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Low voter turnout as election competes with weather

Posted 1/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The special election for the state's next Northern District Transportation Commissioner was on for today, despite concerns about icy roads. "Now we just need voters," one circuit clerk said.

Area continues thaw, but crippling cold expected tonight

Posted 1/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some north Mississippi schools remained closed today and more crippling cold weather was expected tonight through the end of the week, as residents continued to dig out from under a winter storm that left up to 11 inches of snow Monday.


Relay for Life kicks off campaign Tuesday

Posted 1/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Organizers are hoping for sunshine and blue skies as they plan for this year's Relay for Life. Last year's Columbus event was called off early due to rain.



Fire destroys Columbus home

Posted 1/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus house burned down Sunday afternoon while 11 firefighters with three engines worked three hours to clear the scene.



Hazardous driving conditions in north Miss.

Posted 1/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hazardous driving conditions are being reported in parts of north Mississippi after a storm system moved through the state Sunday and into eastern parts of the country overnight.


Area dodges brunt of storm, but roads remain treacherous

Posted 1/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A blast of winter weather gripped Columbus, coating the city and Lowndes County in about 3 inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain Sunday and today. Hundreds of businesses and schools in north Mississippi, including across the Golden Triangle, canceled classes today as the storm set in.


Questions swirl around Caledonia park donations

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

State law calls into question $30,000 in past donations to Caledonia's park, which caused the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority to funnel $100,000 from the town this week.



Columbus police deliver suspect with loaded gun to jail

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department disciplined officers and reworked its search policy after a suspect was turned in to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center with a pistol in his jacket in November.


Columbus Middle School construction comes down to wire

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Construction crews were still wrapping up work on the new Columbus Middle School just 10 days before the 155,000-square-foot facility admits students, but the building's contractor said Friday it will be move-in ready.

Lowndes meth arrests drop sharply after medicine ban

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A law causing headaches for those suffering from colds or sinus problems has squashed methamphetamine arrests in Lowndes County.

'Bring on the snow:' Locals prepare for possible storm

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With weather forecasters predicting a winter storm today capable of dropping up to eight inches of snow on the Golden Triangle, shoppers flooded local stores Saturday to pick up last-minute provisions.

Former West Lowndes coach, teacher honored

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As West Lowndes Middle School Principal Cynthia McMath and Athletic Director Roosevelt Bridges presented framed 8-by-10-inch certificates of appreciation Saturday morning to the family of the late Jane Coleman, the daughter of the longtime coach and teacher, Cassandra Danner, couldn't hold back her tears.


Let it snow: 5-8 inches possible in north Miss. this weekend

Posted 1/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches of snow could fall in north Mississippi and Alabama with light flurries further south beginning Sunday.



Eurocopter rings in new year with new contract

Posted 1/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

EADS North America started the new year with a contract to build 12 more UH-72A light utility "Lakota" helicopters for the U.S. Army at Columbus' American Eurocopter plant.


Fire destroys New Hope home

Posted 1/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As firefighters hosed down her charred home Thursday evening, Joyce Manigo watched in stunned silence. She had arrived home at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday to find flames tearing through the inside of her house.


A week into qualifying, few candidates step forward in Lowndes

Posted 1/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Five days after qualifying for county elections began, just two Lowndes County incumbents are facing opposition.



4-County: Prepare for winter storms

Posted 1/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Weather forecasts indicate the potential exists for a "significant weather event" that could enter the area late Sunday and early Monday.


Weyerhaeuser sells rail lines to Patriot Rail

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Patriot Rail Corp. said it closed its purchase of six short line railroads, including one in the Golden Triangle, that were owned by lumber and wood products maker Weyerhaeuser Co.

Lowndes sheriff Howard won't seek re-election

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff Butch Howard has decided not to seek re-election to a fourth term.

Starkville's Tagert: Transportation commission seat would be 'great fit'

Posted 1/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Until this fall, Mike Tagert never ran for public office. These days, however, the 40-year-old father of two is traveling from town to town in north Mississippi, learning about local issues and talking to voters before Tuesday's special election to determine the next Northern District transportation commissioner.


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