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Rupp strives for local economic development

Posted 9/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It wasn't until Jeffrey Rupp was elected mayor of Columbus that he truly became interested in economic development.



Governor's School accepting applications for 2012 session

Posted 9/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Governor's School is accepting applications for the 2012 session from current 10th and 11th grade students enrolled in accredited Mississippi high schools.



Bomb threat raises jurisdiction questions at Columbus Middle School

Posted 9/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Middle School is located within the Columbus Municipal School District but outside Columbus city limits, and the Columbus Police Department does not have jurisdiction at the school. Emergency response personnel quelled the Sept. 16 bomb and sniper threat at the school without any injuries. However, due to a signed agreement that the Mississippi Attorney General did not approve, there were questions regarding who was supposed to be the lead agency during the event.



Saturday Profile: Tina Sweeten settles into her new role as Columbus Arts Council director

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tina Sweeten will tell you she's not an artist, but don't let that fool you. The newly appointed head of the Columbus Arts Council may not wield a brush or palette, but she has surrounded her life with color, from the places she has visited to the people, passions and pets that populate her world.



Caledonia passes 2011-2012 budget

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Caledonia Board of Aldermen passed the town's 2011-2012 budget Sept. 13, voting unanimously to lower property taxes by 0.25 percent after seeing another year of increased revenue and decreased expenses.



Caledonia Mayor on ethics violation: 'We'll do better next month'

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- The town of Caledonia's mayor and Board of Aldermen could face steep fines after violating the state's Open Meetings Act by failing to post notice of a Sept. 13 meeting.



Columbus man charged with assault

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office arrested Derrick Ross Williams, 38, of 912 Oswalt Road in Columbus Sunday and charged him with four counts of aggravated assault with a weapon.


Salazar, Shelton stump at Exchange Club meeting

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On one side stands experience and tenure. On the other stands youth and energy. Independent Haley Salazar, the incumbent, and Republican Justin Shelton will face off Nov. 8 in the Lowndes County Circuit Clerk election. They spoke at the Columbus Exchange Club Thursday, pitching a portion of their campaign platforms and hoping it will stick with those in attendance.


Columbus officers encourage community policing

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are asking residents for one thing: If you see something, say something. A handful of residents attended the Ward 3 community meeting Thursday night at First Christian Church in East Columbus and discussed concerns within their neighborhoods.



Agents bust two prescription drug rings

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Narcotics agents with the Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit busted two prescription drug rings Thursday, concluding months of undercover investigation and culminating in arrests and/or charges against 21 people.



Police investigating third fatal shooting in a week

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating another possible homicide that occurred late Thursday night on the 500 block of 27th St. N.



Community members ponder future of downtown post office

Posted 9/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The possible closure of the post office in downtown Columbus has led some community members to think about how to save it and others to ponder what the space could be used for in the future.


Pinwheels for Peace: Annunciation Catholic School students demonstrate what peace means to them

Posted 9/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They have grown up in a decade of conflict. Unlike their parents, they can't remember a time when the United States was not at war. It's intimated in the fraying yellow ribbons that can still be seen in many communities as quiet reminders of those who were called to serve. It is on the news, in the newspaper, on the streets and in the classrooms.

Columbus Police make arrests in felony shoplifting case

Posted 9/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested three people Wednesday afternoon for two separate crimes, one a felony shoplifting charge and the other an auto burglary charge.


Meetings to inform residents of crime-prevention strategies

Posted 9/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Throughout the next few weeks, Columbus residents will get the chance to offer suggestions and opinions about local law enforcement.


Columbus native gives back with character-building workshops

Posted 9/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The arrest reports are dotted with names of people who made poor choices. Increasingly, many of the perpetrators, as well as the victims, are young people. It's an issue that has troubled Columbus native Kanesha Brown McCollum for a while, and eventually, the 1995 New Hope High School graduate decided she had to do something about it.

Church's plans for downtown theater on hold

Posted 9/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hope Community Church received the go-ahead in June to relocate to the old Varsity Twin Theater in downtown Columbus, but it may be a while before the church -- and the coffee shop they planned to operate -- becomes reality.


LCSO deputies respond to fights in Artesia

Posted 9/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What started as an argument between two women ended with numerous fist fights in the middle of Front Street in Artesia and two men arrested.



Columbus hires company to collect fines on outstanding warrants

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council Tuesday unanimously voted to enter into an agreement with American Municipal Services, a Texas-based company, to collect money on outstanding warrants.



Cadence Bank gives $60,000 to Lowndes Habitat for Humanity

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cadence Bank has announced it is investing $60,000 during the next three years in Columbus Lowndes Habitat for Humanity. Cadence Bank will contribute $20,000 per year to help eliminate poverty housing in Lowndes County.



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