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Supervisors clear path for CalStar deal

Posted 4/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A potential agreement between Lowndes County, the Mississippi Development Authority and Delaware-based sustainable building material manufacturer CalStar Products would create at least 58 jobs and possibly up to 100 within the next three years, Golden Triangle Development Link CEO Joe Max Higgins said Monday.

Juneteenth: The show will go on

Posted 4/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A lack of funding from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will not keep Juneteenth from being held for a 17th consecutive year, festival co-founder and Lowndes County supervisor Leroy Brooks said Tuesday.

Columbus couple leaves bomb scene before blasts

Posted 4/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It had been a perfect day. That's what Columbus resident and avid runner Brad Atkins couldn't wrap his head around Monday night. Everything was good, everyone was happy, everything was fine, he kept saying. Everything had seemed fine.

CVB rules not to consider Juneteenth funding

Posted 4/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In March, a proposal submitted to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors to fund the Juneteenth Festival failed by a one-vote margin. Juneteenth organizers remained hopeful, however, since two of the board members -- Nadia Dale and Harvey Myrick -- did not attend.

Officials beaming over success of Pilgrimage

Posted 4/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 73rd annual Spring Pilgrimage ended Saturday, concluding what organizers say was the event's most lucrative year in a decade.

Gilding the Gilmer: Operators hope renovations will again make historic hotel an option for tourists

Posted 4/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This past weekend was arguably one of the busiest Columbus has seen in a while. Between the conclusion of the Spring Pilgrimage and the Grillin' on the River barbecue competition, restaurants, shops and hotels enjoyed brisk business. Decades ago, Hotel Gilmer -- with its prime location on Main Street -- would have presided over it all.

Monday profile: Wells hits the road in new role with FCA

Posted 4/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jason Wells views each day as an opportunity to make a difference. As the new area administrator for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Wells travels to 57 schools throughout northern Mississippi, ministering to middle school and high school students.

City drafts new policy on hiring of felons

Posted 4/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A committee formed to set guidelines for a screening policy to replace the city's no-felony rule for considering city employment applicants has drafted language for the new policy, which will come before the Columbus City Council Tuesday for approval.

Dispatch collects APME writing awards

Posted 4/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch received three awards Saturday in the Louisiana-Mississippi Press Managing Editors annual newspaper competition for writing, photography and digital content produced during 2012.

 

County considers Lee Middle for Vo-Tech Center

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a new twist to the city school district's continuing Lee Middle School sale saga, another interested buyer has emerged -- the Lowndes County School District.

 

 

Supes to revisit District 1 VFD property request

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors will revisit a request Monday to purchase property for a new main fire station in District 1.

 

Lowndes schools approve mandatory uniforms

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students in the Lowndes County School District will begin wearing uniforms district-wide next year, following a 3-1 vote by the board during Friday's meeting.

 

Lowndes County man dies in Saturday wreck

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning wreck claimed the life of a Lowndes County man Saturday.

 

Economic issues dominate in candidates forum

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first question mayoral candidates in the upcoming city election were asked during Thursday night's forum was hypothetical in nature: If $10 million fell out of the sky into the city's coffers, what would you do with it?

City seeks state help to review sales tax dip

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city officials said Thursday they met with representatives from the Mississippi Department of Revenue to address current fiscal year general sales tax declines.

Super Saturday II: Golden Triangle hosts variety of events

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus got its name during a town meeting in 1819. According to local historian Rufus Ward, there wasn't much fanfare associated with naming the young town located on the banks of the Tombigbee River. Silas McBee, one of the town's founders and leading citizens, suggested the name Columbus. And that was about it.

Burdine honored with Golden Deeds award

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's only once every five years that the Columbus Exchange Club gives the Andy Morris Book of Golden Deeds Award to one of its own members.

 

Community shred day to be held Friday

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With tax day fast approaching, area financial experts are advising people to consider destroying documents they no longer need.

 

 

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