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Mayor OKs time extension for bus service

Posted 8/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith agreed to a 17-day extension Friday to Lawrence Transit System to have its bus service up and running.

 

Columbus schools approve uniform changes

Posted 8/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students in the Columbus Municipal School District will be able to add a little color to their uniform choice this year.

 

 

KiOR reports second-quarter loss

Posted 8/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR on Thursday reported a second quarter 2013 net loss of $38.5 million, or 36 cents per share. This is a 7.2 million increase in net loss from the year's first quarter.

 

Columbus teen charged with statutory rape

Posted 8/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An 18-year-old Columbus man has been arrested and charged with statutory rape. Investigators with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department arrested Darius Ellis, of 60 Caribou Cove, Monday night.

CMSD set to approve budget

Posted 8/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board will meet Saturday to discuss the district's budget for the 2013-2014 school year.

Insurance issue halts Lawrence Transit

Posted 8/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An insurance issue centering around shelters at bus stops has prevented Lawrence Transit System from meeting today's deadline for the start of its operations.

Councilmen make cuts as budget talks progress

Posted 8/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During a city budget workshop Thursday, Columbus council members cut an $860,836 deficit for next year's budget in half before agreeing to Mayor Robert Smith's request to break camp and discuss further cuts individually with department heads.

Oglen pleads guilty in armed robbery case

Posted 8/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County teenager was sentenced to prison Wednesday after pleading guilty for his part in an armed robbery and burglary of a Columbus woman.

J5/Broaddus owner stands behind Smith

Posted 8/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jabari Edwards, owner of project managing firm J5/Broaddus said Thursday he stands behind one of his employees, Orlando Rendall Smith, son of Columbus Mayor Robert Smith. The younger Smith was arrested Saturday.

Two Columbus post offices go to shorter 'summer hours'

Posted 8/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two of the three post offices in Columbus have reduced their hours. The shorter retail window hours of operation at the U.S. Postal Service's locations on Alabama Street and Main Street began Monday. The windows are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Mayor's son arrested for DUI

Posted 8/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robert Earl Smith Jr. was arrested Friday night and charged with driving under the influence. The 36-year-old son of Mayor Robert Smith was arrested after he was observed driving recklessly in front of Club Heidiho in East Columbus, according to witnesses that were at the scene.

 

Council reinstates Neel-Schaffer firm as city engineer

Posted 8/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council clarified how it intends to handle engineering services during Tuesday's regular meeting. After a month-long period of ambiguity regarding the future of Neel-Schaffer as the city's engineering services provider, the council voted 4-0 to reappoint the firm on as "as-needed" basis.

Johnson gets life for murder of game-room owner

Posted 8/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Monroe County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to the robbery and murder of a Lowndes County business owner.

School district to open Lee Middle School doors

Posted 8/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fate of the vacant Lee Middle School property is a step closer to being decided. The Columbus Municipal School District will host two open houses at the end of September.

Laine to headline 10th annual Caledonia Days festival

Posted 8/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 10th annual Caledonia Days is a little more than two months away and organizers say plans for the two-day fall festival are falling into place.

County to repay Weyerhaeuser after tax flap

Posted 8/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Between Lowndes County school and board of supervisors funds, $402,330 will have to be repaid to Weyerhaeuser, a wood manufacturer with an area plant, as a result of an inaccurate tax rendition by the company's recently acquired tax firm.

Mayor to discuss engineering change

Posted 8/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith is set to discuss the city's engineering services during tonight's city council meeting at the municipal complex.

MDOT begins removal of roadside memorials

Posted 8/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kirk Sudduth gets them himself. That way, he knows it is done right. "I live here. I was born here. I was raised here," said Sudduth, the superintendent for the Mississippi Department of Transportation in Lowndes County. "So I'm sympathetic to them."

 

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