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Columbus officer suspension cases to continue in July

Posted 6/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Instead of taking the witness stand, Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John may just give the Civil Service Commission his recorded testimony about the suspensions of two officers.



Former Columbus residents die under tragic circumstances

Posted 6/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A woman who called Columbus home was beaten to death in her Irving, Texas, home last week. Though her assailant is in jail, it offers her family little solace.


Where they stand: Candidates running for Lowndes offices boast experience, vision

Posted 6/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County candidates touted their credentials and long-term goals Tuesday evening at a candidates forum in Columbus. The forum, organized by the Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee, brought together 10 candidates in three races.


Wagon driver awarded $477,444 for 2009 wreck

Posted 6/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In his most recent web update, the cross-country traveler wrote he was "working on a job in Nebraska for a few weeks while the horses get fat in La Garita, CO." He expected to be "slapping some iron on the lads' feet and sharing a few adventures with them, and you" by late May.



Arrest Report 6-29-11

Posted 6/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 19-year-old man out on bond for the 2010 armed robbery of Black Creek Grocery has been charged with holding up a Columbus grocery store.



Lowndes schools financially stable

Posted 6/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District received good news from business officer and administrator Frances Goldmon during Monday night's budget hearing for the upcoming year: No staff positions will be cut, and they're in pretty good shape, financially.



Sanders hosts state-of-the county meeting

Posted 6/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a packed house on Monday night, for Steens' community meeting. And more than updates from their supervisor, chancery clerk, sheriff and other officials, residents appreciated the opportunity to pick their brains and share concerns.


Community members voice concerns over flooding

Posted 6/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Flooding woes in the Steens area seemed to be the major concern of citizens who were at the neigborhood's community center Monday night for a town-hall style meeting.

Morning blaze burns man, guts home

Posted 6/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A northside man was sent to the hospital with a burned arm early today as Columbus firefighters battled the kitchen blaze that gutted his home.

Boys to men: Local ministry takes youth under its wing

Posted 6/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Silently, the teenager stepped from the pool, slipped a gray T-shirt over his head and walked away from his peers. If they called to him, he didn't respond. He kept walking, out of the enclosure, beyond the chain-link fence, his eyes focused on the tree line. He reached the edge of the woods and hesitated, his eyes adjusting from sunlight to darkness

Scouts learn about respect, courage and health and fitness during day camp

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday was almost unbearably hot and humid. Tuesday, it rained and the power went out. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, more of the same.


Truck overturns after getting cut off by car

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An 18-wheel flatbed tractor trailer truck lost control of its load and overturned on Port Access Road, approximately one-half mile from Island Road, Saturday morning, according to Sgt. Glenn Culpepper with the Columbus Police Department.



The Dispatch wins eight MPA awards

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch received eight awards in the Mississippi Press Association's annual 2010 Better Newspaper Contest Saturday night in Biloxi during the MPA's 145th annual convention.



CLOPAC hosts Q&A forum for Lowndes candidates

Posted 6/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Those Lowndes County residents who haven't had the chance to decide who to vote for in the Aug. 2 primaries will get another chance to hear from candidates on Tuesday and Thursday night.



City of Columbus embarks on $2.2 million street project

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Falcon Contracting, which is paving or repairing 69 Columbus streets this year for more than $2.2 million, plans to finish paving streets that do not require milling first, according to a general schedule released by the company.



Machete attacker remains in jail; mom accused of child abuse bails out

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man who attacked another with a machete after an argument remains in jail. A mother accused of child abuse bonded out the same day she was arrested.


Community members get rare look at Eka plant's inner workings

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Outside of Columbus city limits on Nashville Ferry Road, Eka Chemicals is a seemingly quiet neighbor. But its equipment and grounds span more than 800 acres and can turn out 15-20 trucks of product a day.


Changing of the guard at Annunciation school

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Change is afoot at Annunciation Catholic School, from a new principal to the addition of an eighth-grade class this fall.



Mississippi Governor's school comes to an end

Posted 6/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Imagine the Columbus riverfront with niche boutiques, restaurants and major big-box retailers. Imagine loft apartments and other housing. Imagine a year-round carnival and a boardwalk area where families can shop, live and play.


County to move Extension Center to newer offices

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The home isn't in disrepair. But it certainly shows its age. Built in the 1940s, the bungalow on Third Avenue North in Columbus across the street from Franklin Academy, has housed the Lowndes County office of the Mississippi State University Extension Center since the mid-'70s.


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