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Volunteer leader begins new chapter

Posted 4/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the past five years, Meagan Coughlin has been the face of volunteerism in Columbus. As director of the Lowndes County United Way’s Community Volunteer Center, Coughlin has been at the center of hundreds of efforts to connect those in need with those in a position to help. And as the first person to helm the CVC, she’s laid the groundwork for an exemplary clearinghouse of good will.

Mayor, councilman: 'I'm sorry'

Posted 4/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The mayor of Columbus this morning issued an apology for his part in a Thursday altercation with Ward 5 City Councilman Kabir Karriem. And Karriem held a press conference at the Municipal Complex to “apologize” and to set the record straight, he said. “I would like to take this time to offer a sincere apology to my family, my friends and fellow council members, and especially to the citizens of Columbus for the event that took place at City Hall on Thursday night,” Columbus Mayor Robert Smith wrote in a prepared statement e-mailed this morning.

 

Slam Dunk on Cancer: Police take to the courts for a good cause

Posted 4/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During the weekend of April 9-10, members of the Columbus Police Department and other basketball junkies are going to hit the courts, not just to show off their roundball skills, but to help a good cause.

 

 

Full text of Mayor Smith's apology letter

Posted 4/5/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith issued an apology letter this morning regarding the incident that took place on April 1, 2010.

 

 

State approves $15M for C&G rail project

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Senate last week approved $15 million in matching funds toward the reconstruction of a 90-mile stretch of the former Columbus and Greenville Railway line.

 

Easter bunny arrested for disorderly conduct

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Easter Bunny of Leigh Mall Friday was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Councilman plans public statement on fist fight with mayor

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem plans Monday to make a statement about a physical altercation with Columbus Mayor Robert Smith.

 

Block party to help kick off Columbus Pilgrimage Monday

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Blue skies and warm temperatures are on tap to greet opening events of Columbus’ 70th annual Spring Pilgrimage Monday. In addition to the first home tours and Tales from the Crypt, a community-wide block party will help launch the 13-day showcase of historical architecture, living history and unique activities.

 

 

WCBI: Easter Bunny arrested at Leigh Mall (link)

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Columbus mayor arrested for assault

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith was arrested today on assault charges stemming from an altercation with Columbus Ward 5 City Councilman Kabir Karriem.

 

 

Link renews contract of Joe Higgins for five years

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

To ensure ongoing community and economic development success and completion of the Golden Triangle Industrial Aerospace Park, Columbus-Lowndes Development Link officials extended the term of Link CEO Joe Higgins’ contract.

 

 

Columbus native named to elite group

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, voted unanimously recently to name Robert Adams Ivy, FAIA, as “Master Architect.” Ivy, a Columbus native, the current editor in chief of Architectural Record and vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction, received the accolade for his contributions to communicating the value of design, both within the fraternity and to the larger world.

 

 

Details unravel in Thursday wrecks

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Highway Patrol continues to investigate a two-vehicle accident that occurred Thursday morning at the intersection of George Happy Irby Memorial Parkway and U.S. Highway 45 North, near the primary entrance to Columbus Air Force Base.

 

 

Relay for Life has special meaning for Caledonia Tornadoes

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 54 members of Caledonia schools’ Relay For Life team don’t have to look far for reminders of what they’re marching for.

 

 

Regional police agencies unite to solve old crimes

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Red and white signs still are peppered throughout the city of Columbus, displaying the faces of senior citizens killed in the late ’90s.

 

Economy primed for turnaround, Childers says

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After experiencing a rough patch in 2009 and the first three months of 2010, the nation’s economic outlook is in for a turnaround, according to a member of Mississippi’s congressional delegation.

 

Mayor, councilman Karriem fight at City Hall

Posted 4/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An argument between Mayor Robert Smith and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem boiled over into a physical fight at City Hall Thursday night.

 

Agreement gives W’s culinary program national standing

Posted 4/1/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With Wednesday’s signing of an articulation agreement between the Mississippi University for Women’s Culinary Arts Institute and the National Restaurant Association, the university will have a wider presence on the state and national levels, and a bigger opportunity to recruit more students to the program.

 

Prospect of same-sex prom couple draws mixed reactions

Posted 4/1/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The eyes of the nation are once again focused on Mississippi as a civil rights struggle plays out. But times have changed and so have the issues, and the question of lesbian students attending Itawamba Agricultural High School’s prom has local students buzzing about the topic.

 

Practice fire startles onlookers

Posted 4/1/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Motorists and others who saw black smoke around the area of 17th Street and 10th Avenue North Wednesday morning had no reason to panic as the Columbus Fire Department was conducting one of its regular practice fires.

 

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