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Couple starts Columbus snow cone biz

Posted 9/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been less than a month since Robert and Velma Woodard started a snow cone side business in Columbus.

Sanctuary of Lowndes County church condemned

Posted 9/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A church in east Lowndes County is on the verge of collapsing.

 

Columbus-Lowndes E-911 director McCoy resigns

Posted 9/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes Emergency 911 Director Melanie McCoy has stepped down from the post effective today.

 

Free GED practice test period begins today

Posted 9/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Today marks the beginning of two weeks of free GED practice tests nationwide.

Local woman's cowbells hit Walmart shelves

Posted 9/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Golden Triangle woman is selling cowbells in Walmarts across the Southeast. Her name is Lisa Ulmer and it began via a fundraiser for her daughter.

Town Hall meeting to be held tonight at Sim Scott

Posted 9/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A meeting designed to provide a forum for African-American males to discuss issues affecting quality of life in their neighborhoods and the community at large will be held at 6 p.m. today at Sim Scott Park.

 

Columbus ends fiscal year with strong sales tax finish

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus ended its sales tax collection year on a strong note. The city reported that it received a check from t`he Mississippi Department of Revenue this month for $701,283.48, which is a $15,906.70 improvement from September 2013.

 

Judge approves Columbus annexation

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's official: Columbus is getting bigger. A judge on Friday approved the city's annexation plan, which will bring 1,462 more residents, three square miles and five more miles of road into Columbus, according to Tim Youngblood of Bridge and Watson, the firm that assisted the city with the annexation.

Group completes charter application

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus group hoping to open a local charter school in the city has submitted a complete application to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board.

Ordinance on events with alcohol to be modified

Posted 9/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' ordinance on leasing property for events with alcohol will be revised.

CL&W talks water rate increase

Posted 9/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A water rate increase may be in the cards for Columbus Light and Water customers.

1 qualifies, others intend to run for Senate

Posted 9/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Terry Brown's predecessor in the Mississippi State Senate has qualified to run for the rest of his term, while at least two others have confirmed they also plan to do so.

CVB looking to buy new double decker

Posted 9/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus and Lowndes County's tourism agency is looking for a new bus. Mechanical issues with the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's 1984 Leyland Motors Olympian double decker led CVB board members last month to ask executive director Nancy Carpenter to begin soliciting quotes for a new one.

Charter school group submits incomplete application

Posted 9/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A group of locals hoping to open a charter school in Columbus hit a snag Monday when they failed to successfully submit their entire application to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board.

 

Columbus to allocate $50K to redevelopment authority

Posted 9/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Redevelopment Authority will soon have some start-up money as it begins its mission of minimizing blight in the city.

 

New Columbus resident snags shouting contest crown

Posted 9/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ever since he won the Stella Shouting Contest on Friday, coworkers have been calling him "the screamer." In fact, one of the only times Richard Jensen has not been at work lately was so that he could yell up at a balcony in downtown Columbus.

CMSD supe addresses 'integrity' questions

Posted 9/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District superintendent told a room full of local business leaders Tuesday that despite recommending the school board hire his wife's uncle to work for the district, he never intended to go through with the move.

 

Severstal plant formally sold to Indiana company

Posted 9/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal Columbus has been sold to Steel Dynamics Inc., an Indiana-based steel producer and metal recycler. The plant, which sits on 1,400 acres near Airport Road, was sold by its Russian owners for $1.62 billion, according to a Steel Dynamics statement Tuesday.

 

Council tightens controls on events with ordinance

Posted 9/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen have unanimously approved an ordinance regulating the leasing of property for large events where alcohol is served.

Supes pass budget, give employee raises

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County residents will pay the same in ad valorem taxes next year that they pay now, and county employees will receive a raise in October.

 

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