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LED lighting puts finishing touch on Caledonia soccer complex

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

The prospects for Caledonia's youth soccer program have never been brighter. Literally.

Leigh Mall auction begins today

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

The auction of Leigh Mall began at 11 a.m. today and will run until Thursday.

$18K of marijuana, THC vape products seized

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

State and local law enforcement arrested two Columbus residents earlier this month after the two allegedly planned to distribute $18,000 worth of marijuana vape cartridges and other narcotics throughout Lowndes County.


Three preteens arrested for allegedly vandalizing storage building on New Hope campus

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three boys under the age of 14 were arrested Saturday after deputies with Lowndes County Sheriff's Office received reports that the fourth and fifth grade building at New Hope Elementary School had been vandalized.


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

Posted yesterday 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.

Steens man arrested after pursuit with law enforcement

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A high-speed chase that ran several motorists off the road in east Lowndes County Friday evening resulted in the arrest of a man for felony charges of auto theft and fleeing from law enforcement.

Renowned sportswriter talks about finding stories, impact in unlikely places

Posted 10/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Of all the keynote speakers during the 31 years of the Eudora Welty Symposium, John Feinstein faced a unique challenge. Over the years, the keynote speaker at the Eudora Welty Gala has represented a wide variety of genres. Friday evening at the Trotter Center, Feinstein became the first sports writer to hold that distinction.

Keynote author opens Welty Symposium by reading memoir written to his mother

Posted 10/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As an eighth grader at a predominantly white Catholic school in Jackson in the 1980s, Kiese Laymon said he and fellow black friends sometimes had to remind themselves and each other they were "abundant."

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 'It's not over when the treatment ends'

Posted 10/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in Columbus, her doctor can advise her to read all the printed materials on the side effects for all the treatments and medications that will become a part of her life. Or, for simplicity's sake, the doctor can just point to Alice Chain

Policy-violating EMCC hype videos contain violence, sex, drug, gang references

Posted 10/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pregame "hype" videos shown to the East Mississippi Community College football players for at least three seasons violated copyright law and the college's acceptable use policy, President Scott Alsobrooks told The Dispatch.

County seeks new 4-H director as work continues at horse park

Posted 10/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi State Extension Service Agent Reid Nevins expects to have a new 4-H director for Lowndes County by the end of the year.


FEMA center at East Columbus Gym will be open Columbus Day

Posted 10/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center in Columbus will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m on Saturdays and will also be open for its regular weekday hours (9 a.m. until 6 p.m.) on Columbus Day (Monday).


Caledonia student arrested for alleged bomb threat

Posted 10/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Caledonia Middle School student has been charged with making terroristic threats after allegedly making a bomb threat against multiple campuses on Monday.

County now looking at other clinic options

Posted 10/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A week after it seemed poised to sign a new agreement with a local Baptist Medical Group Clinic, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors will consider other possibilities for its employees' doctors visits and pharmacy.

Monday Profile: Local pastor doubles as Army chaplain

Posted 10/7/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On a typical Sunday, in congregations across the country, someone is missing while fulfilling an obligation to the military as a member of the National Guard or Reserves. It's a little different at First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, where one Sunday per month the person is not missing from the pews, but from behind the pulpit.

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.

LCSD narrows superintendent search to seven names

Posted 10/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees narrowed the list of candidates for the district's superintendent of schools to seven during Friday's regular board meeting, but offered little information on the move.

Columbus woman arrested on racketeering charge

Posted 10/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman was arrested for racketeering last week after allegedly creating fake checks for other people in Lowndes County to cash.

Hawkins: Black market hijacks vaping, makes it more dangerous

Posted 10/4/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nature abhors a vacuum. That goes for human nature, too. During Thursday's Exchange Club luncheon at Lion Hills Center, Eddie Hawkins of Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics noted the emergence of vaping as a form of recreational drug use has emerged as a public health threat.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: McGill overcomes her fears, mounts successful battle against breast cancer

Posted 10/4/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Edna McGill began chemotherapy to treat breast cancer on her 60th birthday, in July 2014. It would prove to be 100-percent effective. That didn't mean her battle with breast cancer was over, McGill explained from her home in Columbus Thursday.


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