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Columbus schools cut 59 positions

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tuesday was grim across the Columbus Municipal School District, with approximately 59 teachers and support staff learning their contracts will not be renewed. Only a few members of the public were present for an afternoon press conference at Brandon Central Services, where Interim Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell made the announcement.

 

 

Police push for internal promotions

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An ongoing debate within the Columbus Police Department continued Tuesday during the meeting of the mayor and City Council. Police Chief Selvain McQueen appeared before the board seeking approval for updated policies regarding lateral hiring and departmental promotions.

 

Officer on leave as MBI looks into Saturday-night shooting

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There were few signs Monday afternoon of the Saturday-night shooting at the Dutch Village Shell station at the corner of Lehmberg Road and Highway 50 in Columbus. A foot-long segment of police tape dangled from a post on the Lehmberg side of the station, but otherwise, it was business as usual. For the Columbus Police Department and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office though, Monday was a time to reflect on the incident, which resulted in a suspect being taken to the hospital, a metro narcotics agent being injured and a city police officer under investigation after firing his weapon.

 

Lowndes' Co-op Road reopens to residents

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of wrangling between the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and residents of Co-op Road, the board reached a unanimous decision Monday morning: The county will abandon the road and remove all barricades, reopening it to residents.

 

 

Budget Crunch: Columbus school district hosts press conference to discuss finances

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today to discuss budget planning priorities for the 2012-2013 school year. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Brandon Central Services Center at 2630 McArthur Drive.

 

 

Columbus concerned about development

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council met this morning in a special meeting to discuss economic development, retail development and regional economic development. The council called the special meeting at City Hall to question Joe Higgins, CEO of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, about the issues.

 

 

Soccer park on track for September opening

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Construction on a water well for the downtown soccer complex will be under way soon. The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority approved the water project at its meeting Monday night. The board awarded the project to the Donald Smith Co. of Headland, Ala. for $203,000.

 

 

Fire extinguished quickly at vacant house

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A rental house on 20th Street North in Columbus caught on fire early Thursday morning, but firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, according to Capt. Brett Thomas of Columbus Fire and Rescue Station 1.

 

 

Lowndes payroll going paperless

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County employees may soon see a change in the way they are paid if the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors approves a paperless payment system during their meeting Monday at 9 a.m. Board President Harry Sanders said the current system of paying the county's around 330 employees is causing confusion and becoming a nightmare.

 

 

Dispatch brings home advertising awards

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch advertising staff won multiple awards in the Mississippi Press Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest for Advertising. The awards ceremony was this past Saturday in Jackson. The paper competed with other newspapers with a circulation between 9,000 and 15,000.

 

 

Schools face deep budget cuts

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The news wasn't pretty at the Columbus Municipal School District's budget planning session Saturday morning, but it wasn't altogether unexpected either. Financial woes have plagued the district for years, and the pecuniary prospects are equally grim for the 2012-2013 school year.

 

Shots fired at Dutch Village gas station in Columbus

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Police were on the scene at Dutch Village Shell station at the corner of Lehmberg Road and Highway 50 in Columbus Saturday night.

Mississippi Humanities Council taps local volunteer for award

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the Jackson-based Mississippi Humanities Council announced recipients of its 2012 Public Humanities Awards Thursday, Beverly Norris of Columbus, and the Columbus Arts Council, were named to receive the Humanities Partner Award. Honorees will be recognized in ceremonies Feb. 24 at the Hilton Jackson Hotel in the state capitol.

SATURDAY PROFILE: Officer duo has served more than 500 warrants, made 400 arrests

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Patrolman Lance Luckey sits in a side room at the Columbus Police Department, his fists balled, his eyes straying to the television. His partner, master patrolman Kelvin Lee, is kicked back in his chair, only slightly more relaxed.

Sheriff's Office arrests four in connection with burglaries

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four people were arrested Thursday in connection with a string of burglaries, and Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge said more arrests are forthcoming. Along with the arrests, deputies recovered thousands of dollars of stolen property.

 

Interfaith conversation to bring together local leaders

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, an interfaith conversation between five local religious leaders will be held Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. The event is free and open to the public.

 

McLemore: Identity theft on the rise

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lt. Wayne McLemore has been on the Columbus police force for 24 years. Over the years, he has worked in drug- and gang-resistance education, criminal investigations, the SWAT team and public relations.

 

Columbus mum on settlement in police shooting

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Details of a settlement agreement between the city of Columbus and the mother of a young man who was fatally shot by police in 2008 will remain confidential even when the paperwork is finalized, City Attorney Jeff Turnage said Thursday.

 

 

Child porn case moves to grand jury

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man charged with exploitation of children had his initial appearance in municipal court Thursday.

 

Prayer and Patriotism: Vietnam prisoner of war shares inspiring message

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Sundays, they knelt in their dirty prison cell and prayed. At the end of every service, they pledged allegiance to the country no enemy could make them betray.

 

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