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Coleman gives wife-beater a slap on the wrist

Posted 2/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Aug. 15, 2011, John Alan Redden got into an argument with his wife that quickly escalated into a savage beating. Redden beat his wife, Ginger Redden, with a belt, jabbed her with a golf club, then kicked her as she collapsed on the floor. Then he climbed on top of her and began choking her with his bare hands. When Ginger Redden broke free from his choke hold, he told her he would kill her if she left him.

City Council to make appointment to CMSD Board

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will make its yearly appointment to the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees Tuesday. The five-year appointment will be for the seat currently held by board president Tommy Prude, whose term expires March 2.

Group's efforts to revive stadium evoke cherished memories

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's easy to overlook the squatting behemoth that serves as a gateway to downtown. Faded and worn, the stadium sits silent, encircled by concrete but endowed with a proud legacy -- somewhere in there. Once the home of victories and triumphs, there is little glory to be found in the Magnolia Bowl of today. No one clamors at the gates, and the storied walls whisper only of the ravages of time. But that could change if a local organization, Link'd Young Professionals, succeeds in an ambitious, five-phase restoration plan.

Smith joins Dispatch staff

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Carl Smith has joined the Commercial Dispatch staff, managing editor Slim Smith (no relation) announced Friday.

Borsig inaugurated as 14th MUW president

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For a college president who has embraced change since his arrival, Friday was a bit of a role reversal for Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig, who bowed to pomp and tradition this week for his inauguration as the 14th leader of the "long blue line."

Probation revoked, years added to murderer's life sentence

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Convicted murderer Joe Earl Smith's probation was revoked and three years were added to his life sentence during a probation violation hearing Friday in Lowndes County Circuit Court.

 

Dispatch wins 13 advertising awards

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch advertising department picked up 13 awards at the Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest banquet, held Feb. 2 in Jackson.

 

Memphis BBQ event promises big boost to Columbus

Posted 2/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new barbecue cooking championship could bring both national exposure and tourism dollars to the Friendly City. The Memphis BBQ Network will be hosting the MBN Invitational March 8-9 at the Columbus Fairgrounds. The event is being sponsored by Roast-n-Boast of Columbus.

Colom trial ends in another hung jury

Posted 2/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second time in five years, the trial of a Columbus man ended in a hung jury. Charlton Aaron Colom, 35, on trial in Lowndes County Municipal Court for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, was free Wednesday after the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Be mine! Browns celebrate 67th anniversary on Valentine's Day

Posted 2/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They are easy in the spaces between words, no need to rush, no rush to be. They have -- have had -- a lifetime together. And it turned out fine, Willie Brown says, gazing at his wife, Hazel. It turned out fine.

CVB, festival organizers remain at impasse

Posted 2/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The debate over the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's festival grant guidelines continued Tuesday with a special meeting with festival organizers. But the only decision to come out of the meeting was to schedule yet another meeting.

Colom trial begins with officers' testimony

Posted 2/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial of a man from a prominent Columbus family is underway in Lowndes County Circuit Court. Charlton Aaron Colom, 35, is charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. After a motion hearing Tuesday morning Judge Jim Kitchens moved that Colom be tried as a habitual offender.

Insurance Commission spokesman lays blame on Governor

Posted 2/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although state insurance commissioner Mike Chaney was unable to attend a Tuesday meeting with the Columbus Rotary Club, his proxy, former Commercial Dispatch editor and current insurance department spokesperson, Joseph Ammerman had some harsh words for Gov. Phil Bryant for his role in the federal government's decision to reject Chaney's state-run health insurance exchange.

 

Matthews says church wants to buy, not lease Lee Middle School

Posted 2/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kingdom Vision International pastor R.J. Matthews said Tuesday that his church wants to purchase the vacant Lee Middle School property rather than lease it.

 

New suitor emerges in Lee Middle School talks

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new prospective tenant has shown interest in the much-debated Lee Middle School property, but the future of the vacant school remains uncertain.

 

CVB festival funding debate set for tonight

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's festival grants committee will meet with festival organizers tonight to discuss festival grant guidelines put in place August 2012. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the CVB board room.

 

Ballard leaves United Way, joins city schools

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One agency's loss is another agency's gain as Jan Ballard, executive director of United Way of Lowndes County, heads over to the Columbus Municipal School District, where she will serve as school board clerk, assisting deputy superintendent Craig Shannon and streamlining responsibilities with the administrative assistant for the office of the superintendent.

CAFB passes inspection with flying colors

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of hard work, the men and women of Columbus Air Force Base were finally able to stand at ease Monday, enjoying a base-wide picnic and celebration following the conclusion of their biennial unit inspection.

 

Murder suspect faces gun charge

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man accused of murder is scheduled to appear in Circuit today to face a charge of possession of a weapon by a felon.

 

 

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