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Controversial method could lead to oil drilling in Caledonia

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Town of Caledonia has long enjoyed the financial benefits of sitting atop a natural gas field, and now, the hunt is on for black gold -- oil, that is.

 

Blue Christmas: For many, the holidays trigger depression

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Judy was a successful business owner, mother and wife at the beginning of 1994. Her life was as close to perfect as it could get. But then, without warning, she was struck with a debilitating disease just as she was at the top of her game, both personally and professionally.

 

Lile sentenced to 10 years for embezzlement

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday after she pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly a half-million dollars from her employer.

 

Grant will help Columbus residents restore contaminated properties

Posted 12/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A project aimed at identifying possibly contaminated properties for renewal will be implemented in Columbus sometime in 2013.

 

 

Grant could help open new industrial site

Posted 12/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 100,000-square-foot spec building owned by the county may soon be a small industrial development site. Although details about the project are sketchy due to a confidentiality agreement, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors is working with the Golden Triangle Development Link and Golden Triangle Planning and Development to see the project through by applying for a Community Development Block Grant to help lure the potential business.

 

Couple arrested for running spice lab

Posted 12/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A husband and wife were arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly manufacturing a spice lab.

Columbus woman faces sentencing for embezzlement

Posted 12/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly a half-million dollars from her employer is scheduled to be sentenced today in Lowndes County Circuit Court.

Time to go a-wassailing!

Posted 12/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two or three at a time, in numbers that might reach 5,000, festival-goers will gather around the Christmas punch bowl Friday for the ninth annual Wassail Fest, presented by Main Street Columbus. A mixture of both downtown holiday shopping and a beverage contest, the festival -- which will be held from 5-9 p.m. -- has become a favorite event for downtown Columbus.

Two arrested for drugs in Columbus

Posted 12/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested Monday night and charged with possession of marijuana more than an ounce with intent to distribute.

Columbus council pursues loan for projects

Posted 12/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council voted to accept bids on a loan for some equipment and a drainage project during Tuesday's regular meeting. The city is looking to borrow up to $1.2 million to be paid back over a five-year period.

 

Caledonia delays decision on water line repair

Posted 12/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A water leak on Stanley Road in Caledonia may have been fortuitous, albeit costly. While searching for the source of the leak, Caledonia water superintendent Benny Coleman stumbled upon something that isn't a problem now but could become one, he told the board of aldermen Tuesday night.

 

Personnel dispute means end of Metro Narcotics Unit

Posted 12/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local drug task force known as the Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit has been disbanded. The decision to disband the unit was finalized last week after an exchange of letters between Columbus Police Department Chief Selvain McQueen and Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge.

Higgins to supes: Silicor must put up or shut up

Posted 12/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Golden Triangle Development Link CEO Joe Max Higgins didn't mince words Monday when discussing the future of Mississippi Silicon with the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.

Foreclosure help coming to Columbus

Posted 12/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Owning a home is part of the American dream. But for some, the dream can quickly become a nightmare of delayed mortgage payments and eventual foreclosure. To help those facing the reality of losing their home, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is bringing the Mississippi Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Consortium to Columbus Dec. 5 from 10-1 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on 14th Avenue North.

Monday profile: New Main Street director brings 'big city ideas'

Posted 12/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new director of Main Street Columbus said she enjoyed the 2011 Wassail Fest so much she decided to move here.

Equal under the law? Gender may influence sentencing in sex crimes

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When local attorney Rod Ray was defending a client accused of sexual battery, he gave an impassioned speech to members of the jury, asking them to take the facts of the case into account and not give in to public perception that when a man is accused of a sex crime, he is automatically guilty.

Columbus Christmas parade set for Monday

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Christmas parade will feature the Columbus and New Hope high school bands, as well as dancers and elected officials. An appearance by Santa Claus will finish out the parade, officially kicking off the Christmas season.

MUW hosts state conference to support public education

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Enrollment is increasing at private academies and charter schools loom large on the horizon, with lawmakers expected to make yet another push for them in January.

 

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