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Better Business Bureau warns Rotarians of scams

Posted 1/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Nigerian prince is dying and wants to leave his fortune to you, but he needs $3,000 to fund the transaction. You've won $1 million in a lottery you don't remember entering. There's a must-see video on Facebook, but first you must upgrade your software to view it. A company you've never heard of is offering a great deal on roofing, driveway resealing, tree-trimming or lawn service. Most people recognize a scam when they see one -- or do they?

Car dealers encouraged by 2012 sales

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the first time since the Great Recession, new car sales topped 17 million in 2012. For local car dealers, those numbers not only mean a banner year, but hope for the future.

Johnson urges audience to remember, celebrate, act

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dream 365 wrapped up five days of activities Monday with the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast at the Trotter Convention Center. Keynote speaker Harry Johnson told an audience of more than 300 that the key to fulfilling King's dream relies on three components: remembering, celebrating and acting.

Area residents participate in history at inauguration

Posted 1/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Columbus resident Kabir Karriem, Monday was all about capturing a moment in history. "I was participating in history," said Karriem, who also serves as a councilman in Columbus. "It was about seeing the first African- American president inaugurated into his second term on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 50 years after the 'I Have a Dream' speech and 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation."

Monday profile: Robinson improves community, one child at a time

Posted 1/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The past few days have been busier than usual for Dr. John Robinson, a Columbus dentist and president of the local chapter of 100 Black Men. Sunday found him pacing the Columbus Riverwalk, waiting for the kickoff of Dream 365's first march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's march to Washington and his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Soccer complex upgrades on track

Posted 1/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"If you build it, they will come." That was the mentality when the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus City Council decided to build the $5 million, 70-acre soccer complex, and with the announcement of two major tournaments -- the Coaches Cup in November and the Presidents Cup in May 2014 -- people will definitely be coming to the Friendly City.

Volunteers honor King's memory through Day of Service

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For a group of Lowndes County citizens, Saturday's Day of Service was not just about donating their time to help out a local organization. It was about continuing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Johnny Mathews: Blessed are the meek ...

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The day dawned dark and cold, with ice-slicked streets and clouds heavy with impending snow. Knowing the weather was supposed to be bad, Johnny Mathews, 64, rose earlier than usual Thursday morning. He didn't want to be late for work.

 

Media relations, criticism are hot topics at school board retreat

Posted 1/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees held its annual retreat Saturday morning at the Wingate by Wyndham hotel. Sequestered in a tiny side room dominated by a long conference table, the board discussed the events of the past year and brainstormed ways to make the upcoming year better.

 

 

Work to begin on $2-million Trotter renovation

Posted 1/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A more than $2-million renovation project for the Trotter Convention Center will begin later this year, with some work possibly beginning as early as May, city officials said Thursday. The project to renovate the city-owned facility could take up to two years to complete.

 

City workers scramble to fill potholes

Posted 1/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The rain may finally have ended, but its costly residue remains. After seven consecutive days of precipitation, the roadways have taken a major hit, in the form of potholes.

Snowstorm descends on Golden Triangle

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the first time since January 2011, Lowndes County residents awoke to find significant snow accumulations, triggering school and business closings and causing multiple vehicle accidents throughout the Golden Triangle. Government offices remained open for the most part, although municipal court was canceled.

 

MUW offers nursing doctorate

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women's nursing program has long been an asset in the college recruitment game, and now, they have another tool in their arsenal -- a doctorate.

 

 

CMSD selects two Project 2020 e-centers

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Snowy weather closed the city schools this morning, but a special meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees continued as planned.

 

Prude's status on school board up in the air

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For more than a decade, Tommy Prude has been a fixture of the Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees. As current board president, he is both the man who presents achievement certificates to shyly grinning school children and the one who holds the power to open discussion -- or silence it.

 

Morning wreck causes death

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man died early this morning as a result of a single-car accident in Lowndes County.

 

BREAKING: Area schools closed due to winter conditions

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area schools began issuing altered and canceled schedules around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning in response to snow throughout the area. This story will be updated with schedules as we receive them.

 

Council votes for vertical landfill

Posted 1/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than six weeks of discussion and committee meetings, the Columbus City Council is ready to make a move regarding the future of its landfill.

 

 

Lowndes County cancels cleaning contract

Posted 1/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to cancel a contract with Robinson Janitorial.

 

 

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