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Immanuel Christian has its own 'Extreme Make-over'

Posted 7/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The name fit the school perfectly, but that was just about the only place it fit. With five words, 39 letters and 13 syllables, "Immanuel Center for Christian Education" was a mouthful to say and a handful to write. Filling out official forms, with their cramped text boxes and narrow columns, required the dexterity of a contortionist. Its acronym, ICCE, was equally a tongue-twister.



Sounds of Summer postponed until next Thursday

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County


'Read Across Columbus' helps keep kids on positive track

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Glenda Buckhalter has heard the statistics. As the Columbus Police Department's public information officer, she's intimately aware of the correlation between illiteracy, dropout rates and juvenile crime.


Columbus beautification efforts enhance image, quality of life, says mayor

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A beautification project for the City of Columbus is nearing completion. Weather permitting, the new "Welcome to Columbus" sign located on Highway 82 East is expected to be completed by week's end, said Mayor Robert Smith.



Early-morning fire destroys vacant home

Posted 7/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning fire gutted a vacant home today, despite efforts from Columbus Fire and Rescue to combat the blaze.



Caledonia employee dispute at impasse

Posted 7/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A year-long dispute between a Caledonia supervisor and an employee may have landed the town in hot water as the issue threatens to spill over into a lawsuit.



Columbus, State redistricting plans await DOJ scrutiny

Posted 7/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new ordinance regarding redistricting will soon be brought before the Columbus City Council for approval. The ordinance is the next step in getting the council's approved map before the US Department of Justice.


CAFB runway work set for 2013

Posted 7/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Clay County construction company will begin work on runway project at Columbus Air Force Base in 2013.

Columbus Police ready for Glitz ball

Posted 7/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department and the Columbus Community Neighborhood Watch are hosting the 2012 Columbus Community Glitz Ball July 20 to raise money for the CPD's annual Christmas toy drive, the Columbus Police Explorers and National Night Out On Crime events.


Planning commission approves new permits

Posted 7/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Planning Commission recommended a permitted use request for two new businesses on Monday.


Market Street Festival gains recognition

Posted 7/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 2011 economic impact study of Columbus' flagship festival has received national recognition. Main Street Now, The Journal of The National Trust Main Street Center, featured the study on Market Street Festival.

Monday profile: O'Nan thrives in role as life coach

Posted 7/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At the age of 30, Meagan O'Nan is living her dream. And, in a quiet office built on serenity, she's working to help others live theirs.

Columbus Library hosts 'The Freedom Rides' exhibit

Posted 7/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is hosting an exhibit, "The Freedom Rides: Journey for Change," through August 24. The display details the struggle for racial equality through the interstate transportation system.

Talley hearing set; Hinton in custody

Posted 7/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man charged with capital murder will make his preliminary court appearance in Columbus Municipal Court on Aug. 16.


Columbus Mayor disputes 'flower-gate' report

Posted 7/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith Tuesday said a recent column in The Packet is "not true." During a meeting of the Columbus City Council, Smith read Packet writer Ron Williams' column from the June 29 edition of the newspaper, which criticized city crews for planting flowers in the Dean Acres community, where Smith lives.



Caledonia proposes deal to end dispute with water employee

Posted 7/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Town of Caledonia employee may soon see the pay increase he's spent more than a year fighting to receive.



Caledonians fume over rates despite 'adjustment'

Posted 7/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia residents are beginning to feel the impact of a water and sewer rate hike which went into effect June 1, but limited relief for some may be on the way.



Farmers' Market earns state certification

Posted 7/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' Hitching Lot Farmers' Market again was certified by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The market was certified as part of the Mississippi Certified Farmers' Market Program, which was launched by the MDAC as a way to recognize the growing number of farmers' markets across the state.



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