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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.

CVB to finalize festival funding Monday

Posted 12/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festival grant funding for the first half of 2013 will top the agenda Monday at the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's monthly board of trustees meeting.

 

Columbus Girlchoir prepares for Christmas concert Friday

Posted 12/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Girlchoir will present its 2012 Christmas concert Friday night at Mississippi University for Women's newly-renovated Poindexter Hall. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

Walk-throughs, grants dominate school board meeting

Posted 12/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city school district's board of trustees held a lengthy though relatively routine board meeting Monday night, with the majority of the 2.5-hour session devoted to an update on the district's "Believe and Achieve" initiative.

 

Christmas shopping trip leads to drug arrest

Posted 12/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Sunday afternoon Christmas shopping expedition landed a Columbus man behind bars, as well as removing approximately four ounces of marijuana from the city's streets.

New church awaits zoning approval

Posted 12/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Columbus community center deemed surplus property may get a new life as a worship center.

Smith announces run for third term as Columbus mayor

Posted 12/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 2013 Columbus municipal election season has begun, with mayor Robert Smith announcing his plans to seek a third term in office. Smith, a Democrat, made his announcement during a press conference at City Hall Monday morning.

 

Caledonia considers full-time park director

Posted 12/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It started out as a relaxing hobby, a way to unwind from the day's pressures while serving the community. But 15 years later, Caledonia Town Alderman Mike Savage is hoping someone else will take over the management and upkeep of Ola J. Pickett Park.

 

Controversial method could lead to oil drilling in Caledonia

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Town of Caledonia has long enjoyed the financial benefits of sitting atop a natural gas field, and now, the hunt is on for black gold -- oil, that is.

 

Blue Christmas: For many, the holidays trigger depression

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Judy was a successful business owner, mother and wife at the beginning of 1994. Her life was as close to perfect as it could get. But then, without warning, she was struck with a debilitating disease just as she was at the top of her game, both personally and professionally.

 

 

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