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Bomb threats Thursday are fifth in 3 days

Posted 4/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With five bomb threats in three days, including threats at Stokes-Beard Elementary and Columbus High School this morning, school officials with the Columbus Municipal School District are asking parents to talk to their children about the severity of making false threats.


Tales From The Crypt alive and well

Posted 4/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the 24th time the lives of nearly-forgotten people buried in Friendship Cemetery have come alive through evening tales told by local high school students standing among tombstones.


Trotter work still set to finish late this year

Posted 4/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In February, Columbus councilmen agreed to make the city its own contractor for a $1.65 million Trotter Convention Center renovation after bids for a general contractor came in well above project budget.


Superintendent schools Rotarians on Common Core

Posted 4/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School Superintendent Edna McGill used Tuesday's speaking engagement at the Columbus Rotary Club to talk about the state of transition before the district as well as clear up some misconceptions about Common Core.

Two more bomb threats made at Columbus Middle School

Posted 4/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two separate bombs threats were reported at Columbus Middle School Tuesday. The first threat came as students were being transported to school by bus Tuesday morning.


Council seeks public input on capital improvement

Posted 4/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While Columbus councilmen have a working idea of the most needed capital improvements in their wards, all said they plan to use Thursday's public hearing to prioritize them if they choose to increase millage to pay for them.


Immanuel leaders reassure parents after split

Posted 4/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the transition to separate Immanuel Christian School from Immanuel Christian Church continues, the schools' advisors are reassuring parents that the school will remain open.


Golding Road to close Thursday morning

Posted 4/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Golding Road from Richardson Road to Golding Circle will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.



Court denies post-conviction appeal

Posted 4/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The state Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a post-conviction petition of a Columbus nurse convicted of abusing a vulnerable person in her care.


Weathers granted 30-day extension for CalStar work

Posted 4/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It will likely be late next month before construction on the facility that will house CalStar Products is substantially complete.

School board questions staffing requests

Posted 4/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School Board held a specially called meeting Monday night to discuss the district's budget for the 2014-2015 school year.

Landowners file contempt charge against county

Posted 4/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Owners of private property on Co-Op Road have filed a motion against Lowndes County and two railroad companies for not repairing and re-opening a rail crossing after a judge ordered them to do so last year.

Immanuel Christian School severs ties with Immanuel Church

Posted 4/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Immanuel Christian School is no longer affiliated with Immanuel Baptist Church. Church members on Sunday voted to accept a proposal from eight local businessmen that relieves the church from all obligations to the 35-year-old school and effectively severs the connection between the two, Pastor Charles Mullins confirmed.

J5 Broaddus: City public works waste could exceed $1M

Posted 4/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A study conducted by the city's project managing firm -- one that lead to placing GPS trackers on city trucks to track their whereabouts -- revealed a potential waste of more than $1 million in the city's public works department.

County asking Tombigbee River District to assist with projects

Posted 4/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Columbus councilmen mull funding mechanisms for capital improvements, two Lowndes County supervisors are looking to address infrastructural issues in their respective districts.

Questions arise over vendors used in Pilgrimage events

Posted 4/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Roughly 600 pounds of crawfish and 200 pounds of shrimp were sold at the Pilgrimage kick-off party Monday and Nancy Carpenter, the executive director of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, called the event a success.


Columbus site gets $67M in Kerr-McGee settlement

Posted 4/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The site of a defunct plant in Columbus is part of a $5.15 billion dollar settlement from the company that acquired Kerr-McGee. Of that, $67 million for prospective environmental work will go to the environmental trust created to clean up the 14th Avenue North site.


Judge dismisses Rennie Gibbs' depraved heart murder case

Posted 4/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A judge has dismissed murder charges against a Columbus resident who was charged with depraved heart murder after the 2006 stillborn death of her child. Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens issued his ruling Wednesday in the case against 24-year-old Rennie Gibbs.


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