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Market Street sales total more than $159,000, organizers say

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sales at this year's Market Street Festival totaled more than $159,000, bringing in $11,160.63 in tax collections. And that's just "the tip of the iceberg," according to Main Street Columbus Inc. Director Amber Murphree Brislin.

 

 

Omnova union vows to fight decertification

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The process to decertify the union affiliated with Columbus' Omnova plant is moving forward. And members of Local 748-L plan to fight the decertification until the end. Union members plan to contest plans to take a decertification vote from the more than 100 workers hired to replace them.

 

New Hope woman charged with statutory rape

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 24-year-old New Hope woman has been charged with the statutory rape of a 14-year-old boy in Lowndes County.

Fish fry commemorates National Nursing Home Week

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It takes a certain amount of derring-do and old-fashioned chutzpah to schedule a picnic on Friday the 13 -- especially in springtime Mississippi -- but after an action-packed week of celebration, staff members and guests of Windsor Place nursing home weren't about to let superstition or Mother Nature dampen their fun.

 

Lowndes plans to start drug court

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This summer, Lowndes County will join 39 other Mississippi counties with drug courts in place.

 

 

New workers at Columbus' Omnova plant request to decertify union

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the Omnova strike in Columbus, and the longest strike in the company's history does not bode to end favorably for its longtime union workers.

 

 

Survey: Majority of Lowndes students feels unsafe on campus

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brandy Gardner, coordinator for the Safe & Drug-Free Schools program. Gardner told the Lowndes County School district board that according to anonymous surveys, less than 60 percent of students at West Lowndes Middle School, New Hope Middle School, and Caledonia High School report feeling safe on campus.

 

Columbus police officer wrecks car in her second crash this year

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Officer Rebecca Lomax and three civilians suffered minor injuries Sunday when her squad car collided with another vehicle -- her second wreck this year.

 

PHOTO GALLERY: C-Town Cares benefit for Smithville tornado relief

Posted 5/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Images from the benefit concert Sunday in Columbus.

 

 

Columbus concert set to raise money for Smithville

Posted 5/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local music community is putting its own spin on tornado relief, holding a benefit concert along the Columbus Riverwalk on Sunday from noon until late into the night.

 

 

Supes appoint Lawrence to CVB board

Posted 5/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors appointed a retired teacher to the Columbus-Lowndes County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday.

 

 

Property owners get original appraised value for land at Burns Bottom

Posted 5/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After Lowndes County took a total of less than two acres of property in the Burns Bottom area through eminent domain, two property owners returned to the table, requesting the original appraised value rather than the court's appraised value.

 

Hitching Lot Farmers' Market officially opens with homegrown, homemade wares

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eager for the homegrown and homemade, deal-hunters prowled the booths of the freshly opened Hitching Lot Farmers' Market Saturday in Columbus, picking up everything from pies to "redneck backscratchers."

 

Schools: CMSD interim superintendent reaches out to leaders about dropout rates

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Martha Liddell, interim superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District, spent Friday afternoon speaking about a subject close to her heart -- dropout prevention.

 

Helping hands: Area residents provide relief for those impacted by tornadoes

Posted 5/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County was largely spared the wrath of last month's devastating tornadoes, residents have not gone untouched. Some had friends and family who were directly impacted. Others didn't know a single person involved, but they responded anyway. Some gave money. Some gave time. Most gave something.

MSU's Mullen, Stricklin bring winning message to Columbus

Posted 5/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Bulldogs are headed to the top of the college football mountain. And on the heels of a season topped off by a Gator Bowl victory, they can't afford to lose any momentum, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen told Bulldog fans at the Columbus Country Club, Thursday morning.

Kior breaks ground, and draws customers, for Columbus biofuels plant

Posted 5/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

FedEx is the latest company to sign an offtake agreement with Kior, a biofuels plant slated to begin production in Columbus in 2012. FedEx plans to use oil produced from biomass, mainly wood chips, in its ground fleet.

Friendship House demolition could lead to ordinance changes

Posted 5/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Wednesday's demolition of a historic property in downtown Columbus has left some preservationists and supporters asking what can be done in the future to prevent similar cases.

Local entrepreneur looks for answer to Africa's poverty

Posted 5/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The disease malaria stunts social and economic development in Africa, costing the continent an estimated $12 billion a year in productivity, according to a recent study released by the Roll Back Malaria campaign.

 

Deputies back at work after fatal shooting

Posted 5/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The five Lowndes County sheriff's deputies who were suspended following a deadly shootout Monday are back at work today.

 

 

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