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13th annual Artesia Days festival boasts crowd of 7,000-8,000

Posted 8/7/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 13th annual Artesia Days festival was all about community and, in Artesia, educated children are the future of the community.

 

Two cases reported this year of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Posted 8/7/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend using fine-tipped tweezers to remove attached ticks, noting ticks should not be removed with bare hands and gloves or other protective coverings should be worn.

 

Too trusting? Most local churches don't require background checks for teachers

Posted 8/7/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While local churches, as a rule, trust their congregations, many also agree it's wise to do background checks on Sunday school teachers and take other measures to ensure the safety of children. "(Parents) certainly need to be aware of what's going on," said Floyd Smithey, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church on 18th Avenue North. "Just because they're in church doesn't mean something can't happen."

 

DePriest files $20 million suit against Nashville businessman

Posted 8/6/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus businessman Donald DePriest has sued a Nashville, Tenn., businessman for more than $20 million.

 

Columbus Country Club out of the rough

Posted 8/6/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Country Club is back in the black after paying off back taxes, catching up on loan payments, eliminating six staff positions and slicing rates and expenses.

Men, women behind traveling carnival bring fleeting fun to small towns

Posted 8/6/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The carnival is gone almost before you know it was here. Every year, it rolls into town at the beginning of the week like a band of gypsies in the night.

 

Police respond to incident at bus stop

Posted 8/6/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 17-year-old student was slightly injured Friday morning when he was jumped from behind while waiting for a school bus in Columbus, police said.

 

 

Hit-and-run driver charged in wreck

Posted 8/6/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 21-year-old Mexican citizen was charged Friday with fleeing the scene of an accident after he allegedly bumped his truck into a Dodge Durango in Columbus.

 

 

Chancery clerks' pay over state cap

Posted 8/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Take-home pay for 56 chancery clerks in Mississippi topped $100,000 in 2009, according to an annual report from the state auditor's office.

 

New partners to Severstal in Lowndes County could bring up to 120 jobs

Posted 8/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A crowd of state and local leaders gathered Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking of two new partners on the Severstal campus -- Mississippi Steel Processing and New Process Steel.

 

600 students expected to move in to MUW

Posted 8/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women is ready to welcome students to their campus residences, said MUW Director of Community Living Sirena Parker.

 

Man charged with assaulting police officer

Posted 8/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 21-year-old man has been charged with striking a Columbus police officer in the face with a pair of handcuffs as he was being taken into custody.

 

Board allows employee to retake exam

Posted 8/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Caledonia Board of Aldermen Tuesday approved a motion for Trey Robertson, an employee of the city's water department, to retake the Mississippi Rural Water Certification test in Biloxi on Sept. 13.

 

 

Columbus man charged with assaulting police officer

Posted 8/4/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 21-year-old man has been charged with striking a Columbus police officer in the face with a pair of handcuffs as he was being taken into custody.

 

 

MDE: Parents face jail time if kids skip school

Posted 8/4/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the new school year begins, the Mississippi Department of Education Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement reminds parents about the law governing school attendance.

 

 

Alderman confronts Caledonia mayor

Posted 8/4/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tensions were high between aldermen and the mayor at Caledonia's aldermen meeting on Tuesday night.

 

 

City revises bypass plan

Posted 8/4/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city is revising its plan for a proposed Highway 45 bypass after some residents complained about the road abutting their properties, Mayor Robert Smith told the Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday.

 

 

CHS security head leaves amid allegation

Posted 8/4/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus High School is searching for a new security coordinator after head resource officer Bernard Jones left in June amid an investigation into alleged misconduct.

 

Summer in the South: With school starting, kids make most of last sweltering moments out of classroom

Posted 8/4/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They are dead men walking. Summer, at least as area kids know it, is over as area schools reconvene this week.

 

Columbus council bans synthetic marijuana

Posted 8/4/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council Tuesday unanimously passed a city ordinance banning the sale, use and possession of synthetic marijuana, effective immediately.

 

 

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