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Dispatch earns 16 Press Association awards

Posted 6/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch took home 16 awards, including five first place prizes, from the Mississippi Press Association Better Newspaper Contest luncheon Saturday in New Orleans.

Greco joins Dispatch as government reporter

Posted 6/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hannah Greco has joined The Dispatch staff as local government reporter for Columbus and Lowndes County.

CRA distances itself from Realtor's 'threatening' letters to Burns Bottom property owners

Posted 6/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local Realtor representing the Columbus Redevelopment Authority sent letters to at least 11 property owners in the Burns Bottom neighborhood saying if they did not agree to sell their lots by Tuesday, the CRA would get a court order to forcibly purchase them for a lower price.

Online targeting of children by predators increasing

Posted 6/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the last month, four individuals from Lowndes County have been arrested for internet sex crimes, including a 17-year-old whose case is being handled by Lowndes County Youth Court, and a Columbus man who the FBI has been investigating.

A patient pastime: Columbus resident styles 'trees in a pot' in ancient horticultural art

Posted 6/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When John Weathers retired and moved to Columbus in 2007, he looked around for something to fill his time. After remodeling his home for about a year, he tried his hand at fishing. After a year of that, he was bored.

Breaux Bridge restaurant to open by summer's end

Posted 6/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new restaurant named after the crawfish capital of the world will be opening soon in Columbus.

Looking out for 'Number One': Benefit Committee helping man who refuses to let disability slow him down

Posted 6/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thirty years ago, Columbus resident Bobby Wilson was diagnosed with diabetes. In 2002, the disease caused his left leg to be amputated.

'A different world': Camp Rising Sun makes place for kids with cancer

Posted 6/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Andy Miller was 8 years old, he came home from his first year at Camp Rising Sun, sat on the swingset in his backyard and cried because he had to leave camp.

United Way director stepping down

Posted 6/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

United Way executive director Danny Avery has resigned his position and will be stepping down June 29.

CHS grad earns recognition, scholarships while overcoming personal tragedies

Posted 6/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tierra Ledbetter was a 4-year-old tee-ball player when she got the nickname "Firecracker" from her coach Cassandra Bogan.

Photo: Remembering Medgar Evers

Posted 6/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rev. Anne Harris, St. Paul's Episcopal Church rector, rings the church's bell at noon Tuesday in memory of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Evers, who received many death threats because of his work, was assassinated outside his home in Jackson on June 12, 1963. "I saw this as an opportunity to do something public that honored Medgar Evers and the civil rights movement, showing we are still working toward reconciliation," Harris said. Harris was one of four St. Paul's parishioners who volunteered to help ring the bell a total of 55 times, the number of year's since Evers' passing.

Huebner takes MCC position

Posted 6/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Meridian Community College has hired former East Mississippi Community College President Thomas Huebner, MCC Board of Trustees Chairman Alex Weddington confirmed Wednesday.

CMSD incentive bonuses approved

Posted 6/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Teachers at Columbus Municipal School District will see incentive bonuses based on state accountability ratings starting December 2019.

LCSD passes on coach with DUI charge

Posted 6/9/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees voted in a split decision Friday not to hire a man facing misdemeanor charges in D'Iberville as head football coach at Caledonia High School.

Honors program keeps state's brightest challenged

Posted 6/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Ceana Palacio, 15, first moved to Gulfport from Texas she was worried she wouldn't find a challenging educational curriculum.

Holistic health coach shares personal stories of battling addiction

Posted 6/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kristi Porter Carrico has done her research, obtained certifications, read volumes and learned from some of the pioneers of holistic medicine.

Man accused of soliciting teen for pornography

Posted 6/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is behind bars after allegedly soliciting a teenager to produce pornographic material.

Lowndes man arrested for domestic violence

Posted 6/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been arrested for alleged domestic violence.

Public palette: Mural adds 'life and energy' to warehouse site

Posted 6/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Along nearly 200 feet of brick backdrop on Waterworks Road in Columbus sits a hidden gem -- a whimsically designed black and white mural adding "a touch of something fun" to a warehouse-spotted property.

Sounds of Summer concert preview: A hometown show

Posted 6/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robert Moore skipped football practice the summer of his junior year and picked up a dust-covered Yamaha, nylon-stringed guitar he found in his mother's room.

 

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