Demonta Gardner sentenced to 20 years for burglary of an occupied dwelling
The city school board gathered Thursday night to interview the second of three superintendent candidates, who provided detailed insight into the strategies her district employed to weather a reversal of fortunes and cope with common education challenges.
Several years ago, when the Lowndes County School District was applying for a Safe and Drug-Free Schools grant through the United States Department of Education, school officials were required to survey students about prevalence and risk factors for drugs and violence on campus.
Lowndes Circuit Court Judge Lee Howard Thursday declared a mistrial for defendant Justin Richardson.
In what Fourteenth Chancery District Judge H. Jim Davidson Jr. described as a "procedural matter," a date for discovery was set Thursday for the upcoming trial regarding annexation for the City of Columbus.
After deliberating for more than an hour, a Circuit Court jury Wednesday found Demonta "Gangsta" Gardner guilty of burglary of a dwelling but not guilty of armed robbery. A juror poll showed it agreed one hundred percent on the verdict.
Less than two weeks ago, the county school board approved a limited pre-kindergarten program for the district's neediest students, but Wednesday afternoon, they voted 4-1 to explore the possibility of expanding the program to include tuition-based preschool for students who don't qualify for the free classes.
Based upon preliminary budget figures, the Lowndes County School District is in good shape, but tough decisions will have to be made to offset changes in the county and state's financial picture, Business Officer Frances Goldmon told board members Wednesday afternoon during a budget workshop at the central office.
Demonta Dewayne "Gangsta" Gardner. Gardner, 19, of 917 11th Ave. S, was arrested September 29, 2011 and charged with armed robbery and burglary of a dwelling.
The city school board has spent the past few weeks backgrounding superintendent candidates, but Tuesday night, they learned the district -- as well as Columbus and its movers and shakers -- had been equally scrutinized.
The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science has been named one of the best high schools in America.
Lowndes County's older residents next week will join an estimated 100,000 seniors across the nation to help promote active, healthy lifestyles through physical fitness, good nutrition and preventive care as part of National Senior Health & Fitness Day. As an official host site, the YMCA will hold activities May 30 at the Frank P. Phillips Memorial YMCA in downtown Columbus.
Friday marked the end of the school year for city students, but for preschoolers at Stokes-Beard Elementary Technology and Communication Magnet School, it was business as usual.
In what seems to be a regular occurrence, festival funding was once again a source of contention between members of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.
The trial of a former youth leader, Benjamin Shelton, has been continued until August.
Interviews will begin tonight for the first of three candidates remaining in the Columbus Municipal School District's superintendent search.
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