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Columbus pulls out of LINK

Posted 8/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is pulling out of the Golden Triangle Development LINK. City councilmen voted 3-2 during a budget work session Thursday afternoon not to contribute its normal $100,000 to the economic development organization in Fiscal Year 2019, which begins Oct. 1.


New exhaust system at fire station to reduce firefighter exposure to cancer

Posted 8/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For firefighters, certain hazards of their jobs are apparent.


Home Base: Pecan Acres relocation is bad deal for residents

Posted 7/13/2018 in Local Columns

Loren "Bo" Bell stood before an audience of about 60 concerned citizens Thursday night at the Greensboro Center in Starkville and tried to paint a pretty picture.


Dispatch files complaint against CVB with Ethics Commission

Posted 7/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch has submitted a public records complaint to the Mississippi Ethics Commission against the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau alleging the CVB failed to provide requested payroll documents and excessively charged the newspaper for what was provided.


Man charged with aggravated assault for shooting in Cracker Barrel

Posted 6/23/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly shooting an assistant manager Friday afternoon in the Cracker Barrel restaurant on 18th Avenue North.


CRA distances itself from Realtor's 'threatening' letters to Burns Bottom property owners

Posted 6/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local Realtor representing the Columbus Redevelopment Authority sent letters to at least 11 property owners in the Burns Bottom neighborhood saying if they did not agree to sell their lots by Tuesday, the CRA would get a court order to forcibly purchase them for a lower price.


CLW eyes rate, customer surcharge hikes for electric

Posted 5/18/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water will look to its electric customers to raise $1.4 million in new revenue next fiscal year.


City hires new assistant police chief, CID captain

Posted 5/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved hires for two key positions in the police department, though city officials would not publicly announce the hires.


Investigator piles 338 overtime hours in four months

Posted 5/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A member of Columbus Police Department's criminal investigation division has racked up more than 338 hours of overtime in the last four months, some of it as Mayor Robert Smith's driver.


New CID supervisor has yet to serve 2015 suspension for mishandling evidence

Posted 5/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The officer now leading Columbus Police Department's criminal investigation division has a documented history of mishandling evidence.


New housing project in Sandfield is first step in larger neighborhood redevelopment plan

Posted 5/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When visiting his father's grave in Sandfield Cemetery one day last year, Jabari Edwards took a good hard look around him at the neighborhood he once called home. He didn't like what he saw.


Club accepts reduced hours after shooting

Posted 5/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Another Columbus night club will temporarily reduce its hours following a weekend shooting that injured two men across the street from its premises.


Victims uncooperative in investigation of weekend shooting near night club

Posted 5/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are seeking suspects in an early Saturday morning shooting near a nightclub on Seventh Avenue North.


Sumrall appointed to Municipal Election Commission

By a 4-2 vote Tuesday, Columbus City Council members appointed George T. Sumrall to the Municipal Election Commission.


Students' bus tracking wins first Innovation Challenge

Posted 4/30/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When four Armstrong Middle School students entered a contest in March that challenged them to develop an idea for a business, they immediately looked for a way to improve a problem in their own lives.


Burns Bottom project on hold during landmark survey

Posted 4/27/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Redevelopment plans in Burns Bottom are on hold, as the neighborhood's future is now directly tied to the value the state will assign to its past.


Lee Middle deal possibly a month away

Posted 4/21/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

May could prove a critical month in the future of the Lee Middle School property on Military Road.


CLW power rates to rise this fall

Posted 4/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Power rates are going up in October for Columbus Light and Water customers. Exactly how much is still up in the air.


Council terminates officer who allegedly solicited minor

Posted 4/18/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A recently hired Columbus Police Department officer being investigated for soliciting a minor in West Point has been fired.


Columbus, Brooks collaborate for Crime Prevention Task Force

Posted 4/18/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus has formally joined forces with Lowndes County District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks on a multi-faceted initiative aimed to prevent crime.



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