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Independent auditor finds paperwork deficiencies at LCSD

Posted 2/16/2020 in State

The CPA handling Lowndes County School District's financial audit declared the district's audit "clean" during the board's regular meeting Friday, but not without raising several examples of incorrect filing procedures and information missing from board meeting minutes -- the latter of which had board members questioning Business Officer Kenneth Hughes as to whether he had presented certain expenses to them at all.


Cracker Barrel shooter to spend 30 years in prison

Posted 2/14/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man who admitted to shooting a manager at Cracker Barrel in June 2018 will spend 30 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.


Macon mother shares story of son's lost battle with alcohol

Posted 2/12/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lauren McGraw does not consider herself a public speaker. Instead, she's a talker. The Macon native who grew up driving to and from Columbus talked to everyone gathered at the monthly meeting of the Lowndes County Republican Women at Lion Hills Center on Tuesday, where, in true Southern fashion, she knew about half the people in the room, or at least their friends or relatives, she joked.


Ethics Commission: LCSD board did not violate open meetings act

Posted 2/11/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Ethics Commission ruled Friday that the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees did not violate the open meetings law when it held superintendent interviews behind closed doors, with only 15 handpicked citizens allowed to attend.


Monday Profile: Army veteran develops taste for baking

Posted 2/10/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When it came to baking, Nicole Huff's "first challenge" was a white velvet birthday cake for her mom.


City closes pedestrian bridge at Columbus Riverwalk as precaution; bridge appears to be disconnecting from support pillar

Posted 2/8/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City officials have closed the pedestrian bridge over the Tombigbee River at the Columbus Riverwalk until further notice.


Taylor discusses building human heart in opening of MUW's II+C Symposium

Posted 2/7/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Doris Taylor said she cried the first time she held a human heart in her hand.


Putting away the paddle? Legislators say parental input critical in school discipline as House bill seeks to ban corporal punishment

Posted 2/6/2020 in Area

A bill making its way through the Mississippi House of Representatives potentially banning corporal punishment -- which traditionally has entailed paddling children for certain school offenses, such as fighting -- from public schools has area legislators thinking about when to involve parents in school discipline.


Area school districts emphasize WorkKeys

Posted 2/5/2020 in Area

Columbus High School Principal Craig Chapman tells a story about a particular student who swung by his office to ask, "When are the industries visiting?" The student, one of the school's 202 seniors, had taken the WorkKeys exam, a workforce readiness test similar in format to the more academic-oriented ACT, and was now excited to meet representatives from area industries planning to visit the schools.


'An American perspective': MSU displays 19th century cannon outside Grant Library

Duffy Neubauer, the curator of the Starkville Civil War Arsenal and a self-proclaimed "cannon guy," was cleaning the barrel of a Model 1841 "6-pounder" cannon in December when he came across something he didn't expect.


CPD arrests suspects in separate shootings

Posted 2/4/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus men face aggravated assault charges after investigators connected them to two unrelated shootings in the city earlier this year.


Renovations to Turner Hall bring Demonstration School 'back to life'

Posted 2/1/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

From 1985-1995, Alma Turner spent part of nearly every week day in her office at the Demonstration School on Mississippi University for Women's campus. On Friday, she was back, standing outside the office looking at the wall where her portrait now hangs, welcoming visitors to the newly renovated Turner Hall.


Local police hone new strategies for responding to active shooters

Posted 1/31/2020 in Area

When Columbus police Sgt. Brian Jenkins first became a law enforcement officer in 2006, one of the first courses he took was how to respond in an active shooter situation. Since then, the way officers have been trained to respond has changed, especially after major mass shooting events have alerted law enforcement to tactics that no longer work, he said.


CPD investigating two shootings

Posted 1/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investigators with Columbus Police Department are searching for a suspect or suspects in two Wednesday night shootings that may be related.


Powerball, Mega Millions tickets go on sale Thursday

Posted 1/29/2020 in Area

People throughout Mississippi can try their luck at massive jackpot games like the Powerball and Mega Millions for the first time Thursday, starting at 3 a.m.


Private probation firms cash in on monitoring offenders

Posted 1/25/2020 in Area

Whenever Lowndes County Justice Court Judge Ron Cooke imposes a fine on someone, he always asks them, "How much can you afford to pay?"


Council to discuss hiring assistant chief, head of criminal investigations

Posted 1/21/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council is expected to hire an assistant chief and head of criminal investigations for the police department during this evening's meeting, scheduled to begin at 5 in the Municipal Complex.


Monday Profile: Baptist's tumor registrar collects data on cancer patients, helps doctors come up with plans of care

Posted 1/20/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Maxine Glenn Morgan knows every cancer patient who has visited Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle since 2006, though most of them have never met her.


Elm Lake, three other neighborhoods to get fiber optic internet

Posted 1/20/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

C Spire has chosen the first four areas of Lowndes County and Columbus to lay fiber optic infrastructure and begin the process of bringing gigabit internet service to the county.


Dorothy comes to Columbus: CMSD holds red carpet for the premiere of student-made 'The Wonder Grove Wizard of Oz'

Posted 1/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's not often that Malco Cinema in Columbus hosts the stars and designers of the movies it shows. But when a limousine pulled up in front of the theater and expelled a crowd of students, their family members and faculty from Columbus Municipal School District just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, that's exactly what happened.



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