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City to decide next path for bridge restoration

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City officials opened sealed bids Thursday for the old Highway 82 bridge restoration, but now they face a quandary: Adjust their budget, alter the plans or re-bid the project. Two companies placed bids, with both exceeding the budgeted cost of $2.2 million.

Early morning kitchen blaze guts Columbus home

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was displaced Saturday after fire and smoke gutted his home, though it's unclear what started the blaze. At 1:15 a.m., three engine companies responded to the home of Jeffrey Talley at 1411 22nd Street North for a structure fire. Firefighters took a little over two hours to extinguish the blaze. No one was injured, according to a Columbus Fire Department report.

Saturday Profile: Kelsey Collins

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At first glance, Kelsey Collins appears to be an average teenager, awash in a sea of Aéropostale clothing and preoccupied with texting on her iPhone. But when she sings, whether it be a song of her own or a cover of a Lynyrd Skynrd song, it is clear that she is in a league of her own.

Downtown post office's fate remains uncertain

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A two-pronged proposal, structured to help the U.S. Postal Service recoup its fiscal solvency, will affect Columbus customers, but not in the way many had hoped.

Sandfield restaurant faces zoning challenge

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 4th Quarter Bar and Grill sits on the corner of College Street and 23rd Street, nestled in a neighborhood of homes that survived an F3 tornado in November 2003. The local eatery, which is located on the grounds of a former car wash, will soon be looking to have its status rezoned from a restaurant to a nightclub, bar, tavern or lounge. The owner of the business, Donald Pope of Columbus, is scheduled to bring his request before the City of Columbus Planning Commission on March 5. But Pope may be fighting an uphill battle, according to building official Kenneth Wiegel.

 

Crawford man busted for 28 outstanding warrants

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most people who receive tickets pay the fines and never have to see Columbus Police Officers Lance Luckey and Kelvin Lee.

 

City extends a friendly welcome with new sign

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It may be the most talked about dirt mound in recent history, and community leaders are hoping it continues to draw attention for years to come.

 

Man arrested while climbing downtown tower

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An inebriated man was arrested Thursday night after attempting to climb the E-911 communication tower near the Lowndes County Courthouse.

 

Second CHS bomb threat in a week

Posted 2/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The third bomb threat of the school year interrupted classes at Columbus High School Wednesday, and a 17-year-old suspect was arrested, Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Wednesday evening. Police believe the juvenile is responsible for Wednesday's threat, as well as the threat against CHS a week ago.

 

City moves forward with redistricting

Posted 2/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A mandated redistricting of the six wards in the city of Columbus is officially underway. At Tuesday's meeting of the mayor and city council, Chief Operating Officer David Armstrong presented bids submitted by civil planning agencies before the board. The chosen firm will assist with redistricting by creating maps and advising the city throughout the process.

 

 

Ramsey's EntreLeadership draws crowd at MUW

Posted 2/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Few things could lure an accountant from her desk in the middle of tax season, and Janice Hudson Burris felt the same way when she heard about Tuesday's seminar by the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link.

 

 

Woman in custody after stabbing boyfriend, Lowndes Co. arrests 2-23-12

Posted 2/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 19-year-old remains in the hospital this morning after being stabbed by his girlfriend Wednesday night.

 

 

17-year-old arrested for bomb threats at CHS

Posted 2/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The third bomb threat of the school year interrupted classes at Columbus High School today, and a 17-year-old suspect was arrested, Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Wednesday evening. Police believe the juvenile is responsible for today's threat as well as the threat against CHS less than a week ago.

 

 

Another bomb threat disrupts day at Columbus High

Posted 2/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The third bomb threat so far this year was called in to Columbus High School this morning.

 

Ash Wednesday: Lenten season offers a time of prayer, repentance and reflection

Posted 2/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The green linens that drape the Confession table have been replaced with purple. The handmade wooden crosses have been brought from storage and swathed in silken sashes. The last indulgences have been indulged, the last fetes feted.

 

Council requires board appointees live within city limits

Posted 2/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new policy adopted by the Columbus City Council will impact those seeking appointments to numerous city boards.

 

 

Bids for bridge renovation to be opened Thursday

Posted 2/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $2.5 million restoration project for downtown Columbus is one step closer to fruition. Sealed bids to begin construction on the old river bridge rehabilitation will be opened at City Hall Thursday morning. Project manager Kevin Stafford appeared before the Columbus City Council Tuesday evening and asked the board to allow the project to move forward.

 

CMSD continues search for superintendent

Posted 2/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District moved forward in its search for a new superintendent Tuesday night, with the board of trustees meeting to review candidate resumes. In a lengthy executive session at Brandon Central Services, consultants from the Mississippi School Boards Association presented the resumes as well as additional information they discovered while backgrounding the candidates.

 

MSMS proceeds to Science Bowl national finals

Posted 2/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

WASHINGTON - Building on President Obama's efforts to help more students excel in math and science and his call in the State of the Union address for investments in a skilled American workforce, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, announced today that Mississippi School for Math and Science won the Mississippi High School Science Bowl Friday.

 

City planner beautifying Columbus one house at a time

Posted 2/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several houses around Columbus will get a fresh coat of paint just in time for spring thanks to a volunteer project that is the brainchild of City Planner Christina Berry.

 

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