Less than two weeks ago, the county school board approved a limited pre-kindergarten program for the district's neediest students, but Wednesday afternoon, they voted 4-1 to explore the possibility of expanding the program to include tuition-based preschool for students who don't qualify for the free classes.
Based upon preliminary budget figures, the Lowndes County School District is in good shape, but tough decisions will have to be made to offset changes in the county and state's financial picture, Business Officer Frances Goldmon told board members Wednesday afternoon during a budget workshop at the central office.
Demonta Dewayne "Gangsta" Gardner. Gardner, 19, of 917 11th Ave. S, was arrested September 29, 2011 and charged with armed robbery and burglary of a dwelling.
The city school board has spent the past few weeks backgrounding superintendent candidates, but Tuesday night, they learned the district -- as well as Columbus and its movers and shakers -- had been equally scrutinized.
The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science has been named one of the best high schools in America.
Lowndes County's older residents next week will join an estimated 100,000 seniors across the nation to help promote active, healthy lifestyles through physical fitness, good nutrition and preventive care as part of National Senior Health & Fitness Day. As an official host site, the YMCA will hold activities May 30 at the Frank P. Phillips Memorial YMCA in downtown Columbus.
Friday marked the end of the school year for city students, but for preschoolers at Stokes-Beard Elementary Technology and Communication Magnet School, it was business as usual.
In what seems to be a regular occurrence, festival funding was once again a source of contention between members of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.
The trial of a former youth leader, Benjamin Shelton, has been continued until August.
Interviews will begin tonight for the first of three candidates remaining in the Columbus Municipal School District's superintendent search.
An outstanding warrant led to a drug bust and a statutory rape charge Thursday evening.
The Columbus Police Department responded to a number of altercations and burglaries over the weekend and chased a dog at-large who threatened an elderly man at his home.
A Hamilton youth minister has been arrested for allegedly filming a woman changing clothes in a local dressing room.
After deliberating for around three hours, a hung jury led to a mistrial in the case of the State versus Doris "D.R." McElhenney.
KiOR officials are fond of noting the company, through its process of converting non-food input into gasoline and diesel, is accelerating something nature has done for a very long time. And now the development of the plant itself is on an accelerated path, as construction of KiOR's $222 million cellulosic gasoline and diesel plant -- a first for Columbus and beyond -- is complete, ahead of schedule.
A community can change a lot in 20 years. Service agencies open and close. Demographics shift. Things deemed important by one generation may barely register on the radar of the next. That's why the United Way of Lowndes County is seeking public input with a Community Needs Assessment Survey.
Like a farmer at seedtime, there is little visible evidence of the work Jeremiah Dumas has done. Dumas, an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Mississippi State University and alderman for Starkville's 5th Ward, has been a driving force in just about every effort to bring sustainability to his campus and city.
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