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Lowndes plans to test tornado sirens Wednesday

Posted 5/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes Emergency Management is testing its tornado warning siren system Wednesday at 10 a.m.

 

 

Lowndes County buys 857 acres for industrial park

Posted 5/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Clearing the way for industrial growth, Lowndes County supervisors agreed Monday to significantly expand the region's industrial aerospace park at a cost of $6.4 million.

 

 

Severstal Columbus names new manager

Posted 5/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal North America has appointed 35-year industry veteran Wilbur A. Winland vice president and general manager of its Lowndes County steel plant.

 

 

Man Tased in Columbus courtroom

Posted 5/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 46-year-old man was Tased by police Monday in Columbus Municipal Court after he allegedly punched a bailiff in the eye and fought officers.

 

 

Attorney general warns of fraud, price gouging

Posted 5/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As victims of tornadoes last week try to reassemble their fragmented lives, state officials are asking people to be on the lookout for fraud and price gouging.

 

 

Power restored to most 4-County customers

Posted 5/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Crews from 4-County Electric Power Association are almost finished restored power following a series of deadly storms in late April.

 

Columbus contractor, moved by tragedy, starts charity for tornado victims

Posted 5/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They stood in the rain around the red donation box, eyes closed, hands clasped, praying for the people of Smithville, praying for direction as they attempt to help in whatever way they can. What started as a simple Facebook post has become a cohesive movement, and what started as an uneasy feeling has become a loud, clear calling to serve.

 

IHL chief Bounds to address MUW graduates May 7

Posted 5/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Hank M. Bounds, commissioner of higher education, will address Mississippi University for Women graduates May 7 in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall.

 

New Northaven Woods park a 'dream come true'

Posted 4/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Wanna see me jump off the swing?" asked Candace Loftin, 12, at the new Northaven Woods community park in north Columbus.

Columbus hotels see rise in bookings; locals ramp up giving in wake of storm

Posted 4/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As neighboring cities rebuild this week in the wake of deadly tornadoes, Columbus is serving as a base camp for some victims and rescue crews, and locals are ramping up donations to relief efforts.

In Columbus, a Relay to remember

Posted 4/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 4,000 people filled the Magnolia Bowl in downtown Columbus on Friday night. Two crates of doves were released at the start of the Relay for Life, to symbolize love, courage and to honor cancer survivors.

 

Severstal still without power following storm

Posted 4/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While power was restored in the Golden Triangle on Wednesday night and Thursday, Columbus steel plant Severstal is still without power.

 

 

UPDATED: How you can volunteer, donate to the tornado relief effort

Posted 4/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ways to donate time and money, locally, statewide and and nationally, to the victims of the April 27 tornado outbreak.

 

 

Possum Town Mile-A-Day returns

Posted 4/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's time for Lowndes County to get back to the track. The Lowndes County Y and The Commercial Dispatch are hosting the second annual Possum Town Mile-A-Day Marathon, all May long.

 

 

CAFB reports drop in local economic impact

Posted 4/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After losing federal funding in 2010, the Columbus Air Force Base has reported a sharp drop in its local economic impact for that year.

 

 

Lowndes aids relief efforts in storm's wake

Posted 4/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While Lowndes County was spared from the wrath of Wednesday storms, neighboring counties were devastated. And Columbus and Lowndes County law enforcement, firefighters, charitable agencies and churches migrated to Clay and Monroe counties, as well as Tuscaloosa, Ala., to help with relief and recovery efforts.

 

Northaven Woods celebrates park's opening Saturday

Posted 4/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During a time when developers seemed to be snatching up prime real estate at neck-breaking pace, Northaven Woods subdivision claimed six acres of wooded area as a neighborhood park.

Candidates share vision for Lowndes schools

Posted 4/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County superintendent of education candidates shared their visions for the district at a public forum Thursday, when they answered questions about qualifications and school issues.

A scramble for supplies, and random acts of kindness, during power outage

Posted 4/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Let there be light. And ice. And food. And gas. It was a familiar refrain around Columbus last night as darkness cloaked the city.

Though most back online, local power lines could take days to repair

Posted 4/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Tennessee Valley Authority transmission line failed Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power to most of the Golden Triangle for hours.

 

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