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Fire extinguished quickly at vacant house

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A rental house on 20th Street North in Columbus caught on fire early Thursday morning, but firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, according to Capt. Brett Thomas of Columbus Fire and Rescue Station 1.

 

 

Lowndes payroll going paperless

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County employees may soon see a change in the way they are paid if the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors approves a paperless payment system during their meeting Monday at 9 a.m. Board President Harry Sanders said the current system of paying the county's around 330 employees is causing confusion and becoming a nightmare.

 

 

Dispatch brings home advertising awards

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch advertising staff won multiple awards in the Mississippi Press Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest for Advertising. The awards ceremony was this past Saturday in Jackson. The paper competed with other newspapers with a circulation between 9,000 and 15,000.

 

 

Schools face deep budget cuts

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The news wasn't pretty at the Columbus Municipal School District's budget planning session Saturday morning, but it wasn't altogether unexpected either. Financial woes have plagued the district for years, and the pecuniary prospects are equally grim for the 2012-2013 school year.

 

Shots fired at Dutch Village gas station in Columbus

Posted 2/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Police were on the scene at Dutch Village Shell station at the corner of Lehmberg Road and Highway 50 in Columbus Saturday night.

Mississippi Humanities Council taps local volunteer for award

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the Jackson-based Mississippi Humanities Council announced recipients of its 2012 Public Humanities Awards Thursday, Beverly Norris of Columbus, and the Columbus Arts Council, were named to receive the Humanities Partner Award. Honorees will be recognized in ceremonies Feb. 24 at the Hilton Jackson Hotel in the state capitol.

SATURDAY PROFILE: Officer duo has served more than 500 warrants, made 400 arrests

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Patrolman Lance Luckey sits in a side room at the Columbus Police Department, his fists balled, his eyes straying to the television. His partner, master patrolman Kelvin Lee, is kicked back in his chair, only slightly more relaxed.

Sheriff's Office arrests four in connection with burglaries

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four people were arrested Thursday in connection with a string of burglaries, and Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge said more arrests are forthcoming. Along with the arrests, deputies recovered thousands of dollars of stolen property.

 

Interfaith conversation to bring together local leaders

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, an interfaith conversation between five local religious leaders will be held Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. The event is free and open to the public.

 

McLemore: Identity theft on the rise

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lt. Wayne McLemore has been on the Columbus police force for 24 years. Over the years, he has worked in drug- and gang-resistance education, criminal investigations, the SWAT team and public relations.

 

Columbus mum on settlement in police shooting

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Details of a settlement agreement between the city of Columbus and the mother of a young man who was fatally shot by police in 2008 will remain confidential even when the paperwork is finalized, City Attorney Jeff Turnage said Thursday.

 

 

Child porn case moves to grand jury

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man charged with exploitation of children had his initial appearance in municipal court Thursday.

 

Prayer and Patriotism: Vietnam prisoner of war shares inspiring message

Posted 2/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Sundays, they knelt in their dirty prison cell and prayed. At the end of every service, they pledged allegiance to the country no enemy could make them betray.

 

Second suspect sought in robbery of pizza delivery man

Posted 2/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 17-year-old was arrested and another suspect is sought in connection with the robbery of a pizza delivery driver on Jan. 11.

 

 

Colleges respond to K-12 changes with revamped master's program

Posted 2/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Parents and students are used to seeing student teachers in the classroom. Through revamped master's degree programs, they also will get used to seeing student administrators. Mississippi University for Women is partnering with school districts to offer K-12 administration master's degree candidates internships at local schools.

 

Lowndes County poised for more capital projects, economic development

Posted 2/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The county is in excellent shape and poised for even brighter days ahead, according to Harry Sanders, president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.

No foul play suspected in drowning

Posted 2/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Five days after the body of a missing Iuka man was found along an inlet of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge said his department is close to finishing its investigation.

One of the 'Fab Five' signs with Mississippi State

Posted 2/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- On the biggest day of his athletic career thus far, Caledonia High School's Cole Carter shared a lot of laughs and hugged a lot of people.

New Crawford fire station on Lowndes wish list

Posted 2/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to abandon library construction in Crawford because of a lack of funding. However, supervisors will pursue grant money for a new fire station for the community.

 

Body ID'd as missing Iuka man

Posted 2/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A body discovered on Bud Price Road in Lowndes County has been identified. According to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant, Robert Paul Martindale, 55, of Tishomingo County, was found dead when he was pulled from a boat dock along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Saturday afternoon.

 

 

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