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CVB weary of Legends talk; Sherrod signs on as pitch man

Posted 7/17/2012 in Area

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau has elected a new leader. During Monday's regular board meeting, Dewitt Hicks was unanimously chosen to serve a one-year term as board chairman. He replaces outgoing chairman George Swales. Hicks, who was appointed to the board by the City of Columbus, urged his board members to work together.

New development alliance for Golden Triangle?

Posted 7/14/2012 in Area

Representatives from Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay counties have formed a steering committee to examine the possibility of forming a tri-county coalition for economic development.

 

Link completes revenue-sharing deal with West Point, Clay County

Posted 7/14/2012 in Area

The Columbus-Lowndes Development Link is moving forward with plans to recruit industry for West Point and Clay County, securing a deal earlier this week to obtain 10 percent of the resulting tax revenues, with the remaining 90 percent divided between West Point and Clay.

 

 

Committees formed to examine unilateral county economic development

Posted 7/13/2012 in Area

Oktibbeha County poised to join Lowndes and Clay counties in a joint development partnership

 

 

Forbes gives plug to state, Golden Triangle

Posted 7/12/2012 in Area

Mississippi manufacturing is getting national media attention and Forbes magazine was correct in noting Mississippi has a future as "a new American manufacturing center," agreed Columbus-Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins.

 

Rain brings relief, but burn ban still in place

Posted 7/11/2012 in Area

After weeks of no rain and the drought-like conditions that ensued, parts of Lowndes County received a substantial amount of rainfall on Monday. Other parts of the county were not as fortunate.

Isolated thunderstorms bring little relief from drought

Posted 7/7/2012 in Area

High winds associated with some isolated thunderstorms Friday evening caused some minor damage in Lowndes County. Reports of downed power lines and trees were reported across the county, but no injuries were reported.

Appeals court denies Triplett bid to suppress evidence

Posted 7/7/2012 in Area

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court's denial of a Lowndes County man's motion to suppress evidence of his possession of child pornography.

 

Scams target utility customers

Posted 7/7/2012 in Area

While telephone scams are nothing new, those behind the scams are becoming more creative in their methods. From direct phone calls to text messages, identity-theft scams are a daily occurrence.

 

Piggly Wiggly stores sold to Birmingham company

Posted 7/6/2012 in Area

Piggly Wiggly is Gone With The Wind. Belle Foods, which recently purchased 57 grocery stores across the Southeast - including the remaining Piggy Wiggly franchises - will mean an end to the historic brand that ushered in the modern supermarket concept 96 years ago.

Tombigbee water level remains in normal range

Posted 7/6/2012 in Area

Drought conditions and resulting low water levels of the Mississippi River aren't affecting the Tombigbee River, officials said Thursday.

Starkville restaurant manager picked again for Columbus CVB post

Posted 7/6/2012 in Area

Bernard Buckhalter was re-appointed to the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday by a 4-2 vote of the city council. Buckhalter is the manager of a Wendy's chain restaurant in Starkville.

Summer reading programs keep kids intellectually engaged

Posted 7/5/2012 in Area

School's out for summer, but that doesn't necessarily mean no more pencils, no more books for local students, many of whom are already immersed in reading assignments for the upcoming school year. While students may groan and parents may wonder what happened to the carefree vacations they remember, educators, backed by statistics, favor summer reading as a way to prevent "brain drain" -- the loss of critical skills attained in the classroom and shoved in the locker when the dismissal bell rings each summer.

 

Research provides help in battle against domestic violence

Posted 7/3/2012 in Area

A recent study conducted by the Columbus Police Department will be used to combat domestic violence. The research project, created through the office of Chief Selvain McQueen, shows more than 100 domestic violence cases have been reported in Columbus between January and July.

 

Dry conditions, fireworks: hazardous mix

Posted 7/3/2012 in Area

Fireworks have become almost synonymous with Independence Day; they are bright, colorful, loud and conjure images of "the bombs bursting in air" made famous in our National Anthem. But dry conditions this year may put a damper on some of the celebrations.

Monday profile: Moulds' career switch lands her in district attorney's office

Posted 7/2/2012 in Area

Katie Moulds was contemplating attending medical school after graduating with a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from Mississippi State University, but a summer internship changed her career course forever.

Heat wave's effect on farming uncertain

Posted 6/29/2012 in Area

The Golden Triangle is set to experience the summer's first significant heat wave this weekend, and while most people might be scrambling to find sunscreen, bottled water and shade, area farmers are left waiting to see how their crop preparation has paid off.

 

Family sues over teenager's death

Posted 6/28/2012 in Area

The family of a teenager shot to death New Year's Day in West Point has sued the owners of the apartment complex where the shooting occurred.

 

MSU at forefront in fight against cyber crime

Posted 6/27/2012 in Area

Dr. Rayford Vaughn Jr., associate vice president for research at MSU and head of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, gave a brief overview of the department's offerings and accomplishments during Tuesday afternoon's Columbus Rotary Club meeting at the Columbus Country Club.

 

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