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After apology, Karriem arrested for fight with mayor

Posted 4/6/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Ward 5 City Councilman Kabir Karriem was arrested Monday for his role in the physical altercation he had with Mayor Robert Smith on Thursday.

 

WCBI: Smith and Karriem: Double Standard, Not Justice (link)

Posted 4/6/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

msstate.edu: Program invites town reps to 'Your Town' training (link)

 

Volunteer leader begins new chapter

Posted 4/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the past five years, Meagan Coughlin has been the face of volunteerism in Columbus. As director of the Lowndes County United Way’s Community Volunteer Center, Coughlin has been at the center of hundreds of efforts to connect those in need with those in a position to help. And as the first person to helm the CVC, she’s laid the groundwork for an exemplary clearinghouse of good will.

Mayor, councilman: 'I'm sorry'

Posted 4/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The mayor of Columbus this morning issued an apology for his part in a Thursday altercation with Ward 5 City Councilman Kabir Karriem. And Karriem held a press conference at the Municipal Complex to “apologize” and to set the record straight, he said. “I would like to take this time to offer a sincere apology to my family, my friends and fellow council members, and especially to the citizens of Columbus for the event that took place at City Hall on Thursday night,” Columbus Mayor Robert Smith wrote in a prepared statement e-mailed this morning.

 

Slam Dunk on Cancer: Police take to the courts for a good cause

Posted 4/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During the weekend of April 9-10, members of the Columbus Police Department and other basketball junkies are going to hit the courts, not just to show off their roundball skills, but to help a good cause.

 

 

Full text of Mayor Smith's apology letter

Posted 4/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith issued an apology letter this morning regarding the incident that took place on April 1, 2010.

 

 

State approves $15M for C&G rail project

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Senate last week approved $15 million in matching funds toward the reconstruction of a 90-mile stretch of the former Columbus and Greenville Railway line.

 

Easter bunny arrested for disorderly conduct

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Easter Bunny of Leigh Mall Friday was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Councilman plans public statement on fist fight with mayor

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem plans Monday to make a statement about a physical altercation with Columbus Mayor Robert Smith.

 

Block party to help kick off Columbus Pilgrimage Monday

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Blue skies and warm temperatures are on tap to greet opening events of Columbus’ 70th annual Spring Pilgrimage Monday. In addition to the first home tours and Tales from the Crypt, a community-wide block party will help launch the 13-day showcase of historical architecture, living history and unique activities.

 

 

Aldermen to attempt override of mayor's school board veto

STARKVILLE — The Starkville Board of Aldermen might not have the votes to override the mayor’s recent veto of Susan Tomlinson’s appointment to the Starkville School District board of trustees, but aldermen plan to try it anyway Tuesday night in City Hall.

 

 

State approves $15M for C&G rail project

Posted 4/3/2010 in Business

The Mississippi Senate last week approved $15 million in matching funds toward the reconstruction of a 90-mile stretch of the former Columbus and Greenville Railway line.

 

 

Bill to waive taxes for school-bus contractors

Posted 4/3/2010 in Business

The Mississippi Legislature has moved to create a tax exemption for companies like Waters Truck and Tractor who contract with schools for transportation services.

 

 

WCBI: Easter Bunny arrested at Leigh Mall (link)

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Columbus mayor arrested for assault

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith was arrested today on assault charges stemming from an altercation with Columbus Ward 5 City Councilman Kabir Karriem.

 

 

Aberdeen bribery case against mayor weak without witnesses

Posted 4/2/2010 in Area

Aberdeen Mayor Jim Ballard is free on $5,000 bond after being arrested Thursday on charges of felony bribery. But a lack of eyewitnesses to the alleged bribery may derail those charges.

 

 

Link renews contract of Joe Higgins for five years

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

To ensure ongoing community and economic development success and completion of the Golden Triangle Industrial Aerospace Park, Columbus-Lowndes Development Link officials extended the term of Link CEO Joe Higgins’ contract.

 

 

Columbus native named to elite group

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, voted unanimously recently to name Robert Adams Ivy, FAIA, as “Master Architect.” Ivy, a Columbus native, the current editor in chief of Architectural Record and vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction, received the accolade for his contributions to communicating the value of design, both within the fraternity and to the larger world.

 

 

Details unravel in Thursday wrecks

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Highway Patrol continues to investigate a two-vehicle accident that occurred Thursday morning at the intersection of George Happy Irby Memorial Parkway and U.S. Highway 45 North, near the primary entrance to Columbus Air Force Base.

 

 

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