By implementing some new systems, including a more visible presence in the community, Police Chief Selvain McQueen is hoping to make Columbus a safer place for its residents and visitors.
The Columbus City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a request from Public Works Director Mike Pratt for approval to hire six new employees, who will be used for general labor and grass-cutting. Pratt said the additional employees will boost his roster to 73 employees, with an additional five to be hired later.
A former Mississippi University for Women accountant was arrested today and charged with embezzling roughly $30,000 from the MUW Foundation while employed with the university.
The Columbus City Council approved paving projects in its six wards by a 5-1 vote on Tuesday. The dissenting vote came inexplicably from Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens, who made a second to Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box's motion to accept City Engineer Kevin Stafford's paving recommendations.
With summer rapidly drawing to a close and students headed back to the classroom Aug. 6, the city school board seemed determined to tie up loose ends at Tuesday night's meeting, finalizing next year's budget and announcing a number of key personnel positions.
Admitting it's "not popular to be a criminal defense attorney," one of Lowndes County's five public defenders spoke Tuesday to the Columbus Rotary Club, hoping to give her audience a new perspective.
The Columbus City Council on Tuesday will submit their final plans for street paving for the year. According to City Engineer Kevin Stafford, the council will discuss final paving for a few city-wide projects as well as projects for individual wards.
Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School, already a model school for arts integration, has received a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission to continue the program and build upon the foundation they've developed over the past few years.
The Columbus Municipal School District held a public hearing Saturday morning to discuss a proposed $40.5 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
After receiving updates on county property owners' efforts to clean up their properties, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Friday unanimously voted to clean up one of the county's.
In the end, Allegra Brigham got her way. When she stepped down as interim president at Mississippi University for Women in December, she had hoped to leave with no fanfare. Instead, she was feted with a surprise party.
Although it only covers a mile or so, the stretch of Highway 45 from the intersection of Bluecutt Road to the Highway 82 exit is the most traveled section of road in Lowndes County. On average, 9.1 million motor vehicles travel that stretch of road each year. That also translates into heavy congestion and accidents.
The name fit the school perfectly, but that was just about the only place it fit. With five words, 39 letters and 13 syllables, "Immanuel Center for Christian Education" was a mouthful to say and a handful to write. Filling out official forms, with their cramped text boxes and narrow columns, required the dexterity of a contortionist. Its acronym, ICCE, was equally a tongue-twister.
Glenda Buckhalter has heard the statistics. As the Columbus Police Department's public information officer, she's intimately aware of the correlation between illiteracy, dropout rates and juvenile crime.
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