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City Council approves paving projects

Posted 7/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council approved paving projects in its six wards by a 5-1 vote on Tuesday. The dissenting vote came inexplicably from Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens, who made a second to Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box's motion to accept City Engineer Kevin Stafford's paving recommendations.


Columbus schools approve budget, announce hirings

Posted 7/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With summer rapidly drawing to a close and students headed back to the classroom Aug. 6, the city school board seemed determined to tie up loose ends at Tuesday night's meeting, finalizing next year's budget and announcing a number of key personnel positions.

Public defender Jourdan states case for balanced view of criminal justice

Posted 7/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Admitting it's "not popular to be a criminal defense attorney," one of Lowndes County's five public defenders spoke Tuesday to the Columbus Rotary Club, hoping to give her audience a new perspective.


Columbus City Council ready to submit paving plans

Posted 7/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council on Tuesday will submit their final plans for street paving for the year. According to City Engineer Kevin Stafford, the council will discuss final paving for a few city-wide projects as well as projects for individual wards.



Cook and Annunciation art students get boost from grant

Posted 7/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School, already a model school for arts integration, has received a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission to continue the program and build upon the foundation they've developed over the past few years.



Police investigate Sunday morning shooting incident

Posted 7/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County



CMSD budget shows reduced personnel costs

Posted 7/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District held a public hearing Saturday morning to discuss a proposed $40.5 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.


Supes turn attention to public, private eyesores

Posted 7/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After receiving updates on county property owners' efforts to clean up their properties, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Friday unanimously voted to clean up one of the county's.

Brigham makes quiet exit from MUW

Posted 7/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the end, Allegra Brigham got her way. When she stepped down as interim president at Mississippi University for Women in December, she had hoped to leave with no fanfare. Instead, she was feted with a surprise party.

Highway 45's 'Misery Mile' emphasizes need for bypass

Posted 7/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although it only covers a mile or so, the stretch of Highway 45 from the intersection of Bluecutt Road to the Highway 82 exit is the most traveled section of road in Lowndes County. On average, 9.1 million motor vehicles travel that stretch of road each year. That also translates into heavy congestion and accidents.


Immanuel Christian has its own 'Extreme Make-over'

Posted 7/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The name fit the school perfectly, but that was just about the only place it fit. With five words, 39 letters and 13 syllables, "Immanuel Center for Christian Education" was a mouthful to say and a handful to write. Filling out official forms, with their cramped text boxes and narrow columns, required the dexterity of a contortionist. Its acronym, ICCE, was equally a tongue-twister.



Sounds of Summer postponed until next Thursday

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County


'Read Across Columbus' helps keep kids on positive track

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Glenda Buckhalter has heard the statistics. As the Columbus Police Department's public information officer, she's intimately aware of the correlation between illiteracy, dropout rates and juvenile crime.


Columbus beautification efforts enhance image, quality of life, says mayor

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A beautification project for the City of Columbus is nearing completion. Weather permitting, the new "Welcome to Columbus" sign located on Highway 82 East is expected to be completed by week's end, said Mayor Robert Smith.



Early-morning fire destroys vacant home

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning fire gutted a vacant home today, despite efforts from Columbus Fire and Rescue to combat the blaze.



Caledonia employee dispute at impasse

Posted 7/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A year-long dispute between a Caledonia supervisor and an employee may have landed the town in hot water as the issue threatens to spill over into a lawsuit.



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