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Statewide candidates stump at Columbus Republican Women meeting

Posted 4/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A variety of state and local candidates stumped at the Lowndes County Republican Women's luncheon Tuesday, touting their conservative credentials and private-sector experience.



Columbus council dips into reserves to make up budget shortfall

Posted 4/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City Council amended its budget Tuesday to avert a $536,064 shortfall due mainly to rising fuel prices, police overtime pay and annexation.


W alum to be honored for dedication to Girl Scouts

Posted 4/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There's a special bond between Girl Scouts. They've worked together, played together, served together. No matter where they are or where life takes them, they carry a collective experience that transcends space, time, and even geography.


Columbus planners seek feedback on comprehensive plan

Posted 4/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents are invited to attend a public workshop Thursday night at Trotter Convention Center to discuss the next decade of city development.


The W's Golden Girls: Homecoming especially poignant for Class of '61

Posted 4/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Excitement is in the air this week as Mississippi University for Women prepares to welcome its alumnae back to campus Friday and Saturday for Homecoming festivities.


Amory principal accused of making student stick out tongue

Posted 4/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Mississippi elementary school principal is fighting for her job after being accused of withholding food from a special needs student and forcing the second grader to stick out his tongue as a form of punishment.



New staffers join Dispatch newsroom

Posted 4/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch welcomes two new staffers to the newsroom this week.



Police, sheriff's deputies to compete for tips for charity

Posted 4/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police officers and Lowndes County sheriff's deputies will be waiting on tables and greeting guests tonight at Station Seven Sports Bar & Grill to help raise funds for cancer research.


Local Voices: 'As profitable to God as possible:' an Africa visit, Part 3

Posted 4/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

I must tell you about our visits to the home of the women who are HIV/AIDS positive. We went along with the counselors of the Care for AIDS organization. They do not have cars, so we walked on cobbled hillsides to five women's homes in the nearby village.

Community rallies to save Friendship House

Posted 4/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every day, Burnette Avakian drives past the pale green Victorian on Seventh Street North and stares at its vacant windows, longing to see light. It's out of her way, this side trip, but she is drawn to the "ugly duckling" known as Friendship House.


Severe weather possible in north Miss.

Posted 4/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly 30 counties in north Mississippi were under a tornado watch Monday as a line of severe weather threatened to push hail, heavy rain and damaging winds into the state.



Photos from Karen Overstreet's Africa Trip

Posted 4/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Karen Overstreet recently took a trip to Kenya through a local non-profit foundation. She has written a three part feature on her trip and provided us with these photos.



Men on motorcycle shoot into crowd in Columbus

Posted 4/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men on a motorcycle allegedly fired a long-barreled gun at a crowd of people Sunday in east Columbus, pelting three people with bird shot.



Universities brace for cuts in new budget allocation

Posted 4/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local universities are bracing for budget cuts since the state passed its $5 billion budget last week.


Local voices: 'My spirit leapt up within me': an African visit, Part 1

Posted 4/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What began as an afternoon of horseback riding and a glass of wine on the front porch, ended in an invitation to an adventure of a lifetime, a journey that was both joyful and heartbreaking, both life-giving and incredibly draining.

Local voices: 'They swarmed us like bees': an African visit, Part 2

Posted 4/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Limuru Children's Center, the primary focus of Global Connections, is home to 42 orphans. By our standards the facility is substandard, but when I went into town and other places, I realized how upscale Limuru is by comparison. The Center, a residential facility for elementary school age children, is open during the day for preschool children.

King Cotton: Cotton has made a comeback in Mississippi

Posted 4/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cotton is back and Mississippi farmers are hoping to cash in. Several years of declining global prices, which saw farmers across the country selling their cotton pickers and converting former cotton fields to grain crops, have created a shortage.


Community group has concerns over school redistricting

Posted 4/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A West Lowndes community member went before the Lowndes County school board Friday, to voice concerns over a pending redistricting plan for the system.


Grilling on the River event offers a sneak peek at summer

Posted 4/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Despite the mid-April date on the calendar, summer was in full swing at Grilling on the River, Saturday.

A Columbus 'Victorian gem,' slated for demolition

Posted 4/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the past several years, the pale green Victorian home on Seventh Street North has deteriorated. Its owners (and neighbors), the congregation at First Baptist Church, have outlived using it as a senior activity center. And the church has a permit to demolish the historic home.


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