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Severstal plant sold to Indiana company

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal Columbus will be formally sold by the end of the year. Steel Dynamics Inc., an Indiana-based steel producer and metal recycler, announced this morning that it has agreed to purchase the Lowndes County steel plant from Severstal.


Macon looks to sell mysterious machine gun

Posted 7/18/2014 in Area

MACON -- An old machine gun with an unknown past sits in City Hall and no one can say for sure how it got there.


Browning on Business: Golden Triangle gets new fast food eatery, furniture store

Posted 7/17/2014 in Business

West Point is getting a Captain D's. Mayor Robbie Robinson said this week the seafood eatery chain is slated to open in early August, though weather may push that timeframe back, as construction crews have been forced to work around rain recently.


Social Security office back open in Columbus

Posted 7/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Social Security Administration office in Columbus is back open after closing for repairs in the wake of the April 28 tornadoes that struck Lowndes County.


Browning on Business: New speakeasy to open in downtown Starkville

Posted 7/10/2014 in Business

A new bar is coming to downtown Starkville. The Guest Room is slated to open next month. It will be located in the refurnished basement of Restaurant Tyler, which is located at 100 E. Main St.


Monday profile: Lowndes County man looking to put literature on airwaves

Posted 7/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The words of James Joyce going into West Point homes over the airwaves. The poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge crackling through the speakers of a car in Columbus. The tall tales of Mark Twain heard at night across the prairie. That is the vision of one Lowndes County man.


KiOR misses scheduled loan payment to state

Posted 7/4/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Development Authority confirmed Thursday that KiOR, an alternative fuel company that in 2011 built a $218 million facility in Columbus, did not make its latest scheduled loan payment to the state.


Browning on Business: New tenant on Main Street in Columbus

Posted 7/3/2014 in Business

Main Street in Columbus has a new tenant. The law firm of Crowell Gillis & Cooper is now located at 322 Main St.


Outtakes: Lost traveler yearns for home

Posted 6/27/2014 in Local Columns

This woman in ill-fitting, soiled clothes sat beside a shuttered gas station in front of Leigh Mall. I would pass by in the middle of the day and see her. This went on for weeks. We all have places to go.


Browning on Business: Where to get your 'crazy' fireworks

Posted 6/26/2014 in Business

"It's crazy." That's what Deborah Turman said Wednesday when talking about this time of year. Turman has sold fireworks in Lowndes County for nearly three decades.


Columbus Scrap receives national honor

Posted 6/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A business based in Columbus for more than half a century won a national award last week. Columbus Scrap Material was named scrap company of the year during the American Metal Market Awards for Steel Excellence dinner in New York City on June 17.


City answers First Amendment lawsuit, denies wrongdoing

Posted 6/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has asked a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit a local pastor filed after being arrested while taking part in a pro-life rally three years ago.


Browning on Business: Restaurant moving into old State Theatre in Starkville

Posted 6/19/2014 in Business

For roughly two months the building at 217 East Main St. in downtown Starkville has been undergoing renovations. That's the 17,000 square foot spot that once housed the old State Theatre. It's about to be a new restaurant.


KiOR begins layoffs, more expected

Posted 6/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR laid off approximately 18 employees at its Columbus facility Tuesday and that is likely only the beginning.


Browning on Business: Wingstop set to open in Starkville

Posted 6/12/2014 in Business

Wingstop is tentatively scheduled to open in Starkville on July 2.


Anderson named dean of Arts & Sciences at MUW

Posted 6/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Brian Anderson will become the new dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Mississippi University for Women.


Dispatch reporter apologizes for comments

A journalist who covers Mississippi State University athletics for The Dispatch is apologizing for offensive comments he made about Lafayette, Louisiana, and its residents during an Internet radio broadcast last week.


Pastor files suit against city over 2011 arrest

Posted 6/7/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local pastor arrested beside a Columbus street three years ago while taking part in a pro-life rally has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and one of its police officers.


Last Columbus recovery center closing today

Posted 6/6/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The disaster recovery center at 222 Lawrence Dr. in Columbus will close permanently at 6 p.m. today.


National crappie tourney in Columbus this weekend

Posted 6/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Bass Pro Shops Crappie Tournament is taking place Friday and Saturday at Columbus Lake on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.



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