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Students leaving CMSD at alarming rate

Posted yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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.

22-year sentence for man with multiple counts of child molestation

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man who already served time in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for child molestation will go back to prison for 22 years for the same thing.

Second murder trial ends in hung jury

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second trial of a man accused of capital murder in the shooting death of his disabled cousin ended in a hung jury Thursday.

Restaurant tax: Contentious city-county meeting yields few results

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A frustrated Leroy Brooks stood up, put on his jacket and started gathering his belongings from the table in the Trotter Convention Center meeting room at which he had been seated for about two hours Thursday morning.

Restaurant tax: Chism open to removing tax floor

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 37 Rep. Gary Chism offered mixed reviews to The Dispatch Thursday on suggestions that came out of a joint meeting of Columbus and Lowndes County leaders at Trotter Convention Center to discuss renewing the 2-percent restaurant tax.

Kidnapping latest in series of suspect's incidents

Posted 12/7/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend faces charges from kidnapping and domestic violence to reckless driving.

Photo: Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders visit CAFB

Posted 12/7/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Khalyn sits inside a T-38C Talon as Capt. James Couch, 49th Fighter Training Squadron assistant upgrading instructor pilot flight commander, talks about some of the key features during a tour of the flight line at Columbus Air Force Base Mississippi on Monday. Numerous members of the cheerleading squad visited the base where they were shown the 14th Flying Training Wing mission and conducted a Cheer to Fitness Clinic for children at the Youth Center.

Palmer Home to receive volunteer hours after placing in Regions Bank competition

Posted 12/6/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hot chocolate, holiday cookies, Christmas decorations and music from Palmer Home's children's choir await attendees of the Columbus children's home's annual Christmas open house Thursday.

Trotter patrons complain to council about early close policy

Posted 12/6/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City officials said this week most people have been "understanding" of the temporary earlier closing time at Trotter Convention Center in the wake of a fatal Thanksgiving morning shooting outside the downtown facility.

Man abducts ex-girlfriend, leads deputies on chase

Posted 12/6/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend is in custody this morning after he spent Tuesday on the run from Lowndes County sheriff's deputies.

Photos: Columbus Christmas Parade

Posted 12/5/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Haley Floyd, 6, sits on a friend's front porch waiting for the Columbus Christmas Parade. Haley's parents are Shane and Allison Floyd.

New trial begins for man accused of killing disabled cousin

Posted 12/5/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man accused of capital murder in the death of his disabled cousin will stand trial this week for the second time.

 

City offers $15K reward for info on Thanksgiving murder

Posted 12/5/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in a Thanksgiving Day murder outside the Trotter Convention Center, city officials announced Monday.

 

Supes agree to meet city on restaurant tax

Posted 12/5/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On a day when the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors agreed to meet with the mayor and city council to discuss the future of the county's restaurant tax, supervisors also took action on what could be considered some old business too.

Lowndes residents receiving calls from fake sheriff's office

Posted 12/5/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If someone calls 662-480-3001, they will get a voicemail from a man with a thick Southern accent, informing the caller they've reached the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office's non-emergency line -- dial 1 to talk to an officer, dial 2 for the warrants division and otherwise please leave a brief and detailed message, it instructs.

Area agencies seeking volunteers for call center

Posted 12/4/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When disasters strike, Mississippians respond. Volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and skills descend on stricken communities, looking for ways to help, both big and small.

 

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