COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY

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Council divided on utilities board appointment

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a split vote Tuesday, the City Council appointed former councilman Charlie Newell to the Columbus Light and Water board.

 

 

EMCC tuition guarantee may end in Lowndes

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Enrollment is rising at East Mississippi Community College, and so is tuition. What's not rising is the amount of money in the school's tuition guarantee fund.

 

 

Buggin' out: Lowndes County gears up for mosquito season

Posted 6/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Summer arrived Tuesday, meaning it won't be long before the season's peskiest denizens -- mosquitoes -- make their appearance as well. It's an annual battle that's already bugging the Caledonia aldermen; they started discussing the issue several weeks ago.

 

 

Unmanned aerial systems to be flown from local airport

Posted 6/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Stark Aerospace soon will begin test flying unmanned aerial systems from Golden Triangle Regional Airport.

 

Power outages affect businesses along Columbus' busiest street

Posted 6/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Crews with Columbus Light and Water spent most of Tuesday and this morning coping with three separate power issues that left traffic snarled, the Walmart and Kroger parking lots empty and customers in the dark.

Police seize 40 pounds of weed in raid

Posted 6/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bringing an end to a months-long investigation, two people suspected of drug trafficking were arrested with about 40 pounds of marijuana, Tuesday evening.

Doctors' homes, offices raided in drug investigation

Posted 6/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Federal and local narcotics agents raided the offices and homes of two Columbus doctors Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether they gave out illegal drug prescriptions.

 

DePriest's $20 million lawsuit on hold

Posted 6/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A lawsuit filed by local businessman Donald DePriest is on hold pending a Federal Communications Commission investigation into whether he operated a Ponzi scheme.

 

 

Lowndes County looks to add storm sirens, a $300K project

Posted 6/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The county currently has 25 tornado sirens (the city of Columbus has an additional five), and is looking to add 10-15 more, due to the county's growth over the past several years.

 

 

High winds damage Golden Triangle Regional Airport roof

Posted 6/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

High-speed winds caused $33,000 worth of damage at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport last Monday.

 

Columbus police charge mother with beating 7-year-old son with fan belt

Posted 6/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested and charged a 36-year-old mother of two with child abuse early today for allegedly beating her 7-year-old son with a car motor fan belt.

Monday Profile: Atlanta comedian honed skills at Columbus' Lee High

Posted 6/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Antoine "Booger" Brown's comedy is as Golden Triangle as it gets.

 

Rise in giving signals economic rebound

Posted 6/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An annual report released Monday shows charitable giving in the United States grew nearly 4 percent last year after two years of steep declines -- a trend also seen here in the Golden Triangle. Some experts say that's a sign the economy is slowly rebounding.

 

Bond set for machete-wielding man arrested for assault in north Columbus

Posted 6/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bond has been set at $5,000 for the 55-year-old Columbus man accused of hacking another man at least six times with a machete Saturday.

 

: Photo gallery: Funeral of Sgt. Christopher Roger Bell (link)

Posted 6/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Golden Triangle air traffic down in May, but ahead in 2010

Posted 6/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Weather delays brought passenger volume down at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in May, but the airport is still about 6 percent ahead of where it was last year.

 

 

Columbus CVB funding delay may hurt Legends Concert's lineup

Posted 6/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Opportunity to get Three Dog Night, The Temptations may pass if CVB waits to commit to concert, according to organizers.

 

Columbus police officers' appeal postponed

Posted 6/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Between accusations that Mayor Robert Smith threatened a police officer and a key witness, Police Chief Joseph St. John, calling in sick, the Civil Service Commission appeals hearing Friday was courtroom drama at its best.

Saying goodbye: Fallen soldier laid to rest in Columbus

Posted 6/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hundreds of people lined the streets to honor the passing of U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Roger Bell, who was laid to rest this afternoon at Living Faith Tabernacle Cemetery in Columbus. Bell, 21, was a native of Golden. He, along with three other soldiers, died in eastern Afghanistan June 4 in a roadside explosion.

 

Performance artist from Ohio seeks local voices

Posted 6/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Artist Robert Ladislas Derr is searching for one to three community members interested in singing "Christopher Columbus," a short song by 1950s pop artist Guy Mitchell about the legendary 15-century explorer, for his 10 town multi-media project, Discovering Columbus.

 

 

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