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'New' council to select vice mayor, dept. heads

Posted 7/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although the city council that convenes for the first time tonight will include just one new council member, it doesn't mean there won't be some new faces and new roles.

KiOR reaches a milestone

Posted 7/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR officials announced Monday that the Texas-based alternative fuel company's Columbus plant's Biomass Fluid Catalytic Cracking unit recently completed its first uninterrupted 30-day run.

 

County supervisors approve six weather sirens

Posted 7/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors unanimously approved installation of six warning siren, which will be funded almost entirely by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency during their meeting Monday.

 

Monday profile: Jones: Doughnuts for sale, no charge for the smiles

Posted 7/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Walking into Shipley Donuts in Columbus, customers are greeted by two things: the overwhelming smell of sweet, sugary doughnuts and the beaming smile of Kay Jones. Jones, 51, has worked at Shipley's for the last three years and says she strives to make each customer feel at home.

Teachers encouraged after Common Core training

Posted 7/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With Common Core State Standards set to be implemented in all Mississippi classrooms for the 2014-15 school year, area teachers are preparing for the change in curriculum.

 

As loan interest doubles, students face tough decisions

Posted 7/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While Mississippi University for Women psychology major Kayla Tate finishes her coursework, she mulls what her next step will be. Graduate school is the front runner of her many options. While she hasn't had to rely on student loans so far, it seems likely she would need a loan to continue her education. As of today, the cost of a student loan has doubled.

 

'Crash Course' helps students discover new careers in medical field

Posted 6/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A week-long "crash course" in nursing has set the career path for three Columbus teenagers. For the past week, high school seniors Ariana Mays, 16, Ambreauna Brown, 16, and Karigan Johnston, 17, have participated in "Crash Course" at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.

Lowndes schools pass budget

Posted 6/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a 4-1 vote, the Lowndes County School Board approved the district's budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Tagert: Hwy 45 bypass design is ongoing

Posted 6/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Acquiring federal environmental documents for construction of a bypass for Highway 45 North was a third of the battle in getting the project off the ground, according to Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert.

Karriem hopes to keep gun buyback program

Posted 6/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four months after the Columbus Police Department sponsored a gun buyback program, organizers are mulling over whether to make it an annual event.

 

West Nile case reported in Lowndes Co.

Posted 6/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed a case of West Nile virus in Lowndes County Thursday, one of three reported statewide so far this year.

 

Columbus man faces DUI-maiming charge

Posted 6/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was charged with DUI-maiming after his passenger suffered a broken neck in a car crash. William Zackery Johnson, 20, of 350 Deer Trail, was arrested on Tuesday after investigators with the Columbus Police Department determined Johnson was intoxicated at the time of an accident that occurred at the Luxipalila Creek Park on June 22.

Custodian foils rape attempt at Leigh Mall

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A career felon faces charges of attempted sexual battery after he allegedly attacked a woman in a restroom in Leigh Mall Saturday. Sammie Lee Smith, Jr., 50, of 158 Community Road, was arrested Saturday night by officers with the Columbus Police Department after police say he attacked a woman in the mall's public restroom.

CMSD board hires accountant to work on budget

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board has hired an accountant to help construct the district's budget for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year. The board originally made a motion to hire CPA Frances Goldmon during a special meeting Tuesday morning but then tabled the issue until a rate of pay could be determined. The board met again this morning and approved the motion by a 3-0 vote. Board members Currie Fisher and Angela Verdell did not attend today's meeting.

Sheriffs laud MDOT's litter control program

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local sheriffs participating in the Mississippi Department of Transportation's Inmate Litter Control Program agree that being proactive and using the program to its fullest potential yields noticeable results and keeps their state highways clean.

Two Columbus men arrested on meth charges

Posted 6/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus men were arrested this weekend on methamphetamine charges. Rickey Lamar Harrison, 56, and David Ray Keating, 37, were arrested Friday night after agents with the Lowndes County Narcotics Unit conducted a traffic stop near North Lehmburg Road.

 

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