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Nicholson out as Main Street Columbus director

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second time in less than six months, Main Street Columbus is looking for a new director. The Main Street Columbus board announced in a press release Thursday that Nickie Nicholson had been terminated, just seven weeks after she started the job.

Columbus Bark Park targets March opening

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was the bark heard around Columbus, and Roger Short, executive director of Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, took the request seriously. People were tired of driving their dogs to Starkville and Tupelo to play. They wanted a dog park here, and as a fellow dog lover, Short was equally enthused with the idea.

Burglary spree ends with two arrests

Posted 2/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men believed to be responsible for numerous burglaries in Lowndes County have been arrested. Steven Deshun Blevins, 30, of 102 South Browder St., and Eddie Anthony Williams, 28, of 132 Lee St., were arrested Thursday afternoon after a Lowndes County deputy noticed the two men outside a home on Jolly Ridge Road in north Columbus. Law enforcement believe the men were prepared to burglarize the residence.

House bill aims to better invest hospital sale money

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of House bills sponsored by Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, will allow the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors to invest the $30 million the county received from the sale of the county hospital in 2001.

Operation Full Throttle expects 13 arrests today

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Agents with the Lowndes County Narcotics Unit plan to arrest 13 people today on federal weapons and narcotics charges.

Hyatt, Marriott hotels should be open by end of the year

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two new Columbus hotels are well on their way to an eagerly anticipated completion. Hyatt Place and Courtyard by Marriott will be opening in the coming months, which will add 208 hotel rooms to the city.

 

MSMS heading to National Science Bowl after win

Posted 1/31/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students are headed to the National Science Bowl after taking first place in the state high school science bowl Friday. MSMS students will travel to Washington, D.C., April 25-29.

 

Two arrested on drug, burglary charges

Posted 1/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A West Point man was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana, more than an ounce with intent to distribute.

Johnson: More focus needed on mental illness

Posted 1/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than a month has passed since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., but questions remain. What was wrong with Adam Lanza? What would lead someone to kill 20 children, six adults, his mother and himself? And how can we stop this from happening again?

Correnti takes steel mill to Arkansas

Posted 1/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Venture capitalist John Correnti is among the investors connected with a $1.1 billion steel mill headed for Mississippi -- Mississippi County in Arkansas.

Liddell: No further cuts to athletics this year

Posted 1/30/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell assured parents and staff members via email Sunday that athletic funding will not be among the "non-essentials" that will be cut at the beginning of next month.

 

CVB backs down: Board tables motion to change festival funding bylaw

Posted 1/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau tabled a motion that would have eliminated elected officials from receiving festival grant funding during its Monday meeting. The motion, made by Leon Ellis, would have closed the door on any elected official being part of a festival or quality of life committee.

 

CAFB remains optimistic despite threat of budget cuts

Posted 1/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base officials responded last week to a memo that warned of sweeping budget cuts in the upcoming year, including cutting non-critical and non-combat flying hours by 20 percent.

Organizers to ask CVB for more band money

Posted 1/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a contentious showdown Dec. 17, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks will once again be on the agenda at today's meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's board of trustees. Brooks, who said he submitted a letter to the board and festival grants committee chairman Mark Castleberry, said he will not personally appear before the board.

Former CAFB Airman makes history in South Carolina

Posted 1/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brigadier General Calvin H. Elam likes to say he came to Columbus Air Force Base to get an education, but he ended up taking home a bride. Recently that bride, Mary Glenn Elam, and a host of in-laws, watched him make history as he became the first black brigadier general in the South Carolina Air National Guard. His path to the top has not been easy.

CMSD spending freeze could impact school athletics

Posted 1/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is considering a move that would freeze all non-essential spending -- potentially including things like athletics travel -- beginning Feb. 1.

 

Area residents report subscription scams

Posted 1/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Multiple Columbus residents have reported receiving a call from someone claiming to work at The Commercial Dispatch and offering a discount on subscriptions.

 

 

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