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Spring Pilgrimage begins Monday

Posted 3/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many visitors, Spring Pilgrimage is their first glimpse of Columbus, and organizers are hoping this year's 72nd annual event will inspire newcomers to fall in love with the city and remind residents of the rich heritage and historic charm with which the community is graced.

Zachary's to go smoke-free

Posted 3/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Approximately two years ago, Zachary's owner Doug Pellum made a decision to allow smoking in his downtown eatery, while limiting his patrons to those 21 years old and above. But starting April 2, Zachary's, 205 5th St. N, will be added to the list of non-smoking establishments in Columbus.

Clean Sweep a success

Posted 3/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Phase four of the Magnolia Bowl renovation project, commonly known as "Clean Sweep," has been successfully completed according to Link's Young Professionals President Jason Spears.

United Way celebrates past year, looks to next

Posted 3/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last year was difficult for many people across Lowndes County as unemployment soared and prices for basic necessities sky-rocketed. At times, the agencies trying to help those in need found themselves in need as well.

Brigham, Hainsey join military council

Posted 3/23/2012 in State

Two local leaders have been tasked with representing the community on the newly-established Mississippi Military Communities Council, which was re-established by Gov. Phil Bryant last week to help promote and protect the state's military interests and advise him on issues impacting the state's nine military bases.

Mayor's Unity Picnic scheduled for March 31

Posted 3/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Robert Smith decided to run for mayor, he ran on the platform of uniting the community. And with his annual Unity Picnic looming, Smith said it is still one of his goals.


Starkville to install new signs

Posted 3/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

On a typical football Saturday, as many as 50,000 visitors meander through Starkville, many of whom don't know where they are going or how to get there.


EMCC's Pine Grove Festival shows off artists, music and more

Posted 3/23/2012 in Area

East Mississippi Community College's annual celebration of all things artsy returns March 26-29 with the Pine Grove Arts Festival.


Wilson Phillips to revisit signature sound in Meridian

Posted 3/23/2012 in Area

With one of the most famous pedigrees in popular music, Wilson Phillips will be bringing their California sun-kissed brand of pop to the MSU Riley Center Sunday, March 25.


Main Street event recognizes improvements

Posted 3/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Recognized for her contributions to Columbus' Market Street Festival events, former WCBI-TV Promotions Director Susan Bell Thursday was named the recipient of the President's Choice Award at the Columbus Main Street Annual Awards event.

Columbus schools move to implement bomb threat response teams

Posted 3/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City school officials have had enough.


Furniture summit addresses industry challenges

Posted 3/23/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Nothing brings competitors together like the threat of even bigger competition. Among the crowd of different furniture manufacturing representatives at Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute on Wednesday, that seemed to be the sentiment. About 75 people from furniture companies, suppliers and industry trade organizations from Mississippi and seven other states met to discuss current challenges.


Bean awarded Exchange Club's 'Golden Book of Deeds'

Posted 3/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local restaurateur John Bean Thursday was recognized for his contributions to the community when he was awarded the Columbus Exchange Club's highest honor, the Golden Book of Deeds.


Hood seeks review of Barbour pardons ruling

Posted 3/23/2012 in State

Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that former Gov. Haley Barbour's late-term pardons were valid.



Police investigating Thursday shooting

Posted 3/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investigators with the Columbus Police Department are searching for leads in a Thursday night shooting.



Analysis: More domestic oil drilling doesn't drop gas price

Posted 3/22/2012 in National

It's the political cure-all for high gas prices: Drill here, drill now.


City council divided on embattled public works director

Posted 3/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Only two of Columbus' six City Councilmen were ready to terminate Public Works Director Mike Pratt on Wednesday.


LINK: Development plan in works for area

Posted 3/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Higgins discusses West Point agreement, development updates



West Point schools consider abstinence-only sex education

Posted 3/22/2012 in Area

The West Point School District is considering an abstinence-only program for its students, in compliance with a state-mandated directive for all school districts to offer sex education.


Arrest report 3-22-12

Posted 3/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Arrests for the week of March 19, 2012.


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