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Stolen phone's GPS leads police to suspect in string of auto burglaries

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A suspected auto burglar received an unpleasant surprise Saturday afternoon: Among the plunder police say he stole from more than 25 vehicles in Steens was a cell phone -- a cell phone with a GPS tracking device that led Lowndes County sheriff's deputies straight to him.

 

Photographer Jane Robbins Kerr's personal philosophy reflected in RAC exhibit

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jane Robbins Kerr was not dressed in scarlet when she flitted into Columbus Thursday afternoon, and heat rose from Main Street's sidewalks with such unrelenting ferocity that one wonders if the dog days of summer will ever end.

National broadcasters say Poverty Tour is about solutions, changing perspectives

Posted 8/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the sun set in downtown Columbus Thursday afternoon, a mega-sized tour bus chugged down Fifth Street and idled to a stop alongside the curb in front of Rosenzweig Arts Center. It wasn't an unusual sight except for one thing: The words "Poverty Tour" splashed across the side of the bus.

 

Columbus hashes out budget; raises planned for city employees

Posted 8/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council doesn't want to raise taxes this year, and they are working out a series of cuts to help them meet that goal.

 

 

McQueen reshuffles Columbus police department

Posted 8/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Change is afoot at the Columbus Police Department, with four longtime veterans being reassigned to the patrol division and another being assigned additional duties, in an effort to put experience back on the streets.

 

Rushing returns to Farmers' Market Saturday

Posted 8/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"You can't just sit around polishing your silverware. You got to get out and bring the kids, 'cause there's so many cool things to see," proclaimed Felder Rushing, urging folks to come out to the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market Saturday in Columbus.

Old Lee Middle School 'choice property,' but a hard sell

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you think it's hard trying to sell a house in today's sluggish economy, imagine trying to sell a 96,350-square-foot school.

Caledonia aldermen discuss new municipal building

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night to engage in a little planning and a lot of wishful thinking as they began the early stages of imagining what they would like to see in a new municipal building.

 

Columbus may sue security firm over Riverwalk cameras

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After realizing some cameras along the Columbus Riverwalk are ineffective at night, officials said the city may sue for a refund.

 

 

Man arrested for May 23 BB assault, robbery

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 28-year-old man was charged Tuesday with shooting a woman's eye with a BB gun, five counts of armed robbery and one simple assault.

 

 

Columbus tourism agency tightens reins on event funding

Posted 8/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A leaner, meaner Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board dissected festival funding Monday, putting a $16,000 grant for the Juneteenth festival on hold after a heated debate.

 

 

DePriest company files bankruptcy

Posted 8/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new complication has entered civil cases involving local businessman Donald DePriest. Maritime Communications/Land Mobile LLC, a company of which Donald DePriest has been involved and his wife, Sandra DePriest is president, has filed bankruptcy.

 

 

Still in the red: Columbus schools ask for 2.9-mill tax increase

Posted 8/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After weeks of public discourse and discord, the Columbus Municipal School District approved its 2011-2012 budget and ad valorem tax request Monday night with no discussion and little fanfare.

 

 

Police: Girls cut, beat 12-year-old in fight

Posted 8/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two girls, 14 and 12, broke into a Columbus house early Sunday and cut a 12-year-old girl's hand with a knife after an argument about a boy.

 

Nancy Carpenter tapped as full-time director of Columbus tourism bureau

Posted 8/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board voted 7-1 Monday to give interim director Nancy Carpenter the top job at the CVB.

 

Copper burglars hit another Columbus business

Posted 8/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus concrete-mixing business reported Saturday that it had been raided by copper burglars, according to police.

 

 

Man shot four times with BB gun during Columbus island robbery

Posted 8/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two suspects shot a man four times with a BB gun during an attempted armed robbery early Sunday at a Columbus island motel, according to police.

 

 

Community invited to participate in MUW Move-In Day Aug. 13

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Faculty and staff at Mississippi University for Women will lend a helping hand to students moving into the residence halls on Saturday, Aug. 13, starting at noon. The public also is invited to participate.

 

MUW professor, students spend summer conducting cystic fibrosis research

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This summer, a few Mississippi University for Women students worked alongside their professor conducting research with hopes of finding a better treatment for cystic fibrosis.

 

Tourism board to talk finances, festivals at Monday retreat

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board will review its finances and vote on upcoming festivals Monday at a retreat.

 

 

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