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Court: E911 dispatcher was not discriminated against

Posted 12/17/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a three-day trial in Oxford, a federal court jury has ruled that a former Columbus-Lowndes E911 dispatcher was not fired because of her race.

 

 

Supes ask tourism board to hold off on new director search

Posted 12/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors wants the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors to delay naming a new director for a while.

 

 

Arrest report 12-16-10

Posted 12/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Adult Detention Center reported the following felony arrests for Dec. 8-14.

 

 

Columbus schools raise $80K for United Way

Posted 12/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District is the largest contributor to the United Way of Lowndes County. And each year, the district outdoes itself.

 

 

Air Force blocks media websites that post Wikileaks cables

Posted 12/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Air Force is blocking computer access to The New York Times and other media sites that published sensitive diplomatic documents released by the Internet site WikiLeaks, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

 

 

As weather cools, holiday scams heat up

Posted 12/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's the season of giving, and no one knows that better than the holiday con artist. Columbus Police Lt. Selvain McQueen said snow jobs traditionally spike during the Christmas season when people are feeling the most charitable.

 

 

GOP consultant: Barbour possible presidential nominee, but winning odds are with Obama

Posted 12/15/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus lobbyist and political consultant is predicting a second term for Barack Obama, but says Haley Barbour may have the best shot of any Republican spoiler.

 

 

Pilot program rewards teachers' successes

Posted 12/15/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Do incentives like increased pay make for more effective teachers? That's the question the state of Mississippi wants to answer by 2015. And Columbus Municipal School District is one of eight districts in the state chosen to pilot a teacher-incentives program.

 

 

Starkville men among dead in weather-related accidents

Posted 12/15/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three people, including two men from Starkville, were killed on icy highways in north Mississippi as cold weather caused slick roads and bridges this morning.

 

 

Columbus tourism director Tsismanakis stepping down

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director and CEO James Tsismanakis announced Monday that he has accepted a position at the DeKalb County, Ga., CVB.

 

 

Vandals smash windows of Columbus businesses

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The windows of three cabs and two businesses in the 1700 block of Eighth Avenue South were shattered over the weekend by a vandal or vandals, according to Columbus police.

 

 

Planning Commission lifts moratorium on electronic signs in Columbus

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Planning and Zoning Commission lifted its imposed moratorium on electronic signs Monday.

 

New Columbus Middle School opening delayed

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new Columbus Middle School is on schedule for completion before students return from Christmas break. But the state-of-the art, technology-savvy building won't open for business until Jan. 19, after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

Columbus swears in new city judges

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus welcomed its newest Municipal Court judges to the bench Monday.

Lowndes library trailblazer Bateman dies at 83

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chebie Ann Gaines Bateman, who oversaw the transformation of the Lowndes County Public Library into a civic centerpiece, died Dec. 10 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. She was 83.

Police: Columbus woman threatens to kill ex-boyfriend, his new girlfriend

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 23-year-old woman broke into the house of her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend while the couple was asleep Sunday morning and threatened to kill them with a knife, according to police.

 

Frigid weather settles in to area, state

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With frigid temperatures across Mississippi, Columbus and other communities are opening shelters and people are being told to keep an eye on their pets and elderly neighbors.

 

Fighting spirit: Columbus 12-year-old battles bone cancer

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Nov. 9, the world changed for 12-year-old Jeffrey Amos. He was diagnosed with bone cancer. Tired but still cheerful, Jeffrey sat in his room at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and reminisced about school.

 

Taking candy from a baby: Exercise shows Columbus residents leave themselves vulnerable to crime

Posted 12/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Living in a town the size of Columbus can be relaxing -- maybe too relaxing, according to Columbus Police Explorers.

 

Community reaches out to feed its own

Posted 12/11/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 2009, across America, 17.4 million households -- nearly 15 percent of the country -- weren't sure where their next meal would come from.

 

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