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Labor of love: Car, truck restorer scours Columbus for diamonds in the rough

Posted 6/2/2011 in Business

At 12, one of Dave Carr's pastimes was scouring the junkyard for old bicycles. He'd go home with a couple of "junk bikes." And before long, his bike, a compilation of the best parts from each, would be the envy of the neighborhood.


Aerospace park soars higher with land purchase

Posted 6/2/2011 in Business

In 2008, the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link hatched a plan to create a regional industrial park, with a special focus on attracting aerospace industries.


Tempting Thai: Family brings Thai cuisine to the Triangle

Posted 6/1/2011 in Business

In a Deep South more accustomed to fried chicken and buttered biscuits, most might not think Thai cuisine would find a ready audience. But that's what happened when Bann Thai opened its doors in Columbus in December 2010.

Oktibbeha County Hospital enters future with new building

Posted 6/1/2011 in Business

Oktibbeha County Hospital stepped out of the 1970s and into the new millennium Tuesday.

Customers support Starkville doughnut shop in wake of horrific knife attack

Posted 6/1/2011 in Business

One day after a brutal robbery attempt which saw one cashier get her throat cut and another male employee stabbed multiple times, the crew at Shipley Donuts was shaken but not crippled.


Airport expects to lose Memphis flight, but not passengers

Posted 5/28/2011 in Business

Golden Triangle Regional Airport expects its rising travel volume to stay steady despite Delta Airlines' plans to cut flights to Memphis, Tenn.,in September.



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.



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