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Liddell wants to keep departing Phillips' vision alive

Posted 5/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A motivational poster on the wall of Dr. Martha Liddell's office sums up the leadership style she says has guided her throughout her 22-year career in the field of education: The image is a photograph of a bridge; the theme is teamwork.

 

Law firm returns legal fees to CVB

Posted 5/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The law firm of former Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board member David Sanders gave $17,320.50 back to the CVB today amid accusations of ethical violations.

 

Local Destination ImagiNation team to compete in global finals

Posted 5/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If the words "hydrologic energy cycle" elicit panicked flashbacks of dusty science books and test anxiety, you probably haven't met the seven Columbus Middle School students who have spent the past year mastering the wet stuff.

 

Welcome to the neighborhood: Link launches newcomer program

Posted 5/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Development Link wants to do more than usher in new business and industry. The chamber of commerce and economic development merger wants to welcome newcomers to the area.

 

 

Columbus council appoints members to historic preservation, recreation boards

Posted 5/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City Council made six appointments Tuesday to the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority and the Historic Preservation Commission.

 

 

Columbus woman dies after head-on collision

Posted 5/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 65-year-old Columbus woman died at the hospital Tuesday afternoon following a head-on collision on Highway 45 at 18th Avenue North.

 

Church seeks 'neutral' presence with downtown coffee shop, pastor says

Posted 5/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hope Community Church pastor Bo Jeffares cradled a cup of coffee at Beans and Cream in the Brickerton shopping center Monday afternoon and talked about his vision for his church and the downtown area.

 

Experts: Tourism board violated open meetings law

Posted 5/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to open meetings experts, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau illegally closed its April session to discuss two issues that should have been discussed openly.

 

 

Columbus High staff member stable after collapse at school

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus High School staff member is in stable condition at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle after collapsing Monday morning around 9:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium.

 

 

C-Town Cares benefit raises more than $15,000

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The C-Town Cares concert Sunday at the Riverwalk drew more than 1,200 people and raised more than $15,000 for Smithville tornado victims, according to event organizers.

 

Fewer people filling up as gas prices rise

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday afternoon, 68-year-old William Nance pumped $10 worth of gas into his pickup. At $3.96 a gallon, $10 in mid-grade fuel doesn't go as far as it used to.

 

CVB funds festivals, amid calls for more conservative spending

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Amid accusations of playing "politics" with taxpayers' dollars, the Convention and Visitors Bureau voted to fund three festivals Monday and against funding a southside family reunion.

 

 

CVB board asks former director to return items

Posted 5/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When former Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director James Tsismanakis cleaned out his old office earlier this year, he was a little too thorough.

 

 

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.

 

 

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