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Karriem hopes to keep gun buyback program

Posted 6/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four months after the Columbus Police Department sponsored a gun buyback program, organizers are mulling over whether to make it an annual event.


West Nile case reported in Lowndes Co.

Posted 6/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed a case of West Nile virus in Lowndes County Thursday, one of three reported statewide so far this year.


Columbus man faces DUI-maiming charge

Posted 6/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was charged with DUI-maiming after his passenger suffered a broken neck in a car crash. William Zackery Johnson, 20, of 350 Deer Trail, was arrested on Tuesday after investigators with the Columbus Police Department determined Johnson was intoxicated at the time of an accident that occurred at the Luxipalila Creek Park on June 22.

Custodian foils rape attempt at Leigh Mall

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A career felon faces charges of attempted sexual battery after he allegedly attacked a woman in a restroom in Leigh Mall Saturday. Sammie Lee Smith, Jr., 50, of 158 Community Road, was arrested Saturday night by officers with the Columbus Police Department after police say he attacked a woman in the mall's public restroom.

CMSD board hires accountant to work on budget

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board has hired an accountant to help construct the district's budget for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year. The board originally made a motion to hire CPA Frances Goldmon during a special meeting Tuesday morning but then tabled the issue until a rate of pay could be determined. The board met again this morning and approved the motion by a 3-0 vote. Board members Currie Fisher and Angela Verdell did not attend today's meeting.

Sheriffs laud MDOT's litter control program

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local sheriffs participating in the Mississippi Department of Transportation's Inmate Litter Control Program agree that being proactive and using the program to its fullest potential yields noticeable results and keeps their state highways clean.

Two Columbus men arrested on meth charges

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus men were arrested this weekend on methamphetamine charges. Rickey Lamar Harrison, 56, and David Ray Keating, 37, were arrested Friday night after agents with the Lowndes County Narcotics Unit conducted a traffic stop near North Lehmburg Road.

Additions to soccer complex on schedule

Posted 6/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Construction of a second concession facility at Columbus' soccer complex is complete and an additional 100 parking spaces should be available by September, Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority Director Roger Short says.

Liddell sues CMSD for reinstatement

Posted 6/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell has sued to be reinstated as the district's superintendent. The Dispatch obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which was filed Friday afternoon in Lowndes County Chancery Court by her attorney, Austin Vollor of Starkville. Dr. Liddell is asking the court to "intervene to restore the rights of the plaintiff, namely to reinstate her as superintendent."

Monday profile: Lacey's love leads to St. Paul's

Posted 6/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Jennet "Jen" Lacey left the classroom last year, she didn't know she would be returning so soon. Lacey retired from the Columbus Municipal School District in December 2012 and less than four months later was hired as the director for St. Paul's Episcopal Preschool.

CL&W receives clean water audit, sets budget

Posted 6/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Light and Water Board of Trustees were given the results of CL&W's water division's latest audit and approved the budget for its next fiscal year Thursday.

Dispatch picks up 14 awards at state press association

Posted 6/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch picked up 14 awards, including eight first-place honors, in the annual Mississippi Press Association Better Newspapers Contest. The awards were announced at Saturday's MPA banquet, held at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino.

Vikings coach Frazier to highlight senior citizens fund-raiser

Posted 6/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Minnesota Vikings head coach and Columbus native Leslie Frazier will be the keynote speaker Thursday at a dinner benefiting the annual Columbus senior citizens Thanksgiving luncheon. The dinner will be held at 7 p.m. at the Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus.

Eurocopter on verge of Lakota contract with Thailand

Posted 6/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fight to sustain production of the UH-72 Lakota, which is manufactured in Columbus, may be helped pending U.S. Congress' approval of a foreign military sale of six helicopters to the government of Thailand.

With time running out, budget is top priority for CMSD

Posted 6/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The looming budget deadline is a top priority for Columbus Municipal School District Interim Superintendent Edna McGill. McGill was appointed as interim superintendent on a temporary basis during a special meeting of the CMSD board of Trustees Thursday. She started work on the budget Friday morning.

Fisher out as school board president

Posted 6/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In unprecedented back-to-back special meetings of the Columbus Municipal School Board Thursday, Edna McGill was named temporay interim superintendent and Currie Fisher was removed from her position as board president.


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