacto knife. Stephanie Minor remembers firmly, even somewhat fondly, these markers of her early years working in the small-town newspaper business.


Buxton takes over as interim principal at Sale

Posted 1/10/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robyn Buxton roamed the halls of Sale Elementary as a wide-eyed first grader in 1971, probably at that time with no desire to ever be in the principal's office. Now, that's exactly where she wants to be.


MSU aerospace engineering instructor reflects on 35 years of designing airplanes

Posted 1/6/2020 in Area

Rob Wolz is in his second year as a full-time aerospace engineering instructor at Mississippi State University.


'Go feed the strippers': Local pastor's wife once led a strip club ministry in Nashville, Tennessee

Posted 12/30/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Since January, Erin Stevens' life has looked pretty standard by Southern Baptist pastor's wife standards.


2019: Starkville's year in review

Posted 12/28/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Development, or at least the promise of future development, dominated headlines in Starkville and Oktibbeha County in 2019.


'Almost Like Home': Volunteer group feeds first responders on Christmas for eighth year

Posted 12/28/2019 in Community

It was a matter of minutes before Starkville firefighters were scheduled to eat Christmas dinner Wednesday evening at Fire Station 1 downtown. Then a call sent several of the firefighters on duty scrambling to a business on Highway 12 not knowing what exactly awaited them or when they would return.


Columbus woman rings bell every year for Salvation Army despite health issues

Posted 12/23/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bundled up in a coat and scarf, Patricia Hollis smiled and spoke to customers outside Kroger in Columbus Wednesday morning as she rang the familiar Salvation Army bell.



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