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Kerr-McGee land designated Superfund site; EPA to host community meeting tonight

Posted 10/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency will be on hand tonight at the Columbus Municipal Complex to give an update on cleanup efforts at the Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant site, located at 2300 14th Ave. N. The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


UPDATE: Highway 45 wreck results in fatality

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Wednesday night wreck on Highway 45 North resulted in one fatality, police said.


Councilmen express concern over police chief selection process and applicants

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box didn't hold back any punches Tuesday afternoon during a special-called council meeting when the topic of the police chief search came up. Box expressed his concerns and said he is "not happy" with the quality of candidates the council has to select from. He suggested the 21-person committee go back to the search and find more candidates to recommend.


EMCC StarStruck

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

East Mississippi Community College's marketing students are looking for local performers to compete in StarStruck, an annual talent competition celebrating its third anniversary. The show is set for Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Cowbells Sports Grill in Starkville.



The search for a chief: Sam Lathrop

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than three decades of law enforcement experience under his belt, Sam Lathrop retired from the Beloit Police Department after disclosing information to the Beloit city manager regarding an intradepartmental relationship.


GTRA conducts emergency response drill

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Don't worry, Golden Triangle. It wasn't a real emergency Tuesday morning at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. It was just a drill.

Lowndes candidates speak at CLOPAC forum

Posted 10/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Less than two weeks remain until the Nov. 8 general election, and local candidates took to the microphones Tuesday night, making last-minute pushes to voters during the Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee's final forum at the Columbus Municipal Complex.

ChangeMob helps needy causes, rewards donors

Posted 10/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The feel-good spirit sparked by philanthropy abates when benefactors realize how much of their donation doesn't reach its intended destination. Hoping to give people more power and transparency in making donations, Jonathan Kuiper has developed ChangeMob, a fully-automated system to donate money to a needy cause.


Final CLOPAC forum tonight at Municipal Complex

Posted 10/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee will hold its third and final political forum tonight at 6 p.m. at the Columbus Municipal Complex, giving voters a chance to hear two-minute speeches from candidates for the district 2 justice court judge's seat, as well as those running for county prosecuting attorney and district attorney.



Teens lead police on high speed chase in stolen vehicle

Posted 10/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested and charged three juveniles for auto theft and burglary of a home after the juveniles led police on a high-speed highway chase Monday evening.



The search for a chief: Nathaniel Clark

Posted 10/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nathaniel Clark has been through the interview process before. He was an applicant and one of the four finalists for the Columbus police chief position in 2007 when the council voted to appoint Joseph St. John.


Salvation Army kicks off holiday season Monday

Posted 10/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Maj. Linda White will never forget the Christmas she spent serving the Salvation Army in San Angelo, Texas, nearly a decade ago. A needy family was scheduled to pick up a box containing food and Christmas gifts, but no one ever showed up.

Journalist Sebastian Junger shares his experience in an Afghan war zone

Posted 10/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Best-selling author Sebastian Junger has an explanation why young males return from war and conflict and have a desire to go back.

The search for a chief: Curtis Brame

Posted 10/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Curtis Brame, Nathaniel Clark, Sam Lathrop, Selvain McQueen and Robert Spinks. Those are the five names circulating throughout the city of Columbus, the five recommendations in the heavily-discussed Columbus police chief search.

Families of steel: Open house allows employees' family members an inside look at Severstal

Posted 10/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The hours are long, the work is hard and the days are exhausting. But the pay is good, and there's a point of pride in holding one of the most coveted manufacturing jobs in Lowndes County -- wearing the inscribed, dark blue hard hat of Severstal Columbus.


Prosecuting attorney candidates outline juvenile needs

Posted 10/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Both have pertinent experience, but Lowndes County residents will have to decide whose experience matters more.



Two more arrested for YouTube video

Posted 10/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested and charged two more individuals they believe took part in a burglary that was posted to YouTube.



Schweddy Balls? Not in Columbus

Posted 10/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls ice cream is too hot to handle for some supermarket chains. While the new limited-edition flavor has brought chuckles from fans of the "Saturday Night Live" skit on which it's based, some supermarket chains aren't laughing and have been giving it a cold shoulder.


Community banks and credit unions flourish as customers react to fees

Posted 10/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As large banks scramble to recoup fees lost by pecuniary regulatory changes enacted earlier in the month, some smaller financial institutions are reaping the benefits, seeing an increase in both new accounts and consumer goodwill.


Candidate list trimmed to eight for MUW post

Posted 10/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- Eight finalists from among more than 40 candidates for president of the Mississippi University for Women were invited to Jackson this week for a first round of interviews.



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