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Negotiations for bus service in holding pattern

Posted 7/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than three months after local officials visited Lawrence Transit System's main headquarters in Indiana, negotiations to contract the public bus service for use in Columbus remain ongoing.

 

Wendy's demolition paves way for new restaurant

Posted 7/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Relax, Wendy's customers. Although demolition crews began knocking down the restaurant Tuesday, the move is being made only to make room for an updated Wendy's at the same location on Highway 45 North in Columbus.

Island committee finalized

Posted 7/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A team of city officials, county officials and developers has been formed to explore community development in the area known locally as the Island. It was announced previously that Lowndes County supervisors Leroy Brooks and Jeff Smith as well as Columbus councilmen Gene Taylor and Kabir Karriem would serve on the committee.

Presley announces rural high-speed Internet effort

Posted 7/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley appeared in Lowndes County yesterday to announce an initiative to bring high-speed Internet to rural and metropolitan areas lacking access.

Redden arrested, hearing set for Aug. 19

Posted 7/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus businessman who pleaded guilty to domestic violence/aggravated assault is back in jail on simple assault charges. John Alan Redden, 51, of 500 Riverside Drive, turned himself into the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Tuesday afternoon after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest for violation of suspended sentence.

CMSD asks court to dismiss Liddell's suit

Posted 7/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees is asking the court to throw out a suit that would return Dr. Martha Liddell to the position of schools superintendent.

Turner agrees to garnishment to avoid eviction

Posted 7/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County Justice Court civil affidavit shows Swoope Real Estate, Inc., settled a civil suit last week against Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner's business, Turner Furniture LLC, for unpaid rent.

Fireworks show declared success despite weather

Posted 7/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Arts Commission awarded the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation a $1,000 grant which was used for sponsoring blues artist and headlining act Grady Champion at last week's Independence Day celebration event, "Fireworks on the Water."

Police seek two in East Columbus shootout

Posted 7/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is looking for two men suspected of exchanging gunfire in the middle of the street and shooting into a home Sunday morning.

Council paves way for business incubator

Posted 7/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has agreed to apply for a public works grant through the Economic Development Administration and approve a partnership structure subject to negotiation with a developer that would fund renovation of a property at Yorkville Park Square and turn it into a business incubator.

Project manager choice linked to political, business interests

Posted 7/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While questions abound about the City Council's sudden decision to create a project manager position at its July 2 meeting, one thing is clear: the major players in the saga -- Mayor Robert Smith, Jabari Edwards and Russell Sheffield -- have deep business and political connections.

A mother's touch: Baptist program encourages 'skin to skin' contact

Posted 7/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first few moments of a baby's life are the most precious. With that in mind, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle is implementing skin to skin, a program that focuses on immediate contact between the baby and mother immediately after birth.

City prepares two grant applications

Posted 7/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus is applying for two grants that would provide funding for improved crime lab equipment and police patrol speeding enforcement, as well as upgrades to Columbus-Lowndes County Airport.

Lawyer wants delay in child porn sentencing

Posted 7/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A lawyer is seeking a delay in the July 15 sentencing of a man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in Columbus.

Mayor defends project manager hire

Posted 7/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith said contract fees will be discussed next week with the management team of J5 Broaddus, hired by the city council Tuesday for the newly-created position of project manager.

Two thirds through year, city budget down slightly

Posted 7/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two thirds of the way through its financial year, the city of Columbus reports nearly $30,000 less in cash balances from its general fund than through this point last year but slightly more than $200,000 in balances from its reserve fund, a total decrease in the balance of $172,010.65.

Columbus Arts Council art camps open Monday

Posted 7/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Arts Council is kicking off its series of July art camps next week. On Monday, a variety of classes will be offered at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, ranging from ceramics to dance to drawing. The camp is open to children ages 5-10.

 

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