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Ask Rufus: The tradition behind Halloween

Posted 10/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For 800 years, Halloween has been an important, meaningful and fun celebration. However, a look today at Halloween around the country would lead one to believe that it's a time to commercially exploit pagan themes and children. What is being lost is that it actually reflects an almost 2,000-year-old Christian tradition.



First phase of Highway 45 widening project nearly complete

Posted 10/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

oad construction continues on three sections of Highway 45 South as the Mississippi Department of Transportation moves forward with efforts to convert portions of the road from two lanes to four lanes.


Something old, something blue

Posted 10/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bill Abel perched on the edge of a tall chair, an acoustic guitar slung casually across his lap, his worn canvas shoe tapping out the rhythm of the words he had not yet spoken. He leaned forward with earnest sincerity and gazed at the small crowd, making eye contact with each listener.


Mystery afoot in CMS' 'Death Aboard the Duchess'

Posted 10/30/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When The Duchess, a fictional cruise ship, sets sail from Columbus Middle School Auditorium Thursday at 6:30 p.m., everybody on board will leave "port" with a secret -- and one of the passengers won't be coming back.



Severstal civil suit headed to circuit court

Posted 10/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal is in another lawsuit.


The search for a chief: Robert Spinks

Posted 10/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

He refers to himself as the "fix-it guy" for small police departments.

UPDATE: Two die in three-vehicle wreck

Posted 10/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A West Point man was one of the victims involved in the fatal wreck Friday morning on Highway 50.


Residents push for locals to be hired in Kerr-McGee cleanup

Posted 10/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A large cardboard sign greeted concerned citizens as they streamed into the Columbus Municipal Complex Thursday night: "Community input matters to EPA."



Area principals remember devastating storms

Posted 10/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Over the past 60 years, Mississippi has been struck by 274 April tornadoes and 226 November tornadoes. Eighteen confirmed tornadoes swept through the state last November. Over the past three decades, Mississippi has averaged 38 tornadoes and three deaths per year. So far this year, 94 tornadoes have ravaged Mississippi, causing 37 deaths and making 2011 one for the record books.


Columbus Police to offer gun safety class

Posted 10/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An increase in violent incidents, and recent reports of an increased interest in firearms sales, have prompted the Columbus Police Department to schedule a gun safety class geared especially for women, Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said last week.

The search for a chief: Selvain McQueen

Posted 10/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Selvain McQueen has received a lot of criticism as interim Columbus police chief, but he said he does get phone calls of praise and gratitude.

Kerr-McGee land designated Superfund site; EPA to host community meeting tonight

Posted 10/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency will be on hand tonight at the Columbus Municipal Complex to give an update on cleanup efforts at the Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant site, located at 2300 14th Ave. N. The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


UPDATE: Highway 45 wreck results in fatality

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Wednesday night wreck on Highway 45 North resulted in one fatality, police said.


Councilmen express concern over police chief selection process and applicants

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box didn't hold back any punches Tuesday afternoon during a special-called council meeting when the topic of the police chief search came up. Box expressed his concerns and said he is "not happy" with the quality of candidates the council has to select from. He suggested the 21-person committee go back to the search and find more candidates to recommend.


EMCC StarStruck

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

East Mississippi Community College's marketing students are looking for local performers to compete in StarStruck, an annual talent competition celebrating its third anniversary. The show is set for Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Cowbells Sports Grill in Starkville.



The search for a chief: Sam Lathrop

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than three decades of law enforcement experience under his belt, Sam Lathrop retired from the Beloit Police Department after disclosing information to the Beloit city manager regarding an intradepartmental relationship.


GTRA conducts emergency response drill

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Don't worry, Golden Triangle. It wasn't a real emergency Tuesday morning at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. It was just a drill.

Lowndes candidates speak at CLOPAC forum

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Less than two weeks remain until the Nov. 8 general election, and local candidates took to the microphones Tuesday night, making last-minute pushes to voters during the Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee's final forum at the Columbus Municipal Complex.

ChangeMob helps needy causes, rewards donors

Posted 10/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The feel-good spirit sparked by philanthropy abates when benefactors realize how much of their donation doesn't reach its intended destination. Hoping to give people more power and transparency in making donations, Jonathan Kuiper has developed ChangeMob, a fully-automated system to donate money to a needy cause.


Final CLOPAC forum tonight at Municipal Complex

Posted 10/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee will hold its third and final political forum tonight at 6 p.m. at the Columbus Municipal Complex, giving voters a chance to hear two-minute speeches from candidates for the district 2 justice court judge's seat, as well as those running for county prosecuting attorney and district attorney.



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