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Capital murder charges dropped against three Columbus men

Posted 5/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One Columbus man was free and two others were charged with probation violations after capital murder charges against them were dropped Friday.


Sanders: Getting volunteers for city, county boards can be tough

Posted 5/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council and Lowndes County Board of Supervisors don't handle the city business alone. Along with city and county employees, they rely on a dedicated group of volunteers, staffing various boards such as the tree board, airport board and county comprehensive planning board.


Columbus capital murder suspects remain in jail without bond

Posted 5/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Days after their arrests for a gang-style execution of a 19-year-old man, three Columbus men are still waiting for their bonds to be set, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.


Columbus American Legion to place flags on soldiers' graves Saturday morning

Posted 5/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of American Legion Post 69 will place flags on the graves of veterans at Friendship Cemetery and other cemeteries in Lowndes County, starting Saturday at 8:30 a.m.



Economic firm ranks Columbus in top 10 percent of small U.S. cities

Posted 5/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus has moved into the top 10 percent of micropolitans in the U.S., ranked by economic strength.



Columbus man found guilty of 2005 armed robbery, but not assault

Posted 5/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tomarcus "Tooty" Fulks, accused of participating in the 2005 baseball-bat beating of a 70-year-old man during an armed robbery was found guilty only of armed robbery Thursday.


Caledonia grad inspires with ambition, drive -- and wins new car

Posted 5/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Seventeen-year-old Blaire Ruth didn't set out to become an inspiration to others; she was just trying to make it through her senior year at Caledonia High School. Day after day, month after month, the challenges kept mounting.


Arrest Report 5-26-11

Posted 5/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported these felony arrests over the past week:



MUW receives national recognition for community service efforts

Posted 5/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women has been recognized on the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction by the Corporation for National and Community Service.



Retrial in 2005 assault, robbery continues today

Posted 5/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In what family members called a "horrific" armed robbery, five people broke into a Lowndes County house and beat a 70-year-old man with a baseball bat July 18, 2005.


Learning, celebration on Lowndes' last school day

Posted 5/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you passed New Hope Elementary Wednesday afternoon and saw a caravan of Toyotas and Camrys snaking around the school with car horns blaring, you might have thought the rapture arrived four days late in Mississippi. No cause for alarm -- it was just the last day of school for the Lowndes County School District, celebrated teacher-style.

Peach vendors pays for kids' college education with fruit stand sales

Posted 5/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Methods to pay your kids' way through college: Savings plan, prepaid tuition, scholarships, grants, student loans ... peaches? Sarah Ballenger's family has stumbled upon a brilliant means of putting more than five children through college.

Three arrested in execution-style slaying

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three men, including a newly graduated Columbus High School student, have been charged with a gang-related execution of a 19-year-old last week in Lowndes County. Three to five men, who have affiliations with both the Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords gangs, broke into a home at 850 Harrison Road at about 3:15 a.m.


Lowndes puts old health dept. building up for sale

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After building a new health department last year, Lowndes County is looking for someone to take the old building off its hands.


Omnova attorney: Replacement workers harassed

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Omnova Solutions wants to keep the names and addresses of its 140 replacement workers private due to concerns for their safety. Meanwhile, the company's affiliated union, the United Steelworkers Local 748-L, is challenging the validity of a petition to decertify the union, which has been on strike since May 21, 2010.


Bounds: Early learning essential

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Education is the driving force behind economic development and the key to producing a stronger, more recession-proof Mississippi, state Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank Bounds told the Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon at the Country Club of Columbus.


Former Columbus tourism director returns items

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau staff started arranging memorabilia on the walls and shelves of their new offices last month, something was missing.


Memorial Day Closings

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch will not print a newspaper on Monday, May, 30, and our offices will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.



Columbus, Starkville students earn National Merit Scholarships

Posted 5/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus high school student was named the winner of a National Merit Scholarship on Wednesday. Rachel Stanback, a senior at Columbus High School, was one of 2,900 students nationwide to receive the award. She plans to attend Samford University, where she will major in journalism and mass communication.


Woman who helped bystander shot in eye with BB gun

Posted 5/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 26-year-old Zachary's waitress was shot in the left eye with a BB gun Sunday when she helped someone on her way home from work.


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