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Mentoring program plans expansion

Posted 5/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 2009, Angela Nash and her husband began opening up their home in New Hope each Friday night to feed and spend time with five young girls who were struggling in school.

Three diplomas make for one Happy Mother's Day

Posted 5/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Since 1890, seniors at Mississippi University for Women have gathered each year on graduation day for the Magnolia Chain ceremony, walking from Callaway Hall to Columbus Hall with their fellow graduates before making a mad dash for a magnolia blossom, which is said to bring fortune and romance to the senior who receives it.

School board reverses decision on uniforms

Posted 5/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a backlash of parental opposition, the county school board Friday reversed last month's district-wide decision mandating school uniforms.

County night club hours ordinance still in works

Posted 5/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It will likely be June before Lowndes County authorities present a proposed ordinance to supervisors that would mandate night clubs close at 1 a.m., Sheriff Mike Arledge said.

Grant would provide funding for city hall renovation

Posted 5/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city has been working more than five years to secure funding to renovate the interior of its century-old City Hall, but a little help from the state may be on the way.

Calling all classes: Caledonia High's celebration spans the generations

Posted 5/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mother's Day weekend is typically a time for families to come together, and one of Caledonia's largest families will kick the weekend off early tonight, gathering in Caledonia High School's cafeteria/auditorium for an event that has become one of the town's most cherished traditions.

Council gets on board with CFD strategic plan

Posted 5/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Unsurprisingly, a survey of customers and other stakeholders found that the core services offered by Columbus Fire and Rescue ranked at the top in terms of importance: Fire suppression, emergency medical response and fire prevention were the top three programs of priority among the more than two dozen, according to the department's 2013-18 strategic plan.

Sack and Save gets new life as bowling alley

Posted 5/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new bowling center is rolling into Columbus. For more than a decade, the corner building of The Waverly Shopping Center off Highway 45 has sat empty. In recent years, the former Sack and Save facility began a transformation, adding a restaurant, a yogurt shop and a furniture store. But as the rest of the shopping center grew, the large corner space sat vacant.

Absentee votes carried Stewart to runoff

Posted 5/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The voters who kept long-time Ward 4 councilman Fred Stewart in the race never made it to the polls. Absentee ballots accounted for 100 of Stewart's 361 votes, enough to force a runoff election with challenger Marty Turner, who had accumulated 53.7 percent of the vote before the absentee ballots were counted.

Rain insurance no help to Market Street Festival

Posted 5/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Country music singer Eddie Rabbitt might have loved a rainy night, but organizers of last weekend's 17th annual Market Street Festival could have lived with a little less of the wet stuff -- or a little more, depending on your point of view.


Elmore will serve as interim CFO for Columbus schools

Posted 5/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Felicia Elmore will fill in for terminated Columbus Municipal School District CFO Kenneth Hughes for the remainder of the school year.


Town of Caledonia names first park director

Posted 5/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of discussion, the board selected Rural Hill resident Allan Glenn from a pool of six applicants for the $25,000 per year position, which offers state benefits and health insurance. His first day on the job was May 1.


Arrest report 5-9-13

Posted 5/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Council will help fund Juneteenth

Posted 5/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of providing $2,500 in matching funds to the Afro-American Culture Organization in support of the Juneteenth Festival at the request of festival founder and Lowndes County supervisor Leroy Brooks.

Turner, Stewart face runoff; Incumbents Karriem, Gavin breeze past foes

Posted 5/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It will be two more weeks before residents in Ward 4 will know who will represent them on the Columbus City Council for the next four years. There will be no change in leadership in Wards 5 and 6, as incumbents Kabir Karriem and Bill Gavin handily defeated their opponents.


MSMS chosen again as one of nation's top schools

Posted 5/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Parents need savvy approach to social media and kids

Posted 5/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two weeks ago, the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted more than 128 points within seconds. The reason? The Associated Press had sent a message to nearly 2 million followers on its Twitter account, stating that two explosions had rocked the White House, injuring President Barack Obama.

Trio of council spots on ballot today

Posted 5/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Months of campaigning from candidates vying to lead Wards 4, 5 and 6 has come down to this. Columbus' municipal primary election officially began at 7 a.m., and at the very least, who will take the latter two seats will be known tonight after votes are tallied.


Supes hear complaints on unsightly properties

Posted 5/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Monday, Lowndes County supervisors agreed to hold a public hearing on a property complaint during their May 15 meeting while they approved ordering another property owner to clean his land within 30 days.



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