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Area dodges brunt of storm, but roads remain treacherous

Posted 1/9/2011 in Area

A blast of winter weather gripped Columbus, coating the city and Lowndes County in about 3 inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain Sunday and today. Hundreds of businesses and schools in north Mississippi, including across the Golden Triangle, canceled classes today as the storm set in.


Questions swirl around Caledonia park donations

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

State law calls into question $30,000 in past donations to Caledonia's park, which caused the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority to funnel $100,000 from the town this week.



Columbus police deliver suspect with loaded gun to jail

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department disciplined officers and reworked its search policy after a suspect was turned in to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center with a pistol in his jacket in November.


Columbus Middle School construction comes down to wire

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Construction crews were still wrapping up work on the new Columbus Middle School just 10 days before the 155,000-square-foot facility admits students, but the building's contractor said Friday it will be move-in ready.

Lowndes meth arrests drop sharply after medicine ban

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A law causing headaches for those suffering from colds or sinus problems has squashed methamphetamine arrests in Lowndes County.


Starkville mayor says he'll veto sidewalk exemptions

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman on Friday issued a notice of intent to veto amendments to the city's sidewalk ordinance, passed Tuesday by the Starkville Board of Aldermen.


'Bring on the snow:' Locals prepare for possible storm

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With weather forecasters predicting a winter storm today capable of dropping up to eight inches of snow on the Golden Triangle, shoppers flooded local stores Saturday to pick up last-minute provisions.

Former West Lowndes coach, teacher honored

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As West Lowndes Middle School Principal Cynthia McMath and Athletic Director Roosevelt Bridges presented framed 8-by-10-inch certificates of appreciation Saturday morning to the family of the late Jane Coleman, the daughter of the longtime coach and teacher, Cassandra Danner, couldn't hold back her tears.


Ala. governor taking state plane to Auburn bowl game

Posted 1/7/2011 in Business

A spokesman for Gov. Bob Riley says he will attend the BCS Championship game with a ticket he purchased and will travel aboard a state aircraft.



Ala. man says woman tortured, killed his two kids

Posted 1/7/2011 in Business

Two young children were called "demon spawns from hell" by a woman who beat them during hours of torture while bound with duct-tape and let them die, according to testimony at a hearing Friday.



Let it snow: 5-8 inches possible in north Miss. this weekend

Posted 1/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches of snow could fall in north Mississippi and Alabama with light flurries further south beginning Sunday.



Eurocopter rings in new year with new contract

Posted 1/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

EADS North America started the new year with a contract to build 12 more UH-72A light utility "Lakota" helicopters for the U.S. Army at Columbus' American Eurocopter plant.


Fire destroys New Hope home

Posted 1/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As firefighters hosed down her charred home Thursday evening, Joyce Manigo watched in stunned silence. She had arrived home at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday to find flames tearing through the inside of her house.


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