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Bowling gets 25 years in molestation case

Posted 8/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- A high school football coach who spent a long career working in Mississippi and Alabama has been sentenced to 25 years in a child molestation case involving teenage boys.


Columbus, Lowndes seek funding for Soccer-park bridge

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus and Lowndes County are closer to securing funding for a bridge to connect the Columbus Riverwalk to a downtown soccer complex, currently under construction.


Columbus police focus on community rapport

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If Monday had been a typical work day, Columbus Police Officer Terrie Songer would have been juggling her cellphone and office phone, firing off emails and fielding questions from the media about a Sunday afternoon shooting on Fifth Street South.



After a year, MUW president search kicks into gear

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search for Mississippi University for Women's next president continues, with a series of public-input sessions scheduled on campus next Thursday.



Circuit court officials work to make case processing more efficient

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The ladies at the Lowndes County circuit clerk's office haven't had much of a break -- finalizing results from the Aug. 2 primaries and now gearing up for next Tuesday's runoff elections.



Mother: Smoke detector saved family's life

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman said Monday evening that she is thankful for the smoke alarm she believes saved her family's lives Sunday morning when a fire ripped through their home at 219 20th St. N.


People helping people: Elementary schools take mission of volunteerism global

Posted 8/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kathy Cadden has made helping others the focus of her life, but Monday, when she found herself in a bit of need, she knew exactly where to go -- Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School.


Three additional suspects arrested in Sunday shooting

Posted 8/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four men are in custody in connection with a shooting Sunday afternoon on Fifth Street South.


A feel-good place: Good Samaritan Clinic celebrates 10 years

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"It was his idea," Dr. James Woodard smiled, gesturing toward his cohort, Dr. Alan Williams, sitting only a few feet away. "I just jumped on his back and have been riding it ever since. He was the main guy; I was the cheerleader."


Dermatology office opening in Columbus

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Locked and loaded: New legislation opens colleges, bars, churches to concealed weapons

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For police departments at Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women, campus safety has a new hurdle.


Columbus schools seek community input on next superintendent

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District's search for a new superintendent officially begins on Sept. 13.



Stolen phone's GPS leads police to suspect in string of auto burglaries

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A suspected auto burglar received an unpleasant surprise Saturday afternoon: Among the plunder police say he stole from more than 25 vehicles in Steens was a cell phone -- a cell phone with a GPS tracking device that led Lowndes County sheriff's deputies straight to him.


Photographer Jane Robbins Kerr's personal philosophy reflected in RAC exhibit

Posted 8/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jane Robbins Kerr was not dressed in scarlet when she flitted into Columbus Thursday afternoon, and heat rose from Main Street's sidewalks with such unrelenting ferocity that one wonders if the dog days of summer will ever end.

National broadcasters say Poverty Tour is about solutions, changing perspectives

Posted 8/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the sun set in downtown Columbus Thursday afternoon, a mega-sized tour bus chugged down Fifth Street and idled to a stop alongside the curb in front of Rosenzweig Arts Center. It wasn't an unusual sight except for one thing: The words "Poverty Tour" splashed across the side of the bus.


Columbus hashes out budget; raises planned for city employees

Posted 8/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council doesn't want to raise taxes this year, and they are working out a series of cuts to help them meet that goal.



McQueen reshuffles Columbus police department

Posted 8/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Change is afoot at the Columbus Police Department, with four longtime veterans being reassigned to the patrol division and another being assigned additional duties, in an effort to put experience back on the streets.


Rushing returns to Farmers' Market Saturday

Posted 8/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"You can't just sit around polishing your silverware. You got to get out and bring the kids, 'cause there's so many cool things to see," proclaimed Felder Rushing, urging folks to come out to the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market Saturday in Columbus.

Old Lee Middle School 'choice property,' but a hard sell

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you think it's hard trying to sell a house in today's sluggish economy, imagine trying to sell a 96,350-square-foot school.

Caledonia aldermen discuss new municipal building

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia Board of Aldermen met Tuesday night to engage in a little planning and a lot of wishful thinking as they began the early stages of imagining what they would like to see in a new municipal building.


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