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Columbus tourism agency tightens reins on event funding

Posted 8/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A leaner, meaner Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board dissected festival funding Monday, putting a $16,000 grant for the Juneteenth festival on hold after a heated debate.

 

 

DePriest company files bankruptcy

Posted 8/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new complication has entered civil cases involving local businessman Donald DePriest. Maritime Communications/Land Mobile LLC, a company of which Donald DePriest has been involved and his wife, Sandra DePriest is president, has filed bankruptcy.

 

 

Still in the red: Columbus schools ask for 2.9-mill tax increase

Posted 8/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After weeks of public discourse and discord, the Columbus Municipal School District approved its 2011-2012 budget and ad valorem tax request Monday night with no discussion and little fanfare.

 

 

Police: Girls cut, beat 12-year-old in fight

Posted 8/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two girls, 14 and 12, broke into a Columbus house early Sunday and cut a 12-year-old girl's hand with a knife after an argument about a boy.

 

Nancy Carpenter tapped as full-time director of Columbus tourism bureau

Posted 8/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board voted 7-1 Monday to give interim director Nancy Carpenter the top job at the CVB.

 

Copper burglars hit another Columbus business

Posted 8/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus concrete-mixing business reported Saturday that it had been raided by copper burglars, according to police.

 

 

Man shot four times with BB gun during Columbus island robbery

Posted 8/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two suspects shot a man four times with a BB gun during an attempted armed robbery early Sunday at a Columbus island motel, according to police.

 

 

Community invited to participate in MUW Move-In Day Aug. 13

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Faculty and staff at Mississippi University for Women will lend a helping hand to students moving into the residence halls on Saturday, Aug. 13, starting at noon. The public also is invited to participate.

 

MUW professor, students spend summer conducting cystic fibrosis research

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This summer, a few Mississippi University for Women students worked alongside their professor conducting research with hopes of finding a better treatment for cystic fibrosis.

 

Tourism board to talk finances, festivals at Monday retreat

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board will review its finances and vote on upcoming festivals Monday at a retreat.

 

 

Columbus mayor: Compromise on ninth CVB pick near

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith said Friday he expected the stalemate over the vacant seat on the nine-member Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board to end "soon."

 

 

Heated reaction: Area schools react to high temperatures to ensure safety of students

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As children in Lowndes County returned to school Thursday to begin the 2011-2012 year, high temperatures and a heat advisory on the area caused concern for child safety.

 

Victory Christian senior has renewed faith after a near-fatal wreck

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you look close enough, you can almost see Him in his eyes. Maybe that is wishful thinking. Maybe that is the calming effect Marcus Sims' words have on you as you discuss his fight to regain normalcy.

Profile: St. John to start private investigation, marketing businesses

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

He may be fired, but former Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John is nowhere near gone. When the City Council voted 5-1 to oust him July 18 for reportedly missing a Civil Service Commission hearing because of alcohol use, his supporters packed the meeting.

Smiley, West to visit Habitat families

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West may not quite find the story of poverty they are looking for in Columbus.

Columbus officials: Riverwalk cameras ineffective at night

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Months after installing costly surveillance cameras along the downtown Riverwalk, Columbus officials said they've recently discovered some of the cameras don't work at night.

CAFB re-opens gate after bomb scare

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base reopened the front gate to thru-traffic yesterday at approximately 2:57 p.m. after receiving the all-clear following a morning bomb scare. Staff Sgt. Tom Burns said the base went on alert at 11:25 a.m. Thursday when a Security Forces canine handler's dog gave an alert while performing a routine search of a delivery truck.

 

Columbus fire department responds to three small overnight fires

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Fire and Rescue was busy Wednesday night and early this morning, putting out three minor fires. Capt. Randy Rhodes, of Station 1, said at approximately 11:03 p.m. last night, the department responded to a call of an ice machine on fire outside a structure at 1202 Fourth St. S.

 

 

Columbus to examine driveway valley work

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After receiving numerous complaints, Columbus city councilmen voted Tuesday to take a closer look at how the Public Works Department decides which driveways get new street connections.

 

 

Parents, truants face steep penalties for kids missing school

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's the first day of school. Do you know where your child is? City and county students returned to school today -- or at least they should have, according to the state's Compulsory School Attendance Law.

 

 

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