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Fondling trial set for today

Posted 5/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County



CMSD votes to search for new attorney

Posted 5/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city school district has been searching for a superintendent for nearly a year, and after Monday night's board meeting, they may soon be looking for a new attorney.



Superintendent candidate withdraws name

Posted 5/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A candidate has dropped out of consideration for the Columbus Municipal School District superintendent position.



Comprehensive plan in limbo as annexation is decided

Posted 5/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city's elusive comprehensive plan, which will guide city development for the next decade, was discussed during Monday's meeting of the Columbus Planning Commission, but no action was taken on the issue.


Updated: CPD looking for shooting suspect

Posted 5/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Suspect sought in connection with alleged Monday afternoon shooting

Area arrests 5-14-12

Posted 5/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following arrests were reported by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and Columbus Police Department.

Adopt a duck for the Great Tombigbee Duck Race, scheduled for June 9

Posted 5/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In less than a month, thousands of ducks will invade the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, and if all goes well, their arrival may become an annual migration.

Jail's GED program graduates more than 25 inmates since 2012

Posted 5/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Brian Gartman, life is all about making decisions. A series of bad decisions led to Gartman's arrest and incarceration for burglary, which has now been reduced to a grand larceny charge. While serving a one year sentence in the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center, Gartman, 25, decided to make better decisions for himself, like earning a GED diploma.


Columbus city council to take on sagging pants Tuesday

Posted 5/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will consider on Tuesday a proposal from Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box legislating "saggy" or below the waist pants.


Mother's Day: Cherishing every moment

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a normal pregnancy. It was a normal delivery. Nell and Michael Valentine both had children from previous marriages, but this child -- Gabriel -- was created by their shared love for one another. Together, their co-mingled DNA created life.


Lowndes schools to offer pre-K, sex ed and easier A's

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pre-kindergarten classes will soon be a reality in the county school system. After months of discussion and research, the Lowndes County School District's board of trustees Friday passed a motion 3-1 approving a limited pre-K program.



Columbus schools to hire 49 teachers

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two months after informing 68 teachers their contracts would not be renewed, Columbus Municipal School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell announced Friday that 49 vacancies will be filled, with impacted teachers having first priority to reapply for their jobs.


Airbase report: $262 million pumped into local economy in 2011

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With higher sales tax numbers and lower employment figures already in place for Lowndes County and Columbus, the area received more positive economic news as the Columbus Air Force Base on Friday released its fiscal year 2011 economic impact report. The report was presented during a luncheon sponsored by the Base Community Council.

Columbus redistricting talks on hold until Tuesday's council meeting

Posted 5/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Redistricting talks Thursday continued, between members of the Columbus City Council and consultant Chris Watson of Oxford-based Bridge and Watson. Considering a 20 percent variance between the city's highest populated ward -- Ward 6 -- and its least populated -- Ward 4, Watson presented a proposed redistricting map, in which the variance would be cut to 9.5 percent.

Annunciation students take an international approach to learning

Posted 5/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The sombreros were nearly as tall as the preschoolers wearing them, evoking smiles, a flurry of camera flashes and proud parents hefting iPads to video the youngsters.


Fourth name for CMSD superintendent released

Posted 5/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District released the name of the fourth superintendent candidate, as well as the interview schedule, late Thursday afternoon.


Clean-up tomorrow at East Columbus detention pond

Posted 5/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An East Columbus eyesore will be getting a facelift, thanks to the family of the late Ward 2 Councilman Doug Mackay.


Trial dates set for doctors Burtman and White

Posted 5/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus doctors facing federal drug charges soon will have their respective days in court.



CMSD superintendent search down to four

Posted 5/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a year of transition, the city school board met last week to review superintendent resumes, swiftly choosing from 20 applicants to four preferred candidates. Interviews will begin in less than two weeks.



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