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Suspect in pistol whipping still at large

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is searching for a suspect in an alleged pistol whipping (aggravated assault) and shots fired case.


Fire Department receives new rating

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new ranking for the Columbus Fire Department could mean reduced insurance rates for home and business owners in the city. The Mississippi Rating Bureau has rated Columbus a four, which is up from its rating a five where it has remained for the past 30 years.


Looking for a Father's Day outing? Join dad on a double-decker tour

Posted 6/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In honor of all dads this Father's Day, the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation will offer free double-decker bus tours of historic Columbus Sunday, June 17, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.



Columbus schools implement early release Wednesdays; Policy adopted after community leaves meeting

Posted 6/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a flip-flop motion, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees Monday killed a motion to approve superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell's 2012/2013 school calendar, which thereby killed Liddell's proposal for an early release program. The motion died on the table without a second from a board member. But immediately after an executive session, board member Aubra Turner made a motion on the school calendar and it passed on a 3-1-1 vote.



Columbus climbs in Policom industry rankings

Posted 6/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus continues to gain strength on a nationally published economic analysis poll.


Monday profile: Dream began in diapers for CPD rookie

Posted 6/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Canyon Boykin, becoming a police officer has been a "life-long dream." Boykin's dream came to fruition recently when he was sworn in as an officer with the Columbus Police Department by Mayor Robert Smith.


Caledonia employee files grievance

Posted 6/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An employee with the Town of Caledonia's water and sewer department has filed a grievance against Water Superintendent Benny Coleman, alleging blackmail, ethics violations, discrimination and a violation of his constitutional rights.


A promise kept: Columbus native returns home to honor parents

Posted 6/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first time Joe LaNier II left Columbus, he was 17. There weren't many options for the young black man deep in the heart of the 1940s South. His mother was dead, his father was out of work, his little sisters were hungry and he had just been fired from his job as a dishwasher because he'd asked for a raise from $3.50 to $5 a week.

Liddell to propose 'early release Wednesdays'

Posted 6/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Martha Liddell will preside Monday night over her first school board meeting since being selected as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District. She plans to update the board on details of her "Believe and Achieve" strategic plan, which she unveiled during her interview last month.


Drug testing considered for Lowndes County Schools

Posted 6/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Randomly drug testing students is preventative, not punitive, Jerome Nettles, of Advanced Screening Solutions, said Friday, asking the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees to consider on-site drug testing at schools.


Southside preservation district is history for now

Posted 6/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A proposed ordinance to protect and preserve the historic integrity of Southside has been scuttled due to a lack of funds.

Columbus drug dealers indicted in federal court

Posted 6/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two high-level Columbus drug dealers have been indicted on federal drug charges. Antonio Brooks, 25, of 396 Swedenburg Circle and Steven Douglas Jennings, 41, of 163 Swedenburg Circle, have been indicted on two counts each of intent to sell or distribute narcotics and one count each of aiding and abetting.


Armed robbers steal $12K in home invasion

Posted 6/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office is investigating the armed robbery of an occupied trailer in northern Lowndes County.



Lowndes County schools discuss drug testing and security

Posted 6/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An upgraded security camera system and random drug testing will be considered by the county school system during Friday's board meeting.



Columbus and Lowndes renew Metro drug unit

Posted 6/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An agreement between the City of Columbus and Lowndes County could be bad news for those associated with illegal drugs.



Thousands of ducks to float the Tombigbee River Saturday

Posted 6/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents beware: A major duck invasion will take place Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk.



Columbus City Council debates use of paving funds

Posted 6/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several public parking lots this summer will be getting a facelift. With $1.4 million in leftover general obligation bond money, the Columbus City Council Tuesday voted to complete paving projects in individual wards.



Caledonia citizens protest new water bills

Posted 6/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia residents are likely to feel the sting of the rate hike affecting water and sewer now that the weather has heated up. Resident Charles Underhill expressed his displeasure with the rate hike during Tuesday's regular Board of Aldermen meeting.



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