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City expands summer jobs program

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus is once again partnering with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to offer area youth summer jobs in a paid, 10-week program aimed at putting cash in their pockets while instilling work ethics and beautifying the city.

Columbus Air Force Base will bring back July 4th fireworks

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base officials are planning a Fourth of July fireworks show after a four-year hiatus. Col. Jim Sears, commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing, made the announcement amid a spate of fanfare Monday at the overlook on the east bank of the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus.

Meth lab busted in New Hope

Posted 3/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A New Hope woman has been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Keeping the faith: As Jewish population in the South declines, local Jews bond to maintain traditions

Posted 3/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sunday afternoon, Dr. Seth Oppenheimer drove from his home in Starkville to Tuscaloosa, armed with a very special grocery list -- the items he will need for tonight's Passover meal. The hour-long trek is not unusual. It is an undertaking Jews in small communities across Mississippi will make as they prepare for the holiday, which begins tonight at sundown.

Local charities can receive rewards points

Posted 3/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Customers with CSpire Wireless now have the opportunity to donate to their favorite charities. The cell phone provider implemented a new rewards program last week that allows customers to give money to nine charities.

 

New Columbus City Council Wards map

Posted 3/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

High-resolution pdf file of the new council wards for the city of Columbus.

 

Furloughs looming for CAFB

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As furloughs loom for 800,000 of the nation's government contract workers, one Columbus man is bracing himself for the financial hit. Carmine Muscarella, a life coach at Columbus Air Force Base, said he expects the furlough notices to begin this week. For Muscarella and the other 472 contract workers employed through CAFB, that means a 20 percent reduction per pay period due to sequestration.

Backlash prompts Heritage Academy to keep its old name

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy has rescinded its decision to change its name. The school announced earlier this week that it intended to rename Heritage Academy to Columbus Heritage Academy.

Alleged postal shooter in custody

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Michigan teenager is in custody after allegedly shooting a local United States Postal worker in the course of a robbery.

Spears resigns from Link'd Young Professionals

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jason Spears, vice-president of the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees, announced Friday that he is resigning as board president of Link'd Young Professionals. He sent a letter to the Chamber of Commerce Thursday, informing them of his decision.

BREAKING: [UPDATE] Suspected shooter of postal worker captured

Posted 3/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The man suspected of shooting a United States Postal worker has been caught. Authur Lee "Slim" Whitfield, 17, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was taken into custody just after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon by deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department. He will be formally charged Monday with aggravated assault and armed robbery. 

Postal worker shot: Suspect still at large after robbery in New Hope housing development

Posted 3/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The United States Postal Service is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting of a rural mail carrier Thursday afternoon.

Mayoral hopefuls make their pitches at Exchange Club

Posted 3/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city's three mayoral candidates spoke Thursday at Lion Hills Golf Club, outlining their campaign platforms and visions for the city of Columbus. Incumbent mayor Robert Smith is being challenged by Republican Glenn Lautzenhiser and Independent Bo Jarrett in the June 4 municipal election.

Fire consumes Corps of Engineers' facility

Posted 3/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They came from church, from work, from supper with their families. One by one, they spilled out into the chill night air, silhouettes back-lit by the raging inferno as they put on their turnout gear and faced the fire.

Bigelow hits ground running as Main Street director

Posted 3/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Barbara Bigelow absolutely exudes high energy, from her bright eyes and quick smile to the hands that can't help but get involved in the conversation when she gets excited and wants to emphasize her point.

Heritage Academy changes name

Posted 3/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy will soon be changing its name. A little.

Council considers dispute over gas tanks

Posted 3/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A currently defunct gas station is at the center of a dispute between the City of Columbus and the station operator, who contends he is not responsible for removing four free-standing fuel tanks which city fire officials have declared a hazard.

 

Trotter Center ready for her facelift

Posted 3/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Trotter Convention Center's long-awaited renovations will soon be underway, with $2 million in improvements planned for the aging facility.

 

 

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