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Monday profile: Budlove finds harmony of art, dance in new business enterprise

Posted 6/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For local artist Kristin Colvin Budlove, art isn't simply a painting on a canvas. It's a state of mind. Married and a mother of three, Budlove, 28, said she has been creating different works of art for as long as she can remember. Whether it's expressing herself through dance or giving new life to reclaimed pieces of furniture, the New Hope native said being an artist is a large part of who she is.

West Point man arrested in death of Columbus man

Posted 6/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A West Point man has been charged with murder in the Sunday morning shooting death of a Columbus man.

Liddell's consulting work may violate CMSD contract

Posted 6/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal Schools Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell may have violated a school district policy that prohibits the superintendent from engaging in any outside business ventures.

Air force base runway work ahead of schedule

Posted 6/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base officials report two thirds of construction on its center runway is done, making it on target and slightly ahead of its projected August 29 completion date. Work on the project began in March.

Columbus air base economic impact soars to $343 million

Posted 6/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

How much does Columbus Air Force Base mean to the local economy? $900,000. Every day.

Eurocopter lands deal to build six helicopters

Posted 6/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

American Eurocopter officials announced earlier this week that Arizona-based aviation company Pylon Aviation has placed an order for six new AS350 helicopters.

Robbery suspect changes mind, will go to trial

Posted 6/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The saga of six Columbus teens charged with robbing a woman at gunpoint will continue to the next Circuit Court term in August. Tevin Oglen, 18, who was expected to plead guilty last Friday in Lowndes County Circuit Court, has decided to go to trial. His trial date was set for August 7.

MUW honored to host Arts & Letters event

Posted 6/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Artists from around the state will descend on the Mississippi University for Women campus Saturday to attend the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Awards. The prestigious awards will be presented to eight artists from throughout the state at the Hogarth Center on the MUW campus.

Board holds heated closed-door meeting on Liddell

Posted 6/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus Municipal School Board met in an often-heated three-hour executive session Tuesday night during a special meeting to discuss personnel matters involving Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell.

Local couple arrested for baby smuggling

Posted 6/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A New Hope woman and her husband were arrested Monday on suspicion of smuggling a baby across the Mexican border.

LCSO seeks grant for new camera systems

Posted 6/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors have authorized the sheriff's office to apply for a grant that would fund purchasing new audio/video systems for up to 35 patrol cars.

 

Council declares two structures menaces

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council on Tuesday declared two city properties menaces, re-appointed Board of Adjustment and Appeals of Development Codes board member Mickey Brislin to another three-year term and tabled a request for a sprinkler-system variance from developer Chris Chain for one of his downtown mixed-use properties.

 

It's Smith in a landslide: Incumbent mayor, Mickens easily outdistance election challengers

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Only a little more than 30 percent of voters in Columbus participated in Tuesday's general municipal election, but those who did spoke clearly in favor of incumbent Mayor Robert Smith. Smith, a Democrat, won a second full term in office by a landslide -- 69.4 percent of the vote -- over Republican challenger Glenn Lautzenhiser and Independent Bo Jarrett.

Lawrence returns as Caledonia mayor

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Caledonia has a new mayor. In fact, it has an old one, too. The unofficial tally indicates Bill Lawrence defeated Susan Bell, 239 to 92.

Quack attack! Habitat's Duck race set for Saturday

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second annual Tombigbee Duck Race will take place this Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk. Thousands are expected to turn out for the event in hopes of having a "million-dollar duck" cross the finish line first.

 

Caledonia moves close to water rate increase

Posted 6/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Caledonia is one step closer to securing a rate increase for the town's water service. During Tuesday night's board meeting, Caledonia Water Superintendent Benny Coleman informed the board of alderman that the county had two remaining steps before the increase goes into effect.

 

 

Smith rolls to victory in mayoral race; Mickens wins Ward 2

Posted 6/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith handily defeated challengers Glenn Lautzenhiser and Bo Jarrett to ensure his second full term in Tuesday's general municipal election.

 

EMCC seeks more tax revenue from Lowndes

Posted 6/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

East Mississippi Community College President Rick Young came before the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday to ask for a two-mill tax increase to cover building construction needed to expand overall capacity.

 

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