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Heritage Foundation may cut events

Posted 7/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation board will be watching the turnstiles from now on. As it puts together its plans for Fiscal Year 2014, the board will scrutinize events that are not generating enough tourism activity to justify Foundation resources, board president Dewitt Hicks and executive director Nancy Carpenter said during a recent board retreat.

Child porn sentencing scheduled for today

Posted 7/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography is scheduled for sentencing today in federal court in Oxford.

Columbus, Lowndes begin work on budgets

Posted 7/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

August is right around the corner, which means it's budget time for city and county officials.

Missouri company purchases Omnova property

Posted 7/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What currently sits as an underused building at the intersection of Highway 69 and Yorkville Road in Columbus may soon become a bustling industrial center again.

 

CVB takes steps toward strategic plan

Posted 7/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Seven years after then-Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau officials first discussed the possibility and potential of a strategic plan, the current board of directors has decided it's time to get serious about putting one in place.

 

CMSD's McGill says district running smoothly

Posted 7/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although her job as Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent is considered "temporary" and "interim," Edna McGill says she isn't simply holding down space until her replacement arrives.

CL&W offers amnesty for unpaid bills

Posted 7/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Water and sewer customers of Columbus Light and Water with delinquent accounts will have until August 23 to pay fees owed for the past year and avoid any penalties.

Jennings wins review of rape conviction

Posted 7/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear an appeal from Toney Jennings, who was convicted in 2011 of statutory rape.

Island advisory group solicits public input

Posted 7/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Before the committee formed to brainstorm ideas for redevelopment of the Island met Thursday, committee member and county supervisor Leroy Brooks told of a conversation he had with Robert Williams, known by some in Columbus as "Uncle Bunky" from a local children's television show he used to host.

Council to bus company: Be rolling by Aug. 9

Posted 7/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus has drawn a line in the sand with Lawrence Transit System: The company must either begin providing bus services to the city by Aug. 9 or there will likely be no bus service at all.

BankFirst moves corporate office to Columbus

Posted 7/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus will be the new corporate headquarters for BankFirst, the company announced Wednesday. BankFirst president and CEO Moak Griffin said he was excited about the change and saw it as a move in efficiency to benefit BankFirst stakeholders.

City will pay J5 Broaddus $90K plus

Posted 7/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen voted Tuesday to compensate J5 Broaddus $90,000 yearly plus a six-percent fee of expenses for each project it manages. Councilmen Gene Taylor, Joseph Mickens, Marty Turner and Kabir Karriem voted in support of the four-year master services agreement with the firm previously selected to the fill the newly-created city position of project manager. Charlie Box and Bill Gavin voted in dissent.

CVB won't give 'Grilling' second half of grant

Posted 7/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors voted 7-1 Tuesday to deny funding the second half of a quality-of-life grant to the Grilling on the River. The decision was made after the grant committee's review of the event's project clearance report raised ethical concerns about former CVB board member Harvey Myrick's involvement with the event

Policy expert sheds light on charter schools

Posted 7/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With the arrival of charter schools quickly approaching in Mississippi, local residents are learning how area public schools could be affected. Dr. Laurie Smith, Education Policy Advisor to the Governor, spoke about "Education Works 2013" to Rotary Club members Tuesday.

CVB board tables proposed '14 budget

Posted 7/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During the annual Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitor's Bureau's Board of Directors retreat, members unanimously opted to table the proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year after requests for additional line items to be broken down into more detail.

 

Paccar profit falls 2 percent

Posted 7/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

Council to consider pay for J5 Broaddus

Posted 7/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen are expected to consider a lease agreement and compensation for J5 Broaddus, the company they hired July 2 as the city's project manager, when they meet 5 p.m. today at the municipal complex.

GTRA lands grant for runway upgrade

Posted 7/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Golden Triangle Regional Airport will be among several in Mississippi to benefit from a grant approved by U.S. legislators Monday. The U.S. Senate approved the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act, created to facilitate long-term aviation planning by the FAA.

 

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