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Police on lookout for peeping Tom

Posted 1/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police were on the lookout this week for a peeping Tom who has been spotted twice in the past two weeks peering through windows.



KiOR seeks rewording in lease agreement

Posted 1/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR is awaiting a revised lease from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before breaking ground on Columbus' island.



Columbus man charged with hitting mother's boyfriend with hammer

Posted 1/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 37-year-old man has been charged with the Jan. 4 hammer assault of his mother's boyfriend. Dennis Levell Mitchell, 37, of 712 14th St. N., used a hammer to hit 50-year-old Jimmie Henley on the head during an argument about missing money at about 3 a.m. Jan. 4.



Columbus schools' new crown jewel

Posted 1/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

From the outside, the architecture of the new, $19.1-million Columbus Middle School is classic yet modern. You're more impressed when you enter the rotunda, the hub at the school's center, with its halls jutting off in each direction. But once you hit the carpet, you know this school is truly different from anything else in the Columbus School District.


'No comparison:' teachers marvel at new Columbus Middle School

Posted 1/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Close your eyes and visualize a middle school anywhere in Mississippi. Chances are, you are not imagining dance, art and broadcast studios, a food court that looks like it should be in an airport or mall rather than a school, and a library with an atmosphere rivaling Barnes and Noble.

Higgins: County well positioned if eminent domain law passes

Posted 1/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County may have narrowly avoided a major roadblock to industrial proliferation, according to economic development boss Joe Higgins.


Runoff in north Miss. transportation commissioner race

Posted 1/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Despite the chilly weather, voters turned out Tuesday, sending transportation commissioner candidates Mike Tagert and John Caldwell Sr. to a runoff election. While Caldwell was the top vote-getter, Tagert, of Starkville, won the vast majority of votes in the Golden Triangle.



Lowndes justice judge Arledge plans run for sheriff

Posted 1/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County District 2 Justice Court Judge Mike Arledge plans to leave the bench and run for sheriff.



Middle school tours on for Wednesday, Thursday

Posted 1/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been a busy weekend for Columbus Middle School. And those planning to participate in open houses on Wednesday and Thursday won't be disappointed, said Alma Turner, Columbus Municipal School District board president.


Low voter turnout as election competes with weather

Posted 1/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The special election for the state's next Northern District Transportation Commissioner was on for today, despite concerns about icy roads. "Now we just need voters," one circuit clerk said.

Area continues thaw, but crippling cold expected tonight

Posted 1/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some north Mississippi schools remained closed today and more crippling cold weather was expected tonight through the end of the week, as residents continued to dig out from under a winter storm that left up to 11 inches of snow Monday.


Relay for Life kicks off campaign Tuesday

Posted 1/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Organizers are hoping for sunshine and blue skies as they plan for this year's Relay for Life. Last year's Columbus event was called off early due to rain.



Fire destroys Columbus home

Posted 1/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus house burned down Sunday afternoon while 11 firefighters with three engines worked three hours to clear the scene.



Hazardous driving conditions in north Miss.

Posted 1/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hazardous driving conditions are being reported in parts of north Mississippi after a storm system moved through the state Sunday and into eastern parts of the country overnight.


Area dodges brunt of storm, but roads remain treacherous

Posted 1/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A blast of winter weather gripped Columbus, coating the city and Lowndes County in about 3 inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain Sunday and today. Hundreds of businesses and schools in north Mississippi, including across the Golden Triangle, canceled classes today as the storm set in.


Questions swirl around Caledonia park donations

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

State law calls into question $30,000 in past donations to Caledonia's park, which caused the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority to funnel $100,000 from the town this week.



Columbus police deliver suspect with loaded gun to jail

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department disciplined officers and reworked its search policy after a suspect was turned in to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center with a pistol in his jacket in November.


Columbus Middle School construction comes down to wire

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Construction crews were still wrapping up work on the new Columbus Middle School just 10 days before the 155,000-square-foot facility admits students, but the building's contractor said Friday it will be move-in ready.

Lowndes meth arrests drop sharply after medicine ban

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A law causing headaches for those suffering from colds or sinus problems has squashed methamphetamine arrests in Lowndes County.

'Bring on the snow:' Locals prepare for possible storm

Posted 1/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With weather forecasters predicting a winter storm today capable of dropping up to eight inches of snow on the Golden Triangle, shoppers flooded local stores Saturday to pick up last-minute provisions.


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