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Supes to revisit District 1 VFD property request

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors will revisit a request Monday to purchase property for a new main fire station in District 1.


Lowndes schools approve mandatory uniforms

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students in the Lowndes County School District will begin wearing uniforms district-wide next year, following a 3-1 vote by the board during Friday's meeting.


Lowndes County man dies in Saturday wreck

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning wreck claimed the life of a Lowndes County man Saturday.


Economic issues dominate in candidates forum

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first question mayoral candidates in the upcoming city election were asked during Thursday night's forum was hypothetical in nature: If $10 million fell out of the sky into the city's coffers, what would you do with it?

City seeks state help to review sales tax dip

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city officials said Thursday they met with representatives from the Mississippi Department of Revenue to address current fiscal year general sales tax declines.

Super Saturday II: Golden Triangle hosts variety of events

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus got its name during a town meeting in 1819. According to local historian Rufus Ward, there wasn't much fanfare associated with naming the young town located on the banks of the Tombigbee River. Silas McBee, one of the town's founders and leading citizens, suggested the name Columbus. And that was about it.

Burdine honored with Golden Deeds award

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's only once every five years that the Columbus Exchange Club gives the Andy Morris Book of Golden Deeds Award to one of its own members.


Community shred day to be held Friday

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With tax day fast approaching, area financial experts are advising people to consider destroying documents they no longer need.



Sally Kate Winters set for main fundraiser

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heather Usry sees the faces behind the statistics every day. Six million children. Approximately 3.6 million cases. One child abuse report filed every 10 seconds. Last year, 120 abused children from 40 Mississippi counties sought refuge in West Point at Sally Kate Winters Family Services, where Usry works as outreach coordinator.


Columbus library helps bridge 'digital divide'

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Love it or hate it, the Internet is here to stay, rapidly permeating almost every aspect of our culture. Once a novelty, digital literacy is now a critical skill, and libraries across the country are scrambling to get their patrons up to speed.


Nurse practitioners, physicians assistants fill the doctor gap

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to a report from Irving, Texas-based physician staffing company, Staff Care, a shortage of physicians in the United States, coupled with the approaching implementation of the Affordable Care Act, is prompting healthcare facilities to expand the role of primary care providers.


Proposed Magnolia Bowl demolition invites speculation

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The future of the historic Magnolia Bowl remains uncertain but the Columbus Municipal School District is exploring its options. During Monday night's school board meeting, city engineer Kevin Stafford informed the board of an offer from the Columbus Light and Water Department to remove the concrete bleachers and the wall that surrounds the 80-year-old stadium.

Many Golden Triangle districts eligible for charter schools

Posted 4/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charter schools could begin showing up in area school districts as early as next year, pending Gov. Phil Bryant's signature on House Bill 369, which passed the Senate last week 34-18. The governor has said he will sign the bill, opening the door for up to 15 charter schools per year to open in struggling and failing school districts across the state.


Candidates forum for mayor, council set for Thursday

Posted 4/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first political forum this campaign season that brings together all candidates for mayoral and city council offices will begin 6 p.m. Thursday at the Columbus Municipal Complex.



Grilling on the River set to return

Posted 4/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a one-year hiatus, Grilling on the River is coming back this weekend. The sixth installment of the annual barbecue cooking and entertainment festival will be held from 4-11 p.m. Friday and will continue 9 a.m. Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk.


CMSD considers Lee sale, impact of charter school law

Posted 4/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District has yet to reach a decision on the sale of the Lee Middle School property. After meeting for nearly three-and-a-half hours Monday, the CMSD Board of Trustees entered into an hour-long executive session to discuss potential litigation and the sale of district-owned property.

Monday profile: 'Big Red Bus' puts Meady in spotlight

Posted 4/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robert Meady is a man of few words who prefers to keep to himself. For two weeks each spring, he makes an exception, however. He is the guy who drives "the big red bus" during the Columbus Pilgrimage. In that role, he is surrounded by people, most of whom want to know all about the bus.


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