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Lowndes County District 2 has new supervisor

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At about 11 o'clock Tuesday night, Bill Brigham was rounding up the last of his large campaign signs. For Brigham, who outseated incumbent Lowndes County District 2 Supervisor Frank Ferguson, the anticipation is over. Brigham beat out Ferguson, who is finishing his first term as supervisor, 1,404 (59.97 percent) to 936 (39.98 percent), in the Republican primary, to secure a seat at the Board of Supervisors' table in January.


Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Clay election results, updated throughout the night (link)

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Southside closer to becoming a historic district

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is one step closer to an ordinance protecting and defining guidelines for the Southside district.



Three arrested, one sought in copper thefts

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested three people Sunday night and are searching for a fourth suspect in connection with a string of copper thefts that have plagued area business owners since June.



Suspects sought in Tuesday-morning shooting

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Southside Columbus man is in stable condition at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle after being shot early this morning.


Back to school: Teachers gear up for the big day

Posted 8/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The hardwood floors gleamed Monday afternoon with such a lustrous shine that if Franklin Academy fourth-grade teacher Anne Turnage had taken a moment to gaze into the depths, she might well have felt inspired to make a wish.


Columbus native, former MUW public relations director dies at 59

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Beloved, long-time University of Montevallo Director of Public Relations and Columbus native Cynthia Shackelford, 59, passed away Wednesday morning following an illness.


Shoppers pack stores for sales tax holiday

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a madhouse, but everyone was all smiles Saturday, when budget-conscious shoppers packed the aisles of Columbus stores for the third annual state sales tax holiday.

Ask Rufus: Columbus in danger of losing a piece of its history

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

I read in Wednesday's Dispatch the Postal Service was considering closing the downtown Columbus post office. Beside the practical inconvenience, such a move would vacate a building on the National Register of Historic Places and end a 191-year stretch for the Main Street staple.

Lowndes County United Way donations are down

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last year, United Way of Lowndes County raised $500,000 -- $100,000 less than its campaign goal. Charitable contributions are down, but community need is greater than ever.

The final frontier: W.E. Williams recalls his time working at NASA

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

W.E. Williams spent most of his life working on classified information, conducting research in some of the country's top scientific and technological labs. From the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., to NASA headquarters, Williams didn't just witness history -- he played a unique role, helping develop space age technologies that captured the imagination of a nation.


Panel upholds vacating of death penalty for Hodges

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- A federal appeals panel has ruled that because of erroneous jury instructions, Quintez Wren Hodges was denied a fair sentencing hearing when he got the death penalty for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend's brother.



2011 Dispatch Pet Calendar Entries (link)

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

View the entries in the 2011 Dispatch Pet Calendar contest. Voting forms can be found in the print edition of the Dispatch. All proceeds go to benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society and Newspapers in Education.



School board defends 'ignoring' Columbus council

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a meeting Thursday morning, the Columbus City Council expressed frustration over the city school board's refusal to bring its entire board of trustees to the table to discuss the 2012 budget.



Redistricting plan approved, could face litigation

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County's redistricting plan got the OK from the U.S. Department of Justice. But, after elections, the county may still face a lawsuit.


Logan's to open Aug. 8 in Columbus; T.J. Maxx debuts the day before

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Loosen up. Toss the shells on the floor. On Aug. 8, Logan's Roadhouse officially invites the Columbus area to toss a few peanut hulls on the floor.

10% trouble? Seventy-five percent of U.S. gasoline is blended with ethanol

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Near 100-degree heat. Engines roaring through the stoplight. The possibility of a call coming over the scanner. The buzz-hum-bang of men working on cars. There were a thousand things for Willie Jones to focus his attention on Wednesday afternoon, as he filled his sheriff's cruiser at a Columbus Chevron station.

Ruck March to Remember: 2,181-mile walk pays homage to 9-11 victims

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ten years have passed, but Maj. Joseph Ringer of Columbus Air Force Base remembers the day as if it was yesterday. He was on a bus in Texas with his fellow airmen, headed to the Security Forces Academy at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.


Recording: Mayor was angry with police lt. prior to breaking tie to suspend him

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Now-retired Columbus Police Lt. John Pevey released a recording Wednesday that, according to him, is evidence Mayor Robert Smith voted out of spite to suspend him Feb. 22.


Columbus man kidnaps ex-girlfriend, leads police on high-speed chase

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was charged with kidnapping and felony eluding Wednesday after taking his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint and leading Columbus Police on a high speed chase throughout Southside.


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