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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-built Airbus gets FAA airworthiness approval

COLUMBUS — The first Airbus Helicopters AS350 AStar helicopter completely assembled in the U.S. has received airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The AS350 B3e rolled off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. final assembly line in Columbus, Mississippi, at the end of December. Airbus officials say in a news release that the Columbus plant is set up to produce 30 ...

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May 12 election set to fill north Mississippi US House seat

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has set a May 12 special election to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House. The seat for the 1st Congressional District in north Mississippi has been open since the Feb. 6 death of Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee. Candidates have a March 27 deadline to qualify for the race, and they will run without ...

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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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(UPDATE) Aluminum maker, recruiter still at impasse on $1.2 billion project

By JACK WEATHERLY  The impasse between American Specialty Alloys and Golden Triangle economic development officials has not eased. The startup aluminum maker with offices in Columbus that says it will build a $1.2 billion mill — somewhere — is “pulling up stakes” and heading for Alexandria, La., Joe Max Higgins, executive director of Golden Triangle Development LINK, said Tuesday. That’s ...

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A Q&A: Borsig says he never planned on leading university system

JACKSON — Jim Borsig is the ultimate insider, having worked at three of Mississippi’s eight public universities. He also served as an associate commissioner on the College Board’s staff before becoming president of the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus in 2012. The board on Thursday named Borsig as higher education commissioner for the state’s public universities beginning April 15. ...

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Aluminum maker, Golden Triangle developers at odds over $1.2 billion project

By JACK WEATHERLY The Columbus area economic development organization has put the 826-acres it has set aside for American Speciality Alloys back on the market, alleging that the startup that plans a $1.2 billion aluminum plant has not been acting in good faith recently. Joe Max Higgins, chief executive of Golden Triangle Development LINK, said Tuesday that the startup company ...

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Golden Triangle pressures aluminum company on proposed plant

American Specialty Alloys officials have been informed that 826 acres in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park that had been reserved for the company’s planned $1.2 billion aluminum plant are now open to other potential projects, according to the Columbus Dispatch. »READ UPDATED STORY HERE … Joe Max Higgins, chief executive of the Golden Triangle Development LINK, said the decision was made ...

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American Specialties Alloys names chief operating officer

By Jack Weatherly American Specialty Alloys has been coy about where it will build its $1.2 billion aluminum plant — which, by all appearances, is planned for Columbus — but it has made a bold move in naming its chief operations officer. Robert D. Smith had been managing director for the Danieli Corp.’s North America operations. Italy-based Danieli designs, makes ...

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Ecolab reducing Columbus workforce

COLUMBUS — Ecolab will lay off 66 workers in Columbus over the next several months as the company shifts some of its operations to a new facility in Jacksonville, Florida. Company spokesman Roman Blahoski said Columbus employees were informed of the decision this past week. He says the company is moving its manufacturing and logistics and some related positions to Florida. The ...

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