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Local farmers fare well through summer

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 40 years of farming will change a man. Teach him to watch the clouds and pray for rain. Teach him to watch the rain and pray it stops before he's standing knee-deep in a muddy field, staring at too much of a good thing.

 

 

Citizens at public hearing: Involve entire community in grant discussions

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Citizens want to involve the entire community in deciding which city properties will be considered for a redevelopment assessment grant. It was the first public meeting concerning the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Assessment Grant the city plans to apply for.

 

Two events to honor Lowndes first responders

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Being first to respond to an emergency is not an easy job. Pulling someone from a fire or saving them from some other emergency can be "overwhelming," admits Neal Austin, Columbus Fire and Rescue operations chief. But it's also rewarding.

 

CAFB raises security-alert status

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base, along with air bases around the nation, raised its security alert status Tuesday as a precautionary measure in response to the approaching 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

 

 

Arrest Report 9-8-11

Posted 9/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following people were arrested on felony charges, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office:

 

 

Equipment, pickup truck stolen from Smith Landscaping

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating a grand larceny of Smith Landscaping property that occurred in the 400 block of Seventh Avenue North Tuesday morning.

 

 

Caledonia employees get raises; water-rate increase rescinded

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- A handful of department heads and employees in Caledonia will be getting raises in October, and an upcoming water-rate hike will be rescinded.

 

 

Man found guilty of child exploitation, will serve at least 10 years

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A jury found a Columbus man guilty of one of three charges of sex crimes, in Lowndes County Circuit Court last week. Tommie Harris, 31, will serve at least 10 years at the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

 

 

Brooks calls for openness in budget process

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Lowndes County officials continue to hash out a $38.27 million budget, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks called for a public workshop prior to the board's next meeting, Sept. 15. By state law, the supervisors must adopt a budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1, by Sept. 15.

 

 

Lowndes murder trials continued

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ranzino Ahmad Harris will not get his day in court until next calendar year. Harris, of 301 Bishop Circle No. 8 in Columbus, was set to come before 16th Circuit Judge Lee Coleman during the recent Lowndes County Circuit Court session, but his trial was continued until Feb. 12, 2012.

 

 

Former officer: Hire Columbus police chief from within

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Following an appeal from a former police officer, city leaders Tuesday said the next police chief is as likely to come from within the Columbus Police Department as outside it.

 

Link leader elaborates on new solar-silicon company

Posted 9/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Joe Higgins, CEO of the Columbus Lowndes Development Link, knew what Rotary Club members wanted: They wanted to know more about Calisolar. And Higgins was happy to oblige, talking at length about the new industrial-development project during the club's monthly meeting, Tuesday afternoon at the Columbus Country Club.

 

Police investigate shots fired Saturday night in Columbus

Posted 9/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Shots were fired Saturday night at the 2400 block of Fifth Avenue South, and Columbus Police are investigating the incident, Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said.

 

 

Columbus police investigating two weekend burglaries

Posted 9/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police report two burglaries occurring during the Labor Day weekend, one also involving an assault of the resident of an occupied dwelling.

 

 

Several services available for elderly and disabled through Medicaid waiver

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

STARKVILLE -- For the elderly and disabled who don't want to live in a nursing home and are struggling to care for themselves in their own home, there's a program available with people ready to help.

 

 

Seventeen year old sentenced to 15 years for statutory rape

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tony Jennings will spend at least the next 10 years of his life behind bars. A Lowndes County Circuit Court jury found the 17 year old guilty on Wednesday for one count of statutory rape of a then-13-year-old girl. Judge Lee Coleman sentenced Jennings to 15 years at the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Friday with five of the years suspended and five years under post-release supervision.

 

 

Airport business looking to expand

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the businesses located near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport has plans to expand. The GTRA Authority met on Friday for a special meeting, to discuss possible incentives for the business, whose name is being withheld pending negotiations.

 

 

Altercation at Caledonia High raises safety concerns for resource officers

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For around 15 minutes, a Lowndes County Sheriff's Deputy basically was on his own. Other than help from Caledonia High School Assistant Principal Andy Stevens, Lowndes County Chief Deputy Greg Wright said Deputy Scott Glasgow did not receive any assistance from bystanders during a physical altercation with two students on Aug. 15 at the school.

 

 

Dog who bit Columbus boy euthanized

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A dog that bit a 10-year-old boy Aug. 19 in Columbus was put to sleep earlier this week, Karen Johnwick, Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society director, said Saturday.

 

New Palmer Home director continues his life's mission of working with children

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Steven Scott has dedicated his life to working with children. Now, the Whitehaven, Tenn., native has chosen to make Columbus his home, taking over as director of the local branch of Palmer Home for Children as former Executive Director Jeff Miller transfers to the organization's Hernando campus.

 

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