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Columbus native, former MUW public relations director dies at 59

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Beloved, long-time University of Montevallo Director of Public Relations and Columbus native Cynthia Shackelford, 59, passed away Wednesday morning following an illness.


Shoppers pack stores for sales tax holiday

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a madhouse, but everyone was all smiles Saturday, when budget-conscious shoppers packed the aisles of Columbus stores for the third annual state sales tax holiday.

Ask Rufus: Columbus in danger of losing a piece of its history

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

I read in Wednesday's Dispatch the Postal Service was considering closing the downtown Columbus post office. Beside the practical inconvenience, such a move would vacate a building on the National Register of Historic Places and end a 191-year stretch for the Main Street staple.

Lowndes County United Way donations are down

Posted 7/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last year, United Way of Lowndes County raised $500,000 -- $100,000 less than its campaign goal. Charitable contributions are down, but community need is greater than ever.

The final frontier: W.E. Williams recalls his time working at NASA

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

W.E. Williams spent most of his life working on classified information, conducting research in some of the country's top scientific and technological labs. From the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., to NASA headquarters, Williams didn't just witness history -- he played a unique role, helping develop space age technologies that captured the imagination of a nation.


Panel upholds vacating of death penalty for Hodges

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- A federal appeals panel has ruled that because of erroneous jury instructions, Quintez Wren Hodges was denied a fair sentencing hearing when he got the death penalty for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend's brother.



2011 Dispatch Pet Calendar Entries (link)

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

View the entries in the 2011 Dispatch Pet Calendar contest. Voting forms can be found in the print edition of the Dispatch. All proceeds go to benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society and Newspapers in Education.



School board defends 'ignoring' Columbus council

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a meeting Thursday morning, the Columbus City Council expressed frustration over the city school board's refusal to bring its entire board of trustees to the table to discuss the 2012 budget.



Redistricting plan approved, could face litigation

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County's redistricting plan got the OK from the U.S. Department of Justice. But, after elections, the county may still face a lawsuit.


Logan's to open Aug. 8 in Columbus; T.J. Maxx debuts the day before

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Loosen up. Toss the shells on the floor. On Aug. 8, Logan's Roadhouse officially invites the Columbus area to toss a few peanut hulls on the floor.

10% trouble? Seventy-five percent of U.S. gasoline is blended with ethanol

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Near 100-degree heat. Engines roaring through the stoplight. The possibility of a call coming over the scanner. The buzz-hum-bang of men working on cars. There were a thousand things for Willie Jones to focus his attention on Wednesday afternoon, as he filled his sheriff's cruiser at a Columbus Chevron station.

Ruck March to Remember: 2,181-mile walk pays homage to 9-11 victims

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ten years have passed, but Maj. Joseph Ringer of Columbus Air Force Base remembers the day as if it was yesterday. He was on a bus in Texas with his fellow airmen, headed to the Security Forces Academy at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.


Recording: Mayor was angry with police lt. prior to breaking tie to suspend him

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Now-retired Columbus Police Lt. John Pevey released a recording Wednesday that, according to him, is evidence Mayor Robert Smith voted out of spite to suspend him Feb. 22.


Columbus man kidnaps ex-girlfriend, leads police on high-speed chase

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was charged with kidnapping and felony eluding Wednesday after taking his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint and leading Columbus Police on a high speed chase throughout Southside.


Arrest Report 7-28-11

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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



'No respect': Columbus tries to oust school trustees

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Ward 5 City Councilman Kabir Karriem made a motion twice this morning for the resignations of the city school district's board of trustees, but both attempts failed.



MSN: Downtown Columbus featured in MSN Local Edition (link)

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

MSN Local Edition featured some of the country's most vibrant downtown areas. Columbus was on the list.



Mississippi sales-tax holiday starts on Friday

Posted 7/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you haven't purchased back-to-school clothes yet, this weekend may be a good time to do it. Friday and Saturday, stores across the state will participate in Mississippi's third annual sales-tax holiday, a 48-hour time period during which specific clothing and footwear is exempt from the local sales tax.



Columbus school district announces $600,000 in cuts

Posted 7/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District continued to tweak its budget this week, holding a press conference at the Brandon central office, to present a cost-savings report, Tuesday afternoon.


Stamped for review: Downtown Columbus post office in danger of closing

Posted 7/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloomy night -- instead, technology is turning out to be the U.S. Postal Service's Achilles' heel. After losing $8.5 billion last year, the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing 3,653 locations nationwide, including the historic downtown Columbus office, the USPS reported Tuesday.


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