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Navistar announces field-service contract

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Navistar Defense LLC on Wednesday announced that it received a $134 million delivery order for field service representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command.

 

 

1996 murder case ends in manslaughter plea

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Edward Lamon Blunt was outside WACR in his car waiting for a friend who was a disc jockey at the radio station on 14th Avenue North in Columbus. A man approached his vehicle claiming to be God.

 

Reserve policeman accused of embezzlement

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

COLUMBUS -- A Columbus Police Department reserve officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with embezzlement. Eric Maurice Lewis, 39, of 1617 23rd St. N. in Columbus is an employee at Lowe's Home Improvement on Military Road.

 

Police sharing few details about child porn seizure

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investigators are still going through items confiscated during a Tuesday morning raid at a Columbus residence during which officers seized what they report is child pornography.

 

 

Barbour budget proposes education consolidation

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Haley Barbour calls for reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities, reviving many of his past recommendations in his final Mississippi budget proposal.

 

 

Christmas closings 2011

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch will print a four-section Christmas edition on Saturday. Circulation will take calls from 6-9 a.m. on Saturday. There will not be a Sunday paper printed.

 

 

Selvain McQueen sworn in as Columbus police chief (video)

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Selvain McQueen officially became the new Columbus police chief Tuesday night, though he's been doing the job since July.

 

 

Columbus appoints new school board member

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District has a new board member. The Columbus City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of appointing Aubra Arletta Turner to the school board of trustees.

 

Columbus man arrested, charged with possession of child porn (video)

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of child pornography is out of jail today on a $7,500 bond.

 

Columus police arrest man in vehicle burglary

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested a man early Tuesday morning in the north side of the city for burglary of a vehicle.

 

A healthy outlook: Mental health gets a facelift with new facility

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If Baptist Behavioral Health Care's new facility doesn't fit the image of a stereotypical mental health hospital, there's a good reason: It was designed to be the antithesis, with every detail chosen with an eye toward aesthetics and efficiency.

 

Columbus man killed in West Point shooting

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

WEST POINT -- West Point police are looking for the person responsible for the murder of a Columbus man. At 10:51 p.m. Friday, Clay County 911 received calls of gunshots fired and someone lying in the road on Brady Street.

 

 

Columbus' cash balance falls $850K

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For most people, this is the time of year when last-minute Christmas shopping reigns supreme, and the wallets and pocketbooks open up. For Columbus city officials, it's the time of year when finances are a little tighter and the city's pocketbook stays closed.

 

 

Tourism audit: $20,000 in undocumented expenses

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A board that has engaged in name-calling and threats went at it again as Treasurer Bart Wise went over findings from Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau annual report audits.

 

CVB backs up on new grant guidelines

Posted 12/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors voted unanimously to revisit recent changes to its community grants program. Members didn't give a reason for the vote at Monday's regular meeting, but the guest speaker's comments after the vote hinted at the possible reason.

Owners of historic homes open them for Christmas

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Singers croon there's no place like home for the holidays. A person would find few homes for the holidays like the ones open to the public during Saturday's tours organized by the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation.

 

Columbus council likely to appoint school board member Tuesday

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council may appoint someone to the vacant seat on the Columbus Municipal School District school board when it meets in regular session Tuesday.

 

 

Driver's ed teacher to offer pointers to CPD patrollers

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen is pushing for his officers to become better, safer drivers. To do this, he is enlisting the help of Sam Medore, a retired teacher who has about 34 years of experience teaching driver's education.

 

Pistol-packin' mommas hone shooting skills in safety class

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Shots rang out early Saturday morning in Columbus' east end, but crime wasn't afoot. The frosty air crackled with ammunition rounds as city women hoping to improve their gun savvy took aim at targets at the police department's shooting range.

 

Edwards leaves light and water board for business interests

Posted 12/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jabari Edwards is ready to move on and focus on his business endeavors and personal interests. "It's time for me, at this point of my life, as my business interests grow, it's time for me to get focused on my business interests and personal endeavors," he said.

 

 

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