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Marriott groundbreaking set for Nov. 5

Posted 10/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Hotel Row" in Columbus will soon be getting its second occupant in a three-hotel plan. Castle Properties and Peachtree Hotel Group of Atlanta announced Monday a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 5 to officially mark the beginning of construction of a new Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

A breast cancer journey: From surviving to thriving

Posted 10/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The silver bracelet is relatively new. But the philosophy behind its inscribed words has been a tenet of Dianne Hand's life for most of her 51 years: Live well. Love much. Laugh often.

Caledonia celebrates its 'day' in the sun

Posted 10/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hand-painted Mississippi State Bulldog cutouts jockeyed for space between inspirational yard art and houndstooth purses. Beaded jewelry and pink hair bows sat alongside painted pillows, pickled okra and Rebel flags.

Officials study parking, restroom issues at soccer complex

Posted 10/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As complaints continue about the parking situation at the Columbus Soccer Complex, particularly along the north end of the facilities, city and county officials are researching ways to find a solution.

Pitts turns stumbling blocks into stepping stones

Posted 10/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ask journalists why they entered the profession, and most will deliver some variation of wanting to give voice to the voiceless, defend the defenseless, shine light into the dark corners and change the world.

A good year for pumpkins

Posted 10/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are probably easier ways to make a living, but farming pumpkins can be a lucrative business -- lucrative if the temperature, weather, insects and other elements beyond man's control decide to cooperate.

Resort status may hold key to Elm Lake growth

Posted 10/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday gave Elm Lake Golf Course officials permission to apply for resort status, a move which, if approved, could allow them to offer services that will no longer be available at Columbus Country Club once East Mississippi Community College takes possession of it next month.


Caledonia Day expects to draw crowd of 10,000

Posted 10/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The streets of Caledonia were quiet this morning, but that will change tonight, when the town kicks off its ninth annual Caledonia Day festival with a concert and fireworks show.



Efforts to form Redevelopment plan gaining momentum

Posted 10/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus is taking steps to beautify and restore some less than desirable areas of the community.



City council: Surplus funds mean more street paving

Posted 10/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a late November deadline looming, the Columbus mayor and council are in negotiations to spend the last of some general obligations bond money. The money will be used for street paving in some of the city's wards.


Search for Main Street director focuses on diverse skills

Posted 10/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus is actively searching for a new director.

KiOR in critical phase as it readies for production

Posted 10/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to company officials, KiOR has entered its start-up phase and expects to ship product by the end of the year. However, waining investor confidence has resulted in a falling stock price.

Higgins hits the stump to promote 'New' Link

Posted 10/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By the time the presidential election is over, the Golden Triangle will be immersed in a new campaign as Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins hits the trail, touting his message of regional cooperation as a fast track to economic growth.


Contractor disputes city's version of 'Dump-Gate'

Posted 10/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dump-Gate saga continues. In what is, at best, a misunderstanding and, at worst, a flurry of lies, the controversy over whether or not the city allowed the county to use its landfill took another turn Tuesday.


Water ordeal may end in summer for county residents

Posted 10/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are times when James and Shirley Warren wonder why they traded the sunny climes of California for the Mississippi backroads. At least in California, they had reliable access to running water.

City disputes Sanders' claims over dumping access

Posted 10/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Harry Sanders' running feud with the city of Columbus introduced new allegations during Monday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, a dispute that could wind up costing county taxpayers $25,000 or more.

Attorney's fees draw scrutiny at CVB meeting

Posted 10/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bad blood between Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees member Whirllie Byrd, who was once the treasurer of the CVB, and Executive Director Nancy Carpenter took a monetary turn during Monday's regularly scheduled meeting.


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