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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.

Jilted!: Collapse of Silicor project is latest of Correnti's empty promises

Posted 1/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On the surface, Lowndes County, Amory, Ontario, Ohio, and Stanly County, N.C., don't seem to have much in common. That they all have a desire for economic development and job creation certainly doesn't make them unique. What they do have in common, however, are their frustrating experiences with venture capitalist John Correnti.

Gun sales boom as enthusiasts fear ban

Posted 1/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the debate over gun rights rages around the nation in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, gun enthusiasts are snatching guns off the shelves as quickly as dealers can stock them.

Business owners have personal role in deterring embezzlement

Posted 1/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Do desperate times call for desperate measures? At least one area accountant suggests there may be a link between tough economic conditions and a recent rash of embezzlement cases in the Golden Triangle.

Races shaping up in Columbus municipal elections

Posted 1/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Election season is in full swing in Columbus as incumbents and challengers began qualifying Wednesday for this year's municipal elections.

One arrested in New Year's shooting

Posted 1/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been arrested and charged in connection with an early morning shooting on New Year's Day that injured three people with gunshot wounds.

Kaye, noted architect/preservationist, dead at 72

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sam Kaye, noted as one of the state's leading historic preservationists, died Tuesday, leaving a legacy that his friends and colleagues say will endure the test of time.

Higgins: Silicor project off the table

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than two years of wheeling and dealing, an economic development deal once known as "Project Apollo" came to a whimpering halt Monday, bringing the promise of 971 new jobs to the area down with it. But officials connected to the project say it started to burn out almost from the start.

Caledonia signs lease to allow fracking

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Caledonia Board of Alderman signed a lease Wednesday night allowing Fletcher Petroleum Corp. to begin the hydraulic fracturing process -- commonly referred to as "fracking" -- on a small parcel of town-owned land.

Box says he'll run for reelection

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box has officially announced he will seek a second term in the position he has held for the past four years.

 

Council honors trio for service to city

Posted 1/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen was among those honored for their service to the city during Wednesday's meeting of the Columbus City Council.

 

 

Three shot at gas station on New Year's Day (Video)

Posted 1/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is looking for the man responsible for shooting three people at a gas station early New Year's morning.

 

Dream365 expands to include downtown march

Posted 1/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. 50 years ago and spoke these words during his now-famous "I Have a Dream" speech. And this month, from Jan. 16 through Jan. 21, organizers of the annual Dream365 event are embracing that sentiment, celebrating the progress that has been made in civil rights while continuing to look forward to a more unified city, state and nation.

 

Silicor project in jeopardy after missed deadline

Posted 1/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Silicor Materials has missed a Dec. 31 deadline to put up $150,000 in earnest money, jeopardizing the two-phase, $600-million project, according to a source close to the project.

 

 

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