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Mom, daughter injured in Wednesday wreck

Posted 9/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A red Jeep Cherokee is pulled upright onto Eddie's Service truck Wednesday after being on it's side and wrapped around a tree on Ben Christopher Road in New Hope. A mother and her 4-year-old daughter were trapped inside the vehicle then removed and taken to care.

Island committee still weighing options

Posted 9/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Committee members selected to brainstorm economic development ideas for the Island are forming a clearer picture of how to proceed, but they also want to hear from the public.

Council approves millage, sets budget for FY '14

Posted 9/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council set the city's operating budget and millage for the next fiscal year Tuesday. City millage rates will remain 40.13 mills. The city also approved the millage for the school district, which is set at 65.87.

Grant collection at MSU 'wonderful resource'

Posted 9/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

From one perspective, it might seem odd that the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library would be located in Mississippi, where Grant's siege of Vicksburg in July 1863 was a decisive moment in the defeat of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

 

Reserves may not be needed to balance current budget

Posted 9/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city's income during the last 12 months may not equal the amount officials thought it would last September. So far, Columbus department heads also haven't spent as much as predicted. That means it's possible that officials won't need to go to the city's reserve fund to balance the 2013 budget.

 

Sanders Oil sold to Alabama company

Posted 9/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sanders Oil Company has been sold. Word of the sale of the longtime Columbus company had been whispered for several weeks. The details were finalized Monday morning, according to Will Sanders, the company's vice president. The buyer was Midstates Petroleum Company in Vernon, Ala.

Property dispute creates new situation for supes

Posted 9/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A dilapidated property has morphed into a unique problem for Lowndes County leaders. Thomas Kyle, who lives at 245 Belle Circle, threatened to sue a contractor trying to clean his property, which is littered with old tires, scrap, assorted junk items and trash. The contractor was there by Lowndes County board of supervisor order.

Accident causes power outage at EMCC

Posted 9/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A dump truck accident cut power to 400 4-County Electric customers and canceled early afternoon classes at East Mississippi Community College's Golden Triangle campus Monday.

County could budget more for roads, EMCC

Posted 9/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County revenues are projected to increase by more than $6 million in the upcoming fiscal year, based on the budget county supervisors will consider later this week.

Columbus woman dies in Saturday crash

Posted 9/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Florence Little McCully, 53, of Columbus, died at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle after she was involved in a head-on collision just after 10:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Columbus AFB runway opens after construction

Posted 9/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The longest runway in Mississippi is officially open for business again. At Columbus Air Force Base on Friday morning, a little more than 100 people stood on one end of the base's 12,000-foot long center runway to watch a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Harris convicted in 2010 shooting death; receives life

Posted 9/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of murder Friday morning. Ranzino Ahmad Harris, 25, was convicted in the 2010 shooting death of Justin Murray on Schoolhouse Avenue.

Longtime MUW art professor dies

Posted 9/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Elizabeth "Betty" Jane Dice, whose tenure as an art professor at Mississippi University for Women spanned nearly 40 years, died August 22. She was 94.

 

Army brings mobile tech lab to West Lowndes

Posted 9/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

West Lowndes High School students experienced real world scenarios when they toured a mobile technology lab Friday.

 

Historic commission tables bus shelter request

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They like the idea of public buses. They don't like the idea of bus stop shelters at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets. That's what downtown business owners and residents told the Columbus Historic Preservation Commission during a meeting Thursday. The commission was considering a request from Lawrence Transit System to construct four shelters at that intersection, as well as one at the intersection of 12th and College streets.

Officials unveil Catfish Alley memorial

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lifelong Lowndes County resident Charlie Smith, now in his 70s, admits he's forgotten a few things about visiting Catfish Alley during his youth. On Thursday, city officials unveiled a monument commemorating the area's rich history as a commercial and cultural hub for African-Americans and a gathering place for all races. The sides of the monument list the names of those who ran restaurants, barber shops, dentist offices, drug stores and entertainment venues during the area's peak eras in popularity and success.

Murder defendant claims self-defense

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ranzino Ahmad Harris took the stand Thursday to testify in his defense. He is charged with murder in the 2010 shooting death of Justin Murray. He is also charged with aggravated assault for shooting Michael Brewer in the hand during the same incident.

 

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