A roller coaster year for sales tax collections in Columbus ended on a high note this month. The city collected $685,376.78 in non-food, beverage and hotel taxes in July, a $26,442.01 increase over $658,934.77 in July 2012. But all together, the city ended up with $152,187.55 less for 2012-13 than 2011-12.
A Caledonia high school guidance counselor has been placed on paid administrative leave amid embezzlement allegation.
Lowndes County voters will likely be casting paper ballots again when they go to the polls either next year or in 2015. When county supervisors passed next year's budget last week, they allocated $248,300 for circuit elections -- $89,350 more than was budgeted last year.
Mississippi Industrial Waste, a commercial solid waste company in Columbus, will stop its curbside recycling program at the end of this month. The company sent notice letters to local customers this week.
The Golden Triangle Development Link is developing plans to construct a speculative building at the Starkville Industrial Park to help lure potential development, Joey Deason, Oktibbeha County's Link representative, confirmed Thursday.
The Mississippi Development Authority has awarded five Columbus and Lowndes County festivals a combined $16,000 through its Tourism Grant Program for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Golden Triangle Development Link officials will be on the agenda for the next county and city board meetings seeking a tax increment financing agreement associated with a potential retail development in Columbus.
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2. VA reps hold meeting for local veterans COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
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