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Council to mull 2-hour parking extension

Posted 6/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council has agreed to take under advisement a request to extend two-hour parking to two rows of spaces located in a lot behind the Front Door/Back Door restaurant on Main Street.

Governor's School offers blend of fun, study

Posted 6/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the past three weeks, the campus of Mississippi University for Women has been filled with 122 upcoming high school juniors and seniors for the annual Mississippi Governor's School. While most teens may be spending the summer relaxing or working part-time jobs, the students at MGS are earning college credit.

 

Compromise reached on variance request

Posted 6/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Installation of a new water main near a mixed-use property on Main Street will soon provide property owners in the area a closer outlet to tap into when installing sprinkler systems.

 

Council votes to raise its own salaries

Posted 6/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen voted to give themselves a 23 percent pay raise during their meeting Tuesday despite applause from people in attendance for members who announced they would vote against doing so.

CMSD begins search for superintendent and CFO

Posted 6/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Less than 20 hours after it fired its superintendent, the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees met Tuesday to begin looking for an interim superintendent and a new chief financial officer.

Flare-up arises from engineering report

Posted 6/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During Tuesday's city council meeting, Ward 2 councilman Joseph Mickens called on city engineer Kevin Stafford to explain three invoices due from the city. The documents were linked to Micken's former election opponent Susan Mackay.

CVB adopts ethics policy, funds festivals

Posted 6/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors approved the adoption of an ethics policy in a 7-1 vote during its meeting Monday.

 

Rumored pay raises for council not on agenda

Posted 6/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Though an item regarding pay raises for Columbus councilmen is not listed on an agenda emailed to The Dispatch on Thursday, leaders do have the option of adding such a resolution before today's meeting.

 

Columbus school superintendent fired

Posted 6/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell has been fired. After a four-and-a-half hour executive session, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees voted, 3-2, to terminate the superintendent during Monday's board meeting.

 

CVB will again discuss ethics policy today

Posted 6/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A proposed ethics policy tabled at last month's Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitor's Bureau Board of Directors meeting will once again come before the board when it meets at 4 p.m. today.

 

Monday Profile: Bush leans on faith in serving public

Posted 6/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some know him as a mainstay at Columbus' public works department, which he now leads on an interim basis. Some know him as a minister of Greater Mt. Zion Church, where he has led the congregation since 2008. In either case, leading is something Casey Bush has a great deal of experience with, something he says it's only possible through his faith.

 

County expects budget in place by July

Posted 6/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the 2012-2013 fiscal year comes to a close, area schools are finalizing their budgets for next year. During the Lowndes County School Board meeting on Friday, the district made plans to approve the budget by the end of June.

 

Columbus downtown on magazine's Top 10 list

Posted 6/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Southern Business & Development magazine has recognized Historic Downtown Columbus in its annual "Top 10's" edition. The area has been named in the Top Ten Wonderful Small Town Central Business Districts in the South ranking for 2013.

 

Supes pursue inter-local group for aerial photography

Posted 6/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors approved entering into an inter-local agreement to procure bids for new aerial photography during their meeting Friday.

 

Downtown wreck

Posted 6/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

No serious injuries were reported and the accident scene was cleared within the hour.

State investigator meets with CMSD officials

Posted 6/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An investigator with the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor was at the Columbus Municipal School District Wednesday, according the documents obtained by The Dispatch.

 

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