COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY

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TV show probes Columbus senior-citizen killings

Posted 6/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Years after a series of senior citizen murders shook Columbus, a new television show is helping create a profile of the killer.

 

$40K bond set for father accused of beating toddler

Posted 6/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bond has been set at $40,000 for the 25-year-old man accused of breaking his 18-month-old daughter's leg while spanking her Friday.

 

County approves $250K for Severstal campus

Posted 6/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In addition to financially supporting Aurora Flight Science's expansion -- which will create of 250 new aerospace jobs -- the county supervisors Wednesday approved a loan in behalf of Mississippi Steel Processing and New Process Steel to continue infrastructure improvements in the county's industrial park.

 

 

Caledonia votes to make water system improvements

Posted 6/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia Board of Aldermen continued making improvements to the town's water system Tuesday night, voting in a special meeting to accept the lowest quote for water pipe extensions on Seed Tick and Stanley Roads. The work will be performed by Knight Labor at a cost of $14,217.

 

 

Crawford receives grant to rebuild homes

Posted 6/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CRAWFORD -- The town of Crawford recently was awarded a $293,350 grant to rebuild four homes along Lodge and Flower streets.

 

 

Juneteenth celebration set for this weekend

Posted 6/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is gearing up this week for the 16th annual Juneteenth celebration, which will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Sim Scott Park.

 

Mary Holmes gets new lease on life

Posted 6/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

WEST POINT -- Just a year ago, Mary Holmes College was crumbling. Vines crept over decaying buildings. Doors, sleepy from lack of use, were slow to open.

Extended school calendar program stopped due to lack of funding

Posted 6/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The doors closed Tuesday on the school year, as well as a pilot program that extended the school calendar at Stokes-Beard Technology and Communication and Sale International Studies elementary schools.

 

Aurora expansion to create 250 jobs

Posted 6/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Aurora Flight Sciences is expanding to meet the needs of an additional contract, the details of which have yet to be announced.

 

 

Columbus schools to make IB the curriculum standard

Posted 6/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District will soon be one step closer to offering the rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum for students in all grades. Columbus Middle School principal Cindy Wamble updated CMSD board members at last night's meeting, telling them that this summer, 120 sixth- through 10th-grade teachers will undergo the second phase of training for the IB Middle Years program.

 

Hoping for rain: Crops struggling amid dry spell

Posted 6/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every day, local farmer Scott Enlow walks outside, looks at the sky and hopes to see a hint of gray. Some nights, he thinks he hears distant thunder, and he leaps from his bed to go outside and welcome the blessed rainfall that will nourish his crops. The rain never comes.

 

Police put brakes on wrecks: Officers to attend driving school

Posted 6/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a recent rash of wrecks and officer suspensions, the Columbus Police Department is starting up an in-house driving school.

 

 

Planning board OKs downtown church

Posted 6/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Hope Community Church, the Columbus Planning Commission meeting Monday was an answer to prayer. "Hallelujah," Pastor Bo Jeffares said shortly after the commission voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council approve the church's controversial request to relocate to the old movie theater at 401 Main St.

 

 

Bojangles plans to move into old Taco Bell

Posted 6/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bill Cunningham of Starkville spent 35 years as a McDonald's franchisee in the Golden Triangle area, before he decided to retire.

 

Columbus father charged with abuse of 18-month old

Posted 6/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 25-year-old Columbus man has been charged with beating his toddler so severely she had to be taken to the hospital Saturday.

 

Masked man robs Roy's Grocery, takes cash, store phone

Posted 6/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A masked man armed with a black handgun robbed Roy's Grocery on Waterworks Road Sunday evening, according to Columbus police.

 

Profile: Fire Battalion Chief Mark Ward proud of crew's effort in morning exercise

Posted 6/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For new Columbus Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Mark Ward, today was a baptism by fake fire. In his first shift as one of the three heads of the five Columbus fire stations, firefighters responded to a pipe bomb scare in the 1300 block of Fifth Street South and a large surprise training exercise just after midnight.

This is a test: Columbus rescue squad takes part in a surprise training exercise

Posted 6/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Inside the old Parker Furniture building in downtown Columbus, Luke Strohl leaned against an upstairs wall as Columbus firefighters crawled toward him through the blinding smoke.

 

Columbus woman missing since June 5, last seen in Starkville

Posted 6/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Starkville Police are asking for help finding a Columbus woman missing since June 5.

 

 

State's cotton faces series of challenges

Posted 6/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

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