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New Hope home burns during hour-long wait for fire trucks

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fire, which started at approximately 9:05 a.m., was hard to fully extinguish because of the summer heat and lack of volunteer responders, said Lowndes County Fire Coordinator Sammy Fondren. The home, located at 804 Crowe Road, was owned by Leon and Ethel Harris, who were not injured in the fire.

 

Borsig admits error in hiring of felon

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig was contrite yet firm during a Thursday news conference in which he minced no words explaining how a flawed hiring policy may have contributed to the embezzlement of roughly $30,000 from the MUW Foundation.

 

CVB budget grows to $1.6 million

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will have a slightly larger operating budget for the coming year, thanks primarily to an increase from city sales tax collections.

 

 

Swales mum on decision to leave CVB

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors likely will vote Tuesday to accept the resignation of George Swales from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

 

 

Tax-free weekend starts today

Posted 7/27/2012 in Area

Back-to-school shoppers throughout the state will get a break this weekend, thanks to a Mississippi law that excludes many purchases from state sales tax.

 

Three arrests in armed burglary case

Posted 7/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three Columbus teenagers have been arrested in connection with a Tuesday night armed robbery.

 

Aberdeen closes deal on land for plant

Posted 7/27/2012 in Area

Aberdeen officials have signed a sale option with SPW and Associates of Birmingham, Ala., in hopes of bringing in a biofuel plant.

 

 

Building permits 7-26-12

Posted 7/26/2012 in Business

 

Swales' resignation from CVB catches Board members off-guard

Posted 7/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

George Swales reportedly has resigned his position from the board of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

 

Deputies search for two in armed robbery

Posted 7/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men in connection with a Tuesday night home invasion. According to LCSO Chief Deputy Mark Miley, a home located at 923 Golding Road was burglarized Tuesday night at around 10 p.m.

 

Maloney chosen as Growth Alliance VP

Posted 7/26/2012 in Area

The West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance has chosen a new vice president for economic development. Link CEO Joe Max Higgins confirmed the hiring of Ron Maloney on Wednesday saying Maloney was the "hands down" choice for the position.

Universities land federal grant to pursue energy efficiency

Posted 7/26/2012 in Area

Thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Energy, three public universities in Mississippi will be sharing funding to support energy efficient facility improvements in order to cut energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020.

 

Oktibbeha County unveils much-needed new website

Posted 7/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

 

Arrest nets 13 pounds of marijuana

Posted 7/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department seized approximately $30,000 in marijuana earlier this week.

 

Korean War vets to be honored in national ceremony Friday

Posted 7/26/2012 in National

On Friday, veterans of the Korean War will be honored in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Korean War Commemoration Committee and Department of Defense. The "Heroes Remembered" event marks the 59th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice.

 

 

KiOR CEO: Registration is a 'Green Light'

Posted 7/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tuesday's Environmental Protection Agency announcement that KiOR was granted registration as a renewable gasoline product is "great news" for the company and the Columbus KiOR facility, KiOR CEO Fred Cannon said Wednesday.

 

NFL's Lee eager to make mark in restaurant field

Posted 7/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's not surprising that veteran NFL player Donald Lee is passionate about football. What may come as a surprise to some, however, is that Lee is equally passionate about the town that set him on the path to play in the National Football League.

 

Cyberstalking arrests increase as social media expands

Posted 7/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although it is not an every-day occurrence, cyberstalking is becoming more prevalent in Lowndes County and Columbus. According to Police Chief Magazine, cyberstalking is defined as "an escalated form of online harassment directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress and serves no legitimate purpose. The action is to annoy, alarm, and emotionally abuse another person."

 

 

Blues Festival organizers pleased with turnout

Posted 7/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although the dust hasn't quite settled on this year's festival, organizers for the Southside-Townsend Park Blues Festival are already making plans for next year.

 

 

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