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The earlier, the better: Bill explores age change for kindergarten students

Posted 3/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An extra two months can mean a lot when you're 5. Currently in Mississippi, children must be 5 by Sept. 1 to enter kindergarten in the fall. Recently passed legislation could push that date back to July 1, as early as the 2013-14 school year.

 

Ex-councilman says he'll take drug appeal to Supreme Court

Posted 3/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former city councilman Kamal Karriem, who tested positive for cocaine while on probation in 2008, plans to appeal the revocation of his probation before the state Supreme Court, he said Monday.

 

 

Body exhumed in Lowndes County cold case

Posted 3/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Almost 10 years after teens stumbled across the skeleton of 19-year-old Marrio Harris in Lowndes County, investigators have exhumed his body in hopes of finding his killer.

 

Big Band Theory brings rich music of simpler times to Tennessee Williams celebration

Posted 3/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Do you long for the robust sound of the old-school big band? Or perhaps you've never heard the rich textures, strong melodies and varying dynamics of a large dance or jazz band.

'A calm chaos:' Columbus native living in Tokyo recounts moments after disaster

Posted 3/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sometime between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday before last, Mary Simmons sent her brother in Atlanta a text message from her Tokyo apartment: It said, "Big earthquake in Japan. Epicenter not Tokyo. I'm safe and warm."

Monday Profile: Weeping Willie, neighborhood poet

Posted 3/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Weeping" Willie Lang became a poet literally overnight. About 14 years ago, Lang was sleeping in his house near Helen's Kitchen, where the now out-of-work radio talk show host can usually be found drinking coffee and selling poetry.

Longtime Columbus hotel Gilmer Inn has colorful past

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When now-and-then resident Craig Oswald looks at the Gilmer Inn, he sees a treasure trove of history and a cast of colorful characters. But that's not how the inn is seen by its neighbors.

 

Police: Woman charged with perjury in falsified kidnapping

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An 18-year-old woman was charged with perjury Thursday after she recanted claims that her ex-boyfriend had kidnapped, beaten and shot at her in late December.

 

 

Caledonia man the biggest loser for Lowndes Shrinkdown

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It started with a personal goal: Get 50 pounds lighter, regain some energy. Mike Chandler, 47, never expected to win the 2011 Lowndes County Shrinkdown challenge.

 

Courthouse facelift in full swing

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Deputy clerks plug away on computers, packing small boxes in their free moments. Meanwhile, it still is a public office, with customers coming in sporadically.

 

Starkville Electric Department clarifies reasons behind rate changes

Posted 3/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The head of the Starkville Electric Department is urging customers to look at its new rate system as an opportunity to control their energy use.

 

 

MUW announces new heads of academics, student services

Posted 3/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women announced two key leadership positions following recent approval by the state College Board.

 

 

Cadence, Link on short list of local firms offering smartphone apps

Posted 3/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mobile banking isn't anything new, but Cadence Bank's recently unveiled iPhone application is blazing new trails in Starkville.

 

 

Grant bolsters Starkville recycling program

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Starkville is banking on an MDEQ grant to get more green trash bags on the street.

 

Hearing postponed for Elbow Room shooting suspect

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Municipal Court hearing to appoint a public defender for the man suspected of a double homicide at the Elbow Room Lounge has been postponed until April 7.

 

Lowndes circuit clerk's office partially closed Friday

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Circuit Clerk's office, on the second floor of the Lowndes County Courthouse, will be open only for minimal business and emergencies on Friday.

 

Records show lack of bias in Columbus judge's cases

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City Judge Nicole Clinkscales has not dismissed a disproportionately high number of cases involving the police officer who arrested her in 2009, a Dispatch investigation has revealed.

Spring fling: Local students, parents make the most of break

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This week is spring break week for local students, who are getting a rest from classes and homework while parents get to spend more time with their children.

Narcotics unit busts up alleged drug ring

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit and the city SWAT team busted a large drug distribution ring Tuesday, arresting five people and seizing $36,100 worth of drugs.

Columbus man arrested on fondling charge

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 34-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly fondled a 14-year-old girl while she was at a sleep-over at his residence.

 

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