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Weathers granted 30-day extension for CalStar work

Posted 4/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It will likely be late next month before construction on the facility that will house CalStar Products is substantially complete.

School board questions staffing requests

Posted 4/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School Board held a specially called meeting Monday night to discuss the district's budget for the 2014-2015 school year.

Landowners file contempt charge against county

Posted 4/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Owners of private property on Co-Op Road have filed a motion against Lowndes County and two railroad companies for not repairing and re-opening a rail crossing after a judge ordered them to do so last year.

Immanuel Christian School severs ties with Immanuel Church

Posted 4/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Immanuel Christian School is no longer affiliated with Immanuel Baptist Church. Church members on Sunday voted to accept a proposal from eight local businessmen that relieves the church from all obligations to the 35-year-old school and effectively severs the connection between the two, Pastor Charles Mullins confirmed.

J5 Broaddus: City public works waste could exceed $1M

Posted 4/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A study conducted by the city's project managing firm -- one that lead to placing GPS trackers on city trucks to track their whereabouts -- revealed a potential waste of more than $1 million in the city's public works department.

County asking Tombigbee River District to assist with projects

Posted 4/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Columbus councilmen mull funding mechanisms for capital improvements, two Lowndes County supervisors are looking to address infrastructural issues in their respective districts.

Questions arise over vendors used in Pilgrimage events

Posted 4/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Roughly 600 pounds of crawfish and 200 pounds of shrimp were sold at the Pilgrimage kick-off party Monday and Nancy Carpenter, the executive director of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, called the event a success.

 

Columbus site gets $67M in Kerr-McGee settlement

Posted 4/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The site of a defunct plant in Columbus is part of a $5.15 billion dollar settlement from the company that acquired Kerr-McGee. Of that, $67 million for prospective environmental work will go to the environmental trust created to clean up the 14th Avenue North site.

 

Judge dismisses Rennie Gibbs' depraved heart murder case

Posted 4/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A judge has dismissed murder charges against a Columbus resident who was charged with depraved heart murder after the 2006 stillborn death of her child. Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens issued his ruling Wednesday in the case against 24-year-old Rennie Gibbs.

City sets April 10 public hearing for tax increase

Posted 4/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One week from today, Columbus residents will have their say on a proposed millage increase that would fund a bond issue for capital improvements. Mayor Robert Smith and city councilmen have scheduled a hearing for April 10 at the Columbus Municipal Complex. The meeting begins at 5 p.m.

Play ball? MUW weighs its options

Posted 4/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the coming weeks, Mississippi University for Women plans to hire a consultant to evaluate bringing intercollegiate athletics back to the university.

 

Columbus man dies after motorcycle crash

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was killed Tuesday night after he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with a vehicle.

 

Andrews promoted to interim fire chief

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Martin Andrews was named the department's interim chief Tuesday.

 

Caledonia gearing up for Easter egg hunt

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia's annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt is set for April 12 at Ola J. Pickett Park. Rissa Lawrence, who is coordinating the event, updated the town's board of aldermen on the event's status during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

 

City consolidates planning, federal programs offices

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen have consolidated the offices of city planning and federal programs into one department and named city planner Christina Berry to lead it.

Happy Birthday from the Halls of Congress

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Irene Burrow Lancaster turns 89 today and along with birthday greetings from friends and family -- two children, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren -- the retired junior high teacher also heard from a former student.

Johnson updates Columbus Rotarians on air show

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Officials at Columbus Air Force Base are expecting this weekend's Wings Over Columbus to be the best event yet.

KiOR gets $25M financial commitment

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR announced that it had closed the deal Monday on $25 million in financing that will keep the biofuel maker's doors open at least through August.

City takes steps toward Island redevelopment

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In an effort to promote more foot traffic and encourage special events on the newly renovated Old Highway 82 Bridge, Columbus councilmen agreed to temporarily waive rental and insurance fees for six months.

 

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