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Kitchens says 'gist' of his testimony was correct

Posted 9/17/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Jim Kitchens sat in his office Thursday afternoon in the Lowndes County Courthouse, law books lined the shelves, black robes hung in a nearby closet and stacks of files and paperwork covered his desk.

 

Few dialing in to program offering phone bill aid

Posted 9/17/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 13-year-old federal program is offering financial assistance to individuals living below the poverty level, but few are taking advantage.

 

 

City of Columbus raises taxes

Posted 9/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council Wednesday approved a fiscal year 2011 budget, which includes a 0.86 millage increase.

 

 

No tax increase for Lowndes; Brooks seeks transparency in budget meetings

Posted 9/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Wednesday approved a 2011 fiscal year budget with no millage increase.

 

 

Tax arguments heat up First District race

Posted 9/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Travis Childers split with his party leadership Wednesday, saying he favors at least a one-year extension for all the 2001 federal income tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of this year.

 

Experts: KiOR plant process looks clean

Posted 9/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It may be too soon to tell, but operations from a KiOR biofuels plant --converting wood chips into crude oil -- aren't expected to produce a significant negative environmental impact on Columbus, said company officials and area experts.

 

What recession? Caledonia cuts taxes

Posted 9/15/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- Caledonia aldermen voted unanimously to cut the town's property tax rate by 5.4 percent Tuesday after approving a 2010-11 budget with a large surplus.

 

Teachers spending more than time in classroom

Posted 9/15/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the sluggish economy drags on, teachers are providing more to their students than just knowledge. A national study released this month found that nationwide, teachers spent an average of $356 of their own money each year on supplies and instructional materials for their classrooms -- over and above the money parents spend each year for their children's own supplies.

 

Wounded teen still in coma

Posted 9/15/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 17-year-old Heritage Academy junior who accidentally shot himself while dove hunting in Noxubee County on Sunday remained in an induced coma this morning, school officials said.

 

Lowndes may become regional hub for autopsies

Posted 9/15/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Coroner's Office is dead set on hosting its own autopsies and those of at least eight other Mississippi counties by January.

 

Judge throws out Lowndes capital murder conviction

Posted 9/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal judge has thrown out the capital murder conviction of Quintez Wren Hodges, who was sentenced to death in 2001 in Lowndes County in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend's brother.

 

Dignitaries celebrate opening of Paccar engine plant

Posted 9/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At 6:37 Monday evening Paccar CEO Mark Pigott and Gov. Haley Barbour, standing in front of a phalanx of blue-shirted workers, local dignitaries and the company's board of directors, cut the ribbon for what is sure to be one of the crown jewels of the local economy for years to come, the $300 million Paccar engine assembly plant.

Heritage student in coma after shotgun accident

Posted 9/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 17-year-old Heritage Academy soccer player has slipped into a coma after accidentally shooting himself while dove hunting Sunday in Noxubee County, according to Headmaster Tommy Gunn.

Board shoots down plans for shoe store

Posted 9/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Planning Commission Monday unanimously denied a salon owner's request to rezone property on Warpath Road.

Students, teachers lauded for good work

Posted 9/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several students drew praise for their national and local achievements Monday at the September Columbus Municipal School District board meeting.

Lowndes inmates find a new path through GED program

Posted 9/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Joe Taylor is done selling crack on the streets. Now, after completing the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center's new Graduate Equivalency Diploma program, the 31-year-old inmate wants to become an electrician.

 

Heritage Academy student in critical condition after hunting accident

Posted 9/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 17-year-old Heritage Academy soccer player was in critical but stable condition today after accidentally shooting himself with a shotgun Sunday while dove hunting in Noxubee County.

 

 

VIDEO: Tennessee Williams Stella-Shouting Contest

Posted 9/12/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thomas Easterling, an English teacher at Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, won first place in the Tennessee Williams Stella Shouting Contest.

 

Community honors sacrifice of Lowndes first responders

Posted 9/12/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, first responders showed the nation the price of their service.

 

Problems at Columbus bars slowing, chief says

Posted 9/12/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Violent crime has been under a microscope in Columbus since a pair of murders in April and May shook the community. City officials hope to crack down on violence in all forms, but the type of business where one of those murders and several recent violent encounters occurred is of particular concern.

 

 

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