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Columbus police chief retiring at year's end

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Oscar Lewis submitted a letter to city leaders Monday announcing his intent to retire at the end of the month.

Canter: Tax credits available for pre-K donations

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Rachel Canter said the Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013 contains a little-known provision that should encourage anyone to donate to the state's 14 pre-school collaboratives.


State legislators to speak at Chamber-sponsored education town hall tonight

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce invites the public to an Education Town Hall with legislators this evening.


SPED parent speaks at school board meeting

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

The parent of a special needs child in the Columbus Municipal School District spoke to the board for the second time this year to complain about what he believes is the district's mishandling of his son's educational needs.

Commission delays decision on Lipscomb House demolition

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

If the sale of the Randolph Lipscomb property on the corner of Sixth Street and Third Avenue North is to be completed, the old house where the late Columbus attorney lived and practiced law will have to go.


Turbulent Senate race now in hands of Alabama voters

Posted yesterday in National

Depending on who is making the case, Alabama's special Senate election today is about either continuing the "Trump miracle" in Washington or allowing "decency" to prevail back home.



Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

Posted yesterday in National

Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior.



'One of my nightmares': Pipe bomb attack hits in NYC subway

Posted yesterday in National

A would-be suicide bomber inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set the device off at rush hour Monday in a scenario that New York has dreaded for years, authorities said.



Some glitches seen in deadline week for 'Obamacare' sign-ups

Posted yesterday in National

Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for "Obamacare" sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience.



Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

Posted yesterday in National

Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump's ordered ban suffered more legal setbacks.


Local toy drives, fundraisers still short of goals

Posted 12/11/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Of the 110 local families in Adopt-a-Family, the United Way of Lowndes County's venture to provide Christmas presents for needy families, only five still need businesses to purchase their Christmas gifts.

County OKs franchise agreement with MaxxSouth

Posted 12/11/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County could get up to $30,000 per year in additional revenue as a result of a franchise agreement supervisors recently approved with MaxxSouth.


Twin focus on making and keeping college graduates

Posted 12/11/2017 in State

It's not a new pitch, but Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce is making it again -- Mississippi needs to get more educated in a hurry.



Escaped Mississippi inmate captured after 2 days on the run

Posted 12/11/2017 in State

An inmate who escaped his work detail has been captured in Mississippi.


Students leaving CMSD at alarming rate

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Johnny Coleman has always moved comfortably in and out of the black community of Columbus.


Special education at CMSD: Becoming an advocate

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The day Qua Austin's daughter started kindergarten at Union Academy, the "girly girl" with big red bow on her head couldn't have been more excited.


Parents' complaints lead to investigation of CMSD special education department

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investigators with Mississippi Department of Education have been in and out of classrooms in Columbus since November, checking on all 472 students with special education needs in the Columbus Municipal School District.

CMSD could look to other districts for success

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Columbus Municipal School District wrangles with how to improve its ailing school accountability rating, it may be able to take lessons from other districts throughout the state.

A Dispatch Special Report: With Hickman's tenure coming to an end, stakeholders look at what went wrong with CMSD

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 2003, Lori Pierce and her family moved to Columbus from Savannah, Georgia. Despite warnings from some of her new neighbors, she enrolled her son in the Columbus Municipal School District.


Friday snow sets records in parts of south Mississippi

Posted 12/9/2017 in State

Friday will be a December snowfall to remember for much of southern Mississippi.



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