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Columbus on track to surpass fuel budget by $80,040

Posted 2/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As gas prices continue to rise, climbing to levels more than $3.25 per gallon this week, the City of Columbus budget is showing the strain.

 

Dispatch renovation complete

Posted 2/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Renovations are complete of the front office of The Dispatch's downtown Columbus office, designed to improve customer service.

 

Man escapes Lowndes sheriff's squad car through window

Posted 2/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man who escaped from a Lowndes County Sheriff's squad car by rolling down an unlocked window was recaptured after a lengthy search Friday.

 

 

Schools push to help seniors pass subject tests

Posted 2/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local schools are making a final push to help seniors who have failed one or more state tests stay on track to graduate in May.

 

 

Storm causes outages, downed power lines across Golden Triangle

Posted 2/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A severe storm hammered the Golden Triangle Thursday and early Friday, dropping trees and power lines across north Mississippi.

 

 

Suspended Columbus police officer runs for sheriff

Posted 2/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A suspended Columbus Police Department officer qualified to run for sheriff Thursday.

 

A costly lesson: Woman warns students of drinking and driving's dangers

Posted 2/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The roomful of Caledonia High School juniors and seniors fell silent, as pictures flashed across the screen. A crumpled, upside-down car. A torn guard rail. A girl lying in a hospital bed, unconscious with numerous wound dressings. It was 2003, and Sarah Panzau was lucky to be alive.

 

Lowndes justice court judge qualifies for sheriff

Posted 2/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The crowded field of qualifiers for the Lowndes County Sheriff's race has another name.

 

$3.15 and counting: Locals feeling pinch as fuel costs rise

Posted 2/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As turmoil in the Middle East continues, gas prices are increasing across the nation, and the Golden Triangle is no exception.

 

Jail inmate Fox hurt in fight

Posted 2/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The oft-arrested Lavento Shamon Fox suffered minor injuries in a fistfight with a fellow inmate Tuesday evening in the Lowndes County jail.

 

 

Arrest report 2-24-11

Posted 2/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported the following felony arrests.

 

 

Columbus chiropractor pleads guilty to fraud

Posted 2/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus chiropractor pled guilty Wednesday to falsifying the insurance claims of four patients to swindle Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi out of thousands of dollars.

 

Hunt graduates rally to preserve shuttered school

Posted 2/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hunt Intermediate is the last of a dying breed of black neighborhood schools in Columbus, according to community members and alumni. And they are rallying around the school to preserve it.

 

Council suspends public works director, police officers; city worker fired

Posted 2/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One city employee was fired and three others, including Public Works Director Mike Pratt and two police officers, were suspended Tuesday during a special meeting of the Columbus City Council.

 

 

Terry Brown elected secretary of PEER committee

Posted 2/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

State Sen. Terry Brown, R-Columbus, was elected secretary of the Mississippi Legislative Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review.

 

Columbus Riverwalk surveillance cameras go online

Posted 2/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city has finished installing 12 cameras along the downtown Columbus Riverwalk, bringing the $18,000 first phase of the project to an end.

 

City judge pleads no contest, fined $377 for 2009 incident

Posted 2/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Judge Nicole Clinkscales entered no contest pleas Tuesday in Lowndes County Justice Court to disorderly conduct and disobeying a police officer.

 

In wake of water accidents, officials urge use of lifejackets

Posted 2/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cliff Wilson and Joe Holmes, both of Columbus, don't quite fit the description of risk takers. After pulling their 17-foot fishing boat out of the water at the Columbus Lock and Dam Monday, they admit to wearing life jackets "half the time."

 

Light and Water Dept. studying effect of wastewater

Posted 2/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Light and Water board Thursday agreed to invest up to $112,000 over the next 12 months to study the impact of water from the local treatment plant deposited into the Tombigbee River.

 

Man charged with head-butting police car

Posted 2/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 19-year-old man has been charged with head-butting a Columbus Police Squad car and kicking one of its windows off track.

 

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