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Spill causes fire at Severstal

Posted 7/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There were no injuries reported after a fire broke out Tuesday night at the Severstal steel manufacturing plant on Airport Road.


Keeping up appearances: City to seek bids for cemetery upkeep

Posted 7/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The contract to maintain one of Columbus' most enduring landmarks will soon be up for bid.

Noted attorney Bambach dead at 73

Posted 7/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Longtime Columbus attorney Bill Bambach has died. He was 73 years old. Bambach died Friday in Birmingham at the University of Alabama Hospital after a battle with heart disease.

MUW's Life Enrichment Program continues to grow

Posted 7/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three years ago, a friend of Pam Cunningham's took a yoga course. The course was part of the Life Enrichment Program at the Mississippi University For Women's Center for Creative Learning, and Cunningham decided to give it a try, too. The experience stuck.


Columbus woman killed in Sunday crash

Posted 7/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman died at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Sunday night after she was involved in a two-car accident in Crawford.


Hughes asks to be reinstated as Columbus schools CFO

Posted 7/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Columbus Municipal School District Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Hughes has withdrawn his request for a termination hearing. Hughes withdrew his request late last week.

Birds, paint issues delay Old 82 bridge project

Posted 7/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It will likely be the end of September before the city can officially close out the Old Highway 82 bridge restoration project due to two factors -- issues with the primer used in the painting process and a flock of protected migratory barn swallows who have made the construction site their temporary home.

Heritage Foundation may cut events

Posted 7/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation board will be watching the turnstiles from now on. As it puts together its plans for Fiscal Year 2014, the board will scrutinize events that are not generating enough tourism activity to justify Foundation resources, board president Dewitt Hicks and executive director Nancy Carpenter said during a recent board retreat.

Child porn sentencing scheduled for today

Posted 7/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography is scheduled for sentencing today in federal court in Oxford.

Columbus, Lowndes begin work on budgets

Posted 7/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

August is right around the corner, which means it's budget time for city and county officials.

Missouri company purchases Omnova property

Posted 7/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What currently sits as an underused building at the intersection of Highway 69 and Yorkville Road in Columbus may soon become a bustling industrial center again.


CVB takes steps toward strategic plan

Posted 7/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Seven years after then-Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau officials first discussed the possibility and potential of a strategic plan, the current board of directors has decided it's time to get serious about putting one in place.


CMSD's McGill says district running smoothly

Posted 7/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although her job as Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent is considered "temporary" and "interim," Edna McGill says she isn't simply holding down space until her replacement arrives.

CL&W offers amnesty for unpaid bills

Posted 7/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Water and sewer customers of Columbus Light and Water with delinquent accounts will have until August 23 to pay fees owed for the past year and avoid any penalties.

Jennings wins review of rape conviction

Posted 7/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear an appeal from Toney Jennings, who was convicted in 2011 of statutory rape.

Island advisory group solicits public input

Posted 7/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Before the committee formed to brainstorm ideas for redevelopment of the Island met Thursday, committee member and county supervisor Leroy Brooks told of a conversation he had with Robert Williams, known by some in Columbus as "Uncle Bunky" from a local children's television show he used to host.

Council to bus company: Be rolling by Aug. 9

Posted 7/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus has drawn a line in the sand with Lawrence Transit System: The company must either begin providing bus services to the city by Aug. 9 or there will likely be no bus service at all.

BankFirst moves corporate office to Columbus

Posted 7/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus will be the new corporate headquarters for BankFirst, the company announced Wednesday. BankFirst president and CEO Moak Griffin said he was excited about the change and saw it as a move in efficiency to benefit BankFirst stakeholders.

City will pay J5 Broaddus $90K plus

Posted 7/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen voted Tuesday to compensate J5 Broaddus $90,000 yearly plus a six-percent fee of expenses for each project it manages. Councilmen Gene Taylor, Joseph Mickens, Marty Turner and Kabir Karriem voted in support of the four-year master services agreement with the firm previously selected to the fill the newly-created city position of project manager. Charlie Box and Bill Gavin voted in dissent.


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