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Patients, staff thrilled with new Lowndes health department

Posted 8/27/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Visitors and staff are thrilled with the new Lowndes County Health Department facility, said Office Manager Brenda Martin.

Biofuel company to locate in Columbus (video)

Posted 8/26/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- Columbus is first in line to receive one of three renewable biofuel production plants in Mississippi. Governor Haley Barbour announced Thursday KiOR of Houston, Texas, has agreed to invest $500 million to build three facilities in Mississippi and create an estimated 1,000 jobs.

Caledonia man found guilty of 2009 fairgrounds beating

Posted 8/26/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 35-year-old Lowndes County man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a 2009 aggravated assault at the Columbus Fairgrounds.

For first time, MSU turns away housing applicants

Posted 8/26/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hundreds of Mississippi State University students can attest to the university's growth. For the first time, MSU has had to turn away about 400 upperclassmen requesting on-campus housing. "They approached us desiring a space in housing," explained MSU Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Bill Kibler, noting the requests of the upperclassmen were declined in time for them to find off-campus housing before school began.

City school burglarized

Posted 8/26/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 30-year-old man was charged with breaking into Franklin Elementary Medical Sciences and Wellness Magnet School on Third Avenue early today.

 

Supes must pay back illegal donations

Posted 8/26/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Supervisor Leroy Brooks and seven former supervisors illegally donated more than $85,000 to a nonprofit headed by Brooks, according to a circuit court ruling in Lowndes County, Monday.

 

 

Jobless rate rises in July in state, across Golden Triangle

Posted 8/25/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi's unemployment rate for July rose to 11.5 percent, and Golden Triangle counties all had rates worse than the state average. In Columbus, more than one in five people was out of work.

 

Woman charged with taking pornographic photos of sons

Posted 8/25/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 41-year-old woman has been charged in Lowndes County with taking pornographic photographs of her two young sons.

How much is that doggie in the window? Humane Society opens new location on Main Street

Posted 8/25/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cute puppies and kitties can't tug heart strings if nobody sees them, so the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society is putting the cuteness on display on Main Street.

 

Columbus state senator says Coast booming (video)

Posted 8/25/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

State Sen. Terry Brown, R-Columbus, visited the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday to share a little optimism, some pessimism and a lot of uncertainty.

 

 

Child porn, sexual battery trials continued

Posted 8/25/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Separate trials for two Lowndes County men, one facing charges for child pornography and the other for sexual battery, have been continued until October in Lowndes County Circuit Court.

 

Man accused of raping granddaughter

Posted 8/25/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 72-year-old Artesia man has been charged with sexual battery after allegedly raping his 16-year-old granddaughter.

 

Triplett child-porn trial continued until October

Posted 8/24/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial of a Lowndes County man on possession of child pornography charges -- scheduled for Tuesday in Lowndes County Circuit Court -- has been continued until October.

 

 

Positive intervention

Posted 8/24/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Parents and teachers tend to believe students know how to act by the time they reach school age and if they're being "bad" it's because they choose to be. Not so, says a professional development service from the University of Southern Mississippi.

 

 

Council, police: Citizens' help key to combat crime

Posted 8/24/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Crime is a community problem and citizen involvement is a powerful preventative measure, the Columbus City Council and command staff of the Columbus Police Department agreed.

 

Ex-reserve officer pleads guilty to rape

Posted 8/24/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 14-year reserve Columbus police officer pleaded guilty Monday evening in Lowndes County Circuit Court to statutorily raping his girlfriend's underage daughter multiple times.

Teen injured in afternoon wreck

Posted 8/24/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 16-year-old New Hope High School junior was injured Monday when he swerved to miss another student's truck, flipping his own.

School nurse sees outreach as most important part of job

Posted 8/23/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Katie Elliott doesn't match any antiquated visions of a school nurse. She's doesn't sit in her office all day feeding sneezy children tiny paper cups of cough syrup or dabbing scrapes with cotton balls dipped in hydrogen peroxide. In fact, she doesn't spend much time in her office at all.

Local pawnshop hit second time

Posted 8/23/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police responded to a slew of crimes over the weekend, including the second break-in at Frank's Pawn & Gun in East Columbus and another armed robbery by a 14-year-old.

New chuckles debut on Dispatch's comics page

Posted 8/23/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch is welcoming a few new characters to its funny page.

 

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