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Pacific is U.S. military's priority, general says

Posted 1/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The world is changing. And those things affecting the Asia-Pacific region will impact all of us, an Air Force general told members of the Columbus community Thursday. "The world ... is reshaping. It will shape our futures as well," said Gen. Gary North, commander of Pacific Air Forces.

Renasant's financial-services division moving to Columbus

Posted 1/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus bank is putting part of its operations in the vacant first-floor space of the building that also houses the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

Artesia constructs new fire station

Posted 1/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Artesia will soon have a new fire station, thanks to a rural development grant. The old station overlooked 112 N. Front St. for more than three decades, but it was demolished in September to make room for a new one to be constructed at the same site.

 

 

Columbus police arrest accused laundromat burglar

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested the man accused of burglarizing Watkins Washette on Saturday and stealing a load of laundry in addition to cash from arcade games.

 

 

Search continues for convicted sex offender

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

U.S. marshals and Lowndes County sheriff's deputies continue to search for a convicted sex offender this week. Jesse Steven Shelton, 41, was convicted in 1999 of attempted sodomy in the first degree.

 

 

Deputies make arrests in home burglaries

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office arrested three people Monday -- including two juveniles -- in connection with two unrelated home burglaries. Jeremy Marc Adams, 29, of 8061 Highway 12 E. No. 9, was charged Monday afternoon in connection with a home burglary on Woodlawn Drive.

 

 

Tempers continue to simmer, boil over at CVB meetings

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Does not get along well with others" seems to be routine at Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board meetings. The show was on again Monday evening as board members accused, yelled and generally disagreed among themselves and with others.

 

New dealer selling Chrysler; former dealer charging rent

Posted 1/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The general manager of Columbus' new and only Chrysler dealership is glad to add the last line of the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram family to the business. The owner of Columbus' former Chrysler dealership said he is doing well without the line but is still charging the automaker rent for the sign on his property.

 

MDAH awards preservation, landmark grants, appoints Carpenter to board

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- The Church of the Annunciation in Columbus and the Old Byhalia High School Auditorium have been awarded Community Heritage Preservation grants.

 

 

Clay excited to be a part of regional recruitment efforts

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The addition of West Point and Clay County to the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link came with an enthusiastic reception. The Link board unanimously approved expanding its reach at Friday's regular quarterly meeting.

 

 

Link willing to expand its regional partnership

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The invitation is out for Oktibbeha County to join the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link. Link Executive Director Joe Max Higgins said Monday he would be happy to talk with officials in Starkville about a partnership.

 

 

CVB votes to keep fully funding 'the golden goose'

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The county's economic development agency survived another attempt Monday to cut its budget. The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board discussed the possibility of reducing funding for the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link in favor of adequately funding community festivals.

 

 

Annunciation church awarded preservation grant

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- Annunciation Catholic Church in Columbus and the Old Byhalia High School Auditorium have been awarded Community Heritage Preservation grants. The grants were announced Monday by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

 

 

CVB board hears $46,000 worth of grant requests

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brother, can you spare a whole bunch of dimes? Organizers of festival grants appealed to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors Monday for festival grant money to help their events.

 

 

Judge to hear pardons challenge from Hood

Posted 1/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour.

 

 

Previous offender arrested on charge of suspicion of burglary

Posted 1/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 19-year-old man is being held in connection to a Friday-morning burglary. Davanta Hayden was arrested Friday morning on Mill Street after police received a stolen-property tip, Cpl. Donnie Elkin said. Charges are still pending and could be issued on Monday, Elkin said.

 

 

Columbus city officials: Uptick in crime is a reality

Posted 1/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith didn't mince words: Columbus has a crime problem, and he and the City Council are determined to do whatever it takes to eradicate it.

 

Vikings coach, Columbus native Leslie Frazier reflects on season

Posted 1/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Adversity is going to make Leslie Frazier stronger. The Columbus native certainly experienced a fair share of setbacks and change in his first full season as head coach of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

 

Improvements planned for Bluecutt Road

Posted 1/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bluecutt Road is expected to see $1 million in improvements in the coming months. The City Council Tuesday approved a plan to widen the turning lanes at the intersection of Bluecutt and Military roads, where Huddle House is located, and at Bluecutt and Seventh Street North, near Heritage Academy.

 

 

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