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Local entrepreneur looks for answer to Africa's poverty

Posted 5/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The disease malaria stunts social and economic development in Africa, costing the continent an estimated $12 billion a year in productivity, according to a recent study released by the Roll Back Malaria campaign.

 

Deputies back at work after fatal shooting

Posted 5/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The five Lowndes County sheriff's deputies who were suspended following a deadly shootout Monday are back at work today.

 

 

Port readies roads, rails for Kior plant

Posted 5/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority is preparing for the planned 2012 opening of the Kior biofuels plant, at the port.

 

 

Arrest Report 5-12-11

Posted 5/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies have reported these felony arrests over the past week:

 

 

Appeals court rejects suit against county, city police

Posted 5/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In another setback for the sister of Roosevelt Pernell Jr., her wrongful-death lawsuit against Columbus and Lowndes County was thrown out Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

 

 

West Point accountant convicted for helping client evade taxes

Posted 5/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

West Point CPA Gary Hamilton was convicted Wednesday of helping Tupelo developer Jack Holleman evade federal income taxes from 1996 to 2005.

 

Church demolishes Friendship House

Posted 5/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The pale green Victorian house, which has stood at the center of downtown controversy for months, now lies in a heap of rubble -- demolished by its owners, soon to be forgotten by the world.

Accounting firm moving into space in old Parker Furniture building; new downtown coffee shops planned

Posted 5/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A storefront on College Street is being restored to its former glory. Mitchener, Crowder and Stacey Certified Public Accountants is moving into the space, formerly occupied by Parker Furniture.

Lowndes cocaine suspect skips out on trial

Posted 5/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As prospective jury members were being sorted through by attorneys, a Lowndes County man decided to give up on the judicial process.

 

YMCA's Healthy Kids Day aims to get students moving through play

Posted 5/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Saturday, May 21, the Frank P. Phillips YMCA invites all kids and parents in Lowndes County to come to the Y for a play date and commit to being active every day.

 

New Hope teacher indicted for sexual battery on student

Posted 5/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A New Hope math teacher pleaded not guilty to the sexual battery of a 17-year-old student Tuesday after she was indicted by a grand jury.

 

BancorpSouth to close 23 branches in six states

Posted 5/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

BancorpSouth Inc. said Tuesday that it will close 23 bank branches in six states this summer as part of a plan to consolidate operations.

 

Lowndes woman hurt in one-car wreck

Posted 5/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 20-year-old woman suffered facial cuts and possibly a fracture today when her white sedan careened into a drainage ditch.

 

West Point educator named new Columbus High principal

Posted 5/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

West Point High School associate principal Scott Hallmark will replace current CHS principal Craig Shannon.

 

New director takes helm at Columbus Arts Council

Posted 5/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tina Sweeten has hit the ground running. The new executive director of the Columbus Arts Council is immersing herself in the operations of the nonprofit agency that brings visual and performing arts, concerts, classes and exhibits to the Friendly City and surrounding areas.

Church's plan to occupy downtown Columbus theater challenged

Posted 5/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hope Community Church served up a steaming cup of controversy Monday when it asked the Columbus Planning Commission to let it move downtown and set up a coffee shop.

 

Man shot in firefight with Lowndes deputies dies

Posted 5/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The man who was shot multiple times in a firefight with Lowndes County deputies died at the hospital Monday. Meanwhile, five deputies have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation.

 

Two-day manhunt ends in fire fight

Posted 5/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man who has been off of his anti-psychotic medicine since December was shot at least twice in a fire fight with Lowndes County deputies this morning, according to Sheriff Butch Howard.

 

Photo Gallery: Market Street Festival 2011

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

Columbus police overtime: A volunteer system, spread thin

Posted 5/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some city employees are making up to $36,000 just in overtime pay, working up to 26 hours per week despite the risk of fatigue, an analysis by The Dispatch shows. According to public records obtained by The Dispatch, 16 city employees -- all but two from the police department -- made more than $10,000 just in overtime in 2010 or are projected to make more than that in 2011.

 

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