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Lowndes payroll going paperless

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County employees may soon see a change in the way they are paid if the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors approves a paperless payment system during their meeting Monday at 9 a.m. Board President Harry Sanders said the current system of paying the county's around 330 employees is causing confusion and becoming a nightmare.

 

 

Dispatch brings home advertising awards

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch advertising staff won multiple awards in the Mississippi Press Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest for Advertising. The awards ceremony was this past Saturday in Jackson. The paper competed with other newspapers with a circulation between 9,000 and 15,000.

 

 

MSU student found dead

A 20-year-old college student was found dead in an apartment Friday night, but so far there are few clues as to what caused her death.

 

 

Starkville parents pleased with superintendent search; application window closes for Columbus schools top educator

The consensus among Starkville School District stakeholders -- at least those who've followed the superintendent search -- is that the board of trustees is making all the right moves. They say the board's openness and inclusion of community members is a welcome change given its handling of former superintendent Judy Couey's sudden resignation in 2011 and the manner in which she was hired in 2008.

 

 

Schools face deep budget cuts

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The news wasn't pretty at the Columbus Municipal School District's budget planning session Saturday morning, but it wasn't altogether unexpected either. Financial woes have plagued the district for years, and the pecuniary prospects are equally grim for the 2012-2013 school year.

 

Shots fired at Dutch Village gas station in Columbus

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Police were on the scene at Dutch Village Shell station at the corner of Lehmberg Road and Highway 50 in Columbus Saturday night.

Mississippi Humanities Council taps local volunteer for award

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the Jackson-based Mississippi Humanities Council announced recipients of its 2012 Public Humanities Awards Thursday, Beverly Norris of Columbus, and the Columbus Arts Council, were named to receive the Humanities Partner Award. Honorees will be recognized in ceremonies Feb. 24 at the Hilton Jackson Hotel in the state capitol.

SHS students strike gold in Scholastic Art Competition

STARKVILLE -- Upon arriving at the campus of Starkville High School, one thing leaps out to a first-time visitor -- between the school and the football field stands an old, white, worn house. "The white house," as it's known to students and faculty, serves as a haven and classroom to the art students of Andrew Lark.

SATURDAY PROFILE: Officer duo has served more than 500 warrants, made 400 arrests

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Patrolman Lance Luckey sits in a side room at the Columbus Police Department, his fists balled, his eyes straying to the television. His partner, master patrolman Kelvin Lee, is kicked back in his chair, only slightly more relaxed.

Sheriff's Office arrests four in connection with burglaries

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four people were arrested Thursday in connection with a string of burglaries, and Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge said more arrests are forthcoming. Along with the arrests, deputies recovered thousands of dollars of stolen property.

 

UPDATED: SSD trims superintendent list to three

STARKVILLE -- Experience played a significant factor in the Starkville School District board of trustees selection of finalists for superintendent, said Board President Keith Coble. Lewis Holloway, superintendent of Bulloch County, Ga., and Michael McInnis, superintendent of Union School District are among the three who'll interview in a public forum Monday, the board announced Friday. Michael Van Winkle, assistant superintendent of Jackson County School District, is also a finalist.

 

 

Oktibbeha sheriff works to build networks in community

County officials are urging residents to take ownership of their communities. On March 19, the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office and Board of Supervisors will host a neighborhood-watch meeting in the courtroom of the county courthouse.

 

 

Interfaith conversation to bring together local leaders

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, an interfaith conversation between five local religious leaders will be held Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. The event is free and open to the public.

 

McLemore: Identity theft on the rise

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lt. Wayne McLemore has been on the Columbus police force for 24 years. Over the years, he has worked in drug- and gang-resistance education, criminal investigations, the SWAT team and public relations.

 

Dudy Gras celebration ushers in Bulldog baseball season

STARKVILLE -- If residents hear a commotion around 4:30 p.m. in downtown Starkville today, there's no need for concern. It's Dudy Gras 6.5, the seventh annual parade and celebration signifying the start of Mississippi State University's baseball season.

 

 

Columbus mum on settlement in police shooting

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Details of a settlement agreement between the city of Columbus and the mother of a young man who was fatally shot by police in 2008 will remain confidential even when the paperwork is finalized, City Attorney Jeff Turnage said Thursday.

 

 

Child porn case moves to grand jury

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man charged with exploitation of children had his initial appearance in municipal court Thursday.

 

Prayer and Patriotism: Vietnam prisoner of war shares inspiring message

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Sundays, they knelt in their dirty prison cell and prayed. At the end of every service, they pledged allegiance to the country no enemy could make them betray.

 

Business Briefcase 2-2-12

Posted 2/2/2012 in Business

GTR Airport receives regional FAA Award

 

 

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