COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY

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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.

Power outage sends Caledonia students home early

Posted 9/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

All Caledonia Schools will dismiss early today after a transformer blew this morning, leaving some of the buildings without power. School will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.

CVB board meetings may become bi-monthly

Posted 9/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors' monthly meetings could become bi-monthly. A recommendation to amend the organization's by-laws ordering directors to meet every other month will be on the table during today's meeting.

 

Cross tour arrives in Columbus Wednesday

Posted 9/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Motorists driving on Highway 45 in Columbus may pass an unusual sight Wednesday -- hundreds of high school students carrying a glowing cross down the side of the road.

 

County fire service exploring co-op for Mayhew

Posted 9/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors authorized county fire services coordinator Sammy Fondren to explore a co-op with volunteer fire departments in eastern Oktibbeha and Clay counties that would provide fire services in Mayhew.

 

Morrow named to Mississippi architects board

Posted 9/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

13 arrested in Columbus drug sweep

Posted 9/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus drug roundup put 13 people behind bars Friday with police still searching for 36 more. Chief of Police Selvain McQueen said the roundup, titled "Operation Three Choices," went well. "It was part of an initiative to make Columbus a better place to live, to work, to visit and to play," McQueen said.

Great Gators!: Hunting party catches big Golden Triangle alligator as Mississippi concludes its hunting season

Posted 9/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They couldn't get it in the boat. This was last Sunday at midnight. Ben Mask and his father, Wayne Mask, and their friend, Dusty Kelly, had caught it a couple of hours earlier, about 10 p.m., in Tibbee Creek in Clay County: a 620-pound alligator.

 

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