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Lowndes public libraries receive Libri Foundation grant

Posted 9/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Artesia Public Library, Caledonia Public Library and Crawford Public Library, all branches of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System, recently received more than 80 books each from the Libri Foundation.

 

LCSO Chief Deputy: Arrests made in school bomb threats

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Greg Wright, three juveniles were taken into custody in connection to the two bomb threats at local schools.

Bryant stops at steel mill as part of Jobs Tour

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, spoke at Severstal Thursday as part of his Jobs Tour, a multi-city jaunt which has led him from furniture factories to solar panel plants to chemical companies across the state.

Former councilman remembered as a 'friendly, funny guy'

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the words of Ward 4 City Councilman Fred Stewart, you never had a dull day with William "Billy" James. "He was a friendly, funny guy. He kept you laughing," Stewart said.

'A perfect fit': Columbus Red Cross office names Evans new coordinator

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Perneatha Evans moved back to the Golden Triangle from Las Vegas, she knew she wanted to make a difference in the community. What better way to do that than to volunteer with the American Red Cross, she thought.

 

Hatch Act continues to raise questions in sheriff's race

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Hatch Act is rearing its head again the Lowndes County sheriff's election, as officials question whether or not Anthony Nelson is eligible to run under the stipulations of the federal law. Democratic sheriff candidate Selvain McQueen withdrew from the election when the Hatch Act Unit began investigating allegations he might have been in violation of the law.

 

 

Lowndes passes $38M budget; property taxes remain the same

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Residents of Lowndes County who live outside of municipality limits will not see a tax increase this-coming fiscal year.

 

Second school on alert after bomb threat

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second day in a row, local law enforcement and bomb-sniffing canine units were dispatched to a local school after a bomb threat. Shortly before 8 a.m., Columbus Middle School was placed on alert.

 

Board explores ways to keep storms from disrupting 911 computer system

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the towers at the Lowndes County Courthouse may be taken down. The E911 board of commissioners met Tuesday and discussed ways to keep lightning from striking towers at the courthouse and disrupting the Columbus-Lowndes County E911 emergency computer system.

 

 

Lowndes County arrest report

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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

 

 

Severstal lawsuit concludes

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal steel company's dispute with former metal brokerage company is over. A circuit court judge ruled on Monday that "Severstal may purchase scrap directly from other vendors as long as the requirement of the first 30,000 gross tons per month is purchased from Jefferson Iron as provided in the contract," according to a press release from Severstal.

 

Half of Lowndes neighborhood parks projects complete

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority moves closer and closer to completing its neighborhood parks project.

 

Columbus releases police chief search committee list

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus released the final names of the members making up the 21-person police chief search committee. The committee is tasked with selecting a handful of qualified applicants worthy of serious consideration for the permanent police chief position.

 

 

MUW garners national recognition

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women again has garnered national recognition by being ranked in the lists of top universities by U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly.

 

Senator: Correnti made solar deal more attractive

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sen. Terry Brown, R-Columbus, had high praise for Lowndes County's latest economic development projects, telling members of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus Wednesday afternoon that the county is "the envy of the state of Mississippi."

 

Columbus finalizes tax hike for city schools

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council finalized a $22.98 million budget for fiscal year 2012 on Wednesday. The budget matches expected revenue, and no funds are expected to be pulled from available cash, Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen said.

 

Columbus, United Way team up for 'Project Feed Columbus'

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They are often unseen, but they are there. Every day in Lowndes County, senior citizens struggle between buying medication and paying for food. Parents struggle to stretch meals and dollars, often going hungry themselves to feed their children.

 

Committee takes center stage in chief search

Posted 9/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A group of 18 people share the same task: Help find a new leader for Columbus police. The search committee appointed by the mayor and City Council will meet to choose a select few applicants worthy of serious consideration for the permanent police chief position.

 

 

House catches fire four times in two days

Posted 9/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County family is staying wth relatives in Crawford after a series of fires destroyed their home.

 

Union: Ongoing strike is about 'right and wrong'

Posted 9/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A handful of employees on strike from Omnova Solutions gathered at the Lowndes County Courthouse Tuesday morning, hoping the day's National Labor Relations Board hearing between Omnova attorneys and the Local 748-L union would provide some hope that the ongoing strike will end soon so they can return to work in what they hope will remain a union-led company.

 

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