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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Caledonia employees get raises; water-rate increase rescinded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department heads and employees in Caledonia will be getting raises in October, and an upcoming water-rate hike will be rescinded.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.

 

State lawmakers approve Calisolar incentives package

Posted 9/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins was in a celebratory mood Friday night as he paced the stadium bleachers at Heritage Academy in Columbus. The Patriots were winning, and he had just scored a big victory as well -- the Mississippi Legislature's passage of a $175 million incentive plan which will fund three major projects in the state, including one which promises to bring 951 jobs to Lowndes County.

 

 

Unoccupied trailer catches fire Thursday

Posted 9/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A trailer caught fire Thursday morning on Thaxton Road in Lowndes County, but no one was injured, County Fire Coordinator Sammy Fondren said.

 

United Way kicks off fundraising efforts, sets $550,000 goal

Posted 9/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Having a servant heart was the theme at Thursday's United Way of Lowndes County campaign kickoff. It was a theme attendees could relate to, as they wiped the sweat from their brow to enjoy a lunch of pulled-pork sandwiches and baked beans.

 

United Way kicks off fundraising efforts, sets $550,000 goal

Posted 9/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Having a servant heart was the theme at Thursday's United Way of Lowndes County campaign kickoff. It was a theme attendees could relate to, as they wiped the sweat from their brow to enjoy a lunch of pulled-pork sandwiches and baked beans.

 

Navigating cancer: Nurses lead patients through difficult process

Posted 9/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Betty Price doesn't remember much about that April morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. She remembers the pain and the way she couldn't stop crying. She remembers sitting next to her husband, Otis Price, and learning that her persistent cough was not pneumonia -- it was lung cancer.

 

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