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CAFB contractor dies from electrocution

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An contractor died of electrocution Tuesday afternoon while working on Columbus Air Force Base.

 

Investors turn against gun makers after massacre

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investors shunned some of the nation's largest gun makers Tuesday, putting up for sale the manufacturer of the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used in the Connecticut school shooting and worrying that the attack could soon bring stricter gun laws.

Council approves $1.2 million loan; proposes new welcome sign

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is moving forward with a $1.2 million loan needed for the purchase of some new equipment and the completion of a drainage project. Stephen Edds of Jackson-based Baker Donelson appeared before the council Tuesday night, bringing some good news about the loan with him. "Christmas has come early for Columbus," Edds said.

City begins search for new CFO

Posted 12/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search to find the replacement for Columbus Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen is officially under way. The Columbus City Council accepted the resignation of Bernsen during Tuesday's meeting.

Flu on the rise throughout Columbus

Posted 12/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the weather drops into the colder temperatures, children and parents alike are starting to see fevers increase to dangerous numbers as the flu settles into schools across Columbus.

Byrd will run against incumbent Gavin for Ward 6 seat

Posted 12/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With the first day to officially qualify about two weeks away, some candidates are getting a head start on their campaigns in the 2013 municipal elections. Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board member Whirllie Byrd has announced her intent to challenge vice-mayor Bill Gavin for the city council seat in Ward 6.

Brooks rejects CVB funding: Supervisor says stipulations to grant money are unacceptable

Posted 12/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 5 Supervisor and Juneteenth Festival organizer Leroy Brooks turned down $15,000 in festival grant money in front of a room packed with city and county elected officials during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees. Brooks initially turned down $14,000 for the 2012 Juneteenth Festival before changing his mind and taking the grant money.

Brooks to protest funding process at CVB meeting

Posted 12/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festival grant funding has been a contentious issue between Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board members for most of 2012. Today's meeting, the last one of the year, looks to be more of the same.

CMSD launches city-wide electronics recycling

Posted 12/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is thinking green these days, launching a new recycling initiative it hopes will bring in a little extra cash while helping the environment.

Monday profile: After more than three decades, Nails say goodbye to bridal business

Posted 12/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When women get engaged, chances are they already have the perfect wedding planned out in their minds. While little boys are playing animated games of cops and robbers, countless little girls spend their Saturday afternoons playing bride. When those little girls grow into women, they turn to a local bridal boutique for the perfect Southern wedding.

Health department demolition underway

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A North Columbus eyesore is being demolished after remaining vacant more than two years. The old Lowndes County Health Department building on Military Road is being torn down by an independent contractor.

Supervisors work to eliminate soccer park congestion

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eliminating problems with traffic and parking at the Columbus Soccer Complex has been a main objective for the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors since the park opened in September. Friday, the board took a major step forward in approving a new project that will extend Coretta Street on the back end of the complex.

 

Potential vo-tech sites and funding identified

Posted 12/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The county school board continues to explore the possibility of building a vocational-technical school for the Lowndes County School District.

 

Bernsen resigns as city's chief financial officer

Posted 12/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The chief financial officer for the City of Columbus resigned Wednesday afternoon. Mike Bernsen, who has been the CFO for the city since 2008, will take a position as the new comptroller for Columbus Light and Water.

Talks stall with Mississippi Silicon

Posted 12/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a Dec. 31 deadline drawing near, talks between the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and a silicon company have stalled. Mississippi Silicon was given until 12 a.m. New Year's Eve to place $150,000 in escrow or lose a prime industrial site in Lowndes County, along with millions of dollars in incentive money.

Work on stalled drainage project to resume in 2013

Posted 12/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Work on a stalled drainage project will hopefully resume in early 2013, according to District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith. The Pickensville Road/Pickens Drive project came to a halt when engineering changes had to be made in November.

Man leads deputies on two-county chase

Posted 12/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man led law enforcement on a chase that spanned two counties Wednesday in an attempt to avoid being taken to Baptist Memorial Behavorial Care.

Fire won't delay opening of antiques store

Posted 12/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning fire was quickly extinguished Wednesday, but not before damaging a number of antiques that had been placed in storage in an outbuilding on the property.

Shands retires from library

Posted 12/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Director Alice Shands is retiring after serving the community for about four years. Shands made her announcement during Wednesday's meeting of the library's board of trustees.

 

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