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Lightning strike causes five-hour power outage

Posted 4/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Almost 1,000 Columbus residents were without electricity for more than five hours Easter Sunday after officials believe lightning struck a power pole.


No place like home: Descendant of original owner of the Amzi Love Home draws strength from his family's history

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What does it take to coerce Sid Caradine to tell you about his Columbus roots? Eye contact. This week, the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation celebrates its 73rd Pilgrimage with its tours of homes, churches and Friendship Cemetery. Sid Caradine, or "Captain Sid" as he is more commonly known, will be in his glory.

Students show their stuff in Dispatch Design An Ad contest

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The inaugural Design An Ad contest winners appear in today's edition of The Dispatch. Complied of hand-drawn and computer generated advertisements, poems and short stories from local students, the young winners did an excellent expressing their creativity.

Gregory joins Dispatch staff

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nathan Gregory has joined the Dispatch staff as a news reporter, managing editor Slim Smith has announced.

County may add funds for soccer complex

Posted 3/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors could approve up to $20,000 to be added to the $50,000 it authorized for culvert installation at the Columbus Soccer Complex in December during its meeting Monday.

Gavin, Byrd make pitches for councilman position

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Candidates for Ward 6 Councilman spoke to members of the Columbus Exchange Club on Thursday at Lion Hills Golf Club in hopes to educate voters about how they could best serve the city of Columbus if elected.

CAFB simulator instructor plays key role in teaching next generation of pilots

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Gregg Havens retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years as a pilot and more than 5,000 hours of flying time, he figured he would spend the rest of his life on the ground. He was right. Sort of.


Ohio man faces charges for local bomb threats

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Ohio man suspected of more than 100 bomb threats, including threats called in at the Lowndes County Courthouse and Monroe County Courthouse in December, faces additional charges in a far-flung series of threats called into public buildings in five states.


2 arrested on drug charges near school

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two women were arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with drug-related offenses when their car was pulled over less than 100 yards from a school.

Hundreds turn out for benefit fish fry

Posted 3/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A benefit fish fry for Columbus Police Department officer Kelvin Lee raised more than $6,000 on Thursday. Officer Rhonda Sanders helped organize the event and said almost 1,000 plates were sold in a show of support for Lee, who is fighting stomach cancer.


Sales tax data may force cuts to city budget

Posted 3/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus sales tax collections continue to lag behind last year's revenue, prompting some to question whether the city will have to amend its Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget or dip into reserves to make up the difference.


Local schools getting head start on Common Core curriculum

Posted 3/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As school districts around the country prepare to make the switch to Common Core, a new type of math- and language arts-based curriculum, the Columbus Municipal School District is taking steps to ensure that students, parents and teachers are prepared for the change.

Unemployment rates drop from January

Posted 3/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Unemployment rates are beginning to inch downward from the January highs, according to data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security Wednesday.

Columbus is 24th in latest economic strength rating

Posted 3/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the spirit of regional cooperation continues to take root, Columbus has new reason to tout itself as the standard-bearer for economic strength within the Golden Triangle.

Storm spotters class equips public to aid tracking of dangerous weather

Posted 3/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Before Steve Wilkinson explained what Tuesday's course was about he had to explain what it wasn't about. "This is not storm chaser training," Wilkinson told the crowd of about 20 who had gathered at the Atmos Energy Training Center in Columbus for a Storm Spotter Class. "We are just trying to get people to report what they see."

Teen shooter held on $500K bond

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Arthur Lee "Slim" Whitfield, 17, of Kalamazoo, Mich., appeared before Justice Court Judge Peggy Phillips Monday afternoon for arraignment on charges of aggravated assault and armed robbery. Whitfield was arrested last Friday afternoon after authorities believe he shot postal worker Douglas Edward Aldridge during a robbery.

No funding, no Juneteenth

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors needed just 10 minutes to discuss and vote down a proposal to fund this year's Juneteenth Festival as a quality of life event in a special meeting Monday afternoon.

City expands summer jobs program

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus is once again partnering with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to offer area youth summer jobs in a paid, 10-week program aimed at putting cash in their pockets while instilling work ethics and beautifying the city.

Columbus Air Force Base will bring back July 4th fireworks

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base officials are planning a Fourth of July fireworks show after a four-year hiatus. Col. Jim Sears, commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing, made the announcement amid a spate of fanfare Monday at the overlook on the east bank of the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus.


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