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Alternate redistricting plan backed by council pair

Posted 6/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Columbus City Council prepares for a public hearing Monday on the federally mandated redistricting, an alternate plan has surfaced. The new plan is being publicly supported by Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem.



Lowndes County to say pull up those pants?

Posted 6/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Young men beware: Your saggy bottoms soon may be unwelcome in both Columbus and Lowndes County. The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday is scheduled to discuss an ordinance prohibiting public indecency.


Colonel Barre Seguin to depart June 27

Posted 6/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, the Seguin family landed at Columbus Air Force Base. In that brief tenure, they've left an indelible impression upon the base and the community.

Humane Society scavenger hunt raises $5K

Posted 6/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society is closer to beginning the second phase of a planned renovation project. About $5,000 was raised Saturday, during a scavenger hunt fundraiser at Waverly Marina.

Columbus School District Superintendent: At last, Liddell

Posted 6/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a roller coaster ride of peaks and valleys over the past two weeks, the Columbus Municipal School District finally has a new superintendent -- almost.

Council considers Watch Group's fears

Posted 6/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rumors were squashed and a social media group agreed to help reduce Columbus' crime rate in any way possible Thursday night, when about 40 people turned out for a public forum held by the Columbus City Council.

Much-loved teacher Hyde succumbs to cancer

Posted 6/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For 15 years, elementary school teacher Rashean Hyde fought for her students, making sure they had everything they needed to succeed in school and in life.


The YMCA and The Dispatch offer the Third Annual Mile-a-Day Marathon

Posted 6/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Continuing the journey to a more active community, the YMCA and the Dispatch again have partnered to offer the Possum Town Mile-a-Day Marathon this month. The goal is for participants to log 26.2 miles of walking or running, throughout the month. The event is a non-competitive effort to promote healthier lifestyles for Lowndes County residents.


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.

Gladney settles in as Oktibbeha County Sheriff

Five months into his job as Oktibbeha County sheriff, Steve Gladney still exudes the genial, relaxed personality that helped catapult him into office in his race against a popular incumbent.


Red Cross teams up with Fire and Rescue for 'boot drive'

Posted 6/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local chapter of the American Red Cross is approaching its goal in the grassroots "Heroes" campaign. Officials hope weekend fund drives will push them over the edge.



Humane Society to hold Saturday fundraiser

Posted 6/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society wants all paws on deck Saturday for a scavenger hunt fundraiser at Waverly Marina.



Special weather warning for Lowndes County

Posted 5/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County


50 years of Sunflower: Grocery business is a family affair for the Townsends

Posted 5/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are truths you know and truths which take the circuitous route, leading you down one life path, only to plant you squarely at the intersection of another.


Alternate plan likely to emerge in redistricting hearing

Posted 5/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus will hold a public hearing on its redistricting plan on Monday at 6 p.m. at the courtroom of the Municipal Complex.


Columbus school district renews Dunn contract

Posted 5/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District Board has reversed course on the matter of legal council, voting to renew its contract with Board Attorney David Dunn for three more years.

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.

Student housing boom: Innovation key to new developments

Posted 5/31/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Enrollment at Mississippi State University is set to increase for the eighth consecutive year and, with no signs to indicate a change in pattern, University and Starkville developers are making strides to accommodate the continued student influx.


Bryant advocates school prayer in speech to teens

Posted 5/31/2012 in State

First-term Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant told a group of teenagers that he believes it should be possible for public schools to have some sort of nondenominational prayer to open the day. However, the Republican said he's not prepared to take any legal action to push the issue.



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.



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