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Above and Beyond: GTR grows while other airports struggle

Posted 3/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mike Hainsey remembers all too well when Northwest Airlines pulled out of Golden Triangle Regional Airport, taking three flights a day with it. The year was 2006, and he had just taken over as executive director. Immediately, he found himself faced with a problem: How does a small airport survive when it loses one-third of its budget? The answer then, as now, lay just beyond the terminal walls.

Parent sues mayor over Youth Council

Posted 3/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith and his Mayor's Youth Council received a slap on the wrist from Mississippi Supreme Court Judge Thomas Zebert of Pearl Friday in Lowndes County Chancery Court after a parent filed an injunction alleging her daughter was improperly prohibited from attending a group trip.

 

Columbus men sentenced on drug charges

Posted 3/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus men were sentenced in Lowndes County Circuit Court this week after each pleaded guilty to separate drug offenses.

 

HEARTS tutors level field for struggling children

Posted 3/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second-grader hunches over the red cash register, his brow furrowed in concentration, his eyes cast toward the ceiling as he counts out the necessary change in his head. His "customer," HEARTS after-school tutor Ruth Rast, waits patiently. "Seventy-five!" Demiji Bonner announces proudly, picking through the fake coins to find three quarters.

Officials hope to dedicate Catfish Alley monument in April

Posted 3/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of discussion, a memorial to honor the pioneers who once populated one of Columbus' most historic streets is one step closer to reality.

Search for United Way director enters interview stage

Posted 3/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The United Way of Lowndes County is moving forward in its search for a new executive director following the abrupt departure of Jan Ballard in early February.

 

Columbus businessman facing sexual harassment suit

Posted 3/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed in federal court against a Columbus businessman. In a complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, Shawn Carter alleges that she was sexually harassed by her former employer, Chris Glenn, while she worked as a secretary at Glenn Machine Works.

 

Talks continue over Columbus bus service

Posted 2/28/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although there has been little public discussion on the matter over the past couple of months, negotiations to allow a private bus company to operate in Columbus are still being discussed, city attorney Jeff Turnage said.

Public defender accused of double-dipping

Posted 2/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman said she will file a complaint with the Mississippi Bar Association after she paid thousands of dollars to her son's court-appointed attorney.

Bernsen replacement to be named Tuesday

Posted 2/27/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will announce its new Chief Financial Officer during its regular Feb. 5 meeting after completing a final round of interviews Tuesday.

Sellers flock to gun buyback event; CPD exhausts available funds within 3 hours

Posted 2/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What was scheduled to be a three-day event lasted less than three hours as the Columbus Police Department received an overwhelming response to their gun buyback program.

CVB hires Hemphill as new board attorney

Posted 2/26/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chris Hemphill has been hired as the board attorney by the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees

Monday profile: Huggins thrives in new role

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There's a new sheriff in town. Figuratively speaking, that is. Mary Huggins is the new full-time sheriff's deputy at the Lowndes County Courthouse and her no-nonsense attitude lets people know she means business.

Girl Scouts out in force for cookie sales

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sunday's blue skies and warm temperatures inspired many to spend the day outdoors, including local Girl Scouts, who were out in full force to kick off the first weekend of the 2013 cookie sale season.

Byrd, Gavin focus on business in Ward 6 election showdown

Posted 2/25/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Incumbent Bill Gavin and challenger Whirllie Byrd will mean business when they face off in the upcoming Columbus municipal election primary.

Minimum wage: Call for an increase to $9 per hour has both supporters and opponents

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a busy day at Watkins Washette on Highway 45. Almost every washer is whirring and the warmth from the dryers lends a welcome, almost homey atmosphere to the crowded laundromat.

CMSD board reviews finances, accounting procedures in workshop

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is changing the way it tracks travel expenses, board members learned Saturday during a two-hour budget workshop at Brandon Central Services.

Support grows for state tourism board

Posted 2/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of bills moving through the state's legislature could mean big things for the state's tourism industry. House Bill 935 and Senate Bill 2565 have passed through the respective chambers unanimously and a general tourism bill shouldn't be far behind.

 

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