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3 arrested in post office drug bust

Posted 3/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three Columbus residents were arrested in front of the United States Post Office Thursday afternoon and charged with possession of marijuana.

Gifted programs serve unique purposes, instructors say

Posted 3/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The proposal to end gifted classes in the county's seventh and eighth grades will go before the Lowndes County School Board Friday. Parents of the affected students have promised to be at the meeting and voice their opinions on why the district should not only continue to offer the gifted classes, commonly referred to as MERIT, but should offer them alongside pre-Advanced Placement classes.


Caledonia clerk implicates mayor, alderman candidate

Posted 3/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New information continues to come to light in the harassment complaint filed by a Town of Caledonia employee last week. An incident report obtained by The Dispatch Wednesday reveals that acting Town Clerk Krista Hill filed a workplace harassment complaint Feb. 26, alleging incidences of indecent language and sexual comments made in her presence.


Grant will provide homes for four families

Posted 3/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four Lowndes County families are one step closer to receiving new homes. On Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted to allow Home Investment Partnerships Grant Program (HOME) coordinator Spencer Broocks of Golden Triangle Planning and Development to begin advertising for professional services.


City hires new firemen, public works employees

Posted 3/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Along with hiring a new chief financial officer Tuesday night, the Columbus City Council also hired several new employees to fill various spots within Columbus Fire and Rescue and the public works department.



Arrest report 3-6-13

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Caledonia employee files sexual harassment complaint

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Town of Caledonia employee has filed a sexual harassment complaint against a candidate for the board of aldermen, sources confirmed this morning.


Lowndes supervisors ask for more time to re-open Co-Op Road

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors said it needs more time to repair Co-Op Road. During Monday's meeting, the board asked board attorney Tim Hudson to file an appeal against a February judgment that ordered the county to reopen Co-Op road.


Columbus city service fair set for Thursday

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents wishing to ask questions about some of the services provided by the city will have the opportunity to do so Thursday.



Council hires Rawle as new CFO

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of searching, the City of Columbus now has a new chief financial officer. The city council voted unanimously to hire Milton Rawle Jr. of Vicksburg. Rawle was one of two finalists for the position.


Dispute over eligibility leaves mayoral candidate fuming

Posted 3/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia's municipal election is still three months away, but the temperature is already rising, with one of the two mayoral candidates alleging harassment and invasion of privacy since she announced her intent to seek the town's top spot.

Parents outraged by loss of gifted program

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although officials say it has been a move three years in the making, parents and students responded with shock and anger over the Lowndes County School District's decision to drop its gifted program, commonly known as MERIT, for the county's seventh- and eighth-graders.

Supes consider consolidated vo-tech center

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District Superintendent Lynn Wright continued his campaign for a consolidated vocational career center Monday in an appearance before the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.

Sumrall pleads guilty on child porn charge

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man charged with possession of child pornography and exploitation of a child appeared in federal court in Aberdeen Monday, pleading guilty to count one of the indictment.

Columbus High seniors display artwork at Rosenzweig

Posted 3/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, none of the students in Sarah Oswalt's Visual Arts class could have imagined having a gallery opening for their work. Most of them were sure they had no artistic talent at all. But the class is a required part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma curriculum, meaning the 11 students had to at least give art a chance, even if they never fully embraced it.

Drainage is a key issue in Ward 2 race

Posted 3/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Drainage issues in East Columbus are among the top concerns facing candidates in the race for councilman in Ward 2.

CPD, sheriff's department raising funds for ill officer

Posted 3/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies are banding together to support one of their own. The Columbus Police Department is teaming up with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department, The Columbus Fire Department and Emergency 911 to help raise money for a CPD investigator who is battling cancer.


Arrest report 3-4-13

Posted 3/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Above and Beyond: GTR grows while other airports struggle

Posted 3/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mike Hainsey remembers all too well when Northwest Airlines pulled out of Golden Triangle Regional Airport, taking three flights a day with it. The year was 2006, and he had just taken over as executive director. Immediately, he found himself faced with a problem: How does a small airport survive when it loses one-third of its budget? The answer then, as now, lay just beyond the terminal walls.


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