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Liddell's termination hearing pushed back

Posted 9/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The termination hearing for former Columbus Municipal School District superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell has been continued. The hearing was scheduled for Monday but Liddell requested a 45-day continuance earlier this week.


KiOR plans Columbus expansion

Posted 9/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Texas-based KiOR Inc. has announced that it doubled the production capacity at its biofuels production facility in Columbus.


Tombigbee bridge to open next month

Posted 9/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's official. The city will cut the ribbon on the Old Tombigbee River Bridge on Old Highway 82 at 10 a.m. on Oct. 18. The city issued a press release Wednesday verifying the pedestrian walkway would be ready in time for the BBQ & Blues Festival scheduled to begin an hour after the ceremony.

CPD names Carleton as new assistant chief

Posted 9/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department has a new Assistant Chief of Police. Tony Carleton was hired by a unanimous vote Wednesday afternoon during a specially called meeting of the city council. Carleton will begin at the department on Nov. 1, earning a salary of $65,000 pending approval by the civil service commission.

Lowndes unemployment hovers at 9.5 percent

Posted 9/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County's unemployment rate in August was 9.3 percent -- two tenths of a point up from August 2012, but the second lowest monthly showing in 2013 overall. That percentage represents an estimated 2,530 people actively looking for a job, according to statistics from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

Golden Triangle Airport doing runway work

Posted 9/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By the end of the year the Golden Triangle Regional Airport will have repaved its taxiway and widened the exits and entrances to its runway. The renovation project will cost $3.43 million, according to Mike Hainsey, the airport's executive director.

Food pantries eye potential food stamp cuts

Posted 9/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With Congress potentially cutting billions of dollars from the federal food stamp program -- now known as SNAP -- in coming years, local food pantries are preparing themselves for an increased demand. Pastor Jody Gurley of First Assembly of God Care Center in Columbus said the potential cuts could have a noticeable impact.

Storytellers make old tales new again

Posted 9/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some might argue that storytelling is a lost art, that in the digital age the idea of sitting down for a twenty minute version of the Three Little Pigs or Jack and the Beanstalk might be tedious, mundane even. Some might argue that a piece of technology is required to take your mind to far off places and imaginary lands. Those people clearly have not heard a story told by Len Cabral.

LINK holds seminars, explains market changes

Posted 9/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As construction begins on the Yokohama tire plant in West Point, the Golden Triangle will see an increase in both executive and transient businessmen. Some will be from around here. Some will not. Regardless, it's important to make them feel at home, Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce vice president Macaulay Whitaker said Tuesday.

Columbus grocery store likely closing

Posted 9/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An east Columbus grocery store may be closing its doors. Southern Family Markets on Alabama Street is owned by Belle Foods, a bankrupt Birmingham, Ala.-based company that operates 43 stores through Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.


Plea change set in Lowndes Co. cocaine case

Posted 9/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Downtown bus stops removed

Posted 9/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City officials have confirmed that the planned bus stops at the corners of Fifth and Main streets have been deleted from Lawrence Transit's route. Other areas close to the intersection but not in the city's historic district are being considered as alternatives by LTS director of Columbus operations Dorothy Dowdell.

Drug raid leads to seizure of $40K

Posted 9/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A series of search warrants and raids led to the seizure of nearly $40,000 in suspected drug money. Assistant Commander Archie Williams with the Lowndes County Narcotics Division said agents seized more than $37,000 in cash along with cocaine and marijuana from three homes in Lowndes County over the past week.

Columbus resident to receive French Legion of Honor

Posted 9/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On the 640-acre Alabama farm he grew up on, 16-year-old Joseph R. Johnson told his father he wanted to join the Army after World War II broke out. Being underage, Johnson needed his father's signature to go off to war. His father didn't like that idea. Johnson persisted. "We had a world to save," he said last week. "If we left Hitler alone he would take over the world."

Eurocopter plant to add assembly line

Posted 9/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eurocopter officials announced Friday that the partial assembly line for AS350 helicopters produced at the Columbus plant will be upgraded into a full assembly line.


Resident files complaint to state auditor

Posted 9/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County resident has filed a complaint with the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor alleging a Noxubee County employee spread slag on a private road.



Sales tax collections down $150K from last year

Posted 9/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A roller coaster year for sales tax collections in Columbus ended on a high note this month. The city collected $685,376.78 in non-food, beverage and hotel taxes in July, a $26,442.01 increase over $658,934.77 in July 2012. But all together, the city ended up with $152,187.55 less for 2012-13 than 2011-12.



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