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Nunnelee cheered, grilled at forum

Posted 8/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A packed Lowndes County courtroom greeted Mississippi 1st District Congressman Alan Nunnelee for a town hall meeting Thursday evening.

 

Columbus fair organizers expecting bigger crowds

Posted 8/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Fair had about 3,000 attendees in 2011. That number jumped to nearly 5,000 last year and if you ask Jane Burns Jordan, the president of the Columbus Fair and Livestock Association, the reason for the increase is clear. "We brought livestock back," she said.

 

Habitual offender placed on house arrest

Posted 8/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man sentenced to serve four years in prison as a habitual offender is scheduled to be paroled and live under house arrest after less than six months behind bars.

 

12th annual Roast-n-boast starts Friday

Posted 8/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At the 11th edition of Columbus' Roast-n-boast festival last year, Chris Morgan and his South Eastern Cookers grilling team received an award that meant more to him than the prize money that came with others his team won before.

 

Catfish Alley monument to be unveiled Sept. 5

Posted 8/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Catfish Alley committee members have set Sept. 5 as the date for a ribbon cutting and unveiling of a monument commemorating the historic area that was once the epicenter of the city's black business community.

 

Appeal denied in slaying of Columbus city worker

Posted 8/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

City chooses Major Design Studio as Trotter architect

Posted 8/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City leaders Tuesday gave the contract to renovate Columbus' downtown convention center to Major Andrews IV, a local architect who started Major Design Studio earlier this year.

Veterans' cross-country trip to focus attention on U.S. Constitution arrives in Columbus

Posted 8/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In early May two veterans put some canned chili and a few hundred copies of the U.S. Constitution in a Chevrolet Astro van and took off from San Diego for Washington, D.C. They took a southern-route. On Tuesday, they made it to the Golden Triangle.

City bus service delayed again

Posted 8/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second time, a planned bus service for the city of Columbus has been stalled before it was to begin. On Tuesday city officials learned that some of the bus stops Lawrence Transit wants to have in its routes require Historic Preservation Commission approval.

Annunciation Catholic School set for 50th anniversary celebration

Posted 8/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A half-century ago, with a dream, $150,000 and a desire that "every Catholic child is entitled to a Catholic education," Father Jeremiah Hartnett began a campaign to make a Catholic school a reality in Columbus.

CVB eliminates tourism grants

Posted 8/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors approved next year's budget Monday, which establishes grant amounts for local festivals and does away with tourism grants.

Coleman revokes Redden's probation

Posted 8/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Columbus businessman will be forced to serve a five-year sentence less than five months after being placed on unsupervised probation, a move that sparked a firestorm of criticism. Alan Redden received the sentence Monday after admitting that he violated his probation by assaulting a child.

Presley wants to extend small business incentives

Posted 8/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said he hopes to extend a program that lowers gas and utility rates for people wishing to start small businesses.

CMSD to open Lee Middle School to prospective buyers

Posted 8/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a few weeks the public will have an opportunity to tour the Lee Middle School property, the Columbus Municipal School District announced Monday.

Councilmen to approve Trotter contractor

Posted 8/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen will determine Tuesday which architectural/engineering firm will renovate the Trotter Convention Center and how much money they'll receive to do the project.

Son follows father through pilot school

Posted 8/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

He crossed the stage inside the Kaye Auditorium at Columbus Air Force Base just like his classmates, but 2nd Lt. Jon Koritz did something special Friday. When Koritz, a 27-year-old from Chapel Hill, N.C., became one of the 23 newest pilots in the U.S. Air Force, he followed in his father's footsteps -- literally.

Lowndes County fire station demolition estimates sought

Posted 8/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Supervisors gave Lowndes County Volunteer Fire Department the OK on Thursday to begin the process of building a new station on Jess Lyons Road. The first step will be to solicit estimates on having the current one demolished before seeking bids on a contractor to build the new station on the same site.

 

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