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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.


Lowndes Arrest Report 12-29-11

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reports the following felony arrests:



Lowndes suspect nabbed in Plantersville

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Plantersville police arrested a man last week who is suspected in a Lowndes County armed robbery. Levelle Deshay Grandberry, 23, of 746 Gatlin Road in Columbus, was arrested Thursday on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and receiving stolen property, according to a news release from the Plantersville Police Department.


Local school districts struggle to keep up with a digital world

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The necessity of computers in the classroom is forcing school districts into an awkward tango between needs, wants and the ever-present knowledge that no matter how fast administrators dance, they will always be one step behind.


WCBI, DirecTV expect contract soon

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

WCBI-TV and DirecTV expect a new contract soon for satellite carry of the local CBS affiliate, spokesmen for both companies said Wednesday afternoon. And the proverbial clock is ticking.


Highway 82 wreck sends five to hospital

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 6-year-old child was airlifted from Columbus to Jackson after receiving injuries in a two-car collision on Highway 82 Wednesday afternoon.


UPDATE: 17-year-old shot; police have suspect in custody

Posted 12/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

UPDATE: Police have a suspect in custody after a shooting this morning.



Sears announces store closures

Posted 12/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sears Holdings Corp. announced Tuesday plans to close 100 to 120 stores after 2011 losses. However, the status of individual stores is still unknown. Sears includes Kmart stores and the Lands' End brand.


Saying goodbye to the queen of police vehicles

Posted 12/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fred Shelton was heading into Alabama in hot pursuit of a suspect. "We had good sights on the suspect vehicle," said Shelton, a captain with the Columbus Police Department.

Columbus police respond to holiday mayhem

Posted 12/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is in jail following a Christmas Day incident that began at a local motel. Sugi Kamar Fox, 30, of 1801 Third Ave. S. is in the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center awaiting processing today on several charges that arose from a Sunday incident at the Budget Inn on Main Street, Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said this morning.

Holliman still in prison while waiting for bond ruling

Posted 12/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County man is waiting in prison for a ruling on a motion to be released on bond until his new trial in connection with his wife's death.

Holiday hangover: Shoppers flock to the stores to snap up bargains

Posted 12/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Retail stores around the nation, including in the Golden Triangle, have seen an influx of shoppers this holiday season, with bargain hunters flooding the aisles to snap up last-minute deals for others as well as themselves.

Six days in September: Shooting deaths of three men remain a mystery

Posted 12/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A fisherman noticed the body near a boat landing at the Luxapalila Creek Recreation Area off Highway 69.

CPD distributes presents for the children

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In Lowndes County homes, Sunday will be the end to a hectic season of giving and receiving. At the Columbus Police Department, Thursday was the climactic ending to its annual Christmas Toy Drive.

After carjacking, Columbus fiddler and mom find comfort back home

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Just when it's needed most, there's no place like home -- at least for 17-year-old Ruby Jane Smith and her mother, JoBelle Smith. Two weeks after being carjacked and robbed at gunpoint in Houston, Texas, the Columbus natives are home for Christmas.


Columbus firefighters give instead of receive

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue is doing its part to give back to the community this Christmas season. Battalion Chief Martin Andrews took time out on Friday to talk about a new initiative called CFR Gives. Through the program, the fire department raises money to give to those in need to help make their holiday season better.


Victory Christian senior injured in auto accident returns to the court

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The smile lights up the gym. Marcus Sims dribbles the basketball to the corner of the court and launches a 3-pointer. He moves to greet a visitor before returning to the court to join Anthony Sharp in an impromptu game of one-on-one.

P.S. I love you: Family Readiness Group sends boxes to Afghanistan

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Their soldiers have been gone barely a month, but the family members of the Mississippi National Guard's 223rd Engineer Battalion are reaching out with Cheetos, chewing gum and ChapStick.


Skyping around the Christmas tree: Guard families stick close to loved ones

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Maybe he didn't put on the lights, but he watched and supervised from afar. Really far. A U.S. military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Matt Thompson joined his fiancée and their children via Skype to decorate the family Christmas tree.


Reflections on a presidency: Brigham catching her breath after 18-month tenure

Posted 12/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was her time. Mississippi University for Women and its alumni had warred in court, and seemingly ever-present talks of closure and a name change hung over the historic campus like a humid August day by the time Allegra Brigham was asked to take the helm of her beloved alma mater. "You are the perfect person for this time in MUW's history," the person on the other end of the phone said.


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