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Petty pulls out of Columbus mayor's race

Posted 3/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the four candidates for Columbus mayor said late Sunday night that he intends to withdraw from the race only two days after filing his paperwork to qualify.

Last-day qualifiers make it four-way race for mayor

Posted 3/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus mayoral race is heating up, with two more candidates qualifying late Friday afternoon for the June 4 municipal election.

Thankless, but essential

Posted 3/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some do it for the thrill. Others do it because they feel it is a lifelong calling. Some do it because they simply need a job out of law school. But ask any attorney who serves as a public defender and you will hear that it is, most often, a thankless job.

MERIT program survives as elective course

Posted 3/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The highly contentious gifted program within the Lowndes County School District was saved Friday, thanks in part to the outcry from students' parents. A standing-room-only crowd packed into the Lowndes County School Board meeting Friday morning, anxiously waiting to hear the school board's decision on whether or not to cut the gifted program, commonly referred to as MERIT, for seventh and eighth-graders within the district.

 

Bluecutt wreck kills Ethelsville man

Posted 3/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Ethelsville, Ala. man died early Saturday in a motorcycle accident on Bluecutt Road.

 

Columbus nurse arrested on drug charge

Posted 3/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle was charged with possession of a controlled substance after two vials of morphine were found in her possession after she was arrested in connection with a separate incident.

Ward 2 candidates put focus on infrastructure

Posted 3/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the first of a series of political forums hosted by the Columbus Exchange Club, Ward 2 incumbent councilman Joseph Mickens, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Susan Mackay discussed their platforms for the upcoming municipal election.

3 arrested in post office drug bust

Posted 3/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three Columbus residents were arrested in front of the United States Post Office Thursday afternoon and charged with possession of marijuana.

Gifted programs serve unique purposes, instructors say

Posted 3/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The proposal to end gifted classes in the county's seventh and eighth grades will go before the Lowndes County School Board Friday. Parents of the affected students have promised to be at the meeting and voice their opinions on why the district should not only continue to offer the gifted classes, commonly referred to as MERIT, but should offer them alongside pre-Advanced Placement classes.

 

Caledonia clerk implicates mayor, alderman candidate

Posted 3/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New information continues to come to light in the harassment complaint filed by a Town of Caledonia employee last week. An incident report obtained by The Dispatch Wednesday reveals that acting Town Clerk Krista Hill filed a workplace harassment complaint Feb. 26, alleging incidences of indecent language and sexual comments made in her presence.

 

Grant will provide homes for four families

Posted 3/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four Lowndes County families are one step closer to receiving new homes. On Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted to allow Home Investment Partnerships Grant Program (HOME) coordinator Spencer Broocks of Golden Triangle Planning and Development to begin advertising for professional services.

 

City hires new firemen, public works employees

Posted 3/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Along with hiring a new chief financial officer Tuesday night, the Columbus City Council also hired several new employees to fill various spots within Columbus Fire and Rescue and the public works department.

 

 

Arrest report 3-6-13

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Caledonia employee files sexual harassment complaint

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Town of Caledonia employee has filed a sexual harassment complaint against a candidate for the board of aldermen, sources confirmed this morning.

 

Lowndes supervisors ask for more time to re-open Co-Op Road

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors said it needs more time to repair Co-Op Road. During Monday's meeting, the board asked board attorney Tim Hudson to file an appeal against a February judgment that ordered the county to reopen Co-Op road.

 

Columbus city service fair set for Thursday

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents wishing to ask questions about some of the services provided by the city will have the opportunity to do so Thursday.

 

 

Council hires Rawle as new CFO

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of searching, the City of Columbus now has a new chief financial officer. The city council voted unanimously to hire Milton Rawle Jr. of Vicksburg. Rawle was one of two finalists for the position.

 

Dispute over eligibility leaves mayoral candidate fuming

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia's municipal election is still three months away, but the temperature is already rising, with one of the two mayoral candidates alleging harassment and invasion of privacy since she announced her intent to seek the town's top spot.

Parents outraged by loss of gifted program

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although officials say it has been a move three years in the making, parents and students responded with shock and anger over the Lowndes County School District's decision to drop its gifted program, commonly known as MERIT, for the county's seventh- and eighth-graders.

 

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