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Quack attack! Habitat's Duck race set for Saturday

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second annual Tombigbee Duck Race will take place this Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk. Thousands are expected to turn out for the event in hopes of having a "million-dollar duck" cross the finish line first.

 

Caledonia moves close to water rate increase

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Caledonia is one step closer to securing a rate increase for the town's water service. During Tuesday night's board meeting, Caledonia Water Superintendent Benny Coleman informed the board of alderman that the county had two remaining steps before the increase goes into effect.

 

 

Smith rolls to victory in mayoral race; Mickens wins Ward 2

Posted 6/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith handily defeated challengers Glenn Lautzenhiser and Bo Jarrett to ensure his second full term in Tuesday's general municipal election.

 

EMCC seeks more tax revenue from Lowndes

Posted 6/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

East Mississippi Community College President Rick Young came before the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday to ask for a two-mill tax increase to cover building construction needed to expand overall capacity.

Supes spar over county job vacancies

Posted 6/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Discussion of Lowndes County's summer youth work program turned into a debate between supervisors Leroy Brooks, Jeff Smith and Harry Sanders during the board's meeting Monday.

Hester, Wright cases go before Appeals Court

Posted 6/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The state Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments June 12 involving wrongful termination lawsuits filed by former New Hope High School principal Lynn Wright and longtime baseball coach Stacy Hester.

Portera begins recruiting role for LINK

Posted 6/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former leader of two area universities begins serving as a workforce development consultant with the Golden Triangle Development Link this month.

 

CAFB confirms furloughs starting in July

Posted 6/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base officials have confirmed that furloughs for more than 470 of its civilian employees will take effect July 8 and continue through the remainder of the fiscal year.

 

Monday profile: Roberts: It's what we do

Posted 6/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Major Eric Roberts has dedicated his life to helping those in a time of need. Friday, the Salvation Army director will go to Oklahoma to help assist victims of last month's deadly tornado.

 

Acquitted doctor seeks license for drugs

Posted 6/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus physician Dr. Michael A. White wants return of authority to prescribe controlled drugs to his patients.

 

Supes to consider loan for CalStar project

Posted 6/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors will meet 9 a.m. Monday to hold a public hearing on applying for a $5.35 million CAP loan through the Mississippi Development Authority to purchase property and build a facility that would house a sustainable building material company.

Three mayors races, council seat on the line this Tuesday

Posted 6/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After several months of outlining campaign platforms and speaking with residents, the fate of mayoral and Ward 2 Councilman races will be in the hands of voters in Columbus Tuesday.

Resources limited for growing number of homeless students

Posted 6/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 150 children in the Columbus Municipal School District do not know the comfort of sleeping in the same bed every night or the other comforts of home so many take for granted. In the 2012-2013 school year, 154 children were classified as homeless in the district.

Caledonia teacher arrested for enticement of a child

Posted 5/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Caledonia High School teacher has been arrested and charged with enticement of a child.

Hundreds rally for Eurocopter

Posted 5/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A contingent of American Eurocopter employees and executives, as well as family members and state leaders, came together Wednesday to call on Congress to reconsider spending cuts that would slash production of the UH-72A Lakota Helicopter.

 

Federal programs critical in Columbus schools

Posted 5/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Up to 95 percent of children in the Columbus Municipal School District qualify for free or reduced lunch. Each school year, the district applies for nearly $3 millions in federal funds to make sure those children receive the same advantages as the district's other children.

 

Liddell used CMSD resources for private party

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Documents obtained by The Dispatch reveal Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell used school resources -- including funds and staff -- for personal use in throwing a party during the Christmas holidays.

Mayor Smith's campaign funds dwarf those of opponents

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Campaign reports for Tuesday's municipal general election show Democratic incumbent Mayor Robert Smith donated more money to his own campaign than the combined amount of contributions received by Republican opponent Glenn Lautzenhiser and Independent Bo Jarrett.

 

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