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CVB backs down: Board tables motion to change festival funding bylaw

Posted 1/29/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau tabled a motion that would have eliminated elected officials from receiving festival grant funding during its Monday meeting. The motion, made by Leon Ellis, would have closed the door on any elected official being part of a festival or quality of life committee.

 

CAFB remains optimistic despite threat of budget cuts

Posted 1/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base officials responded last week to a memo that warned of sweeping budget cuts in the upcoming year, including cutting non-critical and non-combat flying hours by 20 percent.

Organizers to ask CVB for more band money

Posted 1/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a contentious showdown Dec. 17, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks will once again be on the agenda at today's meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's board of trustees. Brooks, who said he submitted a letter to the board and festival grants committee chairman Mark Castleberry, said he will not personally appear before the board.

Former CAFB Airman makes history in South Carolina

Posted 1/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brigadier General Calvin H. Elam likes to say he came to Columbus Air Force Base to get an education, but he ended up taking home a bride. Recently that bride, Mary Glenn Elam, and a host of in-laws, watched him make history as he became the first black brigadier general in the South Carolina Air National Guard. His path to the top has not been easy.

CMSD spending freeze could impact school athletics

Posted 1/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is considering a move that would freeze all non-essential spending -- potentially including things like athletics travel -- beginning Feb. 1.

 

Area residents report subscription scams

Posted 1/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Multiple Columbus residents have reported receiving a call from someone claiming to work at The Commercial Dispatch and offering a discount on subscriptions.

 

Columbus man arrested for Southside armed robbery

Posted 1/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested for an armed robbery at a Southside apartment complex earlier this week. Darrion Donyae Walls, 23, of 1320 2nd Avenue N., was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony armed robbery and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

A vo-tech vision: County considers stand-alone vocational school to address today's changing workplace realities

Posted 1/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The weather is pleasant today, almost spring-like, and the metal bay door is thrown open wide, spilling sunlight and fresh air into West Lowndes High School's masonry and brick-building class. This is a planning period for Joseph Fowler, but his students are still milling around, some chatting, but most vying for Fowler's attention, reluctant to leave.

Longstreet joins race for District 36 House

Posted 1/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although Gov. Phil Bryant has not set a date for a special election for the District 36 House of Representatives, left vacant by the death of longtime legislator David Gibbs, another Clay County resident has joined the race.

 

MSMS students compete in Science Bowl

Posted 1/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students from the Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science will be among a group of 19 teams competing in a regional competition that is part of the National Science Bowl at Mississippi University for Women Friday.

 

Columbus teacher on leave after domestic violence arrest

Posted 1/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Middle School teacher has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested for felony domestic violence, aggravated assault.

Better Business Bureau warns Rotarians of scams

Posted 1/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Nigerian prince is dying and wants to leave his fortune to you, but he needs $3,000 to fund the transaction. You've won $1 million in a lottery you don't remember entering. There's a must-see video on Facebook, but first you must upgrade your software to view it. A company you've never heard of is offering a great deal on roofing, driveway resealing, tree-trimming or lawn service. Most people recognize a scam when they see one -- or do they?

Car dealers encouraged by 2012 sales

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the first time since the Great Recession, new car sales topped 17 million in 2012. For local car dealers, those numbers not only mean a banner year, but hope for the future.

Johnson urges audience to remember, celebrate, act

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dream 365 wrapped up five days of activities Monday with the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast at the Trotter Convention Center. Keynote speaker Harry Johnson told an audience of more than 300 that the key to fulfilling King's dream relies on three components: remembering, celebrating and acting.

Area residents participate in history at inauguration

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Columbus resident Kabir Karriem, Monday was all about capturing a moment in history. "I was participating in history," said Karriem, who also serves as a councilman in Columbus. "It was about seeing the first African- American president inaugurated into his second term on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 50 years after the 'I Have a Dream' speech and 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation."

Monday profile: Robinson improves community, one child at a time

Posted 1/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The past few days have been busier than usual for Dr. John Robinson, a Columbus dentist and president of the local chapter of 100 Black Men. Sunday found him pacing the Columbus Riverwalk, waiting for the kickoff of Dream 365's first march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's march to Washington and his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Soccer complex upgrades on track

Posted 1/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"If you build it, they will come." That was the mentality when the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus City Council decided to build the $5 million, 70-acre soccer complex, and with the announcement of two major tournaments -- the Coaches Cup in November and the Presidents Cup in May 2014 -- people will definitely be coming to the Friendly City.

 

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