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Columbus mayor fined for open meetings violation


The state Ethics Commission has imposed a $500 fine on Columbus Mayor Robert Smith after finding that he violated a Mississippi Open Meetings Act last year. The Commercial Dispatch reports the penalty stems from a complaint the newspaper sent to the commission last year after Smith sent a letter to the president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors regarding ...

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Two solar projects for Lowndes County gain approval

  MBJ staff A Nashville, Tenn.-based solar power company has gotten approval from the Public Service Commission to build two projects in Lowndes County. The facilities will be located near the GoldenTriangle Industrial Park and Golden Triangle Airport, Brandon Presley, commissioner for north Mississippi, said in a news release. The projects are to be built by Silicon Ranch Corp., which ...

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Butler showing home for 46th year for Columbus Pilgrimage

COLUMBUS — When Dixie Butler moved into Temple Heights in the summer of 1969, she had no way of knowing she would spend the next 46 winters and springs preparing the house for visitors to the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage. Every year since, Butler has spent months on preparations for the tours before opening her home to pilgrims from all over ...

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Lowndes supervisors vote to fund small Riverwalk extension

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Riverwalk is getting another extension. The Commercial Dispatch reports Lowndes County supervisors have voted to approve a Mississippi Department of Transportation proposal that would extend the just-extended Riverwalk an additional 120 feet. Kevin Stafford of Neel-Schaeffer engineering said the idea of adding the extra paved walkway came at the suggestion of the MDOT, which had worked ...

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Columbus Riverwalk may be extended to Air Force base

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus is planning to extend the Riverwalk to Columbus Air Force Base with some state and federal help. Mayor Robert Smith tells WTVA-TV in Tupelo that the Mississippi House has voted to provide $5 million to the project. The bill is pending in the Senate. Under the plan, the trail would extend to the south ...

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(UPDATED — BREAKING NEWS) American Specialty Alloys won’t locate $1.2B mill in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY American Specialty Alloys, a startup aluminum manufacturer that had been in negotiations with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Golden Triangle development agency since last spring, announced late Friday it has signed a deal with the state of Louisiana to build a $1.2 billion mill in Pineville, which is adjacent to Alexandria on the Red River. Rumors ...

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American Specialty Alloys won't locate mill in Mississippi

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A metals manufacturer will locate in central Louisiana a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for automobile bodies. American Specialty Alloys announced Friday in a news release that the site is a 1,200-acre mill complex formerly operated by International Paper in Rapides Parish near Pineville. ASA ...

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Judge names receiver for KiOR plant, but tax payment unclear

JACKSON — A Lowndes County judge has appointed a receiver to watch over KiOR’s Columbus biofuel refinery, as owners and creditors seek a buyer. Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns on Monday named Derek Henderson, a Jackson lawyer who serves as a trustee in bankruptcy cases, as the receiver for the plant. The move came at the request of KiOR financier Vinod ...

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Hyatt-Place is Columbus’ newest hotel option

The Columbus and Lowndes County hospitality market is continuing a growth spurt with the opening of a Hyatt- Place Hotel that joins a new prototype Hampton Inn scheduled to open next month. Those properties follow a Courtyard By Marriot and a Fairfield Inn that have opened in the last three years. Hyatt-Place Columbus is only the second Hyatt in Mississippi, ...

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