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Weyerhaeuser sells rail lines to Patriot Rail

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Patriot Rail Corp. said it closed its purchase of six short line railroads, including one in the Golden Triangle, that were owned by lumber and wood products maker Weyerhaeuser Co.


Legislators take three-day weekend

Posted 1/6/2011 in Business

JACKSON - Lawmakers are taking a three-day weekend after wrapping up light legislative work today.


Lowndes sheriff Howard won't seek re-election

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff Butch Howard has decided not to seek re-election to a fourth term.

Starkville's Tagert: Transportation commission seat would be 'great fit'

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Until this fall, Mike Tagert never ran for public office. These days, however, the 40-year-old father of two is traveling from town to town in north Mississippi, learning about local issues and talking to voters before Tuesday's special election to determine the next Northern District transportation commissioner.


Columbus 4-County customers have temporary detour

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Visitors to 4-County Electric Power Association's Columbus Customer Service Center, 2000 Sixth St. N., may experience a temporary detour this week when entering and exiting that office.


Lowndes sheriff charged $1,432 to dredge well

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office has received a $1,431.94 bill for draining a state-line well in search of still-missing Madeline "Midge" Ponds.


Railroad clears tracks of 'severe' train derailment

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Alabama Southern Railroad has cleared the tracks of a train carrying hazardous materials that derailed Tuesday in Lowndes County.


The VFW's new battle: Recruiting new members

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Veterans of Foreign Wars post leadership has the right ideas. It just doesn't have the youth to prove it. As membership at VFWs nationwide continues to decline, the men in charge of Post 4272 in Columbus are reaching out to the next generation of veterans.


Arrest report 1-6-11

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies have reported the following felony arrests.



Starkville considers addition to current City Hall building

Starkville's citizen-led municipal complex committee is exploring a number of options to help satisfy city employees' office space needs, including the construction of a new 4,800-square-foot building at the corner of Lampkin Street and Washington Street.


Video: Gas leak closes Main Street near 22nd Street

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three businesses were evacuated today when Mississippi Department of Transportation crews reportedly broke a gas line off of Main Street.


Miss. Senate OKs chaplain, but not without debate

Posted 1/5/2011 in Business

All the Mississippi Senate leadership wanted to do was to authorize the chamber's first official chaplain, but the proposal touched off debate over whether it's more important to send a message about Christian values to put the faith in practice through legislation.



Bill would allow golf carts on some Miss. roads

Posted 1/5/2011 in Business

Hank Holcomb likes to drive his golf cart to church or the country club in his Mississippi Gulf Coast community of Diamondhead. He said he uses the cart on private roads but doesn't venture out onto public roads because that's not legal in Mississippi. Holcomb and some other coast residents were at the state Capitol on Tuesday asking for a change in state law.



Army orders more helicopters from Columbus plant

Posted 1/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Columbus firefighters take oath to protect community

Posted 1/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who are you going to call? Probably Columbus Fire and Rescue.


Parks department funds new Crawford community center

Posted 1/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After years of asking for help, Crawford's ailing community center is in line for an upgrade.


New circuit judge, the third in district, expected to ease caseload

Posted 1/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sixteenth District circuit judges were sworn in at the Lowndes County Courthouse Tuesday, giving the district a third judge for the first time.


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