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Time to go a-wassailing!

Posted 12/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two or three at a time, in numbers that might reach 5,000, festival-goers will gather around the Christmas punch bowl Friday for the ninth annual Wassail Fest, presented by Main Street Columbus. A mixture of both downtown holiday shopping and a beverage contest, the festival -- which will be held from 5-9 p.m. -- has become a favorite event for downtown Columbus.

Two arrested for drugs in Columbus

Posted 12/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested Monday night and charged with possession of marijuana more than an ounce with intent to distribute.

Columbus council pursues loan for projects

Posted 12/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council voted to accept bids on a loan for some equipment and a drainage project during Tuesday's regular meeting. The city is looking to borrow up to $1.2 million to be paid back over a five-year period.


Caledonia delays decision on water line repair

Posted 12/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A water leak on Stanley Road in Caledonia may have been fortuitous, albeit costly. While searching for the source of the leak, Caledonia water superintendent Benny Coleman stumbled upon something that isn't a problem now but could become one, he told the board of aldermen Tuesday night.


Personnel dispute means end of Metro Narcotics Unit

Posted 12/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local drug task force known as the Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit has been disbanded. The decision to disband the unit was finalized last week after an exchange of letters between Columbus Police Department Chief Selvain McQueen and Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge.

Higgins to supes: Silicor must put up or shut up

Posted 12/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Golden Triangle Development Link CEO Joe Max Higgins didn't mince words Monday when discussing the future of Mississippi Silicon with the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.

Foreclosure help coming to Columbus

Posted 12/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Owning a home is part of the American dream. But for some, the dream can quickly become a nightmare of delayed mortgage payments and eventual foreclosure. To help those facing the reality of losing their home, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is bringing the Mississippi Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Consortium to Columbus Dec. 5 from 10-1 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on 14th Avenue North.

Monday profile: New Main Street director brings 'big city ideas'

Posted 12/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new director of Main Street Columbus said she enjoyed the 2011 Wassail Fest so much she decided to move here.

Equal under the law? Gender may influence sentencing in sex crimes

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When local attorney Rod Ray was defending a client accused of sexual battery, he gave an impassioned speech to members of the jury, asking them to take the facts of the case into account and not give in to public perception that when a man is accused of a sex crime, he is automatically guilty.

Columbus Christmas parade set for Monday

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Christmas parade will feature the Columbus and New Hope high school bands, as well as dancers and elected officials. An appearance by Santa Claus will finish out the parade, officially kicking off the Christmas season.

MUW hosts state conference to support public education

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Enrollment is increasing at private academies and charter schools loom large on the horizon, with lawmakers expected to make yet another push for them in January.


Silicor may receive extension from Lowndes supes

Posted 12/1/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a Dec. 31 deadline looming for the beginning of phase one construction, Silicor Materials officials are expected to ask the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors for second extension.


'Christmas for Columbus' concert to benefit charities

Posted 11/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Organizers hope a new holiday tradition takes root Saturday, with the debut of "A Christmas for Columbus," a benefit concert by the combined choirs of First United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church ensembles and Mississippi University for Women Singers.

Merchants wary of shoplifters during holiday shopping season

Posted 11/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As shoppers file into stores, anxiously searching for that perfect Christmas gift, retailers are taking steps to protect themselves from another kind of shopper -- shoplifters.


School board accepts grant for dropout program

Posted 11/30/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A controversial grant, intended to fund the city school district's dropout prevention program, was accepted by the board Thursday morning in a sometimes contentious three-hour special meeting.


Georgia native Nicholson chosen as Main Street director

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus has a new director. Atlanta native Nickie Nicholson will begin work as director on Dec. 10, replacing Amber Brislin. The Main Street board announced Nicholson's hiring on Wednesday via a press release.

City ponders fate of rapidly shrinking landfill

Posted 11/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus will soon have to a face decision regarding the dumping of waste in its landfill. A recent study by Neel-Schaffer Engineering shows the landfill will run out of space within three years.


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