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Efforts to form Redevelopment plan gaining momentum

Posted 10/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus is taking steps to beautify and restore some less than desirable areas of the community.



City council: Surplus funds mean more street paving

Posted 10/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a late November deadline looming, the Columbus mayor and council are in negotiations to spend the last of some general obligations bond money. The money will be used for street paving in some of the city's wards.


Search for Main Street director focuses on diverse skills

Posted 10/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus is actively searching for a new director.

KiOR in critical phase as it readies for production

Posted 10/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to company officials, KiOR has entered its start-up phase and expects to ship product by the end of the year. However, waining investor confidence has resulted in a falling stock price.

Higgins hits the stump to promote 'New' Link

Posted 10/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By the time the presidential election is over, the Golden Triangle will be immersed in a new campaign as Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins hits the trail, touting his message of regional cooperation as a fast track to economic growth.


Contractor disputes city's version of 'Dump-Gate'

Posted 10/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dump-Gate saga continues. In what is, at best, a misunderstanding and, at worst, a flurry of lies, the controversy over whether or not the city allowed the county to use its landfill took another turn Tuesday.


Water ordeal may end in summer for county residents

Posted 10/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are times when James and Shirley Warren wonder why they traded the sunny climes of California for the Mississippi backroads. At least in California, they had reliable access to running water.

City disputes Sanders' claims over dumping access

Posted 10/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Harry Sanders' running feud with the city of Columbus introduced new allegations during Monday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, a dispute that could wind up costing county taxpayers $25,000 or more.

Attorney's fees draw scrutiny at CVB meeting

Posted 10/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bad blood between Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees member Whirllie Byrd, who was once the treasurer of the CVB, and Executive Director Nancy Carpenter took a monetary turn during Monday's regularly scheduled meeting.

Monday profile: Smith likes her 'thankless' job

Posted 10/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tameka Smith has become a familiar figure in downtown Columbus over the past year-and-a-half. Quick to smile, quick to say hello, the 33-year-old mother of three has come to know just about everybody who works, lives or shops downtown.

Luncheons focus attention on breast cancer

Posted 10/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Registration filled quickly for Tuesday's second annual breast cancer awareness luncheon at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, but it's not too late to reserve a seat for next week's luncheon at Mississippi University for Women.


Lowndes explores vo-tech school

Posted 10/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School Board continued Friday to explore adding a vocational-technical school to the district, but even if approved, it could be two years or more before it becomes reality.



Repaving of Hwy 69 to begin Tuesday

Posted 10/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

APAC will begin asphalt paving on Highway 69 Tuesday, from Highway 182 southward for approximately 2.6 miles.


Link'd Young Professionals to get a little older

Posted 10/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, the Link'd Young Professionals faced a dilemma: Membership was down, participation was low and an organization filled with potential seemed destined to go the way of Ma Bell and the rotary-dial phone.


Columbus comprehensive plan awaits approval

Posted 10/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than three years of discussion, the Columbus Comprehensive Plan should be approved before Thanksgiving.


Employees anxious after Country Club sale

Posted 10/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last week, the country club, which filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011, was sold at court auction to East Mississippi Community College for $1.6 million. While EMCC officials indicate the club's staff may be able to retain their jobs, uncertainty permeates the facility.


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