Being first to respond to an emergency is not an easy job. Pulling someone from a fire or saving them from some other emergency can be "overwhelming," admits Neal Austin, Columbus Fire and Rescue operations chief. But it's also rewarding.
Columbus Air Force Base, along with air bases around the nation, raised its security alert status Tuesday as a precautionary measure in response to the approaching 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.
The following people were arrested on felony charges, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office:
Columbus police are investigating a grand larceny of Smith Landscaping property that occurred in the 400 block of Seventh Avenue North Tuesday morning.
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department heads and employees in Caledonia will be getting raises in October, and an upcoming water-rate hike will be rescinded.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 report two burglaries occurring during the Labor Day weekend, one also involving an assault of the resident of an occupied dwelling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A trailer caught fire Thursday morning on Thaxton Road in Lowndes County, but no one was injured, County Fire Coordinator Sammy Fondren said.
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