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Federal programs critical in Columbus schools

Posted 5/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Up to 95 percent of children in the Columbus Municipal School District qualify for free or reduced lunch. Each school year, the district applies for nearly $3 millions in federal funds to make sure those children receive the same advantages as the district's other children.


Liddell used CMSD resources for private party

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Documents obtained by The Dispatch reveal Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell used school resources -- including funds and staff -- for personal use in throwing a party during the Christmas holidays.

Mayor Smith's campaign funds dwarf those of opponents

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Campaign reports for Tuesday's municipal general election show Democratic incumbent Mayor Robert Smith donated more money to his own campaign than the combined amount of contributions received by Republican opponent Glenn Lautzenhiser and Independent Bo Jarrett.


CMSD will handle maintenance, nutrition in-house

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District will soon be hiring additional employees to handle nutrition and grounds maintenance. During a special meeting of the school board Tuesday night, board members voted 3-1 to reject two bids pertaining to nutrition and grounds maintenance, voting instead to provide the services in-house.


Renovations to old 82 bridge should be completed in July

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Painting of the steel portion of the Old Highway 82 bridge and installing the boardwalk and lighting are the three steps remaining before the Columbus landmark is completely restored and ready for public use again, City Engineer Kevin Stafford said.


Community Counseling to host open house

Posted 5/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Community Counseling Services staff will open its doors at the Pines and Cady Hill Recovery Center for an open house today from 4-7 p.m.


Golden Triangle cities earn Main Street honors

Posted 5/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Each of the Golden Triangle's three cities are among 47 in Mississippi to have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs in 2013 for meeting revitalization performance standards as dictated by the National Main Street Center.

Rhode Island company wins bus contract

Posted 5/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rhode Island-based Ecco Ride was awarded the transportation contract for the Columbus Municipal School District Tuesday night. In a special meeting, the board voted 3-1 to award the four-year bus contract to Ecco Ride. Ecco Ride's bid was more than $1 million less than the bid made by Columbus-based Waters Truck and Tractor.

Sumrall to serve five years for child exploitation

Posted 5/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man will serve five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of exploitation of a child.

As heat rises, so does demand for watermelons

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the temperature cranks up with the arrival of summer, people search for a cool refreshing treat to be the centerpiece of their back yard barbecues and family get-togethers. For many, they look no further than the watermelon.


Community coordinator's exit won't interrupt programs

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County officials say community service programs will continue as normal this summer despite the retirement of coordinator and 29-year employee Sylvester Harris.


McConnell can't resist the call of the kids

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, Dr. Germain McConnell was enjoying life with his family in Oxford, his ambition focused on a deanship at the University of Mississippi, where he had served as assistant dean since 2003.

New committee to explore development on the Island

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There has been much talk over the years about what kind of economic development projects could be lured to the Island, but so far, no one has been able to come to agreement. Now, the Island's future is on the table again, with the formation of an ad hoc committee to explore options for the once-popular property.

Mastectomy: Radical or sensible?

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When actress Angelina Jolie recently revealed she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy, it was a very personal decision that sparked a very public debate.


MUW celebrates nursing milestone

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women's nursing program has much to celebrate this month, from its 40th anniversary to learning this week that it is now the largest nursing program in the state.


Veteran says Vietnam taught invaluable lessons

Posted 5/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Turner Jackson was 21 when he left Columbus, headed for the jungles of Vietnam. As a young black man, the first lesson he had to learn was trust.

Council mulls variance to fire sprinkler requirement

Posted 5/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Renovation of a downtown mixed-use building could soon slow down while the city council decides whether to allow a variance bypassing installation of a sprinkler system.

CMSD teacher resigns amid test-taking accusation

Posted 5/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A city school teacher indicted for fraud in connection with a test-taking scheme has resigned from her position with the Columbus Municipal School District.

First annual Veterans Memorial Walk/Run to be held Sunday

Posted 5/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every Memorial Day, Drs. Richard and Judie Holmes commemorate the life of their son, a United States Army veteran who paid the ultimate price for his time in uniform.


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