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Local businesses report increase in sale of guns and alarm systems

Posted 10/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A not-so-friendly side of "The Friendly City" has reared its ugly head recently, and residents are taking precautions to preserve their safety. On the heels of the recent violent crimes in Columbus, local security and alarm system businesses and pawn shops report an increase in calls about personal protection.


Shots fired near nursing home in Columbus

Posted 10/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Multiple gunshots were fired Friday afternoon near Trinity Personal Care Center, the Columbus Police Department said.


Saturday Profile: Kevin Fitzpatrick, 911 operator, deals with the stress of emergency situations

Posted 10/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They are the voices with no names, heard on police scanners at all hours of the day and night. Serving as the bridge between victim and responder, they relay the very important information to police, firefighters or ambulance personnel.


Legends 2 concert tonight at Riverwalk

Posted 10/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a jam-packed weekend for entertainment, but if you're looking for something to do in Columbus tonight, the place to be is the Riverwalk for the second annual Legends concert, which features four bands this year.



Medical situation, lack of room at jail results in release of shooting suspect

Posted 10/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police took James Demont Douglas, 30, into custody late Wednesday night after an incident involving a single gunshot fired, but Douglas was released a short time later because of complications over where he would stay overnight.


District attorney candidates plead their case

Posted 10/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Forrest Allgood's challenger in the November election, Steve Wallace, criticized the operation of the district attorney's office, during a Thursday talk at a Columbus Exchange Club meeting.


Caledonia businesses round out aldermen agenda

Posted 10/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As one new business owner arrived in Caledonia this week, another pondered the future during Tuesday night's Board of Aldermen meeting.



Lowndes County Arrest Report 10-6-11

Posted 10/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reports the following felony arrests:


A perfect match: Kindergartners develop real friendships with senior citizens

Posted 10/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every other Tuesday, 6-year-old Catherine Gulan visits her best friend. They sit and talk and perhaps sing or work on crafts projects. And it's always a bittersweet goodbye, after just an hour at play.

Fall tour of homes illustrates diversity of architectural styles

Posted 10/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The arrival of fall has brought a cornucopia of ways to spend the pleasant temperatures outdoors, and members of the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation hope people will use the weekend to attend the third annual Fall Tour of Homes.


Columbus, Lowndes schools hold off on sex ed decision

Posted 10/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi schools have nine months to decide how they will handle a state mandate to incorporate "abstinence-only" or "abstinence-plus" classes into the curriculum, but not every district is rushing to make the choice.


Local business owner arrested for assaulting police officer

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A simple code-enforcement call turned into an assault on a police officer Tuesday afternoon.


Christina Berry named permanent city planner

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christina Berry can remove the "interim" label from her position.


Program encourages fathers to get involved in their children's education

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The smiles on the children's faces were enough to tell Franklin Academy Principal Patricia Overstreet and Edward Yeates, founder of Father's Child Ministries, that they're onto something good. Tuesday morning, the two paired up for the second year in a row to bring fathers into a place they're not always seen -- the classroom.


Caledonia pay raises stand, mayor's veto fails

Posted 10/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- Pay raises for a number of town employees in Caledonia were upheld by the Caledonia Board of Aldermen last night, after Mayor George Gerhart's veto failed by a 4-1 vote. Alderman Quinn Parham cast the lone vote in alliance with the mayor.


Officials share differing opinions over Sim Scott project speed

Posted 10/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As more days pass, Lowndes County District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks and Ward 5 Columbus City Councilman Kabir Karriem become more upset regarding the speed of the Sim Scott Community Center project.

Preservation commission eyes redrawing historic district maps

Posted 10/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Plans to create an ordinance outlining and protecting Southside Columbus' rich architectural history have hit a snag -- the maps under which the district was originally created are more than three decades old and must be redrawn.


Expert to give advice on business in the changing economy

Posted 10/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Business owners interested in learning new strategies for the changing economic times will have the opportunity to work with a customer service and business development expert Thursday as the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link concludes its "ABCs of Business" seminar series.



Your paper is pink on purpose

Posted 10/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Readers will notice a change in the next few weeks' Sunday Dispatch - the A and B sections will be printed on pink paper during the month of October in recognition and support for National Breast Cancer Awareness month.



Scout bake sale tempts drivers with sweet treats

Posted 10/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Saturday dawned windy and chilly, but that didn't daunt more than two dozen members of Cub Scout Pack 1, who turned out for the group's annual bake sale. As drivers waited at the stoplight on Highway 45 N. in front of Kroger, the boys waved signs and plastic buckets, offering sweet temptation in the form of cupcakes, cookies, homemade preserves and other treats.



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