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Senator: Solar company on Miss. session agenda

Posted 8/31/2011 in State

Republican Sen. Terry Brown of Columbus told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he has been briefed by local development officials about plans by Calisolar to open a manufacturing plant that would create 900 jobs.

 

PHOTO GALLERY: High on the hog: Roast n' Boast 2011 (link)

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fine eatin' and hot competition were all part of the 2011 Roast n' Boast barbecue cooking competition at Columbus Fairgrounds Aug. 26-27.

 

 

EMCC to christen new football stadium Thursday

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

SCOOBA -- In the midst of a recession, when most schools are scrambling to cut costs, East Mississippi Community College committed nearly $5 million last year to build a brand-new football stadium.

 

Lowndes County approves courthouse renovation changes

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Renovations at the Lowndes County Courthouse will cost just a little more than the $1.86 million expected, due to a leaky roof and complete replacement of the building's columns.

 

Town plans for Caledonia Days

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- The eighth annual Caledonia Days festival is still a month and a half away, but plans are swiftly falling into place.

 

 

Merchant: Adding forensic pathologist to crime lab could save time, money

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County has an autopsy laboratory but no forensic pathologist, and Greg Merchant, Lowndes County coroner, hopes that changes.

 

A place to skate: West Point develops skate park

Posted 8/31/2011 in Area

WEST POINT -- By spring 2012, skaters in West Point will have their own park. West Point's Inline and Skateboarding Experience, or WISE, will be a 3,000-square-foot skate park located at Marshall Park. The park will feature a bowl, rails and an outer ring for inline skaters.

Overturned tractor-trailer holds up traffic

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A tractor-trailer overturned Wednesday morning heading east along Highway 82 in Columbus, sending the driver of the 2010 Kenworth semi-truck to the hospital.

 

Columbus police go back to school

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Though they're past the stage with book bags and report cards, Columbus police officers aren't exempt from attending classes and brushing up on some basic skills.

 

 

Bowling gets 35 years in molestation of minors

Posted 8/30/2011 in Area

ABERDEEN -- An ex-high school football coach who spent a long career in Mississippi and Alabama has been sentenced to 35 years in state prison in a Mississippi molestation case involving teenage boys. Dwight Bowling was sentenced Tuesday in Monroe County Circuit Court.

 

 

Brooks calls for county-worker raises

Posted 8/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Looking to the city of Columbus as an example, Lowndes County Supervisor Leroy Brooks wants to guarantee county employees raises for the coming fiscal year. The city recently passed a $22.86 million budget, including 3-percent raises for its about 280 employees.

 

 

Columbus police chief application deadline extended

Posted 8/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus continues to search for a new police chief, with city officials extending the application deadline to Sept. 8.

 

Police search for man accused of assaulting 60-year-old woman

Posted 8/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are searching for a man accused of hitting a 60-year-old woman in the back of the head with the blunt end of a knife Monday night.

 

Pass or play: Buyers bid on delinquent property taxes

Posted 8/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The atmosphere was one of studied concentration Monday morning as a mixture of hard-core investors, dabblers and dilettantes turned out for Lowndes County's annual delinquent tax sale at the Trotter Convention Center.

 

 

Stabbing suspect granted continuance for bond negotiation

Posted 8/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A man accused of stabbing another man this weekend appeared in municipal court Monday and was granted a continuance to negotiate a lower bond.

 

Five arrested for damaging vehicle

Posted 8/30/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Five people were arrested Sunday and charged with felony malicious mischief after damaging a car at Ace 21 Apartments.

 

Barbour: No early role with GOP 2012 candidates

Posted 8/29/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday that he won't get deeply involved in helping any presidential candidate until Republicans choose their 2012 nominee.

 

 

Barbour sets Friday special session for bond issue

Posted 8/29/2011 in State

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and top lawmakers said they'll reveal details later this week about job-creation incentives the Legislature will consider during a special session Friday.

 

 

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