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Scouts learn about respect, courage and health and fitness during day camp

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday was almost unbearably hot and humid. Tuesday, it rained and the power went out. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, more of the same.

 

Truck overturns after getting cut off by car

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An 18-wheel flatbed tractor trailer truck lost control of its load and overturned on Port Access Road, approximately one-half mile from Island Road, Saturday morning, according to Sgt. Glenn Culpepper with the Columbus Police Department.

 

 

The Dispatch wins eight MPA awards

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch received eight awards in the Mississippi Press Association's annual 2010 Better Newspaper Contest Saturday night in Biloxi during the MPA's 145th annual convention.

 

 

CLOPAC hosts Q&A forum for Lowndes candidates

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Those Lowndes County residents who haven't had the chance to decide who to vote for in the Aug. 2 primaries will get another chance to hear from candidates on Tuesday and Thursday night.

 

 

City of Columbus embarks on $2.2 million street project

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Falcon Contracting, which is paving or repairing 69 Columbus streets this year for more than $2.2 million, plans to finish paving streets that do not require milling first, according to a general schedule released by the company.

 

 

Machete attacker remains in jail; mom accused of child abuse bails out

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man who attacked another with a machete after an argument remains in jail. A mother accused of child abuse bonded out the same day she was arrested.

 

Community members get rare look at Eka plant's inner workings

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Outside of Columbus city limits on Nashville Ferry Road, Eka Chemicals is a seemingly quiet neighbor. But its equipment and grounds span more than 800 acres and can turn out 15-20 trucks of product a day.

 

Changing of the guard at Annunciation school

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Change is afoot at Annunciation Catholic School, from a new principal to the addition of an eighth-grade class this fall.

 

 

Mississippi Governor's school comes to an end

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Imagine the Columbus riverfront with niche boutiques, restaurants and major big-box retailers. Imagine loft apartments and other housing. Imagine a year-round carnival and a boardwalk area where families can shop, live and play.

 

County to move Extension Center to newer offices

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The home isn't in disrepair. But it certainly shows its age. Built in the 1940s, the bungalow on Third Avenue North in Columbus across the street from Franklin Academy, has housed the Lowndes County office of the Mississippi State University Extension Center since the mid-'70s.

 

4-County lineman recovering following accident

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 4-County lineman was burned Wednesday morning when he briefly touched a live power line in Clay County.

 

 

Arrest Report 6-23-11

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported the following felony arrests:

 

 

Council divided on utilities board appointment

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a split vote Tuesday, the City Council appointed former councilman Charlie Newell to the Columbus Light and Water board.

 

 

EMCC tuition guarantee may end in Lowndes

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Enrollment is rising at East Mississippi Community College, and so is tuition. What's not rising is the amount of money in the school's tuition guarantee fund.

 

 

Buggin' out: Lowndes County gears up for mosquito season

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Summer arrived Tuesday, meaning it won't be long before the season's peskiest denizens -- mosquitoes -- make their appearance as well. It's an annual battle that's already bugging the Caledonia aldermen; they started discussing the issue several weeks ago.

 

 

Unmanned aerial systems to be flown from local airport

Posted 6/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Stark Aerospace soon will begin test flying unmanned aerial systems from Golden Triangle Regional Airport.

 

Power outages affect businesses along Columbus' busiest street

Posted 6/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Crews with Columbus Light and Water spent most of Tuesday and this morning coping with three separate power issues that left traffic snarled, the Walmart and Kroger parking lots empty and customers in the dark.

Police seize 40 pounds of weed in raid

Posted 6/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bringing an end to a months-long investigation, two people suspected of drug trafficking were arrested with about 40 pounds of marijuana, Tuesday evening.

Doctors' homes, offices raided in drug investigation

Posted 6/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Federal and local narcotics agents raided the offices and homes of two Columbus doctors Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether they gave out illegal drug prescriptions.

 

DePriest's $20 million lawsuit on hold

Posted 6/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A lawsuit filed by local businessman Donald DePriest is on hold pending a Federal Communications Commission investigation into whether he operated a Ponzi scheme.

 

 

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