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A year in, is J5 Broaddus saving Columbus money?

Posted 8/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

How much money J5 Broaddus may have saved the city during its first year as Columbus' project managing firm isn't known, but the man who runs the company says the savings exceed the $90,000 flat rate paid to it during its first 12 months of work.


Clay Co. moves forward with Airport Road project

Posted 8/29/2014 in Area

Clay County supervisors accepted a bid to widen and overlay Airport Road during their meeting Thursday.


Long-time Columbus GNC franchise owner retires

Posted 8/27/2014 in Business

Thirty years ago, after working a series of small jobs, often multiple ones at a time, Jo Ann Walk-Ferguson helped open the GNC in Leigh Mall in Columbus. Now, she has retired.


CalStar anticipating growth as it gets started

Posted 8/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CalStar threw the switch on its brick and paver manufacturing plant in June to test equipment. In July, employees began making product.


Reeves touts fiscal responsibility in local speech

Posted 8/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi's Lieutenant Governor anticipates that in next year's session, state legislators will be able to appropriate the largest allocation to community colleges in Mississippi history.


Columbus drops insurance for retirees

Posted 8/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus, because of looming increases in insurance premiums, will no longer offer health insurance coverage to its retirees.


Local campaign contributions favored Sen. Cochran

Posted 8/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Golden Triangle residents contributed almost $70,000 to this year's hotly contested campaign between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel in the Republican primary and run-off for Senate.


Jobless rates see uptick in July

Posted 8/21/2014 in Area

Recently released unemployment statistics show slight improvement over last July in the Golden Triangle. The numbers also tell a story of need for more job opportunities, as area rates are well above the 8-percent rate for Mississippi as a whole.


City, county mulling options for old Maxim building

Posted 8/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lowndes County and the city of Columbus bought the Maxim medical building after the company shut its doors, they believed they were acquiring a 130,000-square-foot facility over 19 acres of land.


Contractor approved for 14th Ave. project

Posted 8/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Expect to begin seeing some major road and drainage work on 14th Avenue North in October. Columbus councilmen accepted a bid from Colom Construction Tuesday of $755,394 for the long-awaited improvement project.


Sales tax revenue continues upward trend

Posted 8/20/2014 in Area

The Golden Triangle sales tax revenue uptick continues. For the fourth month in a row, revenue was up in Columbus, Starkville and West Point.


Highway 50 shutting down tonight

Posted 8/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Highway 50 will be shut down from 10 p.m. tonight until at least 4 a.m. Thursday for the installation of a water line crossing for the Love's truck stop.


CVB adopts sliding scale for festival grants

Posted 8/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eleven Lowndes County festivals will have one more year before they begin to see less and less financial assistance from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Mayor, city employee raises rescinded

Posted 8/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith will not get a raise and neither will any other city employee.


Trotter renovation will be 'good swan song' for long-time director

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Frank Goodman was hired to oversee Trotter Convention Center six months before construction work on the facility was completed in 1987. Trotter was created through a renovation and conversion of the old National Guard Armory and city auditorium. That was the last time he got to see a major renovation of the building until this year.


County approves estoppel with Steel Dynamics

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors on Friday approved providing an estoppel certificate to a company that has announced plans to purchase the Severstal steel plant.


Columbus mayor says 'No' to pay raise

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith will ask city councilmen to rescind a $10,000 pay raise he voted himself last week.


City Hall number listed on fundraiser flyer

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Whether or not you plan on attending a private fundraiser for Mayor Robert Smith tonight, you have a vested interest in the event if you are a Columbus resident.


Mayor, council violated open meetings laws

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Ethics Commission has issued a preliminary report stating that meetings of the Columbus mayor and city council that took place this year violated three sections of the state's Open Meetings Act.


Site work continues on old Sara Lee plant

Posted 8/14/2014 in Area

Earlier this week, trucks began arriving at the old Sara Lee plant to haul rubble away.



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