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Lowndes Relay for Life starts Thursday

Posted 1/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Lowndes County will get under way at 6 p.m. Thursday. Volunteers and participants will gather at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Outpatient Pavilion conference rooms for a rally to launch fundraising for the year.

 

District 3 firefighters name station after former chief

Posted 1/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Bill McCord's name is mentioned in the New Hope community and among District 3 firefighters, it is accompanied by glowing tributes. Awesome. Dedicated. Role Model.

Columbus schools to put 'for sale' sign at Brandon

Posted 1/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Finances have been the Achilles' heel of the Columbus Municipal School District for quite some time, and the issue of money -- specifically how to generate revenue -- came up again during Monday night's meeting.

 

USPS, residents at odds over Columbus station closure

Posted 1/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The downtown Columbus post office has received a stay of execution for now. But a number of local organizations are trying to figure out what -- if anything -- can be done if a proposed closure moves from conjecture to certainty.

 

 

Buyers find treasure and trash in abandoned storage units

Posted 1/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Who knows what strange treasures lurk inside a storage unit? Storage-auction bidder Mark Binkley of Starkville knows all too well.In some, bidders may find a makeshift home.

 

Let the bidding begin: Storage unit sales a business, hobby

Posted 1/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the door rises, silence reigns. Thirty people take mental snapshots of anything that crosses their experienced eyes, doing their best to add up prospective numbers and figure out just how much profit rests inside this storage unit

Saturday Profile: Diane Sturges brings quilt ministry to the Golden Triangle

Posted 1/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Twenty years ago, in Ranch Bernardo, Calif., a 2-year-old boy lay comatose following heart surgery. Doctors had little hope for his recovery. But his grandmother and the members of her church quilting group wanted to do something to help.

MUW's first mission: Recruitment, retention, graduation

Posted 1/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Recruitment, retention, graduation. Get used to those three words because Mississippi University for Women's new president, Dr. Jim Borsig, plans to use them a lot during his tenure.

 

Faculty, staff excited about new leadership

Posted 1/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

From the very beginning, Dr. Jim Borsig has established his intent to be an approachable, visible president who listens. He's maintained this vision of visibility and openness since he was named president of Mississippi University for Women on Nov. 30.

 

 

Man dies after being trapped by vehicle

Posted 1/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man died Friday after being trapped between a car and a tree.

 

 

Man takes boy on wild ride, crash

Posted 1/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What started as a traffic stop in Southside Columbus ended in a one-vehicle crash on Pickensville Road with the driver under arrest and a 4-year-old passenger uninjured.

 

Hope church buys former theater

Posted 1/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hope Community Church saw a dream become reality recently when it purchased the old Varsity Twin Theater in downtown Columbus after nearly a year of discussion.

Sears closure date unknown; residents mourn job loss

Posted 1/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Few details are being released about the closure of the Sears store in Columbus' Leigh Mall. Sears Holding Corp. announced two days after Christmas the Columbus store is one of three in the state to be closed due to poor profit performance.

 

Lowndes County Arrest Reports 1-5-12

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

 

 

Police investigate damages at Columbus Marble Works

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating a possible arson and vandalism that occurred at Columbus Marble Works. Investigators believe the incident happened some time this week, but it is unknown exactly what day or time. Police were called to the business Tuesday morning.

 

 

Caledonia aldermen put skids on sewer rate increase; wait for state

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Residents of Caledonia can breathe a sigh of relief -- for now. A new sewer rate structure is in the works, but the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday night to wait until $637,000 in state revolving funds are made available or until June 1, whichever comes first.

 

 

Retired police officer loses home to fire

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A fire broke out in Lowndes County on Tuesday night and destroyed the home of a former Columbus police officer.

 

Teacher of the Year Rashean Hyde: It's all about the children

Posted 1/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They say good teachers are born, not made. But some teachers -- sometimes the very best -- take a circuitous route, trying everything and anything before settling on the one thing their hearts were called to do.

Baby New Year arrives at Baptist Memorial

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ashley Williams, 25, was standing in church Sunday morning when she felt a sharp pain. Her baby wasn't due until Jan. 16, so she ignored the feeling until it became more insistent. Finally, she could ignore it no longer.

 

Sanders re-elected as supervisors president; road managers get raises

Posted 1/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sanders made a motion to reappoint Ronnie Burns as county road manager with a raise of $3,460. Burns' salary was $68,540; it is now $72,000. Brooks said Burns has done a great job but he didn't think it appropriate to give raises other than during new budget adoption.

 

 

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