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Home Base: In my hometown, Baby Jesus finally goes to church

Posted 12/6/2019 in Local Columns

Thirteen years ago, when I was editor for my hometown weekly newspaper in Warren, Arkansas, I sat at a conference room table in a bank across from two very proud women.

 

CMSD requests performance audit of spending from state

Posted 11/27/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District wants the State Auditor's Office to conduct a performance audit of district spending. But it's likely the auditor's office will tell them to look elsewhere for that service.

 

Monday Profile: Retired school attendance officer impacts community through benevolence, on-stage talent

Posted 11/25/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sitting at a pew in First Church of Christ Holiness on Saturday afternoon, Ross Williams reminisced while he waited. "This building was built in the mid-1960s," the church clerk, deacon and lifelong member recalled.

 

Mississippi National Guard becoming 'operational force'

Posted 11/20/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eighty-seven paratroopers landing in trees at Camp Shelby Army Base may sound like bad news. Major Gen. Janson Boyles, adjutant general for the Mississippi Army National Guard, didn't entirely see it that way.

 

Sam Allison hired as LCSD superintendent

Posted 11/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Hope Middle School Principal Sam Allison will get a big promotion Jan. 1.

 

Fighting for family: 16-year-old middleweight trains with grandfather in Columbus with eyes on 2024 Olympics

Posted 11/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dancing around on the mat softening the concrete gym floor, Zion Reed awaits his instructions. "One-two," barks his grandfather and trainer, who is moving in front of Reed wearing punching mitts. Reed peppers the mitts with a quick left jab and a hard right.

 

Wright to serve as interim sheriff in December

Posted 11/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Greg Wright will have his chance to serve as Lowndes County sheriff again after all, if only for a month.

 

Lynn Wright fails to make finalist cut for LCSD superintendent

Posted 11/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lynn Wright's tenure as Lowndes County School District superintendent will end Dec. 31.

 

Hairston, incumbents win Lowndes County supervisor races

Posted 11/6/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Trip Hairston knows about politics, but he had never been an elected official before Tuesday night. The son of a former Lowndes County administrator spent 1995-2000 as a budget analyst for the Mississippi Legislature in Jackson. Now he's the newly elected Lowndes County supervisor for District 2.

 

Murder suspect free five days due to jail error

Posted 11/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A murder suspect who should have been in Lowndes County Adult Detention Center was allowed to roam free for several days because of a clerical error at the local jail.

 

LCSD superintendent interviews closed to public

Posted 10/23/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School Board is planning a forum next month to interview superintendent finalists, but only 15 selected members of the public are invited.

 

Dancing with fire: Danny Blackman comes back from brink to find place as fire performer, exotic cat caretaker

Posted 10/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A "flow zone" is a mental state where nothing matters except what you're doing right then. "Every breath and movement is in sync and you're just dancing," Danny Blackman explained. "You feel everything you're doing, and it just feels right."

 

Leigh Mall auctioned for $3.5 million

Posted 10/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A winning bid of $3.5 million purchased Leigh Mall through an online auction that ended Thursday afternoon.

 

Monday Profile: Lifelong ballet dancer, teacher 'still on that stage'

Posted 10/14/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After Dolan Shoemaker's first ballet performance as a student at the Mississippi University for Women, his father's feedback was succinct.

 

EMCC president links financial woes to drops in enrollment

Posted 10/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If all 15 community colleges in Mississippi were offered as a public company on the open stock market, no one would want to invest.

 

Lowndes supes OK $919K in new radios for rural firefighters

Posted 10/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors have agreed to purchase $919,000 in two-way radios for all current rural firefighters and chiefs.

 

County may ink new deal with health clinic

Posted 10/1/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County will likely approve a new agreement with a local Baptist Medical Group Clinic to resume providing free medical care for its employees. Meanwhile, Columbus Light and Water employees, which had used the clinic at no cost since it opened in 2017, have been left out of the equation.

 

Board to review 15 applicants for LCSD superintendent

Posted 10/1/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fifteen applicants met Lowndes County School District's minimum requirements for its ongoing superintendent search, according to information the Mississippi School Boards Association provided the school board Monday during a two-hour executive session at Central Office.

 

Spears: 'Fire is continuing to grow' at CMSD

Posted 9/25/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At Columbus Municipal School District, board president Jason Spears said "the fire is continuing to grow." Community volunteerism and parent involvement are up, teacher turnover is slowing and campuses are safer than they were a year ago, according to school officials.

 

CMSD to host stakeholders meeting Tuesday

Posted 9/20/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District leaders will host a stakeholders meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Cook Elementary School Auditorium.

 

 

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