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Dispatch managing editor arrested over incident at Trotter

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Managing editor Zack Plair was arrested in The Dispatch newsroom on misdemeanor charges Friday morning.


Natural hunters: Search dogs aid law enforcement in criminal investigations, weather disasters

Posted 4/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Paulette Weible says her hound dog Bella is a "leader." So much so that when the six-year-old search dog was looking for a missing person in Columbus on Thursday, she would stop moving every time the police officer walking with her got in front of them to stop traffic.


Dispatch editor involved in incident involving police at Trotter

Posted 4/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Dispatch employee was involved in an incident when Columbus police were called to the Trotter Convention Center downtown on Tuesday morning.


State auditor sheds light on investigations into government theft, corruption

Posted 4/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Shad White said there are two ways to do his job: the easy way and the right way.


Lemonade Day to be held all over Golden Triangle

Posted 4/9/2019 in Area

More than 150 children in the Starkville area had the chance to stretch their entrepreneurial wings last year in the city's first-ever Lemonade Day, an event designed to teach kids up to sixth grade the basic skills for owning and operating a business.


Lowndes County jail implements video visitation for inmates

Posted 4/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Starting April 15, a system that will end face-to-face contact between families and inmates at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center may also help those inmates see their families more often.


Revenue commissioner says he's worked to change department's image

Posted 4/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Herb Frierson said the biggest moonshine bust in the history of the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control was in Hancock County, when ABC agents busted a man and his brother -- for the second time -- for making 60 barrels of moonshine.


23 turn out for county candidate forum

Posted 4/1/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 20 hopefuls running for elected positions in Lowndes County turned out for a public forum at Caledonia's Anderson Grove Center Friday night.


Mayor to present plan to curb city's spending

Posted 3/30/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith will present a seven-part plan to reduce city expenses in an effort to combat a financial crisis that the city's financial consultant claims will leave Columbus out of cash by Sept. 30.


Woman arrested for stealing state trooper's pet pit bull puppy

Posted 3/27/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Derrick Beckom had left his 7-month-old pit bull puppy outside barely 10 minutes when he realized the puppy was gone.


Family of murdered inmate asks for jail records

Posted 3/22/2019 in Area

The family of an inmate at the Clay County Jail who was murdered by his cellmate has filed public records requests for documents related to their loved one's death.


Two arrested in Tuesday shooting

Posted 3/22/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 19-year-old with several dismissed charges to his name was one of two people arrested in connection with a shooting in east Columbus Tuesday.


Civil service commission upholds Adams' termination

Posted 3/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Civil Service Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to uphold the termination of a former Columbus Police Department investigator who drove to Moorhead in a city vehicle while on duty to apply for a job.


Area Catholics react to diocese list of clergy accused of sexual abuse

Posted 3/20/2019 in Area

Father Jason Johnston was removing an old picture frame from its place on the wall in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Starkville on Tuesday afternoon.


Area students to head to state spelling bee in Jackson Tuesday

Posted 3/18/2019 in Area

Soyeon Park has won the state spelling bee every year she's attended. This year, now that she's an eighth grader, is her last year to try.


Judge denied motion to dismiss criminal case against Canyon Boykin

Posted 3/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 16th circuit court judge ruled Friday not to dismiss a case against a former Columbus police officer involved in a fatal shooting three years ago.


Office Depot in Columbus to close

Posted 3/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Office Depot on Old Aberdeen Road in Columbus is closing. Store employees were confirming the closing to customers earlier this week, but store managers said they could not release information, including the date the business will shut its doors.


Monday profile: Starkville counselor helps clients 'find their voice'

Posted 3/11/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Karla Morgan said she's always been interested in helping people tell their stories. Of course, what that's looked like has varied over the years, said Morgan, a licensed counselor who opened her own private practice, Seeds Counseling and Wellness, in Starkville four years ago.


Planting a seed: Coding Academy students teach fifth graders basic coding skills

Posted 3/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Friday morning the auditorium at Franklin Elementary School was filled with the chatter of students -- and the buzzing of robots those students helped program.


'Capturing the creative class': Downtown makerspace open for Starkville entrepreneurs

Spencer Reed's first visit to the MSU Idea Shop on Thursday was also the first time using power tools for wood-turning.



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