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Airbus Helicopters to make AStars in Golden Triangle

COLUMBUS —Airbus Helicopters Inc. (formerly American Eurocopter) is bringing production of AStar helicopters to Columbus. WCBI reports company officials made the announcement yesterday. “The plant here in Columbus has been in charge of Lakota. Our next step, which has been decided, is the production of the AStar — the very successful helicopter AStar — here in Columbus, Miss. We will ...

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KiOR shutting down production at Columbus plant

COLUMBUS — KiOR has halted production at its Columbus plant in December to make improvements and has no plans to resume production during the first quarter of 2014. The company operates a plant in Columbus and plans to open a larger one in Natchez. The legislature approved $75 million in interest-free loans to Kior in a 2010 special session. The ...

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City officials targeting blighted property

COLUMBUS — The City Council has appointed a task force to study Columbus’ problem with dilapidated properties and vacant lots. The Commercial Dispatch reported the request to set up a committee came from Councilman Kabir Karriem. He said the city needs to closely examine blighted areas and consider the possibility of incentives for redevelopment to return them to the city’s ...

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City cancels contract with Lawrence for public bus service

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus has cancelled its contract with Lawrence Transit System for public bus service. Mayor Robert Smith told The Commercial Dispatch that he informed LTS coordinator Dorothy Dowdell of the city’s decision. Smith says he will be talking with representatives of three other companies regarding a public transportation service. Smith says he will then talk with ...

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Folks line up to rent an historic bridge

It is rather an unusual business proposition. In the market for a bridge? Why not rent one? People in Columbus may soon have the chance. City property manager and Trotter Convention Center director Frank Goodman tells The Commercial Dispatch that he has already received calls from people interested in holding wedding receptions on the historic U.S. 82 bridge. The city ...

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City passes ordinance banning guns from 'sensitive areas'

COLUMBUS — The Columbus City Council has adopted an ordinance to keep guns out of what they called “sensitive areas” in the city. The Commercial Dispatch reports that the ordinance was passed on a 5-1 vote. Areas where guns would be prohibited include public meetings of the mayor and council; meetings of other city commissions within city limits; parks and ...

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City gives transit system deadline for service

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus has given Lawrence Transit System 30 days to get buses moving in the city. Otherwise, city officials say its contract with LTS is null and void. The Commercial Dispatch reports that the council voted 3-2 this week for the 30-day extension. The extension runs out Dec. 6. Council member Bill Gavin opposed the extension. ...

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KiOR unveils Columbus II that will double production

COLUMBUS — Texas-based KiOR Inc. has announced that it will double the production capacity at its biofuels production facility in Columbus. KiOR said in a news release yesterday from its Pasadena, Texas, headquarters that it will build a second cellulosic fuels facility in Columbus. KiOR estimates the project — called Columbus II — will cost about $225 million. Fred Cannon, ...

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Lack of customers forces shutdown of recycling service

COLUMBUS — Mississippi Industrial Waste is ending its curbside recycling program. The Commercial Dispatch reports that the company has notified customers the service will end Sept. 30. “Due to the low number of customers that make up our daily routes and their geographic distances, it simply costs more to transport these materials than we receive in revenue,” the company said ...

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City borrowing for convention center improvements

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus will borrow up to $2.5 million to finance renovations at the Trotter Convention Center. The city council voted to borrow the money from the Mississippi Development Bank. The city also will use in-lieu fees from Columbus Light & Water of about $225,000 a year to service its debt. The Commercial Dispatch reports that MDB ...

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