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Students' summer job season begins

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a slow and steady drop in unemployment rates, more Lowndes County residents are working this summer than since the recession of 2008. But the number of those seeking employment may be on the rise, as many are seeking summer jobs, while on a break from high school or college. And with six or more weeks to go before school begins, the job hunt for some students will continue.

Former legislator, Justice Court judge McCrary dies

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Mississippi legislator and Lowndes County Justice Court judge passed away Thursday at the age of 91.

 

Parents mourn drowning of toddler

Posted 6/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local couple is mourning the loss of their two-year-old son, after the toddler drowned in an above-ground swimming pool in north Columbus Friday night.

 

 

Supreme Court health-care ruling prompts mixed reaction

Posted 6/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents Friday had mixed reactions on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling largely upholding President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

 

 

New law may help curb metal theft

Posted 6/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

People looking to illegally traffic copper wire and other industrial materials may find it more difficult to find buyers for their goods. Beginning Sunday, a new state law goes into effect further restricting the buying and selling of industrial materials.

 

 

School lunch: Now healthier, more expensive

Posted 6/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pushed by federal guidelines to combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, school nutritionists across the nation are feeling the financial hit as they try to figure out how to cost-effectively meet the new requirements, which mark the first significant changes to the government-subsidized school lunch program in 15 years.

 

 

Columbus named one of the "Best Small Towns for Business"

Posted 6/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Friendly City has been named one of the "Best Small Towns For Business In America" by American Express' website, openforum.com. The article, written by Barry Moltz, lists Columbus third on the list, behind only Columbus, Ind., Ponca City, Okla. and Prescott, Ariz.

 

Queens of the second chance: Columbus pair earns honors for their work with adult learners

Posted 6/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The young man sits on the front row, peering through thick glasses at the mathematics worksheet lying on his desk at Greater Columbus Learning Center. A few of his classmates glance up as he begins to speak, but most keep their heads bowed in concentration as they focus on their own lessons, their own dreams.

 

Two from Lowndes County may be re-sentenced

Posted 6/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The U.S. Supreme Court's new juvenile sentencing ruling could retroactively impact only two Lowndes County men already serving sentences of life without parole.

 

 

Columbus Library to begin e-book program

Posted 6/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brick-and-mortar libraries aren't disappearing from the literary landscape any time soon, but they are changing, and the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is changing as well, adding a growing litany of services for book lovers young and old. By the end of July, your next beach read may be an e-book, borrowed from the library and downloaded to your favorite digital device.

 

Brooks picked as convention delegate

Posted 6/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local democrats have been chosen for key positions within the state Democratic Party.

Three arrested for railroad parts burglary

Posted 6/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three Columbus men have been arrested in connection with allegedly stealing parts from a Columbus railroad track.

Wind Symphony organizers still seeking donations

Posted 6/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Donations still are being sought to help fund the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, which entertained about 2,000 Saturday at the East Bank of the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus. Event organizers expected a larger crowd, but those who attended seemed to enjoy the show, despite the oppressive summer heat, which kept many away.

 

Library adds new resource center to help autistic children

Posted 6/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Library Director Alice Shands was in Lancaster, Penn. when she saw something that blew her away -- so much so that she knew immediately it was a service the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library should offer.

 

 

No injuries in Columbus Air Force Base jet malfunction

Posted 6/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Air Force Base instructor pilot and student pilot escaped without injury Monday after the landing gear of their training jet malfunctioned, causing the aircraft to land on its belly with its wheels retracted.

 

Carlyle finds perfect fit at Heritage Academy

Posted 6/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy's new headmaster, Dr. Greg Carlyle, knows a thing or two about private education: The native Canadian attended Ridley College, an independent, co-educational boarding school in St. Catharine's, Ontario. The school's Latin motto, "Terar Dum Prosim," is loosely translated as "May I be consumed in service," and Carlyle has spent his life adhering to that principle. Now, as he takes the place of former Heritage Headmaster Tommy Gunn, he enters the next phase of his 21-year career in education.

 

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