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Arborists: Care needed in keeping trees healthy after ice storm damage

Posted 2/28/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the ice began to melt after the Feb. 14-15 ice storm, George Hazard did what a lot of homeowners were doing.

 

In remembrance: Maranatha founder, pastor led fight for Kerr-McGee compensation, redevelopment

Posted 2/26/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Steve Jamison built his legacy at Maranatha Faith Center in Columbus, the church he founded and served as pastor for 41 years. The section of Waterworks Road in front of the church bears the name: "Reverend Steven M. Jamison Way." But his broader impact in the city began not in the church, but in its parking lot, where a planned church expansion led to the discovery of creosote in the soil, confirming what people in the Memphis Town area of Northside had long suspected.

 

Slimantics: Kansas and Dumber

Posted 2/25/2021 in Local Columns

If the Mississippi Senate signs off on HB1439, we will be Kansas.

 

Bill to phase out state income tax, raise sales tax passes House

Posted 2/24/2021 in Area

A bill that would phase out the state income tax in Mississippi and reduce sales tax on groceries, while raising the general sales taxes, is getting some pushback from local business owners and at least one local legislator who say it would seriously harm retailers.

 

CMSD board votes down year-round school

Posted 2/23/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District adopted a traditional school calendar for the 2021-22 school year after a five-hour recess board meeting held Friday at the Joe Cook Elementary School auditorium.

 

City has received almost $1.4 million in FEMA recovery funds for 2019 tornado

Posted 2/23/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus is close to finishing its work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency after an EF-3 tornado swept through the central part of the city. Today marks the two-year anniversary of the storm.

 

Two years later: Recovery from 2019 tornado has been slow, sporadic

Posted 2/20/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tuesday marks the second anniversary of the EF-3 tornado that swept through the heart of Columbus north of Main Street.

 

COVID vaccinations rescheduled for mass sites

Posted 2/17/2021 in Area

COVID-19 vaccinations at Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus and the Mississippi Horse Park in Oktibbeha County that were scheduled for today are canceled.

 

Golden Triangle sees fewer power outages, car accidents than expected

Posted 2/15/2021 in Area

Utility companies are reporting far fewer issues with power outages than anticipated throughout the first day of a winter storm that has seen below-freezing temperatures and ice on roads and power lines.

 

Emergency management officials, utility companies brace for possible winter storms

Posted 2/13/2021 in Area

Emergency management officials, utility companies and schools are keeping a close eye on the forecast as the Golden Triangle braces for severe weather.

 

CLW general manager Todd Gale found dead near camp house

Posted 2/13/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water General Manager Todd Gale died Saturday morning, Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant has confirmed.

 

A heart for Miss Mildred: Community rallies, Zachary's to hold Sunday fundraiser

Posted 2/12/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

You probably don't know Mildred Sue Jones, better known simply as "Miss Mildred," but if you've spent any time around downtown Columbus, particularly along Highway 45, you have no doubt seen her. The tiny woman, her short hair most often covered with a bandana, spends her days pushing a shopping cart along Highway 45, mostly along the stretch of highway between the Highway 82 interchange and Main Street, often doing odd jobs at stores along the way to help support herself. If you have attended First United Methodist Church, you may have encountered her out front, passing out church bulletins at Sunday morning services.

 

Slimantics: A Tale of Two Trials

Posted 2/11/2021 in Local Columns

After watching four hours of the Senate Impeachment trial Wednesday, it seems virtually impossible that anyone who watched the proceedings, including the 100 Senators who are serving as the jury, could not walk away convinced Donald Trump is indeed guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanors" in inciting the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6.

 

Local massage therapist opposes cuts to training hours

Posted 2/11/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Proposed legislation to massage the licensing requirements for massage therapists in the state is rubbing one Columbus practitioner the wrong way. House Bill 1315, which passed the House by a 74-36 vote Monday, would reduce the number of hours required to obtain a massage therapy license by 200 and cut the required number of hours of clinical training in half.

 

'It was just us': Seven students from one family tie histories of Franklin, Union academies

Posted 2/10/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Friday, the Columbus Municipal School District will hold a ceremony at Franklin Academy to celebrate the second of the city's two landmark events in the history of public education. At 4 p.m. former Franklin Academy students, school officials and local and state dignitaries will gather in front of the school on Third Avenue North for a program and monument unveiling to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the school, the first public school in Mississippi.

 

Outdoor celebration of Franklin bicentennial set for Friday

Posted 2/10/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Cherie Labat was called up to provide an update on plans for Friday's bicentennial celebration of Franklin Academy, she prefaced remarks by addressing the weather.

 

Teachers request more input on year-round school

Posted 2/9/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District will hold another meeting to discuss the 2021-22 school calendar after the president of the local teachers organization criticized a lack of teacher input for the plans during Monday's regular school board meeting.

 

Monday Profile: West Lowndes 4th grader bests mostly 8th graders to win county spelling bee

Posted 2/8/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Carmen Hairston stepped up to the microphone at the Trotter Convention Center Wednesday, took a deep breath and waited to hear the word that could make her the youngest ever winner of the Scripps Howard Columbus-Lowndes District Spelling Bee. The West Lowndes fourth-grader, competing against 25 other county students, many of them eighth-graders, had successfully advanced through six rounds to get to the moment and now needed one more correct spelling to defeat her co-finalist, an eighth-grader.

 

One mayoral, four alderman candidates join Caledonia races

Posted 2/8/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Bill Darnell announced he would not seek another term as aldermen for the town of Caledonia, it appeared there wouldn't be a Darnell in town government for the first time since 1979. As it turns out, that may have been premature. In the final 48 hours of the qualifying period, five candidates joined the race, including the wife and nephew of the long-time alderman.

 

Animal shelters trying to bounce back from 'crazy' 2020

Posted 2/5/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been almost a year since COVID-19 arrived in the Golden Triangle, a year Lowndes County Humane Society Director Karen Johnwick described as a journey from "crazy" to "normal" during her appearance Thursday's Columbus Exchange Club luncheon at Lion Hills Center.

 

 

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