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Solar company to create 951 jobs in Golden Triangle

Posted 9/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi lawmakers will consider two incentive packages Friday that could bring 1,800 jobs to the state, including 951 to Lowndes County.



50-year-old Columbus man arrested in beating case

Posted 9/1/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police this morning arrested a man sought in a simple-assault case. Police arrested Jimmie Henley, 50, of 136 Rhonda Road, on charges of simple assault domestic violence, after Lt. Carroll Culpepper received information of where Henley was, at around 9 a.m. today.


Senator: Solar company on Miss. session agenda

Posted 8/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


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.



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.


New manufacturer headed to Lowndes County

Posted 8/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new manufacturing facility is coming to Lowndes County, but until Wednesday, the most Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins will say about the company is it's big -- possibly bigger than Severstal or Paccar.


Locals help with Irene relief effort

Posted 8/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For more than a century -- since the Galveston, Texas hurricane of 1900 -- the Salvation Army has dedicated itself to meeting the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of disaster victims. Maj. Paul White, head of the local branch of the Salvation Army, wasn't surprised Friday when he got the call for assistance.


Plenty of roastin' and boastin' to go around at barbecue fest today

Posted 8/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Give Billy Sims a hot grill, a fine piece of meat and a barbecue contest, and he's rarin' to go. Today he and the rest of the River Rat Pig Porkers join dozens of other competitive teams at the annual Roast n' Boast, the Mississippi state barbecue cooking contest at Columbus Fairgrounds that will benefit the American Cancer Society.


Cruisers rev up for Saturday's 20th anniversary car show

Posted 8/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The roadsters, hot rods, muscle cars and Model A's will all strut their stuff at the East Bank of the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam Saturday in Columbus.



Residents consider moving from flood-plagued area

Posted 8/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Residents of the Masonic subdivision in East Columbus listened to Mississippi Emergency Management officials with frustration and cautious interest Thursday night as they explored a flood mitigation program which would not alleviate their problems but could offer escape.



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