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New Hope men charged in drugs-for-guns ring

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men have been charged with a string of Lowndes County burglaries that targeted guns, which they allegedly traded for marijuana.

Woman charged with statutory rape after taking children from New Hope school

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 33-year-old married mother faces two counts of statutory rape today against two 15-year-old New Hope High School students, who were released to the woman from school without parents' permission.


Straight talk from Columbus students, and teachers, at WakeUp forum

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Straight talk about real issues was the theme Thursday night as students, parents and educators gathered at Lee Middle School to discuss ways to bridge the gap between personal potential and academic achievement, particularly among African-American youth.



PetSmart joining T.J. Maxx in Columbus shopping center

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

T.J. Maxx and PetSmart will be neighbors in Columbus this fall. Both are slated to open in the old Goody's shopping strip, where Burlington Shoes and Old Navy still are located.



Starkville middle school students donate to storm victims

Add Starkville middle-schoolers to the growing list of populations working to relieve the pain of tornado victims.



Starkville Relay for Life gets under way

Cancer has always existed, but there was a time for each individual touched by the disease before they were as familiar. The nostalgia of that carefree time is behind tonight's Relay For Life at the Starkville Sportsplex.


Oktibbeha men arrested in home invasion

Three Oktibbeha County men have been arrested for an April home invasion which left three victims in the hospital.


Severstal resumes operations at Columbus steel plant

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal has resumed operations at its Columbus steel plant following a power outage caused by last week's severe storms, the company said Friday.


Starkville volunteers aid Smithville tornado cleanup

Posted 5/5/2011 in Area

Smithville isn't flattened. It's hilly. One week after being assaulted by an EF-5 tornado that left 16 residents dead as of Wednesday, the landscape of the Monroe County town is studded with piles of rubble and debris which have been gathered, swept and bulldozed together.

The prom will go on: Local students donate dresses, shoes to Smithville

Posted 5/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the children of Smithville, in Monroe County, the blow from last week's tornado has been particularly hard. Many have lost homes. Some have lost parents, family, friends. Enter the power of the tiara.


Arrest report 5-5-11

Posted 5/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported these felony arrests.



Business Briefcase 5-5-11

Posted 5/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dennis J. Erby; Brandt Galloway and Kevin Stafford; Robyn Crossley East.



Columbus schools to hire firm for superintendent search

Posted 5/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search continues for a new superintendent to lead the Columbus Municipal School District following the resignation of former superintendent Dr. Del Phillips last month.


Columbus' Old Navy, Belk stores get renovations

Posted 5/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two local retailers are under renovations, in an attempt to make the stores more shopper friendly and merchandise more accessible.


Columbus-based Sanderson closes Butler, Ala., plant

Posted 5/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sanderson Plumbing Products is closing its plant in Butler and laying off the plant's 50 remaining employees.



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