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Columbus native Ivy named head of national architects' group

Posted 12/18/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Thursday the board of directors of the American Institute of Architects named Robert Ivy its new CEO. Ivy, who grew up in Columbus and for a time practiced architecture here, is editor and chief of Architectural Record.

 

Going postal on Christmas: Internet sales spur deluge of packages

Posted 12/18/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Millions of boxes are flying and rolling around the country as online sales rule the holiday season.

 

Panel: Shrink Columbus tourism board to six members

Posted 12/18/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors may shrink from eight members to six before inflating to nine.

 

Developers could benefit from revival of low-interest loan program for Main Street

Posted 12/17/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus Inc. and developers are pushing to revive a long-dead low-interest loan program that helped spruce up downtown buildings.

Detectives pursue tip in missing-girl cold case

Posted 12/17/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Following up on an urban legend, Lowndes County Sheriff's deputies are planning to drain a well in hopes of finding a girl who has been missing more than 24 years.

 

Creek flood monitoring would cost $70,000

Posted 12/17/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City and county officials will soon have to decide if 12 hours of warning for a flood-prone East Columbus neighborhood is worth $70,000 over the next three years.

 

 

Hunt student remembered as people person

Posted 12/17/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a sad way to begin the holiday break for teachers, students and staff at Hunt Intermediate School. Thursday, they got the news a student at the school passed away the day before. Twelve-year-old Traveres R. Malone Jr. died at the University Medical Center in Jackson, Thursday morning; he needed a heart transplant.

 

 

Court: E911 dispatcher was not discriminated against

Posted 12/17/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a three-day trial in Oxford, a federal court jury has ruled that a former Columbus-Lowndes E911 dispatcher was not fired because of her race.

 

 

Supes ask tourism board to hold off on new director search

Posted 12/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors wants the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors to delay naming a new director for a while.

 

 

Arrest report 12-16-10

Posted 12/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Adult Detention Center reported the following felony arrests for Dec. 8-14.

 

 

Columbus schools raise $80K for United Way

Posted 12/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District is the largest contributor to the United Way of Lowndes County. And each year, the district outdoes itself.

 

 

Air Force blocks media websites that post Wikileaks cables

Posted 12/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Air Force is blocking computer access to The New York Times and other media sites that published sensitive diplomatic documents released by the Internet site WikiLeaks, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

 

 

As weather cools, holiday scams heat up

Posted 12/16/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's the season of giving, and no one knows that better than the holiday con artist. Columbus Police Lt. Selvain McQueen said snow jobs traditionally spike during the Christmas season when people are feeling the most charitable.

 

 

GOP consultant: Barbour possible presidential nominee, but winning odds are with Obama

Posted 12/15/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus lobbyist and political consultant is predicting a second term for Barack Obama, but says Haley Barbour may have the best shot of any Republican spoiler.

 

 

Pilot program rewards teachers' successes

Posted 12/15/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Do incentives like increased pay make for more effective teachers? That's the question the state of Mississippi wants to answer by 2015. And Columbus Municipal School District is one of eight districts in the state chosen to pilot a teacher-incentives program.

 

 

Starkville men among dead in weather-related accidents

Posted 12/15/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three people, including two men from Starkville, were killed on icy highways in north Mississippi as cold weather caused slick roads and bridges this morning.

 

 

Columbus tourism director Tsismanakis stepping down

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director and CEO James Tsismanakis announced Monday that he has accepted a position at the DeKalb County, Ga., CVB.

 

 

Vandals smash windows of Columbus businesses

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The windows of three cabs and two businesses in the 1700 block of Eighth Avenue South were shattered over the weekend by a vandal or vandals, according to Columbus police.

 

 

Planning Commission lifts moratorium on electronic signs in Columbus

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Planning and Zoning Commission lifted its imposed moratorium on electronic signs Monday.

 

New Columbus Middle School opening delayed

Posted 12/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new Columbus Middle School is on schedule for completion before students return from Christmas break. But the state-of-the art, technology-savvy building won't open for business until Jan. 19, after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

 

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