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Back to school: Mixture of excitement, nerves for new Columbus students

Posted 8/8/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nerves and jitters were on the menu Thursday morning as pre-K and kindergarten students started their first day of school in the Columbus Municipal School District.

GTRA's growth good omen for local economy

Posted 8/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport created $272.5 million in economic activity in 2012. Regional airports through the state produce $2.5 billion in economic activity, according to a report made by the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

 

City faces $500K budget shortfall

Posted 8/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city will likely have to dip into its reserve fund to balance next year's budget. City councilmen held a special meeting for the second time in as many weeks Wednesday to discuss and revise the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

 

Mayor votes himself a $10K raise

Posted 8/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith has given himself a $10,000 pay raise. During a budget meeting for the upcoming fiscal year, Smith broke a 3-3 city council tie and gave himself the raise.

Program teaches families how to snack healthy

Posted 8/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With school getting ready to begin, a local program is providing parents education on healthy snacks for their children.

All Columbus students to receive free meals

Posted 8/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

All of the estimated 4,600 children in the Columbus Municipal School District will now receive a free breakfast and lunch each school day.

Five named to Columbus Redevelopment Authority

Posted 8/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The five people tasked with leading a major restoration project aimed at improving blighted areas of Columbus have been selected.

Kroger officials: Columbus expansion to be finished before end of year

Posted 8/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kroger officials say the remodeling project underway at its Columbus location will be complete "prior to the holidays" this year.

Supervisors refinance '07 Paccar bond issue

Posted 8/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County could save about $500,000 over the remaining 13 years of its industrial bond by refinancing the bond at a lower interest rate, a financial advisor told the county's board of supervisors Monday.

CLRA's Short to retire on Dec. 31

Posted 8/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"We" is the ideal pronoun for Roger Short. Instead of doing his job as executive director of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority as a solitary figure, Short relished the opportunity to identify areas he could help improve the quality of life in the city of Columbus and in Lowndes County.

Owner of property injured when wall falls

Posted 8/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Faulty construction work may be to blame for the collapse of the back wall of a downtown Columbus building Tuesday afternoon, officials say.

Brothers arrested in weekend shooting

Posted 8/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Sunday morning shooting left two injured and two men behind bars.

 

Toddler drowns Sunday in Tombigbee

Posted 8/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A West Point toddler drowned Sunday afternoon as he and his family were boating in the Tombigbee River.

 

Police: Woman carries out robbery with baseball bat

Posted 8/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman is in police custody after allegedly robbing another woman using a baseball bat.

Columbus celebrates summer youth program participants

Posted 8/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City officials and employees crammed into a banquet room at Lion Hills on Thursday to celebrate 19 local high school students who took part in this year's MDOT Urban Youth Corps Program.

Charter school hopeful to file second letter of intent

Posted 8/1/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The group behind Inspire Charter School said it plans to file a letter of intent with the state asking for approval of a charter that would allow it open a school in Columbus.

City Hall renovation plan resumes

Posted 7/31/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Funding at the state level is going to make up for a grant the city lost last year for renovating the Columbus City Hall.

J5 extends management of public works through Sept.

Posted 7/31/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

J5 Broaddus' temporary management of Columbus' public works department will continue at least through September after it was originally set to end in May.

Caledonia man charged with arson

Posted 7/31/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Caledonia man has been charged with arson after he allegedly set his house on fire Monday morning.

 

Severstal fined for DEQ emissions violation

Posted 7/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company's pollution control monitors didn't function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011.

 

 

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