The numbers are in, and the news is good: More Mississippi students are attending college this year, with preliminary fall enrollment figures at all-time highs for the state's eight public universities and the headcount holding steady at East Mississippi Community College.
Thanks to the Columbus Police Department, local businesses now can be a step ahead of area crime. The CPD released a statement Wednesday announcing the beginning of the Columbus Business Alert initiative, an effort to inform local businesses of crime information as it is happening.
As the search continues for a new superintendent to head the Columbus Municipal School District, the board of trustees -- along with the Mississippi School Boards Association -- is seeking community input on the qualities and characteristics the next leader should possess.
The field got slightly narrower for candidates in the race for Lowndes County superintendent of education. Roger Hill, who was running as an independent, Thursday withdrew his candidacy.
More than 40 years of farming will change a man. Teach him to watch the clouds and pray for rain. Teach him to watch the rain and pray it stops before he's standing knee-deep in a muddy field, staring at too much of a good thing.
Citizens want to involve the entire community in deciding which city properties will be considered for a redevelopment assessment grant. It was the first public meeting concerning the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Assessment Grant the city plans to apply for.
Being first to respond to an emergency is not an easy job. Pulling someone from a fire or saving them from some other emergency can be "overwhelming," admits Neal Austin, Columbus Fire and Rescue operations chief. But it's also rewarding.
Columbus Air Force Base, along with air bases around the nation, raised its security alert status Tuesday as a precautionary measure in response to the approaching 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.
The following people were arrested on felony charges, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office:
Columbus police are investigating a grand larceny of Smith Landscaping property that occurred in the 400 block of Seventh Avenue North Tuesday morning.
CALEDONIA -- A handful of department heads and employees in Caledonia will be getting raises in October, and an upcoming water-rate hike will be rescinded.
A jury found a Columbus man guilty of one of three charges of sex crimes, in Lowndes County Circuit Court last week. Tommie Harris, 31, will serve at least 10 years at the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
As Lowndes County officials continue to hash out a $38.27 million budget, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks called for a public workshop prior to the board's next meeting, Sept. 15. By state law, the supervisors must adopt a budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1, by Sept. 15.
Ranzino Ahmad Harris will not get his day in court until next calendar year. Harris, of 301 Bishop Circle No. 8 in Columbus, was set to come before 16th Circuit Judge Lee Coleman during the recent Lowndes County Circuit Court session, but his trial was continued until Feb. 12, 2012.
Following an appeal from a former police officer, city leaders Tuesday said the next police chief is as likely to come from within the Columbus Police Department as outside it.
Joe Higgins, CEO of the Columbus Lowndes Development Link, knew what Rotary Club members wanted: They wanted to know more about Calisolar. And Higgins was happy to oblige, talking at length about the new industrial-development project during the club's monthly meeting, Tuesday afternoon at the Columbus Country Club.
Shots were fired Saturday night at the 2400 block of Fifth Avenue South, and Columbus Police are investigating the incident, Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said.
Columbus Police report two burglaries occurring during the Labor Day weekend, one also involving an assault of the resident of an occupied dwelling.
STARKVILLE -- For the elderly and disabled who don't want to live in a nursing home and are struggling to care for themselves in their own home, there's a program available with people ready to help.
Tony Jennings will spend at least the next 10 years of his life behind bars. A Lowndes County Circuit Court jury found the 17 year old guilty on Wednesday for one count of statutory rape of a then-13-year-old girl. Judge Lee Coleman sentenced Jennings to 15 years at the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Friday with five of the years suspended and five years under post-release supervision.
1. Habitat for Humanity provides home for beloved CHS manager COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. Two arrested for Walgreens burglary COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. Shots fired at Columbus Sprint Mart COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
5. MSU pushes fundraising goal to $1B STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY