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Monday profile: Huggins thrives in new role

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There's a new sheriff in town. Figuratively speaking, that is. Mary Huggins is the new full-time sheriff's deputy at the Lowndes County Courthouse and her no-nonsense attitude lets people know she means business.

Girl Scouts out in force for cookie sales

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sunday's blue skies and warm temperatures inspired many to spend the day outdoors, including local Girl Scouts, who were out in full force to kick off the first weekend of the 2013 cookie sale season.

Byrd, Gavin focus on business in Ward 6 election showdown

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Incumbent Bill Gavin and challenger Whirllie Byrd will mean business when they face off in the upcoming Columbus municipal election primary.

Minimum wage: Call for an increase to $9 per hour has both supporters and opponents

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a busy day at Watkins Washette on Highway 45. Almost every washer is whirring and the warmth from the dryers lends a welcome, almost homey atmosphere to the crowded laundromat.

CMSD board reviews finances, accounting procedures in workshop

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is changing the way it tracks travel expenses, board members learned Saturday during a two-hour budget workshop at Brandon Central Services.

Support grows for state tourism board

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of bills moving through the state's legislature could mean big things for the state's tourism industry. House Bill 935 and Senate Bill 2565 have passed through the respective chambers unanimously and a general tourism bill shouldn't be far behind.

 

Miss. airport towers could be closed

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Automatic federal budget cuts could shut down control towers at as many as seven Mississippi airports. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned Friday of the closing of 100 airport towers at airports that have 150,000 flights or fewer each year if automatic federal spending cuts take effect March 1.

 

Gray: Anyone can make a difference

Posted 2/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Before he was a noted civil rights attorney, before he represented Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., before he won some of the most important cases in the South's troubled past, he was just a student on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., witnessing the first rumblings of a history he would eventually help write.

CAFB braces for sequestration cuts

Posted 2/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly 500 civilian employees at Columbus Air Force Base could lose up to 20 percent of their paychecks in the coming weeks if the White House and Congress fail to reach a deficit reduction deal by March 1.

City to sell Cousins Center at reduced price

Posted 2/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A sale of property between the City of Columbus and a local church is still on track, although the price on the property has dropped by $2,000.

Severstal investing cutback won't affect Columbus

Posted 2/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Despite a report that Severstal will scale back its investments, officials within the steel mill giant say the Columbus facility will not be affected. Reuters News Service reported this week that Severstal plans to cut its investments by 24 percent, which amounts to $1.3 billion.

Columbus gun buyback program starts Monday

Posted 2/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A gun buyback program implemented by the Columbus Police Department will officially launch Monday. Those wishing to exchange guns for a cash payment can go to one of four designated sites -- the Walmart parking lot, Townsend Community Center, Sim Scott Park and the East Columbus Gym. The first set of buyback dates are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Council picks Verdell for school board

Posted 2/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Angela Verdell was appointed by unanimous vote to a five-year term to the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees during Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting.

MEC: Education, health care are keys to state's economy

Posted 2/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Education and health care will be the driving forces behind economic development over the next few decades, Mississippi Economic Council officials told members of the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday at Lion Hills Golf Club.

 

Pair of restaurants open in Columbus

Posted 2/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a series of invitation-only soft openings, two new Columbus restaurants are open for business. The LongHorn Steakhouse, a Orlando, Fla.-based franchise which also owns Red Lobster and Olive Garden, opened its doors to the public Monday.

 

 

CVB's festival grant meeting canceled

Posted 2/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A special meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's Festival Grants Committee scheduled for today has been canceled. According to committee member Bernard Buckhalter, the meeting was canceled because committee chairman Mark Castleberry would not be able to attend.

 

Columbus City Council selects Verdell for school board

Posted 2/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council voted to appoint Angela Verdell to the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees.

Bridge renovation should be finished by May

Posted 2/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The much-delayed and highly anticipated restoration of the old Tombigbee River Bridge is on track to be completed by May. Kevin Stafford with Neel Schaffer Engineering, said the project is 30-percent complete, with both the underwater portion of the project completed and the center pier now successfully on solid footing.

County forms committee to target 10 worst roads

Posted 2/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new ad hoc committee formed by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors has been charged with finding the 10 worst roads in the county. The committee will present its findings to the supervisors in an effort to have some or all of the roads repaired.

 

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