COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY

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Beat the heat without breaking the bank

Posted 7/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you're like most people, when you get home from work everything gets turned on. The thermostat is set to Antarctica, the oven is cooking and ceiling fans are circulating. It can all lead to high bills.

The ties that bind: Family connections make job special

Posted 7/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Between the long-time customers she sees every day and her employees, Sandra Hall likens working at the Sunflower on Alabama Street to being with family.

 

City schools will not declare shortfall

Posted 7/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District expects to spend more money than it takes in during the 2014-15 school year. Even so, the school board will not declare a budget shortfall.

 

Inspection stickers still required, despite efforts to end them

Posted 7/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"The report of my death was an exaggeration," humorist Mark Twain once quipped. The same could be said of Mississippi's vehicle inspection program. Annual vehicle safety inspections continue to be required in the state, but there has been confusion among drivers who may have read the headlines about the law's demise in the state legislature.

County schools propose $47 million bond issue

Posted 7/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County voters who reside outside the Columbus city limits will go to the polls next month to vote on a $47 million bond issue, which will fund a variety of construction projects and technology initiatives throughout the Lowndes County School District.

Wounded deputies welcomed back to work

Posted 7/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Lowndes County Sheriff's Department deputies who were shot in the line of duty have returned to work. Lt. Larry Swearingen and Lt. Clint Sims were honored Thursday along with the E-911 dispatchers, first responders and fellow officers who were on the scene of the March 18 shooting in a New Hope subdivision.

CL&W will not face penalties for overflows

Posted 7/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water will not face financial penalties stemming from an inquiry by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding sanitary sewage overflows.

Board chooses Hickman as superintendent

Posted 7/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees selected Dr. Philip Hickman as its superintendent of schools during a special meeting today. Hickman, 38, comes to Columbus from Houston, Texas, where he served as an assistant superintendent in the country's seventh-largest school district.

KiOR exploring sale, hires firm to assist

Posted 7/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR has hired a firm to perform financial advising and assist in exploring a possible merger or sale. The company, which built a $218 million plant in Columbus in 2011, made the announcement in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday.

The summer of the 'super flea'

Posted 7/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Summer is here, and so are the pests that come with it. If it seems that this year the flea problem is especially bad, it's probably a sign that the fleas are getting better at adapting to treatments, experts say.

Local men arrested on drug charges

Posted 7/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus men have been arrested on separate charges related to drug trafficking.

Photo: Mayor honored

Posted 7/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith was selected as the 27th civilian to be honored with the Columbus Air Force Base Wingman distinction during a Tuesday evening presentation at the CAFB.

 

Caledonia restructures park department

Posted 7/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia aldermen have agreed to a restructuring of its park department that will result in three part-time employees overseeing maintenance and operations rather than one full-time parks director.

 

 

Marriages and divorces 7-10-14

Posted 7/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

Robbery victim dies after being shot in face

Posted 7/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus man who was shot in a Sunday morning robbery has died. Quinton Hill, 31, died 3:19 p.m. Tuesday at University Medical Center in Jackson, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant.

School board, council vow closer cooperation

Posted 7/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council and members of the Columbus Municipal School Board met Tuesday night to discuss the school district's operations and finances.

 

Supes approve requests to void HOME contracts

Posted 7/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors approved requests from owners of two houses being rebuilt as part of the HOME Investment Participation Program to cancel their contracts with LRJ&J Construction.

 

MDA to be asked for more funds for shooting range

Posted 7/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Development Authority may be willing to allocate more money toward construction of a new firing range in Columbus to make up for insufficient local commitments.

 

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