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Gilmer Inn, new industry discussed at Link luncheon

Posted 9/29/2011 in Business

By next Christmas, Columbus could have a shiny new package to unveil -- an upscale hotel in the heart of downtown. It's an idea people have bandied about for years: Demolish the Gilmer Inn -- along with its sometimes colorful reputation -- and clear the slate for a boutique chain hotel with historic charm and modern amenities.

Severstal VP remembered as 'a prince of a man'

Posted 9/28/2011 in Business

John Bell, Severstal executive vice president and manager of operations, was remembered Tuesday for both his passion to the steelmaking industry and his dedication to his colleagues during his tenure at the company.


Boutique boom: Shop owners share a common goal - keep shoppers in Starkville

Posted 9/25/2011 in Business

While small businesses have bared the brunt of economic recession and an unstable economy, the market for women's clothing and accessories has welcomed new boutique owners with open arms.



Building permits 9-22-11

Posted 9/22/2011 in Business

Building permits Sept. 13 - Sept. 21



Marriages and divorces 9-22-11

Posted 9/22/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces Sept. 7 - Sept. 21



Peter Imes: The accuracy of Wikipedia

Posted 9/22/2011 in Business

I'm teaching a class on social media for Mississippi University for Women's Life Enrichment Program this semester. Our first class was Tuesday night, and we started by reviewing some staggering statistics: 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, more than 600 million people actively use Facebook, 1 billion tweets are sent per week.


Church's plans for downtown theater on hold

Posted 9/21/2011 in Business

Hope Community Church received the go-ahead in June to relocate to the old Varsity Twin Theater in downtown Columbus, but it may be a while before the church -- and the coffee shop they planned to operate -- becomes reality.


Cadence Bank gives $60,000 to Lowndes Habitat for Humanity

Posted 9/20/2011 in Business

Cadence Bank has announced it is investing $60,000 during the next three years in Columbus Lowndes Habitat for Humanity. Cadence Bank will contribute $20,000 per year to help eliminate poverty housing in Lowndes County.


Bryant stops at steel mill as part of Jobs Tour

Posted 9/16/2011 in Business

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, spoke at Severstal Thursday as part of his Jobs Tour, a multi-city jaunt which has led him from furniture factories to solar panel plants to chemical companies across the state.

Senator: Correnti made solar deal more attractive

Posted 9/15/2011 in Business

Sen. Terry Brown, R-Columbus, had high praise for Lowndes County's latest economic development projects, telling members of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus Wednesday afternoon that the county is "the envy of the state of Mississippi."


Columbus starts crime alert system for local businesses

Posted 9/9/2011 in Business

Thanks to the Columbus Police Department, local businesses now can be a step ahead of area crime. The CPD released a statement Wednesday announcing the beginning of the Columbus Business Alert initiative, an effort to inform local businesses of crime information as it is happening.



Local farmers fare well through summer

Posted 9/8/2011 in Business

More than 40 years of farming will change a man. Teach him to watch the clouds and pray for rain. Teach him to watch the rain and pray it stops before he's standing knee-deep in a muddy field, staring at too much of a good thing.



State lawmakers approve Calisolar incentives package

Posted 9/2/2011 in Business

Columbus Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins was in a celebratory mood Friday night as he paced the stadium bleachers at Heritage Academy in Columbus. The Patriots were winning, and he had just scored a big victory as well -- the Mississippi Legislature's passage of a $175 million incentive plan which will fund three major projects in the state, including one which promises to bring 951 jobs to Lowndes County.



Business Briefcase 9-1-11

Posted 9/1/2011 in Business

Scott new Palmer Home director; Tubb is Health Link regional office manager



Marriage and divorces 9-1-11

Posted 9/1/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces July 30 - Aug. 30



Building Permits 9-1-11

Posted 9/1/2011 in Business

Building permits Aug. 23-Aug. 31



Solar company to create 951 jobs in Golden Triangle

Posted 9/1/2011 in Business

Mississippi lawmakers will consider two incentive packages Friday that could bring 1,800 jobs to the state, including 951 to Lowndes County.


Community Counseling's new shops in West Point: Retail with real purpose

Posted 8/27/2011 in Business

When Elizabeth Schaffenburg unlocks the doors of The Shops at Community Commons in West Point each morning, she knows the day is going to be about much more than selling an antique armoire or a gently-read copy of a New York Times best-seller.

Tractor Supply latest retail addition to Columbus

Posted 8/26/2011 in Business

Tractor Supply Co. is the latest addition to Columbus' retail market. The farm and ranch supply store is building a new store on Highway 45 North, just north of Creekstone Chevron.


Foreclosure sales dropping in Miss.

Posted 8/25/2011 in Business

The number of Mississippi homes being sold in some stage of foreclosure has dropped sharply over the past year.



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