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Columbus school board has budget hearing at 5 p.m.; tax increase could be imminent

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the city school board met with the mayor and three councilmen Monday to discuss the Columbus Municipal School District's budget, which will be presented tonight in a public hearing at CMSD's Brandon Central Services office.

 

City asks for St. John's resignation

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council has offered Police Chief Joseph St. John 20 days' pay in exchange for his retirement before its meeting tonight, according to St. John's attorney, David Owen.

 

Study: Market Street Festival boosts local economy by the millions

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' Market Street Festival is more than a feel-good event. Mississippi State University economists estimate this year's two-day festival drew a crowd of 34,091 people, pumping millions of dollars into the local economy.

 

 

Early-morning shooting marks Columbus' second slaying in eight days

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 32-year-old man was fatally shot in front of his girlfriend early this morning, and Columbus police are still seeking the suspect.

 

 

Steens service station robbed

Posted 7/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Hudco Superette gas station, at 5860 Highway 50 E., is closed this morning after an armed robber burst into the store around 8 a.m. and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

 

 

Economist says Market Street Festival makes big impact on local economy; specifics to be released Tuesday

Posted 7/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Mississippi State University economist Tuesday will reveal the results of a study, looking at the economic impact of Columbus' Market Street Festival.

 

 

Columbus police chief to face City Council with no shortage of supporters

Posted 7/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John is expected to appear before the City Council on Tuesday, to answer for events that led to his ongoing paid suspension.

 

Police continue search for fourth suspect

Posted 7/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police apprehended three suspects last week and are seeking a fourth in connection with the July 11 murder of 35-year-old Eddie Terrell Bankhead.

Basketball tournament raises money for for the Family Readiness Group fund

Posted 7/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The hoops squad from the Battery A Second of the 114th Strike National Guard unit in Columbus may have lost its first game handily Saturday, but they'll win in the end.

 

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.

 

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