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Change in CAFB contract could threaten jobs

Posted 11/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly 500 Columbus employees were at risk for losing their jobs earlier this week after DynCorp lost its seven-year contract at Columbus Air Force Base.


Prayer group asks God to bless nation before election approaches

Posted 11/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thursday morning, in downtown Columbus, an estimated 150 people gathered to bow their heads and pray in the YMCA gymnasium.

Seatbelt violation traffic stop leads to gun arrest

Posted 11/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a Columbus man Thursday afternoon.


Lowndes County Foundation joins forces with CREATE

Posted 11/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the state's largest community-giving organizations announced a partnership with a local endowment group Thursday.



Controversial drainage project put on hold

Posted 11/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A joint project between the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and Tombigbee Water Management has been temporarily placed on hiatus. Drainage work in the Pickensville Road/Pickens Drive area has come to a halt as some engineering changes to the project are being made.


Soccer Complex may get $200,000 upgrade

Posted 11/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Soccer Complex, which celebrated its grand opening a month ago, may soon undergo a $200,000 upgrade in amenities.

Lion Hills: EMCC takes over Country Club

Posted 11/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's official. The transfer of the Columbus County Club to East Mississippi Community College took place today at 12 a.m. After toiling more than a year in bankruptcy, the country club was sold to EMCC for $1.6 million during an auction Oct. 5.

Decorating homes is a long-running tradition for some

Posted 10/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For some local families, decorating their homes for Halloween is an annual tradition. Attorney Katherine Kerby and her daughter, Kat, try to outdo themselves every year, transforming their front yard into a ghostly cemetery covered in spooky spiderwebs, with skeletons hanging from the trees, waiting to frighten and intrigue the flock of trick-or-treaters that will haunt the family's front door tonight, begging for candy goodies.


Burtman sentenced to 13 months

Posted 10/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus doctor who was facing a maximum of 35 years in federal prison was sentenced to serve just 13 months on Tuesday.


Latest technology makes painful mammograms a thing of the past

Posted 10/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most women have heard the horror stories, passed around the dinner table and growing in magnitude until a simple diagnostic procedure begins to take on the shadings of an epic nightmare.

Monday profile: Tompkins looks to make a difference in role as city prosecutor

Posted 10/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For attorney and city prosecutor Shane Tompkins, the law isn't just a career choice, it's a family legacy.


Doctor looks to rebuild practice after being cleared of drug charges

Posted 10/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local doctor is speaking out after being cleared of federal charges earlier this week.


Columbus Schools tackle bullying with new tool

Posted 10/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 160,000 children missed school today. But though they can run, they cannot hide. Eventually, they will have to return to the classroom, where their tormentor waits.

Laurel officials impressed with Columbus' downtown

Posted 10/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Laurel and Columbus are approximately 150 miles apart, but the cities are very similar in terms of population and economics.

Columbus traffic stop nets $35,000 of marijuana

Posted 10/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus men were arrested Thursday morning and charged with felony possession of marijuana after officers discovered nearly 30 pounds of the illegal substance in the subjects' vehicle.


Lowndes schools no longer under Federal control

Posted 10/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A decades-long battle came to an end this week, with a federal court ruling that the Lowndes County School District is in compliance with desegregation orders and is no longer under the U.S. Department of Justice's control.


'Southside Five' teen arrested for burglary

Posted 10/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A teen known as one of the "Southside Five" has been arrested again for burglary.

Scooter Town program keeps kids on the move

Posted 10/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gas prices dropped to 95-cents per gallon this week in Scooter Town, where apparently, everyone is partying like it's 1999. As expected, lines are long, and some traffic citations have been issued near the service station, but police are taking a laissez-faire approach to the hullabaloo, letting motorists off the hook with a warning.


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