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Cultural Heritage Foundation board shuts down talks with new preservation society

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation board of directors abruptly ended public discussions with members of the Preservation Society of Columbus on the future operational control of the Columbus Pilgrimage during a meeting at the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau office Monday.


Businesses affected by winter flooding still seeking help

Posted 10/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Carl Froshour's property where Spurlock Road meets the Tombigbee River south of Columbus was inundated with 18 feet of floodwater in February, the waters receded within a week. The after-effects did not.


SDI's third galvanizing line on pace for mid-2020 completion

Posted 10/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County District 3 Supervisor John Holliman, outfitted in a bright orange safety coat, hardhat and safety goggles, paused for a moment, looked up at the skeleton of steel girders high above and said to no one in particular: "It's really amazing what they've done out here."


Free concerts to headline Caledonia Days

Posted 10/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Caledonia Days kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with the first of three free concerts, Nikki Brock will see the event from a new perspective.


Ethel Stewart wins Ward 1 runoff in Columbus

Posted 10/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Ethel Stewart moved back home to Columbus, a little more than a year ago, she could not have imagined what transpired Tuesday evening.


Slimantics: Reeves is running against himself -- and losing

Posted 10/15/2019 in Local Columns

A comedian once explained why grandparents are so much nicer than parents: "It's because they're old and they want to go to heaven."


LED lighting puts finishing touch on Caledonia soccer complex

Posted 10/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The prospects for Caledonia's youth soccer program have never been brighter. Literally.


Renowned sportswriter talks about finding stories, impact in unlikely places

Posted 10/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Of all the keynote speakers during the 31 years of the Eudora Welty Symposium, John Feinstein faced a unique challenge. Over the years, the keynote speaker at the Eudora Welty Gala has represented a wide variety of genres. Friday evening at the Trotter Center, Feinstein became the first sports writer to hold that distinction.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 'It's not over when the treatment ends'

Posted 10/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in Columbus, her doctor can advise her to read all the printed materials on the side effects for all the treatments and medications that will become a part of her life. Or, for simplicity's sake, the doctor can just point to Alice Chain


County seeks new 4-H director as work continues at horse park

Posted 10/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi State Extension Service Agent Reid Nevins expects to have a new 4-H director for Lowndes County by the end of the year.


Slimantics: State candidates are backed into a corner on taxes

Posted 10/8/2019 in Local Columns

One of the interesting things about watching candidates for statewide races is how they have to tiptoe around the issues that continue to face our state. From roads and bridges to education to the tenuous condition of our rural hospitals, every candidate who isn't Tate Reeves thinks we have serious problems.


County now looking at other clinic options

Posted 10/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A week after it seemed poised to sign a new agreement with a local Baptist Medical Group Clinic, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors will consider other possibilities for its employees' doctors visits and pharmacy.


Monday Profile: Local pastor doubles as Army chaplain

Posted 10/7/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On a typical Sunday, in congregations across the country, someone is missing while fulfilling an obligation to the military as a member of the National Guard or Reserves. It's a little different at First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, where one Sunday per month the person is not missing from the pews, but from behind the pulpit.


LCSD narrows superintendent search to seven names

Posted 10/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees narrowed the list of candidates for the district's superintendent of schools to seven during Friday's regular board meeting, but offered little information on the move.


Hawkins: Black market hijacks vaping, makes it more dangerous

Posted 10/4/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nature abhors a vacuum. That goes for human nature, too. During Thursday's Exchange Club luncheon at Lion Hills Center, Eddie Hawkins of Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics noted the emergence of vaping as a form of recreational drug use has emerged as a public health threat.


Governor enacts statewide burn ban

Posted 10/3/2019 in Area

Longtime Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan knew it was just a matter of time before a burn ban would be enacted.


City to consider promotions, pay raises for firefighters working above rank

Posted 10/2/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fiscal year started Tuesday for the city of Columbus, but not without dispute. A large group of people, many of them Columbus firefighters in uniform, turned out for Tuesday's city council meeting, waiting for Ward 3 councilman Charlie Box to address an item he added to the otherwise mundane agenda at the beginning of the meeting.


Slimantics: City council stumbles out of the starting block

Posted 10/2/2019 in Local Columns

On the first day of the fiscal year, the Columbus city council put itself squarely between a rock and a hard place and will soon have to choose one bad policy over another.


Determined to rebuild in Northside: Homeowners apply with available aid programs to replace homes destroyed by February storm

Posted 9/28/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been seven months since an EF-3 tornado swept through the north side of Columbus damaging or destroying an estimated 300 homes and businesses. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency inspectors ruled 117 of those homes were in an "unlivable" state. For every new roof that dots the landscape, there are a half-dozen more homes that remain, battered and abandoned.


12 organizations in running for 100+ Women's second Impact Award

Posted 9/27/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nominations for 100+ Women Who Care Columbus Impact Award ended on Sept. 22, and more than a dozen nominated organizations now await the Oct. 22 meeting, when one of those groups will be chosen by the membership for the second of the group's cash awards.



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