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Monday profile: New Main Street director brings 'big city ideas'

Posted 12/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new director of Main Street Columbus said she enjoyed the 2011 Wassail Fest so much she decided to move here.

Equal under the law? Gender may influence sentencing in sex crimes

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When local attorney Rod Ray was defending a client accused of sexual battery, he gave an impassioned speech to members of the jury, asking them to take the facts of the case into account and not give in to public perception that when a man is accused of a sex crime, he is automatically guilty.

Columbus Christmas parade set for Monday

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Christmas parade will feature the Columbus and New Hope high school bands, as well as dancers and elected officials. An appearance by Santa Claus will finish out the parade, officially kicking off the Christmas season.

MUW hosts state conference to support public education

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Enrollment is increasing at private academies and charter schools loom large on the horizon, with lawmakers expected to make yet another push for them in January.

 

Silicor may receive extension from Lowndes supes

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a Dec. 31 deadline looming for the beginning of phase one construction, Silicor Materials officials are expected to ask the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors for second extension.

 

'Christmas for Columbus' concert to benefit charities

Posted 11/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Organizers hope a new holiday tradition takes root Saturday, with the debut of "A Christmas for Columbus," a benefit concert by the combined choirs of First United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church ensembles and Mississippi University for Women Singers.

Merchants wary of shoplifters during holiday shopping season

Posted 11/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As shoppers file into stores, anxiously searching for that perfect Christmas gift, retailers are taking steps to protect themselves from another kind of shopper -- shoplifters.

 

School board accepts grant for dropout program

Posted 11/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A controversial grant, intended to fund the city school district's dropout prevention program, was accepted by the board Thursday morning in a sometimes contentious three-hour special meeting.

 

Georgia native Nicholson chosen as Main Street director

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus has a new director. Atlanta native Nickie Nicholson will begin work as director on Dec. 10, replacing Amber Brislin. The Main Street board announced Nicholson's hiring on Wednesday via a press release.

City ponders fate of rapidly shrinking landfill

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus will soon have to a face decision regarding the dumping of waste in its landfill. A recent study by Neel-Schaffer Engineering shows the landfill will run out of space within three years.

Teen convicted of rape of half-sister sentenced to 10 years

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus teen will spend 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in Lowndes County Circuit Court on Wednesday to raping his half-sister.

Two women charged in Columbus meth lab bust

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A routine traffic stop lead to the discovery of a meth lab and the arrest of two women over the weekend.

 

Dropout program faces challenges at start-up

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District continues to move forward with its dropout prevention plan, dubbed "Project 2020," but the challenges have just begun.

 

 

CVB recommends funding for seven events

Posted 11/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festivals throughout Lowndes County are one step closer to receiving funding through the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

Controversy surrounds rejected grant

Posted 11/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city school board recently rejected a $75,000 grant intended to fund a dropout prevention program, but the project is still underway, despite concerns some board members have raised about the circumstances surrounding the grant and the feasibility of maintaining the program in future years if the district is required to foot the bill.

State auditor investigating CVB

Posted 11/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau is under investigation by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor.

Columbus man gets 50 years on drug charge

Posted 11/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man will spend 50 years in prison for drug charges after he lost an appeal in the Mississippi Court of Appeals on Tuesday.

Creativity helps MUW light up for Christmas

Posted 11/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women is celebrating Christmas in a big way this year, beginning what campus officials hope will become a community-wide, annual tradition.

 

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