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Caledonia aldermen put skids on sewer rate increase; wait for state

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Residents of Caledonia can breathe a sigh of relief -- for now. A new sewer rate structure is in the works, but the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday night to wait until $637,000 in state revolving funds are made available or until June 1, whichever comes first.

 

 

Retired police officer loses home to fire

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A fire broke out in Lowndes County on Tuesday night and destroyed the home of a former Columbus police officer.

 

Teacher of the Year Rashean Hyde: It's all about the children

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They say good teachers are born, not made. But some teachers -- sometimes the very best -- take a circuitous route, trying everything and anything before settling on the one thing their hearts were called to do.

Baby New Year arrives at Baptist Memorial

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ashley Williams, 25, was standing in church Sunday morning when she felt a sharp pain. Her baby wasn't due until Jan. 16, so she ignored the feeling until it became more insistent. Finally, she could ignore it no longer.

 

Sanders re-elected as supervisors president; road managers get raises

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sanders made a motion to reappoint Ronnie Burns as county road manager with a raise of $3,460. Burns' salary was $68,540; it is now $72,000. Brooks said Burns has done a great job but he didn't think it appropriate to give raises other than during new budget adoption.

 

 

Columbus stunted by blighted areas, poor infrastructure

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christina Berry became the permanent Columbus city planner only months ago, but she is pushing the city to fix issues she has identified. Berry plans to hold a mayor-council workshop later this month to discuss ways to improve the city's planning issues, she announced to the council at Tuesday's meeting.

 

New Lowndes officials take oaths, start terms

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The upper level of the Trotter Convention Center had enough Bibles in it Tuesday for a camp meeting. The were needed for all the oath taking that was going on.

 

Lowndes plagued by burglaries

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County sheriff's deputies are investigating a rash of burglaries that have occurred in the past month. And the outbreak has residents thinking of ways to protect themselves.

 

 

Brown chosen as No. 2 in Senate

Posted 1/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- Mississippi lawmakers convened their 2012 session Tuesday with a history-making Republican majority, as the House elected Philip Gunn of Clinton as its new presiding officer.

 

Lowndes sheriff reflects on service

Posted 1/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The newly retired Lowndes County sheriff is looking forward to catching fish. But he leaves office bothered by the ones he didn't catch -- three cases for which he and the families have no closure.

Top stories of the year 2011

Posted 12/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi is ranked 29th in use of alternative energy, according to a study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship. Soon, two manufacturers of alternative energy will be located in Lowndes County.

Kountry Kitchen moves, so do customers

Posted 12/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There's a strange alchemy involved when people gather at a kitchen table. Maybe it's the symbolic -- and literal -- breaking of bread. Maybe it's the commonality of primal need meeting gustatory pleasure. Maybe it's the way no matter what changes, this remains the same: Food equals fellowship, and in an increasingly impersonal world, fellowship is the one thing that can't be shrink-wrapped, freeze-dried or vacuum-sealed.

 

Officials on fireworks: Obey the law; stay safe

Posted 12/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Most-viewed online news stories of 2011

Posted 12/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Accused teen shooter arraigned

Posted 12/31/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus juvenile accused of shooting another juvenile in the hand on Thursday made his initial appearance in court Friday.

 

 

Some Highway 82 crash victims still in hospital

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 41-year-old Crawford woman was released from the hospital after a Wednesday wreck on Highway 82 West. Other crash victims transported to medical facilities remain hospitalized, including a 6-year-old girl who was airlifted to Jackson.

 

 

Lowndes supports water extension to Frisco Road

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Residents with water problems on Frisco Road found sympathetic ears at Thursday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting. The board voted unanimously to co-sign a letter from the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District asking the state development authority to designate it an emergency project.

 

 

Contract signed: WCBI remains on DirecTV

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' local CBS affiliate will remain on the air with DirecTV satellite broadcasting service. "There will be no interruption," said Dean Hinson, president of Morris Network. Morris Multimedia Inc. in Savannah, Ga. owns WCBI.

 

Columbus teen charged with shooting another boy

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One teenager was sent to the hospital and another was arrested after a shooting that put a Columbus business on lockdown. Thursday morning, 17-year-old Brandon Perry encountered another 17-year-old whom he argued with previously, according to Terrie Songer, public information officer for the Columbus Police Department.

Sears at Leigh Mall to close

Posted 12/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Sears store at Leigh Mall is one of three that Sears Holdings plans to close in Mississippi. However, employees at the store were not aware of the closure late Thursday afternoon.

 

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