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Teachers encouraged after Common Core training

Posted 7/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With Common Core State Standards set to be implemented in all Mississippi classrooms for the 2014-15 school year, area teachers are preparing for the change in curriculum.

 

As loan interest doubles, students face tough decisions

Posted 7/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While Mississippi University for Women psychology major Kayla Tate finishes her coursework, she mulls what her next step will be. Graduate school is the front runner of her many options. While she hasn't had to rely on student loans so far, it seems likely she would need a loan to continue her education. As of today, the cost of a student loan has doubled.

 

'Crash Course' helps students discover new careers in medical field

Posted 6/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A week-long "crash course" in nursing has set the career path for three Columbus teenagers. For the past week, high school seniors Ariana Mays, 16, Ambreauna Brown, 16, and Karigan Johnston, 17, have participated in "Crash Course" at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.

Lowndes schools pass budget

Posted 6/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a 4-1 vote, the Lowndes County School Board approved the district's budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Tagert: Hwy 45 bypass design is ongoing

Posted 6/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Acquiring federal environmental documents for construction of a bypass for Highway 45 North was a third of the battle in getting the project off the ground, according to Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert.

Karriem hopes to keep gun buyback program

Posted 6/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four months after the Columbus Police Department sponsored a gun buyback program, organizers are mulling over whether to make it an annual event.

 

West Nile case reported in Lowndes Co.

Posted 6/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed a case of West Nile virus in Lowndes County Thursday, one of three reported statewide so far this year.

 

Columbus man faces DUI-maiming charge

Posted 6/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was charged with DUI-maiming after his passenger suffered a broken neck in a car crash. William Zackery Johnson, 20, of 350 Deer Trail, was arrested on Tuesday after investigators with the Columbus Police Department determined Johnson was intoxicated at the time of an accident that occurred at the Luxipalila Creek Park on June 22.

Custodian foils rape attempt at Leigh Mall

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A career felon faces charges of attempted sexual battery after he allegedly attacked a woman in a restroom in Leigh Mall Saturday. Sammie Lee Smith, Jr., 50, of 158 Community Road, was arrested Saturday night by officers with the Columbus Police Department after police say he attacked a woman in the mall's public restroom.

CMSD board hires accountant to work on budget

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board has hired an accountant to help construct the district's budget for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year. The board originally made a motion to hire CPA Frances Goldmon during a special meeting Tuesday morning but then tabled the issue until a rate of pay could be determined. The board met again this morning and approved the motion by a 3-0 vote. Board members Currie Fisher and Angela Verdell did not attend today's meeting.

Sheriffs laud MDOT's litter control program

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local sheriffs participating in the Mississippi Department of Transportation's Inmate Litter Control Program agree that being proactive and using the program to its fullest potential yields noticeable results and keeps their state highways clean.

Two Columbus men arrested on meth charges

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus men were arrested this weekend on methamphetamine charges. Rickey Lamar Harrison, 56, and David Ray Keating, 37, were arrested Friday night after agents with the Lowndes County Narcotics Unit conducted a traffic stop near North Lehmburg Road.

Additions to soccer complex on schedule

Posted 6/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Construction of a second concession facility at Columbus' soccer complex is complete and an additional 100 parking spaces should be available by September, Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority Director Roger Short says.

Liddell sues CMSD for reinstatement

Posted 6/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell has sued to be reinstated as the district's superintendent. The Dispatch obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which was filed Friday afternoon in Lowndes County Chancery Court by her attorney, Austin Vollor of Starkville. Dr. Liddell is asking the court to "intervene to restore the rights of the plaintiff, namely to reinstate her as superintendent."

Monday profile: Lacey's love leads to St. Paul's

Posted 6/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Jennet "Jen" Lacey left the classroom last year, she didn't know she would be returning so soon. Lacey retired from the Columbus Municipal School District in December 2012 and less than four months later was hired as the director for St. Paul's Episcopal Preschool.

CL&W receives clean water audit, sets budget

Posted 6/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Light and Water Board of Trustees were given the results of CL&W's water division's latest audit and approved the budget for its next fiscal year Thursday.

 

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