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Economic firm ranks Columbus in top 10 percent of small U.S. cities

Posted 5/27/2011 in Business

Columbus has moved into the top 10 percent of micropolitans in the U.S., ranked by economic strength.



Marriages and divorces 5-26-11

Posted 5/26/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces for May 4-18



Nelson designated Certified Staffing Professional

Posted 5/26/2011 in Business

Magen Nelson, staffing specialist at Key Staff Source, recently received the Certified Staffing Professional designation from the American Staffing Association.



City: Laws don't cover 'ugly' buildings

Posted 5/20/2011 in Business

Commercial buildings can sit idle for a matter of months or for several years. The longer they sit, the less marketable they become.



Welcome to the neighborhood: Link launches newcomer program

Posted 5/18/2011 in Business

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.


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

Posted 5/18/2011 in Business

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.


New workers at Columbus' Omnova plant request to decertify union

Posted 5/16/2011 in Business

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.


Kior breaks ground, and draws customers, for Columbus biofuels plant

Posted 5/13/2011 in Business

FedEx is the latest company to sign an offtake agreement with Kior, a biofuels plant slated to begin production in Columbus in 2012. FedEx plans to use oil produced from biomass, mainly wood chips, in its ground fleet.

Local entrepreneur looks for answer to Africa's poverty

Posted 5/12/2011 in Business

The disease malaria stunts social and economic development in Africa, costing the continent an estimated $12 billion a year in productivity, according to a recent study released by the Roll Back Malaria campaign.

Accounting firm moving into space in old Parker Furniture building; new downtown coffee shops planned

Posted 5/11/2011 in Business

A storefront on College Street is being restored to its former glory. Mitchener, Crowder and Stacey Certified Public Accountants is moving into the space, formerly occupied by Parker Furniture.

Finding art in everything: Starkville's Stringer finds calling in graphic design work

Posted 5/11/2011 in Business

Graphic Designer Casey Patrick Stringer sees art and design in everything. He blames it on his education at Mississippi State University, where even the computer-centered artists have to take all sorts of fundamental art classes.


BancorpSouth to close 23 branches in six states

Posted 5/11/2011 in Business

BancorpSouth Inc. said Tuesday that it will close 23 bank branches in six states this summer as part of a plan to consolidate operations.


Church's plan to occupy downtown Columbus theater challenged

Posted 5/10/2011 in Business

Hope Community Church served up a steaming cup of controversy Monday when it asked the Columbus Planning Commission to let it move downtown and set up a coffee shop.


PetSmart joining T.J. Maxx in Columbus shopping center

Posted 5/6/2011 in Business

T.J. Maxx and PetSmart will be neighbors in Columbus this fall. Both are slated to open in the old Goody's shopping strip, where Burlington Shoes and Old Navy still are located.



Severstal resumes operations at Columbus steel plant

Posted 5/6/2011 in Business

Severstal has resumed operations at its Columbus steel plant following a power outage caused by last week's severe storms, the company said Friday.



Business Briefcase 5-5-11

Posted 5/5/2011 in Business

Dennis J. Erby; Brandt Galloway and Kevin Stafford; Robyn Crossley East.


Columbus' Old Navy, Belk stores get renovations

Posted 5/5/2011 in Business

Two local retailers are under renovations, in an attempt to make the stores more shopper friendly and merchandise more accessible.


Columbus-based Sanderson closes Butler, Ala., plant

Posted 5/5/2011 in Business

Sanderson Plumbing Products is closing its plant in Butler and laying off the plant's 50 remaining employees.


Ruben's 'Miss Helen,' wife of restaurant's founder, dies at 92

Posted 5/4/2011 in Business

With a familiar smile and a wry sense of humor, "Miss Helen" Prescott greeted customers and friends to Ruben's Fish and Steakhouse for 56 years.


Severstal Columbus names new manager

Posted 5/3/2011 in Business

Severstal North America has appointed 35-year industry veteran Wilbur A. Winland vice president and general manager of its Lowndes County steel plant.



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