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.
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.
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."
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A man died early this morning as a result of a single-car accident in 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.
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.
The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to cancel a contract with Robinson Janitorial.
"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.
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