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Lowndes needs 20 new tornado sirens, official says

Posted 7/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Administrator Ralph Billingsly came to Friday's Board of Supervisors meeting armed with maps and bad news: According to his estimates, the county needs 20 new tornado sirens, but funds will not be available from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency as supervisors had previously hoped.

 

 

Election Profiles: District 16 District Attorney

Posted 7/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The District 16 District Attorney represents Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties, but the race is a Lowndes County affair.

 

Third suspect apprehended for Columbus murder

Posted 7/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The third suspect in a Monday murder is in jail and a fourth suspect is sought. Cortez Williams, 26, of 515 18th St. N., was discovered hiding at 716 19th St. S. Friday afternoon.

Local CD release offers an evening of 'Sweet Music'

Posted 7/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sweet sounds will be coming from the Omnova Theatre in the Rosenzweig Arts Center in downtown Columbus July 22. Dana Clark and Michele Clark will perform at 7 p.m. in a release concert for their newly-recorded collection of original songs, "Sweet Music."

 

MUW Alumni Association announces new board

Posted 7/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Alumni Association of Mississippi University for Women announced its 2011-2012 Board of Directors, marking a pivotal moment in the history of the university with the first meeting of the unified alumni organization.

 

 

Rollover sends teen to hospital

Posted 7/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 17-year-old girl was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle with moderate injuries after her sports utility vehicle left Caledonia-Steens Road and rolled over Wednesday afternoon near Caledonia.

 

Two Columbus men arrested for Monday murder

Posted 7/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police charged two men Thursday night with the murder of a 35-year-old College Street resident earlier this week. Police are still looking for a third suspect and possibly others.

Lowndes port preps for Kior, looks to expand

Posted 7/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Port Authority continues to make preparations for the Kior biofuels plant, currently under construction.

 

Airport looks to enhance its West connections

Posted 7/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Though the Golden Triangle Regional Airport is losing its Memphis connection, a $1 million grant could help it secure a contract with another airline, to enhance its West-bound connections.

 

 

Preservation board considers ordinance for historic district

Posted 7/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus Historic Preservation Commission continued discussion Wednesday night of a proposed ordinance defining guidelines for the Southside district.

 

Middle-aged man charged with rape of 14-year-old

Posted 7/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 47-year-old Columbus man has been charged with the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl. Gregory Darrell Harper of 1507 Washington Ave. was arrested late Monday at his residence after the victim's parents filed a report with Columbus police, according to Police Public Information Officer Terrie Songer.

Civil Service Commission upholds officers' suspensions

Posted 7/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bringing a climactic close to a heated hearing, the Civil Service Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to uphold the suspensions of two Columbus police officers.

 

MCVS to hold session for available service program funds, resources

Posted 7/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service and the state office of the Corporation for National and Community Service will hold information sessions to discuss the availability of federal funds to support local national service programs and opportunities to access national service resources.

 

 

Residents sound off on 'personhood,' voter ID, eminent domain

Posted 7/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

STARKVILLE -- Three initiatives on the ballot this year could protect the lives of the unborn, the integrity of elections and private property rights.

 

 

St. John to testify Thursday at officers' hearing

Posted 7/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The schedules of Civil Service commissioners have aligned, just in time for a Thursday hearing on the appeals of two Columbus police officers.

 

 

Show me the money: Columbus schools to test teacher incentives

Posted 7/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Teachers at two city schools may see a little extra money on their paychecks this year thanks to a pilot program, which will explore the link between teacher performance and student achievement. Columbus city school board members learned more about the Performance-Based Compensation System at Monday night's board meeting.

 

Lowndes Republicans host meet and greet

Posted 7/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a Republican pep rally during lunch at the Holiday Inn in Columbus on Tuesday. Candidates for state and local offices made their appeals for votes, while others just made appearances, at the Lowndes County Republican Women meeting.

Columbus man shot to death

Posted 7/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 35-year-old Columbus man was shot and killed by at least one masked man late Monday in his College Street home, according to police.

 

New CHS principal outlines concerns with school

Posted 7/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city schools won't reopen until Aug. 8, but new Columbus High School Principal Scott Hallmark has been busy crunching data and crafting a list of goals and priorities.

 

Columbus police chief suspended

Posted 7/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John was placed on paid, administrative leave Monday pending a formal performance review by the City Council at its July 19 meeting.

 

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