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Community rallies around young Steens cancer patient

Posted 4/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Just before spring last year, Will Ayers, a 13-year-old student at Caledonia Middle School, had a procedure at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. When the results came in, he and his mother were at home in Steens, and his mother said they had to go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.


Browning on Business: Sports merchandise store, gas station open on Hwy. 45 N.

Posted 4/10/2014 in Business

Sports fans, there is a new store inside Leigh Mall in Columbus.


Tales From The Crypt alive and well

Posted 4/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the 24th time the lives of nearly-forgotten people buried in Friendship Cemetery have come alive through evening tales told by local high school students standing among tombstones.


Outtakes: Burger challenge remains unmet

Posted 4/8/2014 in Local Columns

Alone at the bar, I stared at three bites of hamburger and six or so french fries. Could I finish?


Browning on Business: Cotton District cafe closes after 6 years

Posted 4/3/2014 in Business

Jean's Cafe, a little Cotton District restaurant in Starkville with a faithful following and cheese wontons capable of inspiring near-religious devotion, closed Saturday.


Caledonia gearing up for Easter egg hunt

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia's annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt is set for April 12 at Ola J. Pickett Park. Rissa Lawrence, who is coordinating the event, updated the town's board of aldermen on the event's status during its monthly meeting Tuesday.


KiOR gets $25M financial commitment

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR announced that it had closed the deal Monday on $25 million in financing that will keep the biofuel maker's doors open at least through August.


Browning on Business: New boutique in downtown Columbus

Posted 3/27/2014 in Business

In downtown Columbus on Fifth Street there is a four-month old boutique to know about. It is called In Style Boutique. The owner is Jackie Watson of Columbus and she said her passion, for as long as she can remember, was to open an apparel store for fashionable women.


Columbus Light & Water to KiOR: No more water

Posted 3/25/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR has been told not to release anymore wastewater from its facility into the Columbus water system because of potential harmful materials that could be present in the Texas-based alternative fuel company's discharge water.


KiOR stares down default on MDA loan

Posted 3/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If KiOR does not finalize the details of a $25 million commitment from a California investor within the next nine days the company expects to default on a $75 million loan it received from the state of Mississippi.


Browning on Business: Starkville has national restaurants on horizon

Posted 3/20/2014 in Business

Did you hear three restaurants are slated to open in Starkville later this year?


KiOR has 'substantial doubts' about future

Posted 3/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR may be done in Columbus. On Monday, the company filed its end-of-the-year financials with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 257-page report paints a bleak picture of the company's future.


Developer: Hyatt Place will be open for business in June

Posted 3/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Hyatt Place under construction on Highway 45 since 2010 will be open for business in June. That's what Sunny Sethi, the hotel's developer, said last week while giving a tour of the four-story, 70,000 square foot structure, which sits just south of Belk in Columbus.


Browning on Business: Historic Columbus business facing tough time

Posted 3/13/2014 in Local Columns

If no buyer steps forward to purchase Sanderson Plumbing Products by the end of April the Columbus business will shutdown.


Former city employee facing more charges

Posted 3/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former city employee has been arrested for a third time for charges relating to identity theft. Katrina Porter was arrested Monday by Lowndes County Sheriff's Office investigators.


Columbus man charged with aggravated assault

Posted 3/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 50-year-old Columbus man is facing aggravated assault charges after an incident on Strawberry Street last weekend.


Starkville man dies in Hwy. 45 crash

Posted 3/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A one-vehicle wreck on Highway 45 North in Columbus has claimed the life of a Starkville man. Authorities pronounced Undra Williams dead after transporting him to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle shortly after 10 a.m Tuesday.


Crawfish supply, prices affected by cold weather

Posted 3/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In three decades of selling crawfish, Curt Crissey has never seen prices this high.


Imagination Library begins in Columbus

Posted 3/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A free book mailed each month to every child under the age of 5 in Lowndes County. That is the ultimate goal of Lowndes County Imagination Library, a non-profit effort The Dispatch launched last week in partnership with the Arts Council.


Browning on Business: RadioShack mum on which stores it will close

Posted 3/6/2014 in Business

Two questions. One: Could the Golden Triangle soon lose its RadioShacks? Two: Could Columbus be home to a new burger joint?



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