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10% trouble? Seventy-five percent of U.S. gasoline is blended with ethanol

Posted 7/29/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Near 100-degree heat. Engines roaring through the stoplight. The possibility of a call coming over the scanner. The buzz-hum-bang of men working on cars. There were a thousand things for Willie Jones to focus his attention on Wednesday afternoon, as he filled his sheriff's cruiser at a Columbus Chevron station.

Ruck March to Remember: 2,181-mile walk pays homage to 9-11 victims

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ten years have passed, but Maj. Joseph Ringer of Columbus Air Force Base remembers the day as if it was yesterday. He was on a bus in Texas with his fellow airmen, headed to the Security Forces Academy at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.


Recording: Mayor was angry with police lt. prior to breaking tie to suspend him

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Now-retired Columbus Police Lt. John Pevey released a recording Wednesday that, according to him, is evidence Mayor Robert Smith voted out of spite to suspend him Feb. 22.


Columbus man kidnaps ex-girlfriend, leads police on high-speed chase

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was charged with kidnapping and felony eluding Wednesday after taking his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint and leading Columbus Police on a high speed chase throughout Southside.


Arrest Report 7-28-11

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported these felony arrests over the past week:



'No respect': Columbus tries to oust school trustees

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Ward 5 City Councilman Kabir Karriem made a motion twice this morning for the resignations of the city school district's board of trustees, but both attempts failed.



MSN: Downtown Columbus featured in MSN Local Edition (link)

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

MSN Local Edition featured some of the country's most vibrant downtown areas. Columbus was on the list.



Mississippi sales-tax holiday starts on Friday

Posted 7/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you haven't purchased back-to-school clothes yet, this weekend may be a good time to do it. Friday and Saturday, stores across the state will participate in Mississippi's third annual sales-tax holiday, a 48-hour time period during which specific clothing and footwear is exempt from the local sales tax.



Columbus school district announces $600,000 in cuts

Posted 7/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District continued to tweak its budget this week, holding a press conference at the Brandon central office, to present a cost-savings report, Tuesday afternoon.


Stamped for review: Downtown Columbus post office in danger of closing

Posted 7/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloomy night -- instead, technology is turning out to be the U.S. Postal Service's Achilles' heel. After losing $8.5 billion last year, the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing 3,653 locations nationwide, including the historic downtown Columbus office, the USPS reported Tuesday.


16th Circuit Drug Court ready to accept referrals

Posted 7/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 16th Circuit District Drug Court started accepting referrals of non-violent first-time offenders this past week at the start of the Clay County Circuit Court term.



Columbus on the schedule for Cornel West, Tavis Smiley Poverty Tour

Posted 7/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is one of the 15 cities broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West will visit this fall during their "Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience."



Early campaigns set the pace for United Way fundraising season

Posted 7/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Friday morning, organizers from the United Way of Lowndes County took time to thank pacesetters with breakfast at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Outpatient Pavilion.



Copper burglars steal about $100,000 worth from Columbus company

Posted 7/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Copper burglars struck again over the weekend at Columbus-based Air Control Engineering Inc., marking the fourth break-in in two months and bringing losses up to nearly $100,000 for the mechanical contractor.



Teenagers suffer injuries in Thursday wreck

Posted 7/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Reading renaissance: Books continue to thrive in a progressively digital world

Posted 7/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you spend much time online, reading media pundits, you might be lead to believe that books are an antiquated novelty relegated to dark, musty environs as people flee in droves to the digital world.

Parlez-vous Français? Tampico Bay owner opens French-themed coffee shop as Columbus retail sees changes

Posted 7/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Bienvenue! Bienvenue!" The French salutation may have perplexed a few people who were curious enough to stumble into Quartier Latin Café Friday afternoon, but there was no mistaking Carlos Rosales' enthusiasm as he welcomed newcomers to his latest enterprise -- a French-themed coffee shop downtown -- slated to open in mid-August.

CHAMPS program allows educators to brush up on math teaching skills

Posted 7/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If the word "math" conjures nightmares of memorizing the Pythagorean theorem and quadratic formula, take heart: Teachers across the state feel your pain, and many have dedicated their summer to learning how to teach math in a more dynamic way.


Columbus starts search for new top cop

Posted 7/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After firing Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John Tuesday, the City Council will take applications for his replacement through Aug. 25. If all goes well, the city should have a new chief within the next four months, said Mayor Robert Smith.



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