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Photo: College Street cleanup

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Clean-up crews clear sodium hydroxide on College Street between Third and Fourth streets Saturday. The sodium hydroxide, which is a substance used to make soaps, leaked from a truck Friday afternoon, said Lowndes County Emergency Management Director Cindy Lawrence. EMA, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and Columbus Fire and Rescue crews spent Saturday cleaning the mess. The sodium hydroxide is not dangerous and will not hurt people or damage buildings or yards.

Victim in New Hope crash tentatively identified as Columbus man

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities believe the victim of a fatal car accident Friday could be a 20-year-old Columbus man.


Columbus bank to grow past $1B as it buys Alabama bank

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Mississippi bank's assets will grow to more than $1 billion as it buys an Alabama bank. BankFirst Capital Corp. of Columbus announced this week that it was buying FNB Bancshares of Central Alabama, based in Tuscaloosa.


Good Thanksgiving fellowship: City holds 12th annual Thanksgiving luncheon at Trotter Convention Center

Posted 11/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sitting at a table in Trotter Convention Center Thursday, Ruthie Armistad patiently waited for her lunch plate. When it came, right on time, it was filled with all the trappings of a Thanksgiving meal.

LCSD to borrow $2.5M to offset budget shortfall

Posted 11/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees voted in special session Thursday to secure $3.5 million through a $1 million withdrawal from its 16th Section Interest Account and $2.5 million tax anticipation loan to meet expenses for the final two months of the year.

Former employee of Lowndes health clinic charged with embezzlement

Posted 11/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former employee of Lowndes County Health Department has been indicted for embezzlement.

Photo: Remembering a water skiing legend

Posted 11/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bobby Miller's home was in Columbus, but his heart was on the water. Miller, a life-long Columbus resident and 1946 graduate of Lee High, died Thursday at age 90. While friends and family knew him in many ways, Miller was best-known in the community for his love of barefoot water skiing, a sport he took up as a teen. His devotion to the sport (he quickly acquired the nickname "River Rat") led him to become a founding member of the Tombigbee Stump Jumpers, helping inspire generations of skiers. Miller continued his barefoot skiing into his 80s, marking his birthday each year with a barefoot ski run. He was and remains an inspiration not only to water skiing fans but to all those who learned from him is that their is no age limit for your passions in life.

Photo: Chancery judge runoff

Posted 11/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 14, Place 2 chancery judge candidates Joe Studdard and Carrie Jourdan speak at a forum at Mississippi University for Women's Parkinson Hall Wednesday night. Organized and hosted by MUW students, the forum gave the two candidates a chance to discuss their qualifications and answer questions before they face each other in a runoff election on Nov. 27.

Ailing mother searching for daughter who ran away with carnival

Posted 11/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities in Waynesboro are asking the public's help locating a woman who left town with a traveling carnival in 2015.

Local man arrested for possessing child pornography

Posted 11/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is facing multiple charges of child exploitation after authorities say they discovered child pornography in a Dropbox account belonging to him.

'History in No Time': Georgia businessman pens book to combat fading history education

Posted 11/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Randolph Russell did not come to the Columbus Rotary Club empty-handed Tuesday. The Georgia businessman and musician brought with him two boxes of his self-published book and a saxophone.

Acclaimed organist to perform Fitzner concert Sunday

Posted 11/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Martha Claire Kennedy Fitzner Concert Series returns Sunday to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbus with a performance by award-winning organist Joby Bell of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Boone, North Carolina.

City faces lawsuit from bystander injured in officer-involved shooting

Posted 11/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County woman shot as a bystander in an officer-involved shooting in Columbus a year ago has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the officer she says shot her.

Russian-roulette-style game claims New Hope man's life

Posted 11/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 20-year-old man has died after he and several others were apparently playing a Russian roulette-style game over the weekend.

CMSD explores designating Hunt a Historic Landmark

Posted 11/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Months after a former Columbus school was designated for State Landmark status, Columbus Municipal School District plans to apply for the same designation for its sister school, district officials said Friday.

American Deli cashiers speak out after mall melee

Posted 11/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A steady stream of customers waited patiently in line Saturday at American Deli in Leigh Mall when Briana Jackson began her shift at 4 p.m.

After 30 years of helping women at Recovery House, Johnson to retire

Posted 11/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly every time the board of trustees for Recovery House meets, Executive Director Stephanie Johnson is there with a letter from a woman who has been touched by the program.

Winning Ohio candidate credits MUW for providing 'foundations' of her career

Posted 11/9/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As recently as four years ago, Ohio was just a place on a map and politics wasn't even on the radar for Allison Russo. But on Tuesday, Russo was elected to represent Ohio's 24th District in the statehouse, winning her first political campaign as a Democrat in her suburban Columbus, Ohio district.

182-year-old Beckrome to be demolished

Posted 11/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An antebellum house in north Columbus is slated to be demolished.

Legislation restoring $800k to Lowndes expected next year

Posted 11/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the Mississippi Legislature convenes in January, Lowndes County officials will ask for the right to assess taxes on businesses operating on Golden Triangle Regional Airport land, a move that will restore $800,000 in revenue for the county and its school district.


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