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Columbus' Sale Elementary named IB school

Posted 2/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District is one step closer to joining only 10 other school systems in the country to offer the full range of International Baccalaureate programs.

 

From Pluto to the big bang, noted astrophysicist elightens local students

Posted 2/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Neil deGrasse Tyson isn't writing books, researching astrophysics or appearing on television, he's traveling around the U.S., giving lectures and speaking to America's youth.

 

Firm wants public's guidance for Columbus comprehensive plan

Posted 2/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The brain trust responsible for drafting Columbus' comprehensive plan needs your input.

 

 

Feds approve Cadence buyout

Posted 2/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cadence Financial Corp., the parent of Cadence Bank, says the Federal Reserve has approved its buyout by a private Houston, Texas-based investment firm.

 

 

False alarm in bomb threat at Lowndes courthouse

Posted 2/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County sheriff's deputies were called in to check the Lowndes County Courthouse Monday after an adult male made a bomb threat to 911 dispatchers.

 

 

Heater causes fire twice in same day

Posted 2/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Firefighters were called to the same East Columbus house twice Monday after an electric heater caught a bathroom wall on fire.

 

 

Laptops, printer stolen during move to new middle school

Posted 2/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four older-model Lanova Thinkpads and a desktop printer were stolen during the move from R.E. Hunt Intermediate School to the new Columbus Middle School.

 

Good eats: New school nutrition mandates cut calories and increase cost

Posted 2/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Child nutrition recommendations slated to go into effect by school year 2012-13 include offering fresh fruits and vegetables daily and increasing their portion sizes. Schools will have to cut fat, calories and salt and abandon deep-fat fryers in favor of grilling, steaming and baking.

Railroad stakeout: Officers write seven tickets for railroad-crossing violations

Posted 2/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the 2,000-horsepower Kansas City Southern locomotive lumbered along its tracks Friday, some Columbus drivers tried to beat the train.

 

Lowndes County school board going paperless

Posted 2/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County school board is going paperless. School board members now can access electronic school board agenda's at the Lowndes County School District website -- lowndes.k12.ms.us. By April, the electronic agendas will be available to the general public, said Tina Younger, assistant to the LCSD superintendent.

 

 

Home burglarized while family was at church

Posted 2/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When an East Columbus family arrived home from church Sunday, they found their Beech Street home ransacked of valuable electronics.

 

 

MUW community health fair to offer free screenings

Posted 2/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Severstal partners hiring

Posted 2/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fifty new steel-working jobs are up for grabs.

 

13-year-old boy hit by pickup truck

Posted 2/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 13-year-old Columbus boy was rushed to the hospital with a possible broken leg Saturday after being struck by a pickup truck.

Details sketchy in car explosion

Posted 2/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County woman and teen were burned Saturday morning when the car they were driving "exploded." Kimberly Diane Watkins, 40, and Taylor Nicole Watkins, 16, both of Jess Lyons Road in Lowndes County, were driving down Military Road shortly before 3:30 a.m. when the car exploded, according to Lowndes County Chief Deputy Greg Wright.

War of the roses: This Valentine's Day, flower shops fight to stay competitive despite higher costs

Posted 2/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It may cost a little more this year to say it with flowers. Florists expect to pay more for roses this time of year; growers hold back a portion of their fields to meet the demands of Valentine's Day. But this year's costs have been driven up even more, due to rising fuel costs and a rainy growing season.

 

Man charged with raping woman in Columbus home

Posted 2/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County man is charged with raping a woman Thursday night while armed with a pistol.

 

A snow day for working parents, too

Posted 2/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was another snow day for Columbus and Lowndes County Thursday. And that meant many working parents were forced to take a snow day as well, or head into work with children in tow.

 

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