Pre-kindergarten classes will soon be a reality in the county school system. After months of discussion and research, the Lowndes County School District's board of trustees Friday passed a motion 3-1 approving a limited pre-K program.
Two months after informing 68 teachers their contracts would not be renewed, Columbus Municipal School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell announced Friday that 49 vacancies will be filled, with impacted teachers having first priority to reapply for their jobs.
With higher sales tax numbers and lower employment figures already in place for Lowndes County and Columbus, the area received more positive economic news as the Columbus Air Force Base on Friday released its fiscal year 2011 economic impact report. The report was presented during a luncheon sponsored by the Base Community Council.
Redistricting talks Thursday continued, between members of the Columbus City Council and consultant Chris Watson of Oxford-based Bridge and Watson. Considering a 20 percent variance between the city's highest populated ward -- Ward 6 -- and its least populated -- Ward 4, Watson presented a proposed redistricting map, in which the variance would be cut to 9.5 percent.
The sombreros were nearly as tall as the preschoolers wearing them, evoking smiles, a flurry of camera flashes and proud parents hefting iPads to video the youngsters.
The Columbus Municipal School District released the name of the fourth superintendent candidate, as well as the interview schedule, late Thursday afternoon.
An East Columbus eyesore will be getting a facelift, thanks to the family of the late Ward 2 Councilman Doug Mackay.
Columbus doctors facing federal drug charges soon will have their respective days in court.
After a year of transition, the city school board met last week to review superintendent resumes, swiftly choosing from 20 applicants to four preferred candidates. Interviews will begin in less than two weeks.
Tom Hardy, a scion of a Prairie family who was also an aeronautical engineer, fighter pilot, sailor, farmer, real estate broker, glider pilot and devotee of Kipling, died Wednesday. He was 93.
Pre-kindergarten classes will once again top the agenda Friday at the Lowndes County School District's monthly meeting.
Temperatures have been relatively cool this week, but several hot days, along with the advent of summer, prompted local agencies to distribute electric fans to low income families this week. The annual fan drive began in 2006 and is a coordinated outreach effort by the United Way of Lowndes County and Helping Hands.
Final figures are still being calculated, but organizers for the 17th Annual Market Street Festival -- Columbus' largest outdoor event -- are projecting more than 36,000 people attended the weekend event. Main Street Columbus Executive Director Amber Brislin said sales indicated the event drew a larger crowd than in 2011.
It's been a little quieter around Columbus Air Force Base, and if nearby residents had complaints about noise levels or safety, they didn't voice them Tuesday, during a presentation by Col. Barre Seguin, commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing, at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.
In a meeting at the Columbus Municipal Complex, the Columbus City Council Thursday will continue redistricting discussions, with Chris Watson of Oxford-based Bridge and Watson.
As a preemptive measure, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday voted to perform drug tests on all Road Department employees once a year and then employees will randomly be chosen for drug tests three subsequent times throughout the year.
The Columbus Police Department is investigating an alleged armed robbery.
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