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Columbus, Lowndes schools hold off on sex ed decision

Posted 10/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi schools have nine months to decide how they will handle a state mandate to incorporate "abstinence-only" or "abstinence-plus" classes into the curriculum, but not every district is rushing to make the choice.

 

Local business owner arrested for assaulting police officer

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A simple code-enforcement call turned into an assault on a police officer Tuesday afternoon.

 

Christina Berry named permanent city planner

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christina Berry can remove the "interim" label from her position.

 

Program encourages fathers to get involved in their children's education

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The smiles on the children's faces were enough to tell Franklin Academy Principal Patricia Overstreet and Edward Yeates, founder of Father's Child Ministries, that they're onto something good. Tuesday morning, the two paired up for the second year in a row to bring fathers into a place they're not always seen -- the classroom.

 

Caledonia pay raises stand, mayor's veto fails

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- Pay raises for a number of town employees in Caledonia were upheld by the Caledonia Board of Aldermen last night, after Mayor George Gerhart's veto failed by a 4-1 vote. Alderman Quinn Parham cast the lone vote in alliance with the mayor.

 

Officials share differing opinions over Sim Scott project speed

Posted 10/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As more days pass, Lowndes County District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks and Ward 5 Columbus City Councilman Kabir Karriem become more upset regarding the speed of the Sim Scott Community Center project.

Preservation commission eyes redrawing historic district maps

Posted 10/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Plans to create an ordinance outlining and protecting Southside Columbus' rich architectural history have hit a snag -- the maps under which the district was originally created are more than three decades old and must be redrawn.

 

Expert to give advice on business in the changing economy

Posted 10/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Business owners interested in learning new strategies for the changing economic times will have the opportunity to work with a customer service and business development expert Thursday as the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link concludes its "ABCs of Business" seminar series.

 

 

Your paper is pink on purpose

Posted 10/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Readers will notice a change in the next few weeks' Sunday Dispatch - the A and B sections will be printed on pink paper during the month of October in recognition and support for National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

 

 

Scout bake sale tempts drivers with sweet treats

Posted 10/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Saturday dawned windy and chilly, but that didn't daunt more than two dozen members of Cub Scout Pack 1, who turned out for the group's annual bake sale. As drivers waited at the stoplight on Highway 45 N. in front of Kroger, the boys waved signs and plastic buckets, offering sweet temptation in the form of cupcakes, cookies, homemade preserves and other treats.

 

 

Search committee for new chief to meet Oct. 12

Posted 10/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 21-person committee tasked with selecting five candidates for serious consideration for the Columbus police chief position will meet Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Columbus Police Department Command Center.

 

GUARD SENDOFF: Lindsay Wingo celebrates 'Christmas' with family and friends before deploying to Afghanistan

Posted 10/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The partygoers wore short-sleeved shirts and shorts, and the crackling "fire" in the cardboard fireplace mercifully cast no heat, but that didn't stop the small throng of people gathered at Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church from celebrating Christmas Friday night. After all, the guest of honor -- Lindsay Wingo -- will be far from New Hope this holiday, and they couldn't miss the opportunity to send her away with a dash of Christmas cheer. Wingo, 24, is one of approximately 70 area soldiers deploying for Afghanistan today to serve with the Army National Guard in Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Lowndes Supes OK water management officials to study Magowah Creek

Posted 10/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A number of rivers, creeks and ditches in the county are slated for improvements to prevent flooding, erosion and undermined roads.

 

Ellenwood plans to reinvigorate local Boys and Girls Clubs

Posted 9/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Joyce Ellenwood's mission is clear: Raise the profile of the Boys and Girls Club in the Golden Triangle.

Local landfiill to use methane gas to produce electricty

Posted 9/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gov. Haley Barbour took a tour of the Golden Triangle Regional Landfill on Thursday where local officials will be building an operation to capture methane gas to produce electricity.

Police investigate fourth shooting in two weeks

Posted 9/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police responded to the 600 block of 22nd Street South to investigate the shooting of a Columbus man this morning.

 

Six men arrested in home invasion

Posted 9/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested six males and charged them with armed robbery and burglary of a dwelling after a woman claimed she was robbed at her residence late Thursday night.

 

 

Seventh Avenue Festival shines light on historic neighborhood

Posted 9/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Time moves slowly on Seventh Avenue North. Sometimes it seems to creep as insidiously as kudzu along a cinderblock wall. Other times, it is softer, mellower, evoking days of porch sittin', slow sippin' and smoke-drenched blues.

 

 

District 5 Candidates express differing views over 'racial animosity'

Posted 9/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Lowndes County District 5 supervisor race heats up, Independent Roger Larsen, founder of The Columbus Packet, and Democrat Leroy Brooks, the incumbent, met Thursday at the Columbus Exchange Club and offered their thoughts on important issues facing the district.

 

 

Sharp defends firing 10 rounds: 'That's how I was trained'

Posted 9/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The third day of testimony in the Leslie Sharp murder trial ended with a stalemate over the allowance of new evidence.

 

 

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