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CHS student charged as juvenile for threat

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

A student at Columbus High School is being charged with cyberstalking after posting on Facebook over the weekend that he planned to shoot a firearm at the school Monday.

McClanahan appointed Lowndes prosecutor

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

In his 48 years as an attorney, Hal McClanahan said he's still looking for new experiences.

Facebook gun threat lands student in jail

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus High School student is in custody after he apparently made a Facebook post threatening to shoot the school.

Buying a piece of history: Market for antebellum homes changing in Columbus

Posted 12/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are dozens of homes for sale in Columbus, but three historic homes on the market on the city's north side, all within a few blocks of each other, have become a source of curiosity.

Council to discuss freeze on travel spending

Posted 12/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus spent almost $158,000 on travel in Fiscal Year 2018. Of that total, nearly 30 percent -- $45,323.28 -- was the combined tab for the mayor and city council, according to information the city provided The Dispatch in response to a Mississippi Public Records Act request.

Vibrant Church's $14M expansion nearly complete

Posted 12/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Vibrant Church congregation will meet for the first time Sunday in its new, 1,500-person worship center.

City still accepting applications for planning commissioner

Posted 12/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on its Planning Commission. Earlier this month, the city council reappointed longtime member Annette Savors and appointed new member Melissa Smith to the commission, leaving it with one remaining open spot.

CPD will go longer without an assistant chief

Posted 12/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department will go a little longer without an assistant chief after the background check of the latest preferred candidate disqualified him from consideration.

From the tip jar to a total community effort: Happy Irby Christmas Fund to serve 350 children in its 60th year

Posted 12/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bruce Hanson stood aside, watching as dozens of Columbus Air Force Base personnel flew through a massive gift-wrapping project with what could only be described as military efficiency. Plastic bags of clothing flew out of boxes and onto folding tables where they were placed in gift boxes. The boxes were wrapped in green or red gift wrap and moved to the side of the room, each according to which school its recipient attends.

Fire rating could reduce home insurance rates

Posted 12/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue now boasts a Class 3 rating from the Mississippi State Rating Bureau, city officials announced in a press conference Wednesday at Regal Hall. The new rating improves CFR from a Class 4 department and places it among the five highest-rated fire departments in the state. Most notably, the new rating could save city homeowners up to 20 percent on insurance premiums.

Columbus turns to consultant for leadership building

Posted 12/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Benjamin Wax has spent the last six months trying to build stronger leaders among Columbus city employees.

CMSD combats 'gang' activity on school campuses

Posted 12/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gang-related activity in the city is spilling into Columbus Municipal School District hallways and classrooms, Superintendent Cherie Labat told school board members Monday evening.

A Night of Holiday Hope: Community Outreach Office plans Christmas party for 100 needy children

Posted 12/10/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Glenda Buckhalter, community outreach coordinator for the city of Columbus, recently learned six homeless children she works with are not expecting anything for Christmas.

Chancery court judges reminisce about time serving on the bench

Posted 12/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The staff of the 14th District Chancery Court threw a retirement party Friday afternoon, the likes of which it isn't likely to see again.

Photos: Festival of Trees

Posted 12/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Andre Hunt Jr., center, sits with Santa and Miz Claus (Bernard Taylor and Edwina Williams) at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library during the library's Festival of Trees open house Thursday.

Town hall discussions focus on school funding

Posted 12/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Rep. Jeff Smith believes claims the Legislature under-funds public education are inaccurate. Smith was one of four legislators who took questions Thursday night at the education town hall, hosted by The Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee at the Courtyard-Marriott in Columbus.

CPD adds explosive-detecting dog to force

Posted 12/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first time Columbus police officer Cpl. Roman Sones rode in the car with his new partner, the partner stuck his head out from the back seat and licked Sones on the back of the ear.

Heritage students pen 1,725 cards to soldiers

Posted 12/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last year, seventh grader Shannon McElhinney's parents received a letter in the mail from one of her classmates. McElhinney's father, a squadron commander at Columbus Air Force Base, got the letter during Heritage Academy's Veteran's Day project, where students wrote thank you cards to local military men and women.

Officials: CFO Rawle's suspension delayed until at least January

Posted 12/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle will not serve his city council-ordered suspension until at least January.

EMCC names new president

Posted 12/6/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

East Mississippi Community College has announced its new president.


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