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Caledonians fume over rates despite 'adjustment'

Posted 7/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia residents are beginning to feel the impact of a water and sewer rate hike which went into effect June 1, but limited relief for some may be on the way.

 

 

Farmers' Market earns state certification

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' Hitching Lot Farmers' Market again was certified by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The market was certified as part of the Mississippi Certified Farmers' Market Program, which was launched by the MDAC as a way to recognize the growing number of farmers' markets across the state.

 

Hood reaps what he sews: Columbus native and ex-soldier found his niche as upholsterer

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For a young Mississippi soldier on furlough, the sign in a Kansas City shop window was tantalizing. Who could resist cracking the door ever so slightly, peering inside this strange world that beckoned? He was planning to re-enlist, but it wouldn't hurt to see if the sign's prescient promise held merit. "Your future is in upholstery," the poster in the window boldly asserted, and for Willie Hood, that proved to be true.

Burn Ban Issued for Lowndes County

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ban issued until July 31

 

Lowndes County schools seek to achieve unitary status

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling which declared school segregation unconstitutional, but desegregation came slowly in Mississippi, with many districts -- including Lowndes County -- not achieving complete integration until placed under court order to do so in 1970.

 

 

EMCC outlines ambitious plans for Lowndes supes

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Citing an increase in enrollment and antiquated buildings, Dr. Rick Young, President of East Mississippi Community College, Monday presented the school's strategic plan for the Golden Triangle Campus at Mayhew to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.

 

Columbus Police make arrest in church burglary

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department has arrested one suspect and is looking for another in connection with the burglary of a local church.

Baptist unveils new physical therapy center

Posted 7/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new outpatient physical therapy center may be smaller, but that just makes it better, staff members at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle said Friday as they celebrated the project's completion during an open house reception.

 

Columbus AFB airman dies in vehicle accident

Posted 7/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Air Force Base airman has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near West Point.

 

 

Lowndes County School District expected to pass budget

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District is expected to pass its Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget at the July 13 board meeting, Business Officer Frances Goldmon said Friday. The $48.92 million budget includes funding for 13 new positions and employee raises.

 

Students' summer job season begins

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a slow and steady drop in unemployment rates, more Lowndes County residents are working this summer than since the recession of 2008. But the number of those seeking employment may be on the rise, as many are seeking summer jobs, while on a break from high school or college. And with six or more weeks to go before school begins, the job hunt for some students will continue.

Former legislator, Justice Court judge McCrary dies

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Mississippi legislator and Lowndes County Justice Court judge passed away Thursday at the age of 91.

 

Parents mourn drowning of toddler

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local couple is mourning the loss of their two-year-old son, after the toddler drowned in an above-ground swimming pool in north Columbus Friday night.

 

 

Supreme Court health-care ruling prompts mixed reaction

Posted 6/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents Friday had mixed reactions on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling largely upholding President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

 

 

New law may help curb metal theft

Posted 6/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

People looking to illegally traffic copper wire and other industrial materials may find it more difficult to find buyers for their goods. Beginning Sunday, a new state law goes into effect further restricting the buying and selling of industrial materials.

 

 

School lunch: Now healthier, more expensive

Posted 6/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pushed by federal guidelines to combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, school nutritionists across the nation are feeling the financial hit as they try to figure out how to cost-effectively meet the new requirements, which mark the first significant changes to the government-subsidized school lunch program in 15 years.

 

 

Columbus named one of the "Best Small Towns for Business"

Posted 6/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Friendly City has been named one of the "Best Small Towns For Business In America" by American Express' website, openforum.com. The article, written by Barry Moltz, lists Columbus third on the list, behind only Columbus, Ind., Ponca City, Okla. and Prescott, Ariz.

 

Queens of the second chance: Columbus pair earns honors for their work with adult learners

Posted 6/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The young man sits on the front row, peering through thick glasses at the mathematics worksheet lying on his desk at Greater Columbus Learning Center. A few of his classmates glance up as he begins to speak, but most keep their heads bowed in concentration as they focus on their own lessons, their own dreams.

 

Two from Lowndes County may be re-sentenced

Posted 6/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The U.S. Supreme Court's new juvenile sentencing ruling could retroactively impact only two Lowndes County men already serving sentences of life without parole.

 

 

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