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Caledonia man the biggest loser for Lowndes Shrinkdown

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It started with a personal goal: Get 50 pounds lighter, regain some energy. Mike Chandler, 47, never expected to win the 2011 Lowndes County Shrinkdown challenge.

 

Courthouse facelift in full swing

Posted 3/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Deputy clerks plug away on computers, packing small boxes in their free moments. Meanwhile, it still is a public office, with customers coming in sporadically.

 

Starkville Electric Department clarifies reasons behind rate changes

Posted 3/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The head of the Starkville Electric Department is urging customers to look at its new rate system as an opportunity to control their energy use.

 

 

MUW announces new heads of academics, student services

Posted 3/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women announced two key leadership positions following recent approval by the state College Board.

 

 

Cadence, Link on short list of local firms offering smartphone apps

Posted 3/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mobile banking isn't anything new, but Cadence Bank's recently unveiled iPhone application is blazing new trails in Starkville.

 

 

Grant bolsters Starkville recycling program

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Starkville is banking on an MDEQ grant to get more green trash bags on the street.

 

Hearing postponed for Elbow Room shooting suspect

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Municipal Court hearing to appoint a public defender for the man suspected of a double homicide at the Elbow Room Lounge has been postponed until April 7.

 

Lowndes circuit clerk's office partially closed Friday

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Circuit Clerk's office, on the second floor of the Lowndes County Courthouse, will be open only for minimal business and emergencies on Friday.

 

Records show lack of bias in Columbus judge's cases

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City Judge Nicole Clinkscales has not dismissed a disproportionately high number of cases involving the police officer who arrested her in 2009, a Dispatch investigation has revealed.

Spring fling: Local students, parents make the most of break

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This week is spring break week for local students, who are getting a rest from classes and homework while parents get to spend more time with their children.

Narcotics unit busts up alleged drug ring

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit and the city SWAT team busted a large drug distribution ring Tuesday, arresting five people and seizing $36,100 worth of drugs.

Columbus man arrested on fondling charge

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 34-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly fondled a 14-year-old girl while she was at a sleep-over at his residence.

Suspect in sword-attack case charged in new crimes

Posted 3/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 44-year-old man who allegedly chased a woman from her home last year with a sword was arrested again last week, this time for grand larceny and credit card fraud from his mother.

 

County borrows $1 million for Columbus soccer complex

Posted 3/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County plans to borrow an additional $1 million to fund a downtown Columbus soccer complex.

 

 

Columbus council changes disability rules for city workers

Posted 3/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to cap the number of days an injured or disabled city employee can be on light or restricted duty at 90 days.

 

 

Columbus Red Cross off to solid fundraising start

Posted 3/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Red Cross Chapter, which has recently strained to raise funds, has already received pledges for $31,000 in its Heroes Campaign this month.

 

Lowndes to repave road to chemical plant

Posted 3/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A long-neglected county road is on tap for repaving this year.

 

Lowndes supervisors redraw voting lines

Posted 3/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a week of debate and the threat of litigation, Lowndes County supervisors Tuesday approved a redistricting plan.

 

 

NYTimes.com: Tennessee Williams' 100th Birthday, Marked in Columbus, Miss. (link)

Posted 3/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

Former Columbus councilman loses appeal

Posted 3/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The state Court of Appeals has rejected former Columbus councilman Kamal Karriem's appeal of the revocation of his probation for testing positive for cocaine.

 

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