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Six days in September: Shooting deaths of three men remain a mystery

Posted 12/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A fisherman noticed the body near a boat landing at the Luxapalila Creek Recreation Area off Highway 69.

CPD distributes presents for the children

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In Lowndes County homes, Sunday will be the end to a hectic season of giving and receiving. At the Columbus Police Department, Thursday was the climactic ending to its annual Christmas Toy Drive.

After carjacking, Columbus fiddler and mom find comfort back home

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Just when it's needed most, there's no place like home -- at least for 17-year-old Ruby Jane Smith and her mother, JoBelle Smith. Two weeks after being carjacked and robbed at gunpoint in Houston, Texas, the Columbus natives are home for Christmas.


Columbus firefighters give instead of receive

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue is doing its part to give back to the community this Christmas season. Battalion Chief Martin Andrews took time out on Friday to talk about a new initiative called CFR Gives. Through the program, the fire department raises money to give to those in need to help make their holiday season better.


Victory Christian senior injured in auto accident returns to the court

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The smile lights up the gym. Marcus Sims dribbles the basketball to the corner of the court and launches a 3-pointer. He moves to greet a visitor before returning to the court to join Anthony Sharp in an impromptu game of one-on-one.

P.S. I love you: Family Readiness Group sends boxes to Afghanistan

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Their soldiers have been gone barely a month, but the family members of the Mississippi National Guard's 223rd Engineer Battalion are reaching out with Cheetos, chewing gum and ChapStick.


Skyping around the Christmas tree: Guard families stick close to loved ones

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Maybe he didn't put on the lights, but he watched and supervised from afar. Really far. A U.S. military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Matt Thompson joined his fiancée and their children via Skype to decorate the family Christmas tree.


Reflections on a presidency: Brigham catching her breath after 18-month tenure

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was her time. Mississippi University for Women and its alumni had warred in court, and seemingly ever-present talks of closure and a name change hung over the historic campus like a humid August day by the time Allegra Brigham was asked to take the helm of her beloved alma mater. "You are the perfect person for this time in MUW's history," the person on the other end of the phone said.

Friends, neighbors reach out to fire victims

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Neighbors are reaching out to a Lowndes County family that lost almost all possessions just four days before Christmas.

BancorpSouth consolidates Columbus services; downtown branch closes

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

BancorpSouth has consolidated its services in Columbus with a new 8,200-square foot building on Highway 45 North.


New school trustee eager to get started

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The newest member of the Columbus Municipal School District board of trustees is a wife, working mother and volunteer with two children in the school system.



Lowndes Arrest Report 12-22-11

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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



Navistar announces field-service contract

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Navistar Defense LLC on Wednesday announced that it received a $134 million delivery order for field service representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command.



1996 murder case ends in manslaughter plea

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Edward Lamon Blunt was outside WACR in his car waiting for a friend who was a disc jockey at the radio station on 14th Avenue North in Columbus. A man approached his vehicle claiming to be God.


Reserve policeman accused of embezzlement

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

COLUMBUS -- A Columbus Police Department reserve officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with embezzlement. Eric Maurice Lewis, 39, of 1617 23rd St. N. in Columbus is an employee at Lowe's Home Improvement on Military Road.


Police sharing few details about child porn seizure

Posted 12/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investigators are still going through items confiscated during a Tuesday morning raid at a Columbus residence during which officers seized what they report is child pornography.



Barbour budget proposes education consolidation

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- Republican Gov. Haley Barbour calls for reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities, reviving many of his past recommendations in his final Mississippi budget proposal.



Christmas closings 2011

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch will print a four-section Christmas edition on Saturday. Circulation will take calls from 6-9 a.m. on Saturday. There will not be a Sunday paper printed.



Selvain McQueen sworn in as Columbus police chief (video)

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Selvain McQueen officially became the new Columbus police chief Tuesday night, though he's been doing the job since July.



Columbus appoints new school board member

Posted 12/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District has a new board member. The Columbus City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of appointing Aubra Arletta Turner to the school board of trustees.



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