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Sumrall to serve five years for child exploitation

Posted 5/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man will serve five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of exploitation of a child.

As heat rises, so does demand for watermelons

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the temperature cranks up with the arrival of summer, people search for a cool refreshing treat to be the centerpiece of their back yard barbecues and family get-togethers. For many, they look no further than the watermelon.

 

Community coordinator's exit won't interrupt programs

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County officials say community service programs will continue as normal this summer despite the retirement of coordinator and 29-year employee Sylvester Harris.

 

McConnell can't resist the call of the kids

Posted 5/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, Dr. Germain McConnell was enjoying life with his family in Oxford, his ambition focused on a deanship at the University of Mississippi, where he had served as assistant dean since 2003.

New committee to explore development on the Island

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There has been much talk over the years about what kind of economic development projects could be lured to the Island, but so far, no one has been able to come to agreement. Now, the Island's future is on the table again, with the formation of an ad hoc committee to explore options for the once-popular property.

Mastectomy: Radical or sensible?

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When actress Angelina Jolie recently revealed she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy, it was a very personal decision that sparked a very public debate.

 

MUW celebrates nursing milestone

Posted 5/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women's nursing program has much to celebrate this month, from its 40th anniversary to learning this week that it is now the largest nursing program in the state.

 

Veteran says Vietnam taught invaluable lessons

Posted 5/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Turner Jackson was 21 when he left Columbus, headed for the jungles of Vietnam. As a young black man, the first lesson he had to learn was trust.

Council mulls variance to fire sprinkler requirement

Posted 5/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Renovation of a downtown mixed-use building could soon slow down while the city council decides whether to allow a variance bypassing installation of a sprinkler system.

CMSD teacher resigns amid test-taking accusation

Posted 5/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A city school teacher indicted for fraud in connection with a test-taking scheme has resigned from her position with the Columbus Municipal School District.

First annual Veterans Memorial Walk/Run to be held Sunday

Posted 5/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every Memorial Day, Drs. Richard and Judie Holmes commemorate the life of their son, a United States Army veteran who paid the ultimate price for his time in uniform.

Lowndes unemployment rate drops

Posted 5/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County's unemployment numbers were down six-tenths of a percent from March, continuing a trend that has occurred yearly since 1996.

 

CMSD camp makes learning safe and fun

Posted 5/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Registration kicked off this week for Columbus Municipal School District's summer camp, with slots filling on a first-come, first-served basis almost immediately.

 

Turner unseats Stewart in close Ward 4 runoff

Posted 5/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Five-term Ward 4 councilman Fred Stewart was unseated by challenger Marty Turner 433-409 in the run-off election Tuesday.

City Council approves Dollar General relocation

Posted 5/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council gave its approval Tuesday night to a developer's request to re-zone a property from a general agricultural to a highway commercial district, paving the way for construction to begin on a larger Dollar General store to replace the one at 930 Tuscaloosa Road.

Searchers mourn death of 9-year-old

Posted 5/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The body of 9-year-old Justin Brown was pulled from Luxapalila Creek early Tuesday evening, ending a four-day search that began Saturday afternoon when the ATV he was riding flipped into the river. The currents quickly swept Justin and his brother, 6-year-old Jacob, out of reach.

Columbus Girlchoir lifts off for Carnegie Hall

Posted 5/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thirty-one members of the Columbus Girlchoir will fly to New York Thursday to fulfill every singer's dream: performing at Carnegie Hall.

 

Turner leads Stewart for Ward 4 seat

Posted 5/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Challenger Marty Turner appears to have beaten incumbent Fred Stewart in the run-off for the Ward 4 councilman seat in Columbus but 21 affidavit ballots remain uncounted.

 

 

Body of second boy recovered

Posted 5/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department confirmed the body of 9-year-old Justin Brown was found this afternoon.

 

Search continues for boy feared drowned

Posted 5/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search for a missing child who is presumed drowned entered its fourth day Tuesday.

 

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