After two weeks of contract negotiations, Dr. Martha Liddell finally signed the dotted line last Monday, agreeing to a three-year commitment as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District.
The Columbus Municipal School District named principals for Columbus High School and Columbus Middle School today during a special board meeting of the Board of Trustees. The two new principals will be familiar faces to parents and students; both are longtime assistant principals at the schools they will now run. Jill Savely will be the new principal at the high school, and Freda Dismukes will take the helm at the middle school.
Glenda Bates is not an ordinary 27-year-old. With an effusive personality as bright as her joyful smile, she's smart, articulate, fun and funny. But she's also a serious and dedicated professional musician.
Although sales tax figures have dropped slightly in Columbus over the past 30 days, Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen said the city is still posting higher numbers than predicted for the year. "We collected $809,699 in the month of May and $728,609 in the month of June," Bernsen said. "We are still doing better than we were doing a year ago."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Friday unanimously passed a motion to assist the City of Columbus with some paving projects.
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.
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.
A Columbus shooting Thursday night left two men injured and two arrested.
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