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Survivor of European cruise shipwreck thankful to be alive

Posted 2/11/2012 in Area

She got a brief phone call from her son before she started watching the tragedy unfold on the news. Eventually, Lillian Evans, of Columbus, just turned the TV off.


New Crawford fire station on Lowndes wish list

Posted 2/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to abandon library construction in Crawford because of a lack of funding. However, supervisors will pursue grant money for a new fire station for the community.


Brigham adjusting to the demands of supervisor's job

Posted 2/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The newest member of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors is learning, meeting and gaining an appreciation for others who serve in public office. District 2 Supervisor Bill Brigham is new to the board and to public office after spending 40 years in Columbus' banking industry.


Keep 'em flying: Columbus Air Force Base one of three bases in country training student pilots

Posted 1/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first mission of Columbus Air Force Base is training pilots. Student pilots come from around the world to the hometown base that began as a pilot training post for the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 during World War II.


Unidentified body found in Lowndes County

Posted 1/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County authorities are trying to determine the identification of a white male whose body was recovered Saturday afternoon along Bud Price Road.


Man accidentally shoots himself in hip

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is home but not necessarily resting comfortably after shooting himself in the buttocks Friday night.


Aurora to expand manufacturing; details forthcoming

Posted 1/28/2012 in Business

Aurora Flight Sciences is expanding its Columbus operation, but a company spokesman declined to give specifics Friday, citing continuing negotiations.


Fire retardant foam spill contained at CAFB

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base received the all-clear Friday afternoon after a fire retardant foam spill at the base about 48 hours earlier.


Pacific is U.S. military's priority, general says

Posted 1/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The world is changing. And those things affecting the Asia-Pacific region will impact all of us, an Air Force general told members of the Columbus community Thursday. "The world ... is reshaping. It will shape our futures as well," said Gen. Gary North, commander of Pacific Air Forces.


Renasant's financial-services division moving to Columbus

Posted 1/26/2012 in Business

A Columbus bank is putting part of its operations in the vacant first-floor space of the building that also houses the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Calisolar presses forward with plans in Golden Triangle

Posted 1/26/2012 in Business

California-based Calisolar is expected to begin construction in May on a new silicon plant at the GTR Global Industrial Aerospace Park. And employee layoffs in Sunnyvale, Calif., will not affect the company's plans to build near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, Calisolar CEO Terry Jester said Wednesday.


Tempers continue to simmer, boil over at CVB meetings

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Does not get along well with others" seems to be routine at Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board meetings. The show was on again Monday evening as board members accused, yelled and generally disagreed among themselves and with others.


New dealer selling Chrysler; former dealer charging rent

Posted 1/25/2012 in Business

The general manager of Columbus' new and only Chrysler dealership is glad to add the last line of the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram family to the business. The owner of Columbus' former Chrysler dealership said he is doing well without the line but is still charging the automaker rent for the sign on his property.


Clay excited to be a part of regional recruitment efforts

Posted 1/24/2012 in Business

The addition of West Point and Clay County to the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link came with an enthusiastic reception. The Link board unanimously approved expanding its reach at Friday's regular quarterly meeting.



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