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CMSD supe addresses 'integrity' questions

Posted 9/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District superintendent told a room full of local business leaders Tuesday that despite recommending the school board hire his wife's uncle to work for the district, he never intended to go through with the move.

 

Severstal plant formally sold to Indiana company

Posted 9/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal Columbus has been sold to Steel Dynamics Inc., an Indiana-based steel producer and metal recycler. The plant, which sits on 1,400 acres near Airport Road, was sold by its Russian owners for $1.62 billion, according to a Steel Dynamics statement Tuesday.

 

Council tightens controls on events with ordinance

Posted 9/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen have unanimously approved an ordinance regulating the leasing of property for large events where alcohol is served.

Supes pass budget, give employee raises

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County residents will pay the same in ad valorem taxes next year that they pay now, and county employees will receive a raise in October.

Sanderson Plumbing owes county, city $258K

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County is filing to lift an automatic stay of payment to collect delinquent taxes from Sanderson Plumbing, which filed for bankruptcy last year.

Election set to fill Brown's vacated seat

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A special election will be held Nov. 4 to fill the Mississippi Senate seat left vacant when Terry Brown died this month.

Columbus annexation taken under advisement

Posted 9/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Attorneys needed one day and two witnesses to make the case for annexing 3.5 miles of territory into the city of Columbus. There is no timetable on when Lowndes County Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns will make a ruling, but the city rested its case Monday after several hours of testimony.

Columbus Magnolia Bowl to get makeover

Posted 9/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Magnolia Bowl will be turned into a walking track and outdoor study space for Franklin Elementary and the community.

Columbus native makes top 10 finish at Miss America

Posted 9/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray, a Columbus native, was among the final 10 contestants in the Miss America pageant Sunday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Columbus native set for Miss America pageant

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jasmine Murray of Columbus will take part in the Miss America Pageant tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

New cafeteria program highlights importance of CMSD staff

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Paula Baker gets to work at 6:30 a.m., she has a lot of mouths to feed. Baker, for the past eight years, has been the cafeteria manager at Columbus High School. Everyday, she and her staff prepare 2,324 meals -- two for 1,162 students.

New Hope High getting new field house

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Hope High School is getting a new field house. Lowndes County School District board members voted Friday to spend approximately $2 million on the 16,000-plus square foot building.

Browning named Dispatch managing editor

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

William Browning has been named managing editor of The Commercial Dispatch. Browning has served as interim managing editor since August and previously as news editor. He joined the staff of The Dispatch in July 2013.

Port authority board hires Sanders

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority's board of directors has named Will Sanders the port's new director.

 

Lowndes budget hearing set for Monday

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New debt service payments and employee raises will likely result in Lowndes County dipping into its reserve fund next fiscal year to make up for an estimated $550,000 deficit.

 

Columbus brothers charged with manufacturing marijuana

Posted 9/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus brothers have been arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana.

MUW enrollment hits highest point in decade-plus

Posted 9/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fall enrollment numbers at Mississippi University for Women are up from last year, according to preliminary figures released this week by the state Institutions of Higher Learning.

Council passes new budget with $300K shortfall

Posted 9/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen passed the city's upcoming fiscal year budget Tuesday. During the special call meeting, a 4-2 vote passed the $22,966,210 budget through. Councilmen Kabir Karriem and Bill Gavin were the two opposing votes.

CMSD board votes to hire supe's wife

Posted 9/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board, with a 3-2 vote, has hired the wife of the district's superintendent to be an elementary school teacher.

 

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