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New Hope home burns during hour-long wait for fire trucks

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fire, which started at approximately 9:05 a.m., was hard to fully extinguish because of the summer heat and lack of volunteer responders, said Lowndes County Fire Coordinator Sammy Fondren. The home, located at 804 Crowe Road, was owned by Leon and Ethel Harris, who were not injured in the fire.

 

Borsig admits error in hiring of felon

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig was contrite yet firm during a Thursday news conference in which he minced no words explaining how a flawed hiring policy may have contributed to the embezzlement of roughly $30,000 from the MUW Foundation.

 

CVB budget grows to $1.6 million

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will have a slightly larger operating budget for the coming year, thanks primarily to an increase from city sales tax collections.

 

 

Swales mum on decision to leave CVB

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors likely will vote Tuesday to accept the resignation of George Swales from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

 

Three arrests in armed burglary case

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three Columbus teenagers have been arrested in connection with a Tuesday night armed robbery.

Swales' resignation from CVB catches Board members off-guard

Posted 7/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

George Swales reportedly has resigned his position from the board of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

 

Deputies search for two in armed robbery

Posted 7/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men in connection with a Tuesday night home invasion. According to LCSO Chief Deputy Mark Miley, a home located at 923 Golding Road was burglarized Tuesday night at around 10 p.m.

 

 

KiOR CEO: Registration is a 'Green Light'

Posted 7/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tuesday's Environmental Protection Agency announcement that KiOR was granted registration as a renewable gasoline product is "great news" for the company and the Columbus KiOR facility, KiOR CEO Fred Cannon said Wednesday.

 

 

Cyberstalking arrests increase as social media expands

Posted 7/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although it is not an every-day occurrence, cyberstalking is becoming more prevalent in Lowndes County and Columbus. According to Police Chief Magazine, cyberstalking is defined as "an escalated form of online harassment directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress and serves no legitimate purpose. The action is to annoy, alarm, and emotionally abuse another person."

 

 

Blues Festival organizers pleased with turnout

Posted 7/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although the dust hasn't quite settled on this year's festival, organizers for the Southside-Townsend Park Blues Festival are already making plans for next year.

 

 

West Lowndes' principal Reynolds retires

Posted 7/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Friday is the final curtain for West Lowndes High School Principal Clifford Reynolds.

 

 

Old West Point bridge ready for bids

Posted 7/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Construction will soon begin to repair the Old West Point Bridge.

 

 

CPD yet to issue sagging pants citation

Posted 7/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In an effort to stop a popular clothing trend, sagging pants ordinances are becoming a common tool to combat what many think is a visual nuisance. But are the ordinances effective?

 

Smith pushes comprehensive fire plan for county

Posted 7/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a new fire board in place for his constituents, District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith is hoping a comprehensive plan will be next in line for the county's fire services.

 

Crime report 7-23-12

Posted 7/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating some shots fired Saturday night.

 

New provost named at MUW

Posted 7/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Key staff positions continue to fall into place at Mississippi University for Women, with the college naming its new provost and vice president for academic affairs earlier this week. Dr. Dan Heimmermann, who hails from the University of Texas at Brownsville, will join MUW's leadership team Aug. 1.

 

The Dispatch wins seven MPA awards

Posted 7/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, The Dispatch picked up seven awards, including a first place award for its Lifestyles Section.

 

 

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