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Clay excited to be a part of regional recruitment efforts

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The addition of West Point and Clay County to the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link came with an enthusiastic reception. The Link board unanimously approved expanding its reach at Friday's regular quarterly meeting.



Link willing to expand its regional partnership

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The invitation is out for Oktibbeha County to join the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link. Link Executive Director Joe Max Higgins said Monday he would be happy to talk with officials in Starkville about a partnership.



CVB votes to keep fully funding 'the golden goose'

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The county's economic development agency survived another attempt Monday to cut its budget. The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board discussed the possibility of reducing funding for the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link in favor of adequately funding community festivals.



Annunciation church awarded preservation grant

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- Annunciation Catholic Church in Columbus and the Old Byhalia High School Auditorium have been awarded Community Heritage Preservation grants. The grants were announced Monday by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.



CVB board hears $46,000 worth of grant requests

Posted 1/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brother, can you spare a whole bunch of dimes? Organizers of festival grants appealed to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors Monday for festival grant money to help their events.



Black Women in America: Peeling Back the Labels

Posted 1/23/2012 in National



Movie set to film in Oxford

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

OXFORD -- While Oxford has been the backdrop for many independent films over the last few years, it hasn't played host to a major motion picture in well over a decade.



Marion County students could get cash

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

COLUMBIA -- In Marion County, they're giving students cash for going to school. A local business group has decided to donate $200 to each of the county's four high schools so officials can pay the sum to a student with perfect attendance.



Judge to hear pardons challenge from Hood

Posted 1/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JACKSON -- A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour.



Hattiesburg woman charged in DUI death

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

HATTIESBURG -- A 37-year-old Hattiesburg woman is in the Forrest County Jail charged with driving-under-the-influence/causing death or mutilation.



Man found guilty in second murder trial

Posted 1/23/2012 in Area

MERIDIAN -- Julius Wesley Kiker, of Lucedale, has been convicted for a second time in the shooting death of his wife, Renee Kiker, at their Lucedale home on March 6, 2002.



Budget cuts recommended for health care programs

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

JACKSON -- Legislative budget writers want to slash the state general fund appropriation for the state Department of Health to $20.7 million -- the lowest level it has seen since 1990, when it received $20.3 million.



2 dead, 100 hurt in Alabama as storms pound South

Posted 1/23/2012 in State

CLAY, Ala. -- Severe storms and possible tornadoes pounded the South on Monday, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least two in Alabama, including a man who lived in an area devastated by a deadly twister outbreak in the spring.



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