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MUW unveils new vision for growth

Posted 1/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"I am in love with the future of this university." With that one sentence, Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig ushered in a new chapter for the W at Monday's unveiling of the university's new vision.

CMSD names administrator of the year

Posted 1/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District has named their Administrator of the Year. Patricia Overstreet, principal of Franklin Elementary Medical Sciences and Wellness Magnet School, received the award during Monday night's school board meeting.

Columbus lands big soccer tournaments

Posted 1/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two of Mississippi's largest youth soccer tournaments are coming to the Columbus Soccer Complex. Officials with Columbus-Lowndes Parks and Recreation Department won bids against other soccer complexes in the state to host the 2013 Coaches Cup Tournament and the 2014 Presidents Cup Tournament.

To frack or not to frack? Safety concerns, impact on infrastructure complicate debate on drilling method

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is easy to make the argument that a hunger for land and an insatiable appetite for the resources it contained were largely responsible for the settling of the North American continent. These movements have not always been proud chapters in American history, when the treatment of Native American peoples or the ravaging of land for the extraction of natural resources are considered.


MDA won't disclose plans for Silicor site

Posted 1/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two weeks after backing out of a $600 million that promised 971 jobs for Lowndes County, state officials are staying silent regarding the latest developments with California-based Silicor and its plans to continue to locate in Mississippi.


Annunciation restorations continue as church anticipates 150th

Posted 1/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Since 1863, Annunciation Catholic Church has been an anchor of downtown Columbus. The beautiful arches, delicate craftsmanship and intricate stained glass windows are a familiar part of the city and have made the church a historic landmark.

Turner to challenge Stewart in Ward 4 election

Posted 1/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Incumbent Fred Stewart will have some competition in the race for the Ward 4 City Council in the upcoming municipal election. Columbus business owner Marty Turner, 35, qualified for the election on Tuesday.

Search for suspects continues in drug sweep

Posted 1/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Narcotic Division are still looking for seven people after a Wednesday drug round-up that resulted in the arrest of 10 people.

Lowndes County drug sweep targets 17 suspects

Posted 1/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Narcotics Division conducted a major round-up this morning, issuing 44 warrants for 17 people, including a city employee.


Grant may 'pave' way for steel plant expansion

Posted 1/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $1.2 million expansion project for Mississippi Steel Processing continues to be a top priority for the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.


Area schools enhance security as classes resume

Posted 1/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has been almost a month since the Newtown, Conn., school shootings and the ripple effect is evident in schools across the country. In its first response after the shooting, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association called for armed officers at every school and some schools seem inclined to follow that advice


Silicor officials evasive on plans for facility

Posted 1/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a "thanks but no thanks" statement released by Silicor Materials on Monday, CEO Terry Jester said the company plans to build a silicon metals production plant and silicon purification plant elsewhere in the state.


Aurora unveils new $15-million facility

Posted 1/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Aurora Flight Sciences unveiled the fruits of a more-than $15 million investment Monday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new facility that attracted some of the state's leading dignitaries.


Lowndes supes will hire deputy for courthouse

Posted 1/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a request for more security at the Lowndes County Courthouse, which was the subject of two bomb threats in less than a week, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to hire an additional sheriff's deputy as a full-time security officer.


Monday profile: Whitcomb will leave job, but not her work

Posted 1/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Judy Whitcomb, the idea of public service extends far beyond her part-time job as town and court clerk in Caledonia. Ask any resident of the small town and you will be quickly informed that if Whitcomb isn't at her official job, she's either visiting someone in the hospital, sending a card to a friend who's down and out, or taking care of someone in need.


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