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Area universities rely on technology to alert students, staff in emergencies

Posted 4/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The power of Mississippi University for Women's campus alert system became clear to President Dr. Jim Borsig when he saw a text message tapped out on an iPad and sent as a test alert to more than 3,000 students, faculty and staff -- all within a matter of seconds.

Cal-City owner: no beer, no store

Posted 4/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A banner on the window at Cal-City Grocery announced the longtime Caledonia landmark's impending reopening, but those plans were dashed during Tuesday night's Board of Aldermen meeting, when the store's new owner announced he would not be coming to town after all.

Columbus Public Works discussion continues

Posted 4/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After publicly blasting Public Works Director Mike Pratt and his department at the March 20 Columbus City Council meeting, Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens took a more civil approach to discussing the Public Works Department Tuesday night.

Columbus author's book acquired by Simon & Schuster

Posted 4/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pushcart Prize nominee Michael F. Smith's debut novel "Rivers" has been acquired by Simon & Schuster in a World English rights deal and is scheduled for release in the summer of 2013.

MUW investment club wins latest TVA Investment Challenge

Posted 4/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the past few years Mississippi University for Women students have participated in managing stock portfolios for the Tennessee Valley Authority as part of its TVA Investment Challenge.

Attorney Steve Wallace charged in connection with Caledonia prom party

Posted 4/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local attorney, who also is a former district attorney candidate, was charged with the sale of beer without a permit, possession of alcoholic beverages with the intent to sell without a permit and 10 counts of violation of the Social Host law, after an early Sunday morning raid on his Caledonia home.

Clean-up planned for long-promised neighborhood water detention pond

Posted 4/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Designed to curb flooding, a detention pond sits adjacent to the East Columbus Gym on Lawrence Drive. A source of controversy since its inception, the pond is about to undergo a facelift -- a facelift one family hopes will change public perception of the pond and improve the quality of life for many of the residents of East Columbus.

Market Street Festival headliner on Letterman tonight

Posted 4/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will be musical guests tonight on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman."


Columbus Police respond to multiple weekend burglaries

Posted 4/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a number of weekend burglaries.



Police investigating four Friday burglaries

Posted 4/2/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a series of Friday burglaries.


From at-risk to high-performing, West Lowndes Elementary beats the odds

Posted 3/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, 158 Mississippi schools were at risk of failing. West Lowndes Elementary was one of them. As Principal Robert Sanders stared at the 2007-2008 state test scores, he knew the odds were stacked against his students. He also knew he wasn't going to give up. And so he set about an ambitious plan to revamp not only a school but a community.

Military families tour Columbus with Yellow Ribbon

Posted 3/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitor's Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter knows how it feels to have a loved one on military deployment. When her son was deployed with the U.S. Army to Iraq in 2005, Carpenter said all she could do was hope for some type of communication.

Fairwell to a pilgrimage favorite

Posted 3/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than 20 years and hundreds of tours, a Columbus icon is shutting her doors to pilgrimage visitors. Trudy Gildea, owner of Twelve Gables, one of the state's most historic homes, recently announced this year will be her home's pilgrimage swan song.


United for Israel to host Tuesday program

Posted 3/31/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a recently formed organization on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, will host a program on the university campus.


Area officials pitch in to 'Paint the Town'

Posted 3/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A house on Columbus' south side is now a lot brighter thanks to some volunteers from city hall. Mayor Robert Smith, Ward 1 Councilman Gene Taylor, Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box and others donated their time Friday to help an elderly Ward 1 resident.

Columbus police help coordinate neighborhood watch programs

Posted 3/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus Police Department Thursday met with about 50 residents for a city-wide neighborhood watch program, hosted by CPD Chief Selvain McQueen.

22nd Annual 'Tales from the Crypt' brings back the past

Posted 3/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students at Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science are giving the past a voice at Friendship Cemetery, allowing Pilgrimage attendees to connect Columbus' history to its present.

Columbus Housing Authority rated high performer

Posted 3/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Based on the agency's 2011 performance, the Columbus Housing Authority was rated as a high performer by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Gunn, Harris to resign from Heritage at end of year

Posted 3/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy will lose two of its top administrators at the end of the school year, with Headmaster Tommy Gunn and Heritage Elementary Principal Yandell Harris leaving for headmaster positions elsewhere.

Fruth outlines plans for continued growth

Posted 3/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Economically, Columbus is poised to become a "shining star of the South," said economic development expert Bill Fruth, who noted a few caveats, some which didn't sit well with a group assembled Wednesday at Mississippi University for Women's Nissan Auditorium to hear him speak.


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