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Library reveals 'Mother Goose' endowment drive

Posted 4/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For a half-second Monday night, Edwina Williams was speechless. Known by everyone in Columbus as "Mother Goose," she is usually found in costume (with her goose by her side), reading to children, or singing, playing the piano or performing as one of her other incarnations -- Miz Claus or, most recently, Mrs. Easter Bunny.

 

Court ruling could affect Lowndes Co. woman's fate

Posted 4/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A dozen public health organizations and human rights advocates are supporting two Mississippi women -- one from Lowndes County -- in their efforts to avoid prosecution for the stillborn death of her child.

 

Munson, team of teachers design market mural

Posted 4/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Visitors will see a new feature on the barn that serves as home base for the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market, which opens Saturday and will run through October.

Rawle settling in as new city chief financial officer

Posted 4/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

You could say that Milton Rawle had to go around the world before he found his way to Mississippi. The city's new chief financial officer is soft-spoken and polite, still in the "getting to know you" phase with both his new position as well as Columbus. So far, he says, he likes both.

Prayer & Facebook

Posted 4/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It used to be that support groups were most often confined to community centers and church basements. That was before social media.

 

Lightning strike causes five-hour power outage

Posted 4/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Almost 1,000 Columbus residents were without electricity for more than five hours Easter Sunday after officials believe lightning struck a power pole.

 

No place like home: Descendant of original owner of the Amzi Love Home draws strength from his family's history

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What does it take to coerce Sid Caradine to tell you about his Columbus roots? Eye contact. This week, the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation celebrates its 73rd Pilgrimage with its tours of homes, churches and Friendship Cemetery. Sid Caradine, or "Captain Sid" as he is more commonly known, will be in his glory.

Students show their stuff in Dispatch Design An Ad contest

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The inaugural Design An Ad contest winners appear in today's edition of The Dispatch. Complied of hand-drawn and computer generated advertisements, poems and short stories from local students, the young winners did an excellent expressing their creativity.

Gregory joins Dispatch staff

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nathan Gregory has joined the Dispatch staff as a news reporter, managing editor Slim Smith has announced.

County may add funds for soccer complex

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors could approve up to $20,000 to be added to the $50,000 it authorized for culvert installation at the Columbus Soccer Complex in December during its meeting Monday.

Gavin, Byrd make pitches for councilman position

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Candidates for Ward 6 Councilman spoke to members of the Columbus Exchange Club on Thursday at Lion Hills Golf Club in hopes to educate voters about how they could best serve the city of Columbus if elected.

CAFB simulator instructor plays key role in teaching next generation of pilots

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Gregg Havens retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years as a pilot and more than 5,000 hours of flying time, he figured he would spend the rest of his life on the ground. He was right. Sort of.

 

Ohio man faces charges for local bomb threats

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Ohio man suspected of more than 100 bomb threats, including threats called in at the Lowndes County Courthouse and Monroe County Courthouse in December, faces additional charges in a far-flung series of threats called into public buildings in five states.

 

2 arrested on drug charges near school

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two women were arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with drug-related offenses when their car was pulled over less than 100 yards from a school.

Hundreds turn out for benefit fish fry

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A benefit fish fry for Columbus Police Department officer Kelvin Lee raised more than $6,000 on Thursday. Officer Rhonda Sanders helped organize the event and said almost 1,000 plates were sold in a show of support for Lee, who is fighting stomach cancer.

 

Sales tax data may force cuts to city budget

Posted 3/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus sales tax collections continue to lag behind last year's revenue, prompting some to question whether the city will have to amend its Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget or dip into reserves to make up the difference.

 

Local schools getting head start on Common Core curriculum

Posted 3/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As school districts around the country prepare to make the switch to Common Core, a new type of math- and language arts-based curriculum, the Columbus Municipal School District is taking steps to ensure that students, parents and teachers are prepared for the change.

Unemployment rates drop from January

Posted 3/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Unemployment rates are beginning to inch downward from the January highs, according to data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security Wednesday.

 

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