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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.

 

Pit-bull owner cited for child attack

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A dog attacked a child Friday afternoon in Columbus, sending him to the hospital and prompting area law enforcement officials to take a closer look at the city's leash laws and vicious-dog ordinance.

 

 

Emergency management: This is only a drill

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes emergency response agencies, in cooperation with Mississippi University for Women and Columbus Air Force Base, will conduct a disaster drill on Aug. 31, at approximately 8 a.m. on the MUW campus.

 

Two arrested during Fifth Avenue North burglary

Posted 8/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police faced a litany of aliases and a suspect with no pants when they were called out to a burglary in progress Thursday night. Interim Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Kamesha Cribbs, 32, of 1106 Fifth Ave. N., called at 11:25 p.m. to report someone had kicked in her back door and was inside the house. When police arrived, they found the back door open and glass on the steps.

 

Welty Symposium and Gala announce keynote authors

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 23rd annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium will feature author Judith Ortiz Cofer as keynote speaker on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Rent Auditorium of Whitfield Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.

 

 

Low turnout expected for primary runoffs

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, just more than a third of the voters cast ballots in the Aug. 2 primaries. Clay County boasted more than half of its registered voters turning out to the polls. But this Tuesday likely will be a different story.

 

Witness to history: Columbus native preserved the history of 10 presidents

Posted 8/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In life, he was the keeper of history. Presidential photographs, letters, memos, campaign materials -- nothing escaped the thin fingers and sharp eyes of the Columbus native who lived simply and died simply but touched time, leaving a signature of his own.

Columbus dentist enjoys role as extra in 'The Help'

Posted 8/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. John Fields isn't heading to Hollywood just yet, but he had such a ball as an extra in "The Help," he might have to give it some thought.

 

Police, pastors seek joint solutions to crime

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Columbus woman arrested at home for controlled substance

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 20-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday, and her baby was placed in the care of the child's grandmother after Columbus police officers responded to a 911 hang-up call and found a controlled substance on the premises.

 

 

Tenn-Tom ports apply for $30M grant

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Attorney requests tourism board documents on behalf of community members

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board went into a half-hour executive session Thursday, during a specially called meeting, to discuss potential litigation.

 

The race for retail: Various retailers, restaurants locating in Columbus

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has seen a flurry of retail activity, and the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link says there is more to come. There have been several inquiries, and letters of intent signed, but the Link is keeping the projects hush until the companies either give the Link the green light to publicize them or release the openings themselves.

Wicker: U.S. debt 'Troubling,' 'astonishing'

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus Kiwanis Club received a surprise when they showed up for the group's weekly meeting at the Columbus Country Club: U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., gave them a pop quiz on their knowledge of federal spending and the national debt.

 

Jury: Lowndes County did not discriminate against road department superintendent

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal court jury Wednesday found that Lowndes County did not wrongfully terminate former road department superintendent Howard Smart because of his race.

 

Baptist behavioral health facility set to open by January

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As director of behavioral health at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, David Johnson has noticed a growing trend: More people struggling with the highs and lows of bipolar disorder; more people weighed down by economic woes, job stress and the resulting depression, anxiety and suicidal feelings; more people seeking escape through alcohol and painkillers; more people needing greater help with every passing day.

 

Arrest Report 8-18-11

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported the following felony arrests:

 

 

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