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Eurocopter plant to add assembly line

Posted 9/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eurocopter officials announced Friday that the partial assembly line for AS350 helicopters produced at the Columbus plant will be upgraded into a full assembly line.

 

Resident files complaint to state auditor

Posted 9/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County resident has filed a complaint with the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor alleging a Noxubee County employee spread slag on a private road.

 

 

Sales tax collections down $150K from last year

Posted 9/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

 

Caledonia school employee on leave during embezzlement probe

Posted 9/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Caledonia high school guidance counselor has been placed on paid administrative leave amid embezzlement allegation.

 

County could purchase new election equipment

Posted 9/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

Waste company to cut recycling program

Posted 9/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

MDA awards grants to local festivals

Posted 9/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

LINK to seek tax incentive deal for retail development

Posted 9/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

Brooks pays county for travel expense

Posted 9/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A day after Lowndes County received a Mississippi attorney general opinion stating a supervisor owing money to the county could not receive his salary until he paid up, Leroy Brooks cut the county a check. For $199.

Couple arrested on drug charges after high-speed chase

Posted 9/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County couple was arrested Monday after they led law enforcement on a high-speed chase through Columbus.

Council tables proposal for travel request policy

Posted 9/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilman Bill Gavin's motion to require any city employee or official wishing to travel on taxpayer money to submit a written request and cost estimate will be reviewed in a future meeting.

Passport to Wellness program targets student health

Posted 9/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A community-wide health initiative will soon be taking place in Lowndes County. Passport to Wellness is a year-long initiative sponsored by Mississippi University for Women that partners with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation and local schools.

 

Council authorizes MDB loan for Trotter

Posted 9/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus city council approved a loan from Mississippi Development Bank to finance the cost of Trotter Convention Center renovations Tuesday.

 

CMSD extends contract for interim superintendent

Posted 9/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Interim Superintendent Edna McGill's contract has been extended. However, the school board is not yet releasing the terms of her contract.

CVB will continue meeting monthly

Posted 9/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board meetings will continue to be monthly events. A motion to change CVB by-laws to require bi-monthly rather than monthly meetings failed in a 4-4 deadlock.

Box to ask for change of agenda deadline policy

Posted 9/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilman Charlie Box is expected to request that his colleagues adjust the final deadline for items to be added to an agenda during today's recess meeting.

 

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