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Locals help with Irene relief effort

Posted 8/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For more than a century -- since the Galveston, Texas hurricane of 1900 -- the Salvation Army has dedicated itself to meeting the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of disaster victims. Maj. Paul White, head of the local branch of the Salvation Army, wasn't surprised Friday when he got the call for assistance.

 

Plenty of roastin' and boastin' to go around at barbecue fest today

Posted 8/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Give Billy Sims a hot grill, a fine piece of meat and a barbecue contest, and he's rarin' to go. Today he and the rest of the River Rat Pig Porkers join dozens of other competitive teams at the annual Roast n' Boast, the Mississippi state barbecue cooking contest at Columbus Fairgrounds that will benefit the American Cancer Society.

 

Cruisers rev up for Saturday's 20th anniversary car show

Posted 8/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The roadsters, hot rods, muscle cars and Model A's will all strut their stuff at the East Bank of the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam Saturday in Columbus.

 

 

Residents consider moving from flood-plagued area

Posted 8/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Residents of the Masonic subdivision in East Columbus listened to Mississippi Emergency Management officials with frustration and cautious interest Thursday night as they explored a flood mitigation program which would not alleviate their problems but could offer escape.

 

College Board gets feedback from community members on the next MUW president

Posted 8/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A day-long series of public forums Thursday brings Mississippi University for Women one step closer to choosing its new president.

Tractor Supply latest retail addition to Columbus

Posted 8/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tractor Supply Co. is the latest addition to Columbus' retail market. The farm and ranch supply store is building a new store on Highway 45 North, just north of Creekstone Chevron.

Second Street South resident found dead in backyard

Posted 8/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Relatives and bystanders stood in shock this morning as the body of a resident was carried from his Second Street South home.

Community leaders: Next MUW head must have business sense

Posted 8/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly three dozen community leaders showed up at Mississippi University for Women's first in a day-long series of public forums designed to elicit feedback on the qualities the campus and community want to see in the college's next president.

 

Severstal in breach-of-contract, fraud suit

Posted 8/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal Columbus, a steel plant in the Lowndes County industrial park, is in the middle of litigation with its former metal brokerage company.

 

 

Lowndes Circuit Court 8-25-11

Posted 8/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sixteenth Circuit Court judges have processed several cases during the current session of court in Lowndes County. The session began on last Monday and continues through Sept. 2.

 

 

Teacher's sexual-battery case continued

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The case of a Lowndes County math teacher accused of sexual battery has been continued until the next session of Lowndes County Circuit Court in December.

 

 

Businessman, bank settle out of court

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Bank of Vernon, Ala., dropped its lawsuit against Columbus businessman David Shelton. The parties have agreed to settle, according to documents filed in Lowndes County Circuit Court. In its suit, the Bank of Vernon claimed Shelton defaulted on a $887,734.84 loan.

 

 

New Hope voters push Wright through to November election

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Poll workers outnumbered bystanders at the Lowndes County Courthouse Tuesday night, as election results slowly flowed in from the runoffs. Most of the candidates watched the results from home, but a few -- like county superintendent of education contender Lynn Wright -- milled the halls and manned their cellphones, sighing and grinning in direct proportion to each precinct's tallies.

 

 

East Columbus flood victims may get federal help

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Flood-weary residents and business owners in East Columbus will have the opportunity to vent their frustrations and explore federal intervention during a public meeting Thursday evening at Trotter Convention Center.

 

 

Sheriff's race set: Arledge vs. McQueen

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Leading up to the primary runoff, Lowndes County sheriff's candidate Bo Harris was banking on getting voters to return to the polls.

 

 

MUW presidential search kicks into high gear

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a big week for Mississippi University for Women, with students settling into their classes and the search for a new president kicking into high gear.

 

 

Steens murder trial continued

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The story unfolded like a bad made-for-TV movie. The neighbors heard gunshots. George Strickland went running across their front yard, retreating into a local body shop.

 

Run-off results for Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local election results, updated through the night.

New fire station in New Hope could mean faster response time

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The New Hope Volunteer Fire Department is moving to a larger building and a new location, partially to meet growing needs and partially to escape what many in the area call a "nightmare" -- traffic congestion on New Hope Road during the school year.

 

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