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CMSD board reviews finances, accounting procedures in workshop

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is changing the way it tracks travel expenses, board members learned Saturday during a two-hour budget workshop at Brandon Central Services.

Support grows for state tourism board

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of bills moving through the state's legislature could mean big things for the state's tourism industry. House Bill 935 and Senate Bill 2565 have passed through the respective chambers unanimously and a general tourism bill shouldn't be far behind.

 

Miss. airport towers could be closed

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Automatic federal budget cuts could shut down control towers at as many as seven Mississippi airports. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned Friday of the closing of 100 airport towers at airports that have 150,000 flights or fewer each year if automatic federal spending cuts take effect March 1.

 

Gray: Anyone can make a difference

Posted 2/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Before he was a noted civil rights attorney, before he represented Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., before he won some of the most important cases in the South's troubled past, he was just a student on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., witnessing the first rumblings of a history he would eventually help write.

CAFB braces for sequestration cuts

Posted 2/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly 500 civilian employees at Columbus Air Force Base could lose up to 20 percent of their paychecks in the coming weeks if the White House and Congress fail to reach a deficit reduction deal by March 1.

City to sell Cousins Center at reduced price

Posted 2/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A sale of property between the City of Columbus and a local church is still on track, although the price on the property has dropped by $2,000.

Severstal investing cutback won't affect Columbus

Posted 2/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Despite a report that Severstal will scale back its investments, officials within the steel mill giant say the Columbus facility will not be affected. Reuters News Service reported this week that Severstal plans to cut its investments by 24 percent, which amounts to $1.3 billion.

Columbus gun buyback program starts Monday

Posted 2/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A gun buyback program implemented by the Columbus Police Department will officially launch Monday. Those wishing to exchange guns for a cash payment can go to one of four designated sites -- the Walmart parking lot, Townsend Community Center, Sim Scott Park and the East Columbus Gym. The first set of buyback dates are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Council picks Verdell for school board

Posted 2/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Angela Verdell was appointed by unanimous vote to a five-year term to the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees during Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting.

MEC: Education, health care are keys to state's economy

Posted 2/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Education and health care will be the driving forces behind economic development over the next few decades, Mississippi Economic Council officials told members of the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday at Lion Hills Golf Club.

 

Pair of restaurants open in Columbus

Posted 2/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a series of invitation-only soft openings, two new Columbus restaurants are open for business. The LongHorn Steakhouse, a Orlando, Fla.-based franchise which also owns Red Lobster and Olive Garden, opened its doors to the public Monday.

 

 

CVB's festival grant meeting canceled

Posted 2/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A special meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's Festival Grants Committee scheduled for today has been canceled. According to committee member Bernard Buckhalter, the meeting was canceled because committee chairman Mark Castleberry would not be able to attend.

 

Columbus City Council selects Verdell for school board

Posted 2/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council voted to appoint Angela Verdell to the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees.

Bridge renovation should be finished by May

Posted 2/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The much-delayed and highly anticipated restoration of the old Tombigbee River Bridge is on track to be completed by May. Kevin Stafford with Neel Schaffer Engineering, said the project is 30-percent complete, with both the underwater portion of the project completed and the center pier now successfully on solid footing.

County forms committee to target 10 worst roads

Posted 2/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new ad hoc committee formed by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors has been charged with finding the 10 worst roads in the county. The committee will present its findings to the supervisors in an effort to have some or all of the roads repaired.

 

Qualifying deadline for municipal elections nears

Posted 2/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The deadline for candidates to qualify for the 2013 Columbus Municipal Elections is rapidly approaching. Prospective candidates have two weeks to submit a letter of intent to qualify. The deadline is 5 p.m. on March 8.

 

Coleman gives wife-beater a slap on the wrist

Posted 2/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Aug. 15, 2011, John Alan Redden got into an argument with his wife that quickly escalated into a savage beating. Redden beat his wife, Ginger Redden, with a belt, jabbed her with a golf club, then kicked her as she collapsed on the floor. Then he climbed on top of her and began choking her with his bare hands. When Ginger Redden broke free from his choke hold, he told her he would kill her if she left him.

City Council to make appointment to CMSD Board

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will make its yearly appointment to the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees Tuesday. The five-year appointment will be for the seat currently held by board president Tommy Prude, whose term expires March 2.

Group's efforts to revive stadium evoke cherished memories

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's easy to overlook the squatting behemoth that serves as a gateway to downtown. Faded and worn, the stadium sits silent, encircled by concrete but endowed with a proud legacy -- somewhere in there. Once the home of victories and triumphs, there is little glory to be found in the Magnolia Bowl of today. No one clamors at the gates, and the storied walls whisper only of the ravages of time. But that could change if a local organization, Link'd Young Professionals, succeeds in an ambitious, five-phase restoration plan.

 

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