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CMSD turns down Point of Grace's $175,000 offer for school

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Church congregations have successfully snapped up vacant city school properties over the past few years, but Point of Grace Pastor Shane Cruse was not so lucky in his recent attempt to purchase the sprawling Lee Middle School, which has sat empty since January 2011.

Apologetic Liddell backs off plan for early-release

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After considerable blow-back from her first major action as the Columbus Municipal School District's new superintendent, Dr. Martha Liddell reversed course Tuesday on a plan to dismiss students early on Wednesdays to allow time for teacher training and development.

 

Columbus Council hikes up pants, makes sagging pants ordinance official

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A month after approving a ban on sagging pants, the Columbus City Council voted 5-1 on Tuesday to implement the addition to the city's indecent exposure ordinance. The new language was designed specifically to penalize those who wear their pants below the waist or hip. Commonly called the "sagging pants ordinance," it was introduced by Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box who said it was modeled after a similar ordinance in Tupelo.

 

 

Kappler resigns; Columbus now with three principal vacancies

Posted 6/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city schools finally have a new superintendent, but with the fall semester only a month and a half away, the administrative shuffle continues as the Columbus Municipal School District seeks to fill three, possibly four, key vacancies.

 

Humane Society flooded with donations after dog food theft

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Days after dealing with a puppy chow thief, the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society has a new, albeit good, problem: Local animal lovers have responded with a deluge of dog food -- more, in fact, than what was stolen.

 

State puts CMSD early-release plans in jeopardy

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District's early dismissal plan, if implemented, may meet an early demise due to state board of education concerns over policy inconsistencies in other districts.

 

 

CVB won't fund Legends concert

Posted 6/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A request for the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors to help fund the upcoming Legends concert was withdrawn Monday, after CVB Executive Director Nancy Carpenter recommended the board not fund the event started by the CVB.

 

New bids expected on old 82 bridge

Posted 6/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Old Highway 82 bridge project will once again be revisited the Columbus City Council. According to City Engineer Kevin Stafford, the board Tuesday will accept bids on the project. The board will vote to accept the lowest bid Tuesday night.

Thousands celebrate family and freedom at Juneteenth

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many who gathered at Sim Scott Park, Juneteenth was part homecoming and part history lesson -- a celebration of family and freedom. In its early years, the festival only drew around 1,000 people, but now more than 10,000 attend, said Leroy Brooks, of the Afro-American Culture Organization, which coordinates the three-day event.

 

City paving projects to be completed this year

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The re-paving of some city parking lots and streets is on the horizon for Columbus. City Engineer Kevin Stafford said several projects are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

 

Nancy Bragg named state Administrator of the Year

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has been a year of highlights for Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School, and things just keep looking up, Principal Nancy Bragg said Friday, on her way home from the state Department of Education's board meeting in Jackson.

 

County to help with city parking lot repaving

Posted 6/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Friday unanimously passed a motion to assist the City of Columbus with some paving projects.

 

Liddell backtracks on early-release letter

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A letter to teachers and administrators asking for feedback on releasing city school students early on Wednesdays was never sent, district Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell confirmed late Thursday night.

CPD uses spent ammo to fund make-over

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department shooting range will be getting a makeover, thanks in part to some shell casings. Bill Smith, CPD Director of Forensic Chemistry, said he had an epiphany during a recent range clearing and cleaning.

Two injured in Ash Street shooting

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus shooting Thursday night left two men injured and two arrested.

Governor's School uses eclectic classes to inspire creativity

Posted 6/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Textbooks have given way to Sudoku, South Park, and sushi this summer as the top high schoolers in the state gather for the 32nd annual Mississippi Governor's School at Mississippi University for Women.

Juneteenth Festival ready to welcome crowds

Posted 6/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Organizers of the 16th annual Juneteenth Festival have put the finishing touches on a three-day celebration set for tonight, Friday and Saturday in Columbus. The event coincides with similar activities around the country commemorating the abolition of slavery.

 

Crime report 6-14-12

Posted 6/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a burglary of the Columbus-Lowndes Human Society.

 

 

Columbus hires firm to explore energy-saving options

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While the City of Starkville has started making waves across the state for its new energy efficiency methods, Columbus has begun its own process.

 

 

Suspect in pistol whipping still at large

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is searching for a suspect in an alleged pistol whipping (aggravated assault) and shots fired case.

 

 

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