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Big T stands apart: Bulldog center Teaira McCowan will play her final home game tonight

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Midway through the second quarter Friday night, Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State's 6-foot-7 center, got the ball about 20 feet from the basket, turned and fired the first three-point shot of her 146-game career at Mississippi State. The shot clanged off the basket. The crowd roared with approval anyway.


'A nice problem to have': MSU fans grapple with how to enjoy three major sporting events today

Posted 3/22/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For years, the knock on Dodgers baseball fans was their commitment. At every home game, thousands of fans abandon Dodger Stadium in the late innings to get a jump on the Los Angeles traffic.


Man tells his story of abuse by a priest who served in the Columbus area

Posted 3/20/2019 in Area

John Long will be 83 in April and confesses there are things he cannot remember from his childhood. Such is the erosive nature of time.


Slimantics: For MSU men, the Q turned out to be the A

Posted 3/16/2019 in Local Columns

If you were among the 9,931 fans who turned out to Humphrey Coliseum on Nov. 14, 2015, to watch the rebirth of Mississippi State men's basketball, your hopes probably rested on one of two people.


Owners seek permits to rebuild storm-torn properties

Posted 3/14/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been a busy few weeks for the Columbus building inspection department in the wake of the Feb. 23 tornado that destroyed or damaged 275 homes and 38 businesses in the city.


Lowndes road department repairs flood damage to county roads

Posted 3/13/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While much of the attention over the past few weeks has been focused on the city of Columbus and its efforts to clean up after the Feb. 23 EF-3 tornado, Lowndes County has had its own "heavy lifting" to do.


Initial fears about drones starting to wane

Posted 3/12/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When drones hit the mass market about 10 years ago, those in the aviation industry didn't know one thing but knew another.


Kim accepts job as community development director

Posted 3/11/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For Sungman "Simon" Kim, Starkville's growth and its strong ties to Mississippi State University were key factors in his decision to accept the city's offer to become its new community development director.


Slimantics: Passing the WorkKeys

Posted 3/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At 8:25 Thursday morning, test proctor Terry Logan escorted eight people from the lobby at East Mississippi Community College to a classroom equipped with desktop computers, a calculator and pencil and paper.


Kratom banned in Caledonia

Posted 3/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thursday, Caledonia Mayor Mitch Wiggins provided notice to stores in town of a new ordinance banning the sale or possession of Kratom, which is commonly sold in convenience stores as a pain relief/energy supplement.


High water levels stymie river traffic

Posted 3/6/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been a quiet week along the Tombigbee River. The familiar sight of barges moving up and down the waterway is strangely absent and the routine of loading and unloading at the Lowndes County Port has slowed to a trickle.


Slimantics: Another Waller aims for an upset

Posted 3/6/2019 in Local Columns

Like many candidates, Bill Waller Jr. has started making his tour of newspaper offices to talk with editorial boards. On Monday, the Republican candidate for Governor arrived at The Dispatch where he spent a lot of time in the newspaper lobby.


Storm damage costs still unclear

Posted 3/2/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the past week, Lowndes County Emergency Management Director Cindy Lawrence has been holding regular briefings for groups involved in responding to the Feb. 23 tornado and flooding that swept through the county.


Weekend storm batters Main Street's last 'old home'

Posted 3/1/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the dozens of historic homes in Columbus, Saturday's EF-3 tornado was no more than a close call. There was, however, one exception.


Church of Christ nonprofit delivers relief tractor-trailer containing $70K of supplies

Posted 2/28/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Saturday evening, about an hour after an EF-3 tornado ripped through Columbus, Willie McCord went to check on his church.


Slimantics: Angels with dirty faces

Posted 2/28/2019 in Local Columns

Wednesday afternoon, a cloud of smoke hung over the intersection of Seventh Avenue North and 19th Street, but its presence did not signal cause for alarm.


Mildred's wild ride: Northside resident escapes SUV caught in Saturday tornado

Posted 2/26/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As much as she likes the fish sandwich at Skeet's Hot Dogs, Mildred Brooks admits it wasn't worth the trouble early Saturday evening. A short drive -- only about a mile from her home to the restaurant -- became Mildred's Wild Ride and a part of the folklore of the Columbus Tornado, an EF-3 twister that ripped through the city shortly after 5 p.m.


A baptism service to remember: Eight baptized Sunday at First Pentecostal at tornado-wrecked church site

Posted 2/25/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Come hell or high water, Blake Brown was going to get baptized Sunday. Under normal circumstances, that would be easy enough. Steve Blaylock, pastor at First Pentecostal Church on Tuscaloosa Road in East Columbus has baptized hundreds of people in his 22 years at the church. But pulling off a baptismal service Sunday was no small feat. For starters, the baptistery and the baptism robes were buried somewhere among the scattered debris of the church, which imploded under the power of Saturday evening's tornado.


Burdine eager to take on Caledonia marshal post

Posted 2/22/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kelvin Burdine may be the new town marshal in Caledonia, but that doesn't mean he's exactly a stranger.


Panel discusses school safety, discipline at parent meeting

Posted 2/22/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A group of about 150 parents and students gathered Thursday evening at Columbus Middle School to listen to school and city officials share information on a topic important to every parent in the district: school safety.



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