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Universities brace for cuts in new budget allocation

Posted 4/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local universities are bracing for budget cuts since the state passed its $5 billion budget last week.


Local voices: 'My spirit leapt up within me': an African visit, Part 1

Posted 4/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What began as an afternoon of horseback riding and a glass of wine on the front porch, ended in an invitation to an adventure of a lifetime, a journey that was both joyful and heartbreaking, both life-giving and incredibly draining.

Local voices: 'They swarmed us like bees': an African visit, Part 2

Posted 4/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Limuru Children's Center, the primary focus of Global Connections, is home to 42 orphans. By our standards the facility is substandard, but when I went into town and other places, I realized how upscale Limuru is by comparison. The Center, a residential facility for elementary school age children, is open during the day for preschool children.

King Cotton: Cotton has made a comeback in Mississippi

Posted 4/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cotton is back and Mississippi farmers are hoping to cash in. Several years of declining global prices, which saw farmers across the country selling their cotton pickers and converting former cotton fields to grain crops, have created a shortage.


Community group has concerns over school redistricting

Posted 4/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A West Lowndes community member went before the Lowndes County school board Friday, to voice concerns over a pending redistricting plan for the system.


Grilling on the River event offers a sneak peek at summer

Posted 4/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Despite the mid-April date on the calendar, summer was in full swing at Grilling on the River, Saturday.

A Columbus 'Victorian gem,' slated for demolition

Posted 4/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the past several years, the pale green Victorian home on Seventh Street North has deteriorated. Its owners (and neighbors), the congregation at First Baptist Church, have outlived using it as a senior activity center. And the church has a permit to demolish the historic home.


How the government shutdown could affect you

Posted 4/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If brinkmanship continues in Washington and the federal government "shuts down" after 12:01 a.m. Saturday, some federal offices in Mississippi will close, some will remain open and some remained uncertain even as the clock ticked down.



As weather warms up, keep pet safety in mind

Posted 4/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As temperatures rise, so do animal safety violations in the city and county, according to Columbus-Lowndes Animal Control officers.



Man shot by Columbus police officer in stable condition

Posted 4/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 53-year-old man who was shot by a Columbus police officer late Wednesday is now in stable condition at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle following surgery.


Case against Elbow Room murder suspect headed to grand jury

Posted 4/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Daniel Paul Copple, who is accused of killing two men at the Elbow Room Lounge in February, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in Columbus Municipal Court.


Columbus Middle School student hides out on bus to New Hope, allegedly for fight

Posted 4/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 14-year-old Columbus Middle School student was arrested Tuesday after he was found hiding in a New Hope Middle School bathroom waiting to fight another student.


Caledonia woman charged with stabbing stepfather

Posted 4/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Caledonia man was in stable condition today after his stepdaughter allegedly stabbed him with a knife Wednesday in an argument over stolen medication.

81-year-old accused in shooting out on bond

Posted 4/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 81-year-old Lowndes County man accused of critically wounding a man during a party Sunday is out of jail on a $50,000 bond.

Competitive cookers gather for Grilling on the River

Posted 4/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's not a party without Mother Goose. The local celebrity, craft and food vendors, inflatables and a mini-carnival are the icing on the cake (or the sauce on the ribs, rather) for this year's Grilling on the River event, Friday and Saturday.


Police, fire departments hit basketball court to fight cancer

Posted 4/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a classic rivalry, the Columbus Police Department and Columbus Fire and Rescue will duke it out on the basketball court Friday to raise money for cancer research.


Columbus police officers placed on leave after shooting

Posted 4/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus policemen remained on administrative leave today as the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation looked into a Wednesday night shooting involving the officers.


MSU schedules forum for gov, lt. gov candidates

Posted 4/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi voters get a look Wednesday night at most of the candidates running this year for governor and lieutenant governor.


UPDATE: 87-year-old still missing, days later

Posted 4/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An 87-year-old man with Alzheimer's remained missing Friday afternoon, nearly half a week after he wandered from his son's Columbus home.

Expert: Wild hogs becoming 'serious threat' to Miss. landowners

Posted 4/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For most people, the closest they've come to a wild hog is slab of bacon. But that could change if the fast-growing "wild hog problem" isn't controlled in parts of the U.S., including Mississippi, an expert said.


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