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Experts: Tourism board violated open meetings law

Posted 5/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to open meetings experts, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau illegally closed its April session to discuss two issues that should have been discussed openly.

 

 

Columbus High staff member stable after collapse at school

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus High School staff member is in stable condition at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle after collapsing Monday morning around 9:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium.

 

 

C-Town Cares benefit raises more than $15,000

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The C-Town Cares concert Sunday at the Riverwalk drew more than 1,200 people and raised more than $15,000 for Smithville tornado victims, according to event organizers.

 

Fewer people filling up as gas prices rise

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday afternoon, 68-year-old William Nance pumped $10 worth of gas into his pickup. At $3.96 a gallon, $10 in mid-grade fuel doesn't go as far as it used to.

 

CVB funds festivals, amid calls for more conservative spending

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Amid accusations of playing "politics" with taxpayers' dollars, the Convention and Visitors Bureau voted to fund three festivals Monday and against funding a southside family reunion.

 

 

CVB board asks former director to return items

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When former Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director James Tsismanakis cleaned out his old office earlier this year, he was a little too thorough.

 

 

Market Street sales total more than $159,000, organizers say

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sales at this year's Market Street Festival totaled more than $159,000, bringing in $11,160.63 in tax collections. And that's just "the tip of the iceberg," according to Main Street Columbus Inc. Director Amber Murphree Brislin.

 

 

Omnova union vows to fight decertification

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The process to decertify the union affiliated with Columbus' Omnova plant is moving forward. And members of Local 748-L plan to fight the decertification until the end. Union members plan to contest plans to take a decertification vote from the more than 100 workers hired to replace them.

 

New Hope woman charged with statutory rape

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 24-year-old New Hope woman has been charged with the statutory rape of a 14-year-old boy in Lowndes County.

Fish fry commemorates National Nursing Home Week

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It takes a certain amount of derring-do and old-fashioned chutzpah to schedule a picnic on Friday the 13 -- especially in springtime Mississippi -- but after an action-packed week of celebration, staff members and guests of Windsor Place nursing home weren't about to let superstition or Mother Nature dampen their fun.

 

Lowndes plans to start drug court

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This summer, Lowndes County will join 39 other Mississippi counties with drug courts in place.

 

 

New workers at Columbus' Omnova plant request to decertify union

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the Omnova strike in Columbus, and the longest strike in the company's history does not bode to end favorably for its longtime union workers.

 

 

Survey: Majority of Lowndes students feels unsafe on campus

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brandy Gardner, coordinator for the Safe & Drug-Free Schools program. Gardner told the Lowndes County School district board that according to anonymous surveys, less than 60 percent of students at West Lowndes Middle School, New Hope Middle School, and Caledonia High School report feeling safe on campus.

 

Columbus police officer wrecks car in her second crash this year

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Officer Rebecca Lomax and three civilians suffered minor injuries Sunday when her squad car collided with another vehicle -- her second wreck this year.

 

PHOTO GALLERY: C-Town Cares benefit for Smithville tornado relief

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Images from the benefit concert Sunday in Columbus.

 

 

Columbus concert set to raise money for Smithville

Posted 5/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local music community is putting its own spin on tornado relief, holding a benefit concert along the Columbus Riverwalk on Sunday from noon until late into the night.

 

 

Supes appoint Lawrence to CVB board

Posted 5/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors appointed a retired teacher to the Columbus-Lowndes County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday.

 

 

Property owners get original appraised value for land at Burns Bottom

Posted 5/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After Lowndes County took a total of less than two acres of property in the Burns Bottom area through eminent domain, two property owners returned to the table, requesting the original appraised value rather than the court's appraised value.

 

Hitching Lot Farmers' Market officially opens with homegrown, homemade wares

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eager for the homegrown and homemade, deal-hunters prowled the booths of the freshly opened Hitching Lot Farmers' Market Saturday in Columbus, picking up everything from pies to "redneck backscratchers."

 

Schools: CMSD interim superintendent reaches out to leaders about dropout rates

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Martha Liddell, interim superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District, spent Friday afternoon speaking about a subject close to her heart -- dropout prevention.

 

 

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