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Columbus schools boast National Merit Finalists

Posted 4/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Each year, students wait with anticipation to find out who will be named National Merit Finalists.

 

Lowndes superintendent candidate forum set for Thursday

Posted 4/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Candidates for Lowndes County superintendent of education will answer questions in a public forum on Thursday night.

 

Nunnelee to host town hall meeting in Columbus on Thursday

Posted 4/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

First District U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, will attend events in Columbus on Thursday as part of a three-day swing through the district.

 

Caledonia woman sentenced in child porn case

Posted 4/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 41-year-old Caledonia mother who used her two sons to make child pornography has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

 

UPDATE: Miss. death toll continues to rise in wake of severe storms

Posted 4/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Another night of severe weather has left four people dead in Mississippi, including a Louisiana law enforcement officer who was out camping with his daughter, raising the state's total death toll to at least five.

Columbus school board accepts Phillips' resignation

Posted 4/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District formally accepted superintendent Dr. Del Phillips' resignation in a special meeting Tuesday night at the central office.

 

New Columbus tourism board scrutinizes expenses

Posted 4/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new Columbus and Lowndes County Convention and Visitors Bureau board is being more careful with its budget dollars, requesting line-by-line budgets from those requesting funding for festivals and other special events.

 

Departing Phillips will oversee vastly larger school district in Tennessee

Posted 4/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Del Phillips will receive higher pay and oversee a vastly larger district when he makes the move from superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District to the director of schools with the Sumner County Board of Education in Gallatin, Tenn.

New Fairfield Inn draws 'good, strong occupancy' -- and a few jobs

Posted 4/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Today's official grand opening of the Fairfield Inn and Suites off 18th Avenue North in Columbus is part of the answer to a need for newer and higher-quality hotels in the Golden Triangle. And for the 20 new hires at the plush, new hotel, the business means much more.

Woman in stabbing case in stable condition

Posted 4/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 31-year-old woman who was allegedly stabbed multiple times by her live-in boyfriend Thursday in Lowndes County is now in stable condition, according to county investigators.

 

EMCC nixes plan to buy Columbus Country Club

Posted 4/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After catching flak from some constituents, East Mississippi Community College trustees voted Monday to reverse a decision to negotiate the purchase of the Columbus Country Club.

 

 

Sumner County, Tenn., OKs four-year contract for Phillips

Posted 4/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Del Phillips is officially headed to Tennessee. The Sumner County, Tenn., school board voted Monday night to OK a four-year contract with the Columbus school superintendent, who reports to work in June.

 

 

Tennessee school board could approve Phillips' contract tonight

Posted 4/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District superintendent Del Phillips could know by tonight whether or not he will be offered a new job as director of the Sumner County Board of Education in Gallatin, Tenn.

 

 

Independent schools adjust to current financial times

Posted 4/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

School districts publicly have made budget and staff cuts over the past years, and they continue to brace for cuts, awaiting final allocations numbers from the Mississippi Department of Education.

 

If no buyer steps forward, Friendship House could soon see demolition

Posted 4/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Seventh Street teemed with activity Sunday morning as churchgoers filled surrounding parking lots for Easter services at First Baptist Church downtown. Amidst the bustle, Friendship House stood quietly nearby -- silent sentry to a changing era as small neighborhood churches give way to mega worship centers in outlying areas.

Monday Profile: Pat Tuggle enjoys her role as the 'go-to girl' at the Lowndes Sheriff's Office

Posted 4/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was 11 years ago. Butch Howard was hoping to win his first term as Lowndes County sheriff. NBC had just bought the First Federal Bank in Columbus, and Pat Tuggle, originally from Tuscon, Ariz., was working as a teller.

 

Get moving with the Possum Town Mile-A-Day Marathon

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's time for Lowndes County to get back to the track. The Lowndes County Y and The Commercial Dispatch are hosting the second annual Possum Town Mile-A-Day Marathon all May long.

 

Man arrested in Friday stabbing

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Friday morning stabbing led to the arrest of one suspect on multiple charges. Javonte Carter, age and residence unknown, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and possession of cocaine shortly after 7 a.m.

 

Organizers: Spring Pilgrimage drew visitors from all 50 states

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Despite a lower turnout, Spring Pilgrimage drew people from all 50 states for the first recorded time this year, according to information released this week by event organizers.

 

 

Phillips' leaving called 'great loss' for Columbus

Posted 4/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith said Friday morning that it will be "a great loss" if Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Del Phillips accepts a position with the Sumner County, Tenn., Board of Education, which unanimously named him its top candidate for superintendent.

 

 

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