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Brigham adjusting to the demands of supervisor's job

Posted 2/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The newest member of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors is learning, meeting and gaining an appreciation for others who serve in public office. District 2 Supervisor Bill Brigham is new to the board and to public office after spending 40 years in Columbus' banking industry.


City of Columbus offers amnesty for paying overdue fines

Posted 1/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

People who owe the city of Columbus money from uncollected fines will have an opportunity to make their financial amends without going to jail. Beginning Wednesday, a joint effort between the city's municipal court and police department will give citizens amnesty if they voluntarily pay their fines.


Keep 'em flying: Columbus Air Force Base one of three bases in country training student pilots

Posted 1/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first mission of Columbus Air Force Base is training pilots. Student pilots come from around the world to the hometown base that began as a pilot training post for the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 during World War II.

Downtown bar tries to move past controversy

Posted 1/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A downtown Columbus bar steeped in controversy opened its doors Friday afternoon after being closed for almost a year. The Elbow Room at 418 Second Ave. N. was the scene of a double homicide in 2011.

Former Vietnam POW to share experiences at Town and Tower breakfast

Posted 1/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Few letters of the alphabet have come to mean more to Retired Col. Carlyle Smith "Smitty" Harris than GBU. As a prisoner of war in Vietnam for "seven years, 10 months, and some days," hearing -- and sending -- the secret tap code for God bless you through cell walls helped save sanity.


Unidentified body found in Lowndes County

Posted 1/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County authorities are trying to determine the identification of a white male whose body was recovered Saturday afternoon along Bud Price Road.


Aerial pioneer: Latest movie on Tuskegee Airmen real life for friends and family of aviator

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

He grew up exploring the fields of Carrollton, Ala., lying in the high, sun-warmed grass and staring at contrails in the sky, dreaming of being a pilot.There was no reason to believe his boyhood fantasies would come true. And yet, they did.


Man accidentally shoots himself in hip

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is home but not necessarily resting comfortably after shooting himself in the buttocks Friday night.



Aurora to expand manufacturing; details forthcoming

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Aurora Flight Sciences is expanding its Columbus operation, but a company spokesman declined to give specifics Friday, citing continuing negotiations.



Fire retardant foam spill contained at CAFB

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base received the all-clear Friday afternoon after a fire retardant foam spill at the base about 48 hours earlier.


Williams' play to open Mississippi tour in Columbus

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the birthplace of Tennessee Williams, it is appropriate that Columbus has been selected as the first of three cities in Mississippi to host the renowned writer's powerful play, "Orpheus Descending," Feb. 23-25. The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Massachusetts and Infinite Theatre Co. of New York have teamed to bring the production to the playwright's home state.


Colleges praise IB program

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When it comes to college admissions, the International Baccalaureate diploma may not make much of a difference, but admissions counselors from the local level to the Ivy League were unanimous in their praise for the program.


Educators say International Baccalaureate program's advantages outweigh costs

Posted 1/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They were fresh-faced and eager, half-shy and half-confident in that way only high school seniors can be. They stood in the lobby of Columbus High School last spring and donned blue gowns, graduation caps slipping down over their eyes and falling off their heads as they sheepishly laughed.


Columbus High evacuated due to bomb threat

Posted 1/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students and faculty were evacuated from Columbus High School this afternoon following a bomb threat, but as of 3:30 p.m., police and bomb-sniffing dogs had found no device on campus.


Pacific is U.S. military's priority, general says

Posted 1/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The world is changing. And those things affecting the Asia-Pacific region will impact all of us, an Air Force general told members of the Columbus community Thursday. "The world ... is reshaping. It will shape our futures as well," said Gen. Gary North, commander of Pacific Air Forces.

Renasant's financial-services division moving to Columbus

Posted 1/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus bank is putting part of its operations in the vacant first-floor space of the building that also houses the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Artesia constructs new fire station

Posted 1/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Artesia will soon have a new fire station, thanks to a rural development grant. The old station overlooked 112 N. Front St. for more than three decades, but it was demolished in September to make room for a new one to be constructed at the same site.



Columbus police arrest accused laundromat burglar

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested the man accused of burglarizing Watkins Washette on Saturday and stealing a load of laundry in addition to cash from arcade games.



Search continues for convicted sex offender

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

U.S. marshals and Lowndes County sheriff's deputies continue to search for a convicted sex offender this week. Jesse Steven Shelton, 41, was convicted in 1999 of attempted sodomy in the first degree.



Deputies make arrests in home burglaries

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office arrested three people Monday -- including two juveniles -- in connection with two unrelated home burglaries. Jeremy Marc Adams, 29, of 8061 Highway 12 E. No. 9, was charged Monday afternoon in connection with a home burglary on Woodlawn Drive.



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