Air base construction ahead of schedule

July 9, 2013 in News, Statewide News

Columbus Air Force Base officials say construction of a center runway is ahead of its projected late-August completion target.

The Commercial Dispatch reports the work began in March and officials say it is about two-third complete.

The $31.29-million project is the most extensive overhaul to the two-mile runway since it was built in 1959.

Woman gets 5 years in prison for sex with 2 teens

March 19, 2013 in Top Stories

A Lowndes woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with two teenagers.

A jury found 35-year-old Christy McGough guilty of two counts of sexual battery. Circuit Judge Lee Howard sentenced her to concurrent 10-year sentences but suspended five years of each term which means she’ll serve five years.

She also will be on post-release supervision for five years.

Winter weather alert issued throughout the state

January 14, 2013 in News, news/central_mississippi_news, Statewide News, Top Stories

The National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have issued winter weather alerts for numerous counties across the state.

An ice storm warning is in effect for the upper Delta until 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14.

A freezing rain advisory has been issued for Elliot, Gore Springs, Grenada and Holcomb until 6 p.m., Jan. 14.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Abbeville and Algoma until 12 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Doctor sentenced to 13 months in drug case

December 3, 2012 in Health, News, Statewide News

A Columbus doctor has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison on three counts of distributing narcotics.

Dr. Mark Burtman was sentenced in federal court in Oxford.

Burtman was charged with illegally distributing prescription painkillers. He pleaded guilty to the three counts on June 28.

Columbus School District seeking eCenters partners

November 16, 2012 in Education, News, Statewide News

The Columbus School District is recruiting churches, community groups and others to help high school dropouts throughout the region complete either their high school diploma or GED.

Schools Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell tells WCBI-TV that the planned eCenters are the next major step in the Project 2020 dropout recovery program.

Columbus woman charged with insurance fraud

September 10, 2012 in News, Statewide News

A Columbus woman has been indicted and arrested for insurance fraud for filing a false report to her insurance company.

Brittney Latham, 22, was recently indicted by the Lowndes County Grand Jury on one count of insurance fraud.