Close your eyes and visualize a middle school anywhere in Mississippi. Chances are, you are not imagining dance, art and broadcast studios, a food court that looks like it should be in an airport or mall rather than a school, and a library with an atmosphere rivaling Barnes and Noble.
Lowndes County may have narrowly avoided a major roadblock to industrial proliferation, according to economic development boss Joe Higgins.
Despite the chilly weather, voters turned out Tuesday, sending transportation commissioner candidates Mike Tagert and John Caldwell Sr. to a runoff election. While Caldwell was the top vote-getter, Tagert, of Starkville, won the vast majority of votes in the Golden Triangle.
Lowndes County District 2 Justice Court Judge Mike Arledge plans to leave the bench and run for sheriff.
It's been a busy weekend for Columbus Middle School. And those planning to participate in open houses on Wednesday and Thursday won't be disappointed, said Alma Turner, Columbus Municipal School District board president.
The special election for the state's next Northern District Transportation Commissioner was on for today, despite concerns about icy roads. "Now we just need voters," one circuit clerk said.
Some north Mississippi schools remained closed today and more crippling cold weather was expected tonight through the end of the week, as residents continued to dig out from under a winter storm that left up to 11 inches of snow Monday.
Organizers are hoping for sunshine and blue skies as they plan for this year's Relay for Life. Last year's Columbus event was called off early due to rain.
A Columbus house burned down Sunday afternoon while 11 firefighters with three engines worked three hours to clear the scene.
Hazardous driving conditions are being reported in parts of north Mississippi after a storm system moved through the state Sunday and into eastern parts of the country overnight.
A blast of winter weather gripped Columbus, coating the city and Lowndes County in about 3 inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain Sunday and today. Hundreds of businesses and schools in north Mississippi, including across the Golden Triangle, canceled classes today as the storm set in.
State law calls into question $30,000 in past donations to Caledonia's park, which caused the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority to funnel $100,000 from the town this week.
The Columbus Police Department disciplined officers and reworked its search policy after a suspect was turned in to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center with a pistol in his jacket in November.
Construction crews were still wrapping up work on the new Columbus Middle School just 10 days before the 155,000-square-foot facility admits students, but the building's contractor said Friday it will be move-in ready.
A law causing headaches for those suffering from colds or sinus problems has squashed methamphetamine arrests in Lowndes County.
With weather forecasters predicting a winter storm today capable of dropping up to eight inches of snow on the Golden Triangle, shoppers flooded local stores Saturday to pick up last-minute provisions.
As West Lowndes Middle School Principal Cynthia McMath and Athletic Director Roosevelt Bridges presented framed 8-by-10-inch certificates of appreciation Saturday morning to the family of the late Jane Coleman, the daughter of the longtime coach and teacher, Cassandra Danner, couldn't hold back her tears.
The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches of snow could fall in north Mississippi and Alabama with light flurries further south beginning Sunday.
EADS North America started the new year with a contract to build 12 more UH-72A light utility "Lakota" helicopters for the U.S. Army at Columbus' American Eurocopter plant.
As firefighters hosed down her charred home Thursday evening, Joyce Manigo watched in stunned silence. She had arrived home at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday to find flames tearing through the inside of her house.
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