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From trauma to triumph: Smart says there is hope even in the worst of circumstances

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart lay in the dirt, sobbing after being brutalized by a man who had abducted her from her family's upscale Salt Lake City home hours earlier. The memories of that night remain vivid.

Riverwalk expansion project begins

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By the end of the year, visitors to the Riverwalk and the Columbus Soccer Complex will be able to walk from one to the other with ease as plans continue to move forward on connecting the two venues.

VISTA workers making a difference as

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In nearly two years as executive director of the Columbus Arts Council, Tina Sweeten has revolutionized the way the organization operates. Known for her grant writing skills, Sweeten garnered enough grant money to fund 10 Volunteers In Service In America (VISTA) workers. VISTA not only helps the Columbus Arts Council but other local agencies as well.

Bigelow picked for Main Street post

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus has a familiar face as its new director. Barbara Bigelow, who already serves on the organization's board of directors, will begin her new duties as director on Feb. 25. Announced via press release Wednesday afternoon, the decision comes less than a week after former director Nickie Nicholson was fired.

 

Six arrested on meth charges, second bust in two days

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Wednesday afternoon traffic stop resulted in the arrest of nine people, six on methamphetamine charges. Agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit pulled over a vehicle driven by Stephen Knight in front of Country Mart on Hwy. 82 in New Hope. A search of the vehicle produced a quarter-ounce of crystal meth and various drug paraphernalia.

 

County investment options bill dies

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A bill that would have allowed county board of supervisors to invest excess funds in delinquent county tax sales has died in committee. House Bill 439 was written by Rep. Gary Chism, R-Columbus, on behalf of District 1 Supervisor and board president Harry Sanders, who has been a advocate for more flexibility in investing the county's revenue from the sale of the county hospital.

 

Despite court ruling, EPA raises biofuel estimate

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Days after a federal appeals court said the Obama administration is setting overly optimistic production quotas for the struggling biofuels industry, the government has issued new standards that raise production estimates for 2013.

 

Columbus council approves gun buy-back program

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council has approved a gun buy-back program. Passed by a unanimous vote during Tuesday's council meeting, the gun buy-back initiative will allow Columbus residents to trade their guns for cash. The proposal was introduced by Mayor Robert Smith on behalf of Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem.

City employee fired after drug test

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A city employee who was involved in a automobile wreck in downtown Columbus last week has been fired after testing positive for marijuana.

 

Comprehensive Plan aims to guide development

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A city project that began as a discussion during a community charrette in 2009 has finally become a reality. The Columbus City Council approved a comprehensive plan for the city during a Tuesday morning public hearing in the courtroom at City Hall.

 

Columbus native, civil rights icon dies

Posted 2/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Diane Hardy Thompson, one of three African-American women who integrated then-Mississippi College for Women in 1966, has died at an Augusta, Ga., burn center. She was 64.

Castleberry re-appointed to CVB board

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area developer Mark Castleberry was re-appointed to a second four-year term to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau on a 3-1 vote by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors on Monday.

Two arrested in New Hope meth lab bust

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A search for stolen property in New Hope resulted in the discovery of a meth lab and the arrest of two people on Monday.

Columbus students use skills to earn scholarship money

Posted 2/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus High School students won more than $12,000 in scholarship money at the 2013 Scholar's Olympiad Competition last week at East Mississippi Community College. Thirteen students from McKellar Center, the school's vocational program, competed in a series of competitions.

Comprehensive plan goes before public

Posted 2/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of discussion, the Comprehensive Plan for Columbus seems to be almost ready for implementation. A public hearing will be held on the plan Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the courtroom in City Hall.

CPD chief defends delay in grand jury cases

Posted 2/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department presented only one case to the January grand jury, but it hardly suggests a dramatic drop in crime in the city.

 

Search underway for CVB attorney

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you have a law degree and you enjoy high drama, backstabbing and bickering, then there may be a job available for you.

 

Dust, noise accompany Caledonia fracking operation

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bob, who agreed to be interviewed on the condition his identity would not be revealed, stood in the middle of a field Friday, describing a hydraulic fracking operation that just started on property two football fields from his Caledonia home.

Effort to reclaim graves of black residents brings a community together

Posted 2/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is late evening in Vaughn's Cemetery, and the shadows are beginning to creep across the graves, slowly enveloping both simple and ornate without prejudice.

 

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