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City's comprehensive plan ready for public discussion

Posted 7/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A comprehensive plan, designed to set the standards for development and zoning in Columbus, will be making its way before the city council before summer's end. City Planner Christina Berry, whose office spear-headed the project, said the city planning commission has approved the plan. A public hearing on the plan, yet to be scheduled, is the next step in the process.



Taking it to the streets: CPD officers spending more time patrolling in neighborhoods

Posted 7/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By implementing some new systems, including a more visible presence in the community, Police Chief Selvain McQueen is hoping to make Columbus a safer place for its residents and visitors.



Public Works Dept. to add six employees

Posted 7/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a request from Public Works Director Mike Pratt for approval to hire six new employees, who will be used for general labor and grass-cutting. Pratt said the additional employees will boost his roster to 73 employees, with an additional five to be hired later.


Former MUW accountant arrested for embezzlement

Posted 7/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Mississippi University for Women accountant was arrested today and charged with embezzling roughly $30,000 from the MUW Foundation while employed with the university.


City Council approves paving projects

Posted 7/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council approved paving projects in its six wards by a 5-1 vote on Tuesday. The dissenting vote came inexplicably from Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens, who made a second to Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box's motion to accept City Engineer Kevin Stafford's paving recommendations.


Columbus schools approve budget, announce hirings

Posted 7/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With summer rapidly drawing to a close and students headed back to the classroom Aug. 6, the city school board seemed determined to tie up loose ends at Tuesday night's meeting, finalizing next year's budget and announcing a number of key personnel positions.

Public defender Jourdan states case for balanced view of criminal justice

Posted 7/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Admitting it's "not popular to be a criminal defense attorney," one of Lowndes County's five public defenders spoke Tuesday to the Columbus Rotary Club, hoping to give her audience a new perspective.


Columbus City Council ready to submit paving plans

Posted 7/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council on Tuesday will submit their final plans for street paving for the year. According to City Engineer Kevin Stafford, the council will discuss final paving for a few city-wide projects as well as projects for individual wards.



Cook and Annunciation art students get boost from grant

Posted 7/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School, already a model school for arts integration, has received a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission to continue the program and build upon the foundation they've developed over the past few years.



Police investigate Sunday morning shooting incident

Posted 7/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County



CMSD budget shows reduced personnel costs

Posted 7/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District held a public hearing Saturday morning to discuss a proposed $40.5 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.


Supes turn attention to public, private eyesores

Posted 7/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After receiving updates on county property owners' efforts to clean up their properties, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Friday unanimously voted to clean up one of the county's.

Brigham makes quiet exit from MUW

Posted 7/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the end, Allegra Brigham got her way. When she stepped down as interim president at Mississippi University for Women in December, she had hoped to leave with no fanfare. Instead, she was feted with a surprise party.

Highway 45's 'Misery Mile' emphasizes need for bypass

Posted 7/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although it only covers a mile or so, the stretch of Highway 45 from the intersection of Bluecutt Road to the Highway 82 exit is the most traveled section of road in Lowndes County. On average, 9.1 million motor vehicles travel that stretch of road each year. That also translates into heavy congestion and accidents.


Immanuel Christian has its own 'Extreme Make-over'

Posted 7/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The name fit the school perfectly, but that was just about the only place it fit. With five words, 39 letters and 13 syllables, "Immanuel Center for Christian Education" was a mouthful to say and a handful to write. Filling out official forms, with their cramped text boxes and narrow columns, required the dexterity of a contortionist. Its acronym, ICCE, was equally a tongue-twister.



Sounds of Summer postponed until next Thursday

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County



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