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Columbus school receives second bomb threat in two weeks

Posted 3/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ongoing efforts to end the bomb threats plaguing the Columbus Municipal School District have been increased, with a public school safety meeting slated Thursday at 4 p.m. at Brandon Central Services.


Sanderson Plumbing acquired by Beneke Magnolia

Posted 3/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sanderson Plumbing's name is changing once again.



Police investigating damaged property and burglary

Posted 3/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department officers are investigating a claim of damaged property.



Classes resume at Fairview after second bomb threat

Posted 3/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Classes have resumed at Fairview Elementary following the ninth bomb threat of the year for the city and county school systems. Students were taken to Fairview Baptist Church, where they waited while the premises were searched.



City Council to decide on New Beginning church zoning variance

Posted 3/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A dispute between Columbus property owners and members of New Beginning Full Gospel Baptist Church will be heard by the Columbus City Council Tuesday evening.


Air traffic up at GTRA

Posted 3/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The parking lot expansion is finally complete at Golden Triangle Regional Airport, and if the latest passenger traffic data is any indication, those 50 extra parking spaces will be quickly put to use.

Man arrested over illegal copies of DVDs

Posted 3/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been charged with unauthorized copying or sale of recordings.

Brigham touts county's accomplishments at Exchange Club

Posted 3/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The newness of the job -- and his enthusiasm for it -- was foremost on Lowndes County District 2 Supervisor Bill Brigham's mind Thursday, as he spoke to the Columbus Exchange Club.

More than 1,000 Mennonites gather at Trotter for North American convention

Posted 3/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They came from as close as Macon and Brooksville and as far away as Canada. By Thursday afternoon, nearly 1,000 people -- mostly men -- had converged upon Trotter Convention Center, and as many as 1,600 are expected today and Saturday.

Law enforcement seek solution to bomb threats

Posted 3/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After eight bomb threats were called into area schools within the past year, local and federal agencies are anxious to stop the threats, which come at significant cost and expenditure of resources.

Traffic stop leads to 15 pounds of marijuana

Posted 3/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A routine traffic stop lead to the discovery of approximately 15 pounds of marijuana for the Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit.

Clean Sweep Columbus planned for March 24

Posted 3/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Clean Sweep Columbus organizers are recruiting volunteers for their fourth annual community cleanup, which will kick off March 24 at 9 a.m. at the Hitching Lot Farmer's Market.


Citizens' Police Academy accepting applications

Posted 3/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Applications for the next session of Citizens' Police Academy, beginning May 21 at 6 p.m., now are being accepted at the Columbus Police Department.


Planning commission takes up church, restaurant zoning

Posted 3/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Without issuing a recommendation, the Columbus Planning Commission Monday passed a request to allow a church in a single-family residential district to the city council.


Leigh Mall owners mum on new tenants for Sears space

Posted 3/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An anchor since Leigh Mall's inception nearly four decades ago, Columbus' Sears store permanently will close April 29, as part of a nationwide corporate restructuring in response to sluggish sales, amid a still-shaky economy.


Seventy Years of Wings Over Columbus

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On an ordinary night, the aircraft hangar would have been filled with student pilots and their instructors carrying out the Columbus Air Force Base mission of producing pilots, advancing airmen and "feeding the fight" by preparing airmen for eventual deployment. But Friday, the hangar was the setting for a dignitary-studded soirée that carried on well into the night as the base celebrated the 70th anniversary of its first graduating pilot class.

A Family Affair: Columbus native brings national chain back home

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Part-time greeter and marketer and full-time helpmate, silver-haired Waylon Kyle stood next to a black-and-white cow, doling out red balloons and hearty helpings of goodwill, while his wife, Freda Kyle, flitted between filling lemonade orders and keeping a watchful eye on her employees. The Kyles and their six children are an example of what happens when corporate philosophy becomes a family commitment, forging a successful business model and multi-generational bond.


Local Sears store to close next month

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' Sears store will close April 29. In December, Sears Holding Corp. announced the Columbus store is one of three in the state to be closed, due to poor profit performance. Stores in Jackson and McComb, as well as 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores across the country, were also announced for closure.



City Council expected to name new CMSD board member March 20

Posted 3/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following is a brief profile of the applicants for the available seat on the Columbus School Board. Bruce Hanson's term ended earlier this month; he withdrew his application for reappointment.



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