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Monday profile: Robinson improves community, one child at a time

Posted 1/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The past few days have been busier than usual for Dr. John Robinson, a Columbus dentist and president of the local chapter of 100 Black Men. Sunday found him pacing the Columbus Riverwalk, waiting for the kickoff of Dream 365's first march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's march to Washington and his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Soccer complex upgrades on track

Posted 1/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"If you build it, they will come." That was the mentality when the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus City Council decided to build the $5 million, 70-acre soccer complex, and with the announcement of two major tournaments -- the Coaches Cup in November and the Presidents Cup in May 2014 -- people will definitely be coming to the Friendly City.

Volunteers honor King's memory through Day of Service

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For a group of Lowndes County citizens, Saturday's Day of Service was not just about donating their time to help out a local organization. It was about continuing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Johnny Mathews: Blessed are the meek ...

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The day dawned dark and cold, with ice-slicked streets and clouds heavy with impending snow. Knowing the weather was supposed to be bad, Johnny Mathews, 64, rose earlier than usual Thursday morning. He didn't want to be late for work.

 

Media relations, criticism are hot topics at school board retreat

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees held its annual retreat Saturday morning at the Wingate by Wyndham hotel. Sequestered in a tiny side room dominated by a long conference table, the board discussed the events of the past year and brainstormed ways to make the upcoming year better.

 

 

Work to begin on $2-million Trotter renovation

Posted 1/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A more than $2-million renovation project for the Trotter Convention Center will begin later this year, with some work possibly beginning as early as May, city officials said Thursday. The project to renovate the city-owned facility could take up to two years to complete.

 

City workers scramble to fill potholes

Posted 1/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The rain may finally have ended, but its costly residue remains. After seven consecutive days of precipitation, the roadways have taken a major hit, in the form of potholes.

Snowstorm descends on Golden Triangle

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the first time since January 2011, Lowndes County residents awoke to find significant snow accumulations, triggering school and business closings and causing multiple vehicle accidents throughout the Golden Triangle. Government offices remained open for the most part, although municipal court was canceled.

 

MUW offers nursing doctorate

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women's nursing program has long been an asset in the college recruitment game, and now, they have another tool in their arsenal -- a doctorate.

 

 

CMSD selects two Project 2020 e-centers

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Snowy weather closed the city schools this morning, but a special meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees continued as planned.

 

Prude's status on school board up in the air

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For more than a decade, Tommy Prude has been a fixture of the Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees. As current board president, he is both the man who presents achievement certificates to shyly grinning school children and the one who holds the power to open discussion -- or silence it.

 

Morning wreck causes death

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man died early this morning as a result of a single-car accident in Lowndes County.

 

BREAKING: Area schools closed due to winter conditions

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area schools began issuing altered and canceled schedules around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning in response to snow throughout the area. This story will be updated with schedules as we receive them.

 

Council votes for vertical landfill

Posted 1/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than six weeks of discussion and committee meetings, the Columbus City Council is ready to make a move regarding the future of its landfill.

 

 

Lowndes County cancels cleaning contract

Posted 1/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to cancel a contract with Robinson Janitorial.

 

MUW unveils new vision for growth

Posted 1/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"I am in love with the future of this university." With that one sentence, Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig ushered in a new chapter for the W at Monday's unveiling of the university's new vision.

CMSD names administrator of the year

Posted 1/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District has named their Administrator of the Year. Patricia Overstreet, principal of Franklin Elementary Medical Sciences and Wellness Magnet School, received the award during Monday night's school board meeting.

Columbus lands big soccer tournaments

Posted 1/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two of Mississippi's largest youth soccer tournaments are coming to the Columbus Soccer Complex. Officials with Columbus-Lowndes Parks and Recreation Department won bids against other soccer complexes in the state to host the 2013 Coaches Cup Tournament and the 2014 Presidents Cup Tournament.

To frack or not to frack? Safety concerns, impact on infrastructure complicate debate on drilling method

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is easy to make the argument that a hunger for land and an insatiable appetite for the resources it contained were largely responsible for the settling of the North American continent. These movements have not always been proud chapters in American history, when the treatment of Native American peoples or the ravaging of land for the extraction of natural resources are considered.

 

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