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Two arrested for possession of meth while child was in home

Posted 3/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Arrests for 3-1-12.



Severe weather moving into area

Posted 2/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm watch tonight until 9 p.m. for the Golden Triangle and much of central Mississippi. Strong storms are expected to move into the area during the night, producing damaging winds, lightning, hail and the possibility of a few tornadoes.


Festival funding highlights CVB budget troubles

Posted 2/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Market Street Festival was allocated $15,000 by the board, which is $5,000 less than requested. On Tuesday, Main Street Columbus Director and Market Street organizer Amber Brislin said she was appreciative of the CVB's financial commitment.


Routine traffic stop leads to arrest of three

Posted 2/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A routine traffic stop Tuesday by officers with the Columbus Police Department led to the arrest of two Columbus men and a juvenile.



City seeks solutions to neighborhood blight

Posted 2/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When City Planner Christina Berry presented her ideas for the year to Mayor Robert Smith and members of the city council in January, one of her goals was to revitalize blighted neighborhoods. Berry took her vision one step further during a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon at Trotter Convention Center.



CVB caps credit card expenditures and hires attorney

Posted 2/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After numerous debates and arguments, the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau voted Monday night to enforce a cap on unapproved credit card spending. The subject has been a hotly-contested topic in recent months, especially between board member Whirllie Byrd and Executive Director Nancy Carpenter.



Gunshot victim leaves trail of questions

Posted 2/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A weekend shooting has left Columbus Police with a tangled tale to unravel, beginning with the identity of the victim.


MUW nursing graduates prepared for an eager job market

Posted 2/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Ty Walton, 33, started looking for a college last August to pursue her master's degree as a nurse practitioner, she knew she needed a unique program.

Stalled hotel project set to resume

Posted 2/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Continuation of a new hotel development is on the horizon for Columbus. The neon green wrapped structure on Highway 45 next to Belk has sat dormant for months; however, Sunny Sethi, an owner of the property, said major changes are in store for the hotel and that construction of the project will soon resume.


Thieves take electronics, jewelry from Ponderosa Drive home

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are searching for suspects involved in a home burglary Friday off Highway 69. The Columbus Police Department responded to 367 Ponderosa Drive at 1:37 p.m, where the homeowners reported a bevy of electronics and jewelry stolen from their residence.



Tuskegee Airmen exhibit to highlight Catfish in the Alley

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While the sight of 18-wheelers rumbling down Highways 82 or 45 isn't unusual, seldom do the big rigs roll into downtown Columbus. But from Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 29 to March 3, one uniquely customized semitrailer will be the center of attention at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market site at Second Avenue and Second Street North.


Harvey working to make pine car derby a staple

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

You usually don't associate church with competing in a pine car derby, but those two things are exactly what John Harvey, youth minister of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Columbus, has combined. Harvey, along with his wife, Raeann, and children, Michael, Emerald, Gabriel and Pricila, moved from Colorado to Columbus in August. Harvey has since started work on the first annual pine car derby through Lighthouse.

City to decide next path for bridge restoration

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City officials opened sealed bids Thursday for the old Highway 82 bridge restoration, but now they face a quandary: Adjust their budget, alter the plans or re-bid the project. Two companies placed bids, with both exceeding the budgeted cost of $2.2 million.

Early morning kitchen blaze guts Columbus home

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was displaced Saturday after fire and smoke gutted his home, though it's unclear what started the blaze. At 1:15 a.m., three engine companies responded to the home of Jeffrey Talley at 1411 22nd Street North for a structure fire. Firefighters took a little over two hours to extinguish the blaze. No one was injured, according to a Columbus Fire Department report.

Saturday Profile: Kelsey Collins

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At first glance, Kelsey Collins appears to be an average teenager, awash in a sea of Aéropostale clothing and preoccupied with texting on her iPhone. But when she sings, whether it be a song of her own or a cover of a Lynyrd Skynrd song, it is clear that she is in a league of her own.

Downtown post office's fate remains uncertain

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A two-pronged proposal, structured to help the U.S. Postal Service recoup its fiscal solvency, will affect Columbus customers, but not in the way many had hoped.

Sandfield restaurant faces zoning challenge

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 4th Quarter Bar and Grill sits on the corner of College Street and 23rd Street, nestled in a neighborhood of homes that survived an F3 tornado in November 2003. The local eatery, which is located on the grounds of a former car wash, will soon be looking to have its status rezoned from a restaurant to a nightclub, bar, tavern or lounge. The owner of the business, Donald Pope of Columbus, is scheduled to bring his request before the City of Columbus Planning Commission on March 5. But Pope may be fighting an uphill battle, according to building official Kenneth Wiegel.


Crawford man busted for 28 outstanding warrants

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most people who receive tickets pay the fines and never have to see Columbus Police Officers Lance Luckey and Kelvin Lee.


City extends a friendly welcome with new sign

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It may be the most talked about dirt mound in recent history, and community leaders are hoping it continues to draw attention for years to come.


Man arrested while climbing downtown tower

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An inebriated man was arrested Thursday night after attempting to climb the E-911 communication tower near the Lowndes County Courthouse.



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