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Columbus police chief retiring at year's end

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Oscar Lewis submitted a letter to city leaders Monday announcing his intent to retire at the end of the month.

 

Restaurant tax: Contentious city-county meeting yields few results

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A frustrated Leroy Brooks stood up, put on his jacket and started gathering his belongings from the table in the Trotter Convention Center meeting room at which he had been seated for about two hours Thursday morning.

 

Restaurant tax: Chism open to removing tax floor

Posted 12/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 37 Rep. Gary Chism offered mixed reviews to The Dispatch Thursday on suggestions that came out of a joint meeting of Columbus and Lowndes County leaders at Trotter Convention Center to discuss renewing the 2-percent restaurant tax.

 

Trotter patrons complain to council about early close policy

Posted 12/6/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City officials said this week most people have been "understanding" of the temporary earlier closing time at Trotter Convention Center in the wake of a fatal Thanksgiving morning shooting outside the downtown facility.

 

After shooting, Trotter gets early closing time for 6 mos.

Posted 11/29/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Trotter Convention Center will be closing early for the next six months.

 

Restaurant tax: City seeks meeting with county on restaurant tax

Posted 11/29/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus' mayor and city council intend to formally seek a joint meeting with the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors to negotiate the terms of a resolution to renew the 2-percent restaurant tax.

 

Man killed in Thanksgiving shooting outside Trotter

Posted 11/24/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Police are still looking for a suspect in an early Thursday morning fatal shooting outside the Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus.

 

Getting back to normal: One of MSU's most recognizable faces opens up about his fight with cancer

Posted 11/22/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Last Saturday, Sid Salter placed flowers on his parents' graves at a cemetery in his native Neshoba County.

 

Restaurant tax: CVB offers compromise on 2-percent tax

Posted 11/21/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau offered its own compromise Monday to the debate between Columbus and Lowndes County on how to divide future 2-percent restaurant tax revenue.

 

Joe Max Higgins says state flag, HB 1523 contributing to state's development woes

Posted 11/18/2017 in Area

Mississippi is suffering on the economic development front, and Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins said the problem is mostly self-inflicted.

 

LINK CEO says MDA strategy, leadership costing state jobs

Posted 11/18/2017 in Area

Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins claims the Mississippi Development Authority is undermining -- not promoting -- economic development efforts in the state.

 

Mayor: Foul language fouling up restaurant tax conversation

Posted 11/15/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins arranges a joint meeting of Columbus and Lowndes County officials to negotiate how to divide a 2-percent restaurant sales tax, Mayor Robert Smith said he will not attend.

 

Restaurant tax: Mayor rejects LINK proposal dividing revenue

Posted 11/15/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith is rejecting a proposal to save a 2-percent restaurant sales tax, but he said he is open to continuing negotiations on how the tax revenue should be divided.

 

Funds for Burns Bottom revitalization expected next month

Posted 11/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Over the last two years, when people said the Burns Bottom revitalization project was dead, Columbus Redevelopment Authority President John Acker didn't correct them.

 

Competing tax resolutions put CVB in jeopardy

Posted 11/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are officially two competing resolutions seeking to renew the 2-percent food and beverage tax in Lowndes County.

 

After shooting, council forces reduced club hours

Posted 11/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Another Columbus nightclub is feeling the squeeze of the city council's "Safety First" philosophy.

 

Sources: Davis was pointing gun in the direction of the officer when he was shot

Posted 11/7/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While the city of Columbus will not be immediately releasing body camera footage that captured a police officer shooting and killing a local man outside a nightclub on Saturday morning, multiple sources who have seen the video have told The Dispatch what it shows.

 

MBI says no to city releasing Booth body cam footage

Posted 11/7/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus will not be immediately releasing body camera footage that captured a police officer shooting and killing a local man outside a nightclub on Saturday morning.

 

Mayor: Body camera video shows Davis holding gun when police officer shot him

Posted 11/6/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Body camera footage shows Raymond Davis holding a gun when a Columbus police officer shot him dead early Saturday morning, according to Mayor Robert Smith.

 

One killed, 4 in hospital after Saturday night wreck

Posted 11/4/2017 in Area

A fatal wreck on Highway 82 West claimed the life of a New Hope High School student on Saturday night.

 

 

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