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Port director eyes grant money for project funding

Posted 2/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Each year, the Mississippi Legislature earmarks $3.8 million for the state's 16 ports along the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

 

 

Brigham named VP of university relations and advancement at MUW

Posted 2/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women alumna Allegra Brigham of Columbus is returning to the MUW campus as interim vice president for university relations and advancement, according to Dr. Jim Borsig, president of the university.

 

 

Caledonia to decide fate of cold beer sales at grocery store

Posted 2/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An issue that was hotly-contested in 1945 and 1982 will be up for debate again Saturday morning at Caledonia Town Hall.

 

Columbus Civil Service Commission approves police hiring policy

Posted 2/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A controversial policy change which has pitted Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen against officers within the police department was approved by the Civil Service Commission 2-1 Thursday following a meeting in executive session.

 

MBI continues probe of shooting case

Posted 2/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bond has been set for the man involved in a Saturday night incident, which injured a county Metro Narcotics agent and landed a Columbus police officer on leave pending investigation.

 

 

Facebook Watch Group fights crime

Posted 2/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's not about vigilante justice or fear but taking back the community, one person at a time.

 

 

Debate continues over police hirings, promotions

Posted 2/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ongoing discussions about lateral promotions and new hires at the Columbus Police Department will continue tonight in a Civil Service Commission meeting at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

 

 

Stabbing victim remains hospitalized

Posted 2/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested Tuesday night after stabbing another man during an altercation.

 

Local woman aids in inmate escape

Posted 2/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Starkville woman is charged with aiding the escape of an inmate.

 

Bond set for Dutch Village suspect

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bond has been set for the man involved in a Saturday night incident which injured a county Metro Narcotics agent and landed a Columbus police officer on leave pending investigation. Marvin Dale Kyles, 25, of 75 Glynis Road in Steens, was issued a $50,000 bond on the felony charge of aggravated assault on a police officer.

 

 

Columbus school district explores fundraising foundations

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's always nice to have a little extra money in the coffers, and city school leaders are hoping they may have hit upon a partial solution to a longtime budget crisis. Many districts have organized educational foundations to serve as the fundraising arm of schools, and the Columbus Municipal School District is exploring the option.

 

 

Columbus wants more from economic development arm

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins first arrived in Columbus, his only mandate from city officials was to get the town a movie theater. Nearly nine years later, Higgins received another mandate from the City Council in a special meeting Tuesday morning to discuss retail, economic and regional development.

 

 

City to Harry Sanders: We want an apology

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus City Council retaliated Tuesday night against recent remarks made by a county supervisor. During the general comments section of the meeting, Ward 6 Councilman Kabir Karriem called for Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders to publicly apologize for comments made during a speech at a local civic club.

 

 

Columbus schools cut 59 positions

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tuesday was grim across the Columbus Municipal School District, with approximately 59 teachers and support staff learning their contracts will not be renewed. Only a few members of the public were present for an afternoon press conference at Brandon Central Services, where Interim Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell made the announcement.

 

 

Police push for internal promotions

Posted 2/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An ongoing debate within the Columbus Police Department continued Tuesday during the meeting of the mayor and City Council. Police Chief Selvain McQueen appeared before the board seeking approval for updated policies regarding lateral hiring and departmental promotions.

 

Officer on leave as MBI looks into Saturday-night shooting

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There were few signs Monday afternoon of the Saturday-night shooting at the Dutch Village Shell station at the corner of Lehmberg Road and Highway 50 in Columbus. A foot-long segment of police tape dangled from a post on the Lehmberg side of the station, but otherwise, it was business as usual. For the Columbus Police Department and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office though, Monday was a time to reflect on the incident, which resulted in a suspect being taken to the hospital, a metro narcotics agent being injured and a city police officer under investigation after firing his weapon.

 

Lowndes' Co-op Road reopens to residents

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of wrangling between the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and residents of Co-op Road, the board reached a unanimous decision Monday morning: The county will abandon the road and remove all barricades, reopening it to residents.

 

 

Budget Crunch: Columbus school district hosts press conference to discuss finances

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today to discuss budget planning priorities for the 2012-2013 school year. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Brandon Central Services Center at 2630 McArthur Drive.

 

 

Columbus concerned about development

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council met this morning in a special meeting to discuss economic development, retail development and regional economic development. The council called the special meeting at City Hall to question Joe Higgins, CEO of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, about the issues.

 

 

Soccer park on track for September opening

Posted 2/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Construction on a water well for the downtown soccer complex will be under way soon. The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority approved the water project at its meeting Monday night. The board awarded the project to the Donald Smith Co. of Headland, Ala. for $203,000.

 

 

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