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Six arrested on meth charges, second bust in two days

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Wednesday afternoon traffic stop resulted in the arrest of nine people, six on methamphetamine charges. Agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit pulled over a vehicle driven by Stephen Knight in front of Country Mart on Hwy. 82 in New Hope. A search of the vehicle produced a quarter-ounce of crystal meth and various drug paraphernalia.

 

County investment options bill dies

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A bill that would have allowed county board of supervisors to invest excess funds in delinquent county tax sales has died in committee. House Bill 439 was written by Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, on behalf of District 1 Supervisor and board president Harry Sanders, who has been a advocate for more flexibility in investing the county's revenue from the sale of the county hospital.

 

Despite court ruling, EPA raises biofuel estimate

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Days after a federal appeals court said the Obama administration is setting overly optimistic production quotas for the struggling biofuels industry, the government has issued new standards that raise production estimates for 2013.

 

Columbus council approves gun buy-back program

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council has approved a gun buy-back program. Passed by a unanimous vote during Tuesday's council meeting, the gun buy-back initiative will allow Columbus residents to trade their guns for cash. The proposal was introduced by Mayor Robert Smith on behalf of Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem.

City employee fired after drug test

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A city employee who was involved in a automobile wreck in downtown Columbus last week has been fired after testing positive for marijuana.

 

Comprehensive Plan aims to guide development

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A city project that began as a discussion during a community charrette in 2009 has finally become a reality. The Columbus City Council approved a comprehensive plan for the city during a Tuesday morning public hearing in the courtroom at City Hall.

 

Columbus native, civil rights icon dies

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Diane Hardy Thompson, one of three African-American women who integrated then-Mississippi College for Women in 1966, has died at an Augusta, Ga., burn center. She was 64.

Castleberry re-appointed to CVB board

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area developer Mark Castleberry was re-appointed to a second four-year term to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau on a 3-1 vote by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors on Monday.

Two arrested in New Hope meth lab bust

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A search for stolen property in New Hope resulted in the discovery of a meth lab and the arrest of two people on Monday.

Columbus students use skills to earn scholarship money

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus High School students won more than $12,000 in scholarship money at the 2013 Scholar's Olympiad Competition last week at East Mississippi Community College. Thirteen students from McKellar Center, the school's vocational program, competed in a series of competitions.

Comprehensive plan goes before public

Posted 2/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of discussion, the Comprehensive Plan for Columbus seems to be almost ready for implementation. A public hearing will be held on the plan Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the courtroom in City Hall.

CPD chief defends delay in grand jury cases

Posted 2/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department presented only one case to the January grand jury, but it hardly suggests a dramatic drop in crime in the city.

 

Search underway for CVB attorney

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you have a law degree and you enjoy high drama, backstabbing and bickering, then there may be a job available for you.

 

Dust, noise accompany Caledonia fracking operation

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bob, who agreed to be interviewed on the condition his identity would not be revealed, stood in the middle of a field Friday, describing a hydraulic fracking operation that just started on property two football fields from his Caledonia home.

Effort to reclaim graves of black residents brings a community together

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is late evening in Vaughn's Cemetery, and the shadows are beginning to creep across the graves, slowly enveloping both simple and ornate without prejudice.

Murder suspect in custody

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with a murder.

Nicholson out as Main Street Columbus director

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second time in less than six months, Main Street Columbus is looking for a new director. The Main Street Columbus board announced in a press release Thursday that Nickie Nicholson had been terminated, just seven weeks after she started the job.

Columbus Bark Park targets March opening

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was the bark heard around Columbus, and Roger Short, executive director of Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, took the request seriously. People were tired of driving their dogs to Starkville and Tupelo to play. They wanted a dog park here, and as a fellow dog lover, Short was equally enthused with the idea.

Burglary spree ends with two arrests

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men believed to be responsible for numerous burglaries in Lowndes County have been arrested. Steven Deshun Blevins, 30, of 102 South Browder St., and Eddie Anthony Williams, 28, of 132 Lee St., were arrested Thursday afternoon after a Lowndes County deputy noticed the two men outside a home on Jolly Ridge Road in north Columbus. Law enforcement believe the men were prepared to burglarize the residence.

House bill aims to better invest hospital sale money

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of House bills sponsored by Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, will allow the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors to invest the $30 million the county received from the sale of the county hospital in 2001.

 

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