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Neighborhood festival or campaign event?

Posted 12/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Welcome to the Friendly City, the historic haven nestled along the banks of the Tombigbee River where the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau has a deal for you when it comes to festival grants, especially if you happen to be a county supervisor or city councilman.

Newtown creates somber backdrop for Christmas sermons

Posted 12/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area clergy will acknowledge tragedy in today's messages.

Moms find Christmas preparations stressful

Posted 12/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Christmas break? For moms, there is likely to be no greater misnomer. For some parents, the Christmas season is a far cry from a Norman Rockwell painting. In the days of Elf on the Shelf and Pinterest, there are increasingly new ways -- and new pressures -- to make each Christmas the "Best Christmas Ever."

Haunted by Newtown: Parents struggle with safety fears after tragedy

Posted 12/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday morning, students grabbed their jackets and back packs, lunch boxes and homework and loaded on school buses or in the back seat of SUV's just like they do every morning before school. They spent the car ride singing to the radio, eating breakfast bars they grabbed as they were hurriedly walking out the door and arguing with their siblings in the back seat. However, this past Monday, morning routines that seemed mundane in nature took on a different meaning for parents.

Higgins: Link making progress on several fronts

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There was little in the way of new information presented at the annual Link luncheon Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College, but the event provided yet another opportunity for organizers to tout the benefits of regional partnership and global thinking, specifically through the newly-formed Golden Triangle Development Link.

 

LCSO arrests three on drug charges

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three people were arrested Tuesday by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Division on various drug-related charges.

 

If Friday were the last day for Earth, what would you do?

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Scientific Mayans measured the passage of time with the Mayan Long Count calendar. It has 5,125 year cycles, with the 12th cycle or "Baktun" ending on Friday, December 21, 2012. While it is questionable if the Mayans ever made a prophesy of the end of the world, movie makers and writers have latched on to the Apocalypse hype. Modern scientists have assured us the world will not end Friday.

Mom, children arrested for felony shoplifting

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A mother and her two adult children were arrested Tuesday after they attempted to steal approximately $1,200 in merchandise from Walmart in Columbus.

October sales tax receipts down $14K from 2011

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second month in a row, sales tax receipts are down for Columbus. According to Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen, the city's sales tax check for the month of December is down almost $14,000 from December 2011.

Sears Hometown Store, Ross to open at Leigh Mall

Posted 12/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By next Christmas, shopping enthusiasts will likely have three new stores to choose from when searching for that perfect gift.

 

CAFB contractor dies from electrocution

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An contractor died of electrocution Tuesday afternoon while working on Columbus Air Force Base.

 

Investors turn against gun makers after massacre

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investors shunned some of the nation's largest gun makers Tuesday, putting up for sale the manufacturer of the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used in the Connecticut school shooting and worrying that the attack could soon bring stricter gun laws.

Council approves $1.2 million loan; proposes new welcome sign

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is moving forward with a $1.2 million loan needed for the purchase of some new equipment and the completion of a drainage project. Stephen Edds of Jackson-based Baker Donelson appeared before the council Tuesday night, bringing some good news about the loan with him. "Christmas has come early for Columbus," Edds said.

City begins search for new CFO

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search to find the replacement for Columbus Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen is officially under way. The Columbus City Council accepted the resignation of Bernsen during Tuesday's meeting.

Flu on the rise throughout Columbus

Posted 12/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the weather drops into the colder temperatures, children and parents alike are starting to see fevers increase to dangerous numbers as the flu settles into schools across Columbus.

Byrd will run against incumbent Gavin for Ward 6 seat

Posted 12/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With the first day to officially qualify about two weeks away, some candidates are getting a head start on their campaigns in the 2013 municipal elections. Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board member Whirllie Byrd has announced her intent to challenge vice-mayor Bill Gavin for the city council seat in Ward 6.

Brooks rejects CVB funding: Supervisor says stipulations to grant money are unacceptable

Posted 12/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 5 Supervisor and Juneteenth Festival organizer Leroy Brooks turned down $15,000 in festival grant money in front of a room packed with city and county elected officials during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees. Brooks initially turned down $14,000 for the 2012 Juneteenth Festival before changing his mind and taking the grant money.

Brooks to protest funding process at CVB meeting

Posted 12/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festival grant funding has been a contentious issue between Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board members for most of 2012. Today's meeting, the last one of the year, looks to be more of the same.

CMSD launches city-wide electronics recycling

Posted 12/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is thinking green these days, launching a new recycling initiative it hopes will bring in a little extra cash while helping the environment.

 

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