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City cannot pay travel expenses for police chief prospects

Posted 11/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three of the four finalists for the Columbus police chief position live outside Mississippi, and one candidate lives more than 2,500 miles away from the city.



Community members offer advice on police chief interviews

Posted 11/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A subcommittee that reviewed candidates for Columbus police chief recommended to council that members explore candidates' management experience and ability to relate to the community when personal interviews are conducted next month.


Head trauma: Mississippi is in the minority of states without concussion legislation

Posted 11/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was the first quarter of the third game in the New Hope High School football season. E.J. Jenkins was running down the field with the football, trying to avoid Columbus High School defenders. The junior wide receiver then took an "awkward hit to the back of the head," and fell to the ground.

Senior Citizens Unity Luncheon brings community together

Posted 11/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith hoped people would join together and ignore color during the sixth annual Senior Citizens Unity Luncheon at the Trotter Convention Center Wednesday, but it was hard to overlook Dora Stewart, who had donned a bright smile and a striking lavender suit -- replete with hat -- for the occasion.


Deputy remains on leave pending shooting investigation

Posted 11/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lt. Steve Hatcher remains on administrative leave indefinitely after a Monday shooting. Hatcher was placed on leave until the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation completes its probe into the incident, where Hatcher shot a burglary suspect.



Bomb threat at Lowndes County Adult Detention Center

Posted 11/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities are investigating a bomb threat at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.


College Board names MUW preferred candidate for president

Posted 11/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The mood at Mississippi University for Women's Nissan Auditorium Thursday evening was one of bated breath and then finally, finally, a collective sigh of relief as a video sprang to life on the overhead projector screen and the announcement was made: A preferred candidate has been chosen as the college's next possible president.


Fifth suspect sought in home break-in

Posted 11/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CEDAR BLUFF -- One suspect remains at large, and four have been arrested in connection with a home burglary in the Clay County community of Cedar Bluff, Chief Deputy Eddie Scott reported in a press release.


Citizen CSI: Forensic director pitches volunteer crime investigation unit

Posted 11/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A plan proposed by the head of the Columbus Crime Lab would bring a whole new meaning to community policing. Trained community volunteers would respond to property-crime scenes and help investigators by collecting evidence.

Link event celebrates and encourages educators

Posted 11/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 1,000 educators gathered at Mississippi University for Women Wednesday, celebrating American Education Week and their years in the profession with a two-hour ceremony that was part pep talk, part pep rally.


MUW president: Top choice expected to be tapped today

Posted 11/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Today, the name of Mississippi University for Women's possible next president is expected to be revealed, as the college enters the homestretch of a months-long, 20-step process.


A new era: Tourism board works to overcome past controversy

Posted 11/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a full board of directors newly seated, the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau is moving past controversy to emerge as a strong agency with a clearly defined mission, board members said.


MUW president search: Preferred candidate could be named Thursday

Posted 11/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search for Mississippi University for Women's next president kicked into high gear this week, with second round of candidate interviews scheduled Thursday and an announcement of the preferred candidate's name -- if one is chosen -- expected to come Thursday afternoon.



Lowndes MSU Extension office to be demolished

Posted 11/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The end is near for the old Lowndes County office of the Mississippi State University Extension Center. The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to award the bid for tearing down the building, which is located on Third Avenue North across from Franklin Academy, to Burns Dirt Construction.



Beloved educator Alma Turner resigns from Columbus school board

Posted 11/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a 40-year span, she has served in just about every capacity of the Mississippi education system. Now, the Columbus Municipal School District's venerable board of trustees vice president, Alma Turner, is relinquishing her role on the board, leaving a void her colleagues say will be difficult to fill.


Police chief search subcommittee encourages 'interviews with an open mind'

Posted 11/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The subcommittee phase of the Columbus police chief search process is closed. It is now in the hands of the mayor and City Council.


Tax business denied for the second time

Posted 11/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Planning Commission Monday denied a request to operate a business out of a home. Julia Burgin asked the commission to allow a tax service business in the rear portion of her home at 2006 Short Main St.


UPDATE: Suspect remains hospitalized after shooting

Posted 11/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County sheriff's deputy shot a 27-year-old man Monday morning after responding to a home burglary call just south of Columbus Air Force Base.

Veterans remembered with parade, ceremony

Posted 11/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved ..." So says the enduring poem, "In Flanders Fields," penned by Canadian doctor Lt. Col. John McRae in 1915 to honor the death of a friend and encourage people to never forget the human cost of battle. A few years later, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Germany signed the Armistice and World War I -- the "war to end all wars" -- drew to a close. But the wars did not end.


Columbus City Council to hear police chief findings Tuesday

Posted 11/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city officials expect the police chief search subcommittee to present its findings on the four finalists at Tuesday's council meeting.



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