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Peach vendors pays for kids' college education with fruit stand sales

Posted 5/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Methods to pay your kids' way through college: Savings plan, prepaid tuition, scholarships, grants, student loans ... peaches? Sarah Ballenger's family has stumbled upon a brilliant means of putting more than five children through college.

Three arrested in execution-style slaying

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three men, including a newly graduated Columbus High School student, have been charged with a gang-related execution of a 19-year-old last week in Lowndes County. Three to five men, who have affiliations with both the Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords gangs, broke into a home at 850 Harrison Road at about 3:15 a.m.

 

Lowndes puts old health dept. building up for sale

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After building a new health department last year, Lowndes County is looking for someone to take the old building off its hands.

 

Omnova attorney: Replacement workers harassed

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Omnova Solutions wants to keep the names and addresses of its 140 replacement workers private due to concerns for their safety. Meanwhile, the company's affiliated union, the United Steelworkers Local 748-L, is challenging the validity of a petition to decertify the union, which has been on strike since May 21, 2010.

 

Bounds: Early learning essential

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Education is the driving force behind economic development and the key to producing a stronger, more recession-proof Mississippi, state Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank Bounds told the Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon at the Country Club of Columbus.

 

Former Columbus tourism director returns items

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau staff started arranging memorabilia on the walls and shelves of their new offices last month, something was missing.

 

Memorial Day Closings

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch will not print a newspaper on Monday, May, 30, and our offices will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

 

 

Columbus, Starkville students earn National Merit Scholarships

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus high school student was named the winner of a National Merit Scholarship on Wednesday. Rachel Stanback, a senior at Columbus High School, was one of 2,900 students nationwide to receive the award. She plans to attend Samford University, where she will major in journalism and mass communication.

 

Woman who helped bystander shot in eye with BB gun

Posted 5/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 26-year-old Zachary's waitress was shot in the left eye with a BB gun Sunday when she helped someone on her way home from work.

 

Columbus newcomer tour set for Wednesday

Posted 5/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Lowndes Development Link, in partnership with the Columbus-Lowndes County Convention and Visitors Bureau, invites all newcomers to the Lowndes County area to attend the first official Newcomer's Orientation.

 

Tourism officials look to hire board attorney

Posted 5/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After possibly violating state open meetings law last week, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau appointed a committee Monday to look at hiring a board attorney.

Community says goodbye to Phillips

Posted 5/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Emotions were high Monday afternoon at Columbus Middle School as colleagues, supporters, friends and family gathered to pay tribute and say goodbye to Dr. Del Phillips, former superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District.

Students, teachers prepare for summer enrichment programs

Posted 5/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday was the last day of school for Fairview Elementary and most schools across the Columbus Municipal School District, but the hallways were surprisingly quiet as students and teachers geared up for summer ... school, that is.

 

Columbus hosts final planning workshop

Posted 5/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In mid-July, Columbus residents will get the chance to review a draft of a comprehensive plan for the city.

 

Columbus native planning to return to AmeriCorps after earning college degree

Posted 5/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sean Mullen graduated from Mississippi State University on April 28. The rest of his life is still unwritten.

 

Caledonia man dies in motorcycle accident

Posted 5/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 36-year-old Caledonia motorcyclist died late Saturday when he accidentally rear-ended a pickup truck near Propst Park in Columbus.

 

 

Tourism board may hire attorney amid ethics questions

Posted 5/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After fielding questions about possible ethics and open meetings violations, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau will discuss hiring an attorney at a special meeting tonight.

 

 

Smithville tornado victim dies in Columbus hospital

Posted 5/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

COLUMBUS -- A 79-year-old Smithville tornado victim died Friday in Columbus, bringing the total number of deaths caused by the April 27 twister in Monroe County up to 17.

 

First class: Columbus High's IB graduates look back on challenges, friendships

Posted 5/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the past two years, they've pondered the mysteries of the universe together, but Friday afternoon, the biggest problem Columbus High School's International Baccalaureate seniors faced was how to keep Zachary Thomas' cap soundly on his head during Saturday's graduation.

 

Columbus High graduates 236: 'Only good things to come'

Posted 5/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus High School class of 2011 celebrated their graduation on Saturday with commencement services at Humphrey Coliseum at 9 a.m. on the Mississippi State University campus.

 

 

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