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Turner says judgments don't tell whole story

Posted 5/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A public records search by The Dispatch shows that Turner Furniture LLC, which is owned by Ward 4 councilman candidate Marty Turner, has yet to satisfy a $56,023.84 judgment regarding failure to pay rent to former landlord and a cumulative $10,003.53 in other judgments.

Ecco Ride, Waters still in hunt for bus contract

Posted 5/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The president of a bus company interested in acquiring the bid for the Columbus Municipal School District bus service is speaking out after intense questioning by the school board during its Monday meeting.

Study shows good rapport between community, CAFB

Posted 5/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The third and final public meeting designed to inform the public about the preparation of a joint land use study was held Tuesday at the Caledonia YMCA building.

Caledonia candidates focus on annexation, traffic

Posted 5/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Town of Caledonia grows, elected officials will face new challenges: maintaining that growth, providing the infrastructure to support it and coping with the less positive consequences.

Columbus schools reach no decision on bus contract

Posted 5/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is still deliberating over a pair of bids for its bus service. During Tuesday night's meeting, the board unanimously voted to table a motion that would decide between bids from local company and current provider Waters Truck and Tractor and Nashville, Tenn.-based company Ecco Ride.

Officials target mid-June for Catfish Alley ceremony

Posted 5/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With street light replacement and paving already complete and sidewalk installation, completion of a mural and landscape improvements all set to be wrapped up by June 6, officials are on schedule for a mid-June ceremony to celebrate Catfish Alley.

Cracker Barrel pulls plug on Columbus plans

Posted 5/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local Realtor who was brokering a deal to bring Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant to Columbus said Monday that negotiations are off and, to his knowledge, the popular food chain has decided not to build a store in the area at this time.

Volunteers determined to preserve church as a link to generations of worshipers

Posted 5/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most of the time, the little country church stands vacant, but Sunday morning, its double doors were thrown wide, welcoming visitors with the same genial charm it has exuded for more than a century.

Baptist picks up award for leadership in key areas

Posted 5/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle has been awarded top honors for its leadership in clinical quality, safety and patient experience.

Mentoring program plans expansion

Posted 5/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 2009, Angela Nash and her husband began opening up their home in New Hope each Friday night to feed and spend time with five young girls who were struggling in school.

Three diplomas make for one Happy Mother's Day

Posted 5/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Since 1890, seniors at Mississippi University for Women have gathered each year on graduation day for the Magnolia Chain ceremony, walking from Callaway Hall to Columbus Hall with their fellow graduates before making a mad dash for a magnolia blossom, which is said to bring fortune and romance to the senior who receives it.

School board reverses decision on uniforms

Posted 5/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a backlash of parental opposition, the county school board Friday reversed last month's district-wide decision mandating school uniforms.

County night club hours ordinance still in works

Posted 5/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It will likely be June before Lowndes County authorities present a proposed ordinance to supervisors that would mandate night clubs close at 1 a.m., Sheriff Mike Arledge said.

Grant would provide funding for city hall renovation

Posted 5/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city has been working more than five years to secure funding to renovate the interior of its century-old City Hall, but a little help from the state may be on the way.

Calling all classes: Caledonia High's celebration spans the generations

Posted 5/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mother's Day weekend is typically a time for families to come together, and one of Caledonia's largest families will kick the weekend off early tonight, gathering in Caledonia High School's cafeteria/auditorium for an event that has become one of the town's most cherished traditions.

Council gets on board with CFD strategic plan

Posted 5/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Unsurprisingly, a survey of customers and other stakeholders found that the core services offered by Columbus Fire and Rescue ranked at the top in terms of importance: Fire suppression, emergency medical response and fire prevention were the top three programs of priority among the more than two dozen, according to the department's 2013-18 strategic plan.

Sack and Save gets new life as bowling alley

Posted 5/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new bowling center is rolling into Columbus. For more than a decade, the corner building of The Waverly Shopping Center off Highway 45 has sat empty. In recent years, the former Sack and Save facility began a transformation, adding a restaurant, a yogurt shop and a furniture store. But as the rest of the shopping center grew, the large corner space sat vacant.

Absentee votes carried Stewart to runoff

Posted 5/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The voters who kept long-time Ward 4 councilman Fred Stewart in the race never made it to the polls. Absentee ballots accounted for 100 of Stewart's 361 votes, enough to force a runoff election with challenger Marty Turner, who had accumulated 53.7 percent of the vote before the absentee ballots were counted.

Rain insurance no help to Market Street Festival

Posted 5/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Country music singer Eddie Rabbitt might have loved a rainy night, but organizers of last weekend's 17th annual Market Street Festival could have lived with a little less of the wet stuff -- or a little more, depending on your point of view.


Elmore will serve as interim CFO for Columbus schools

Posted 5/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Felicia Elmore will fill in for terminated Columbus Municipal School District CFO Kenneth Hughes for the remainder of the school year.



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