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3 candidates vying for CMSD board spot

Posted 2/9/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three applicants had filed paperwork with the city as of Thursday to replace Angela Verdell on the Columbus Municipal School District board of trustees.


Two CMSD board members calling it quits

Posted 2/9/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus Municipal School District trustees who openly supported outgoing superintendent Philip Hickman are calling it quits.


Restaurant tax: Inter-local agreement clears CVB board on 5-4 vote

Posted 2/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board on Tuesday did its part to save a 2-percent county wide restaurant sales tax.


Custody dispute at center of missing autistic man case

Posted 2/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man claiming to be a licensed private investigator harshly criticized Columbus Police Department Tuesday evening for its efforts to find a missing autistic man in late January.


Police update Overview Committee on Leigh Mall shooting

Posted 2/2/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A conversation Thursday about witnesses and victims cooperating with police segued into a public update on last month's shooting outside Leigh Mall.


Restaurant tax: CVB again delays restaurant tax deal with city

Posted 2/1/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Another last-minute wrinkle has delayed for at least another week the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city reaching an inter-local agreement on dividing restaurant sales tax revenues.


Home Base: How can we prevent unspeakable tragedies?

Posted 1/30/2018 in Local Columns

This newspaper employs more than one reasonably close friend of the Gabe Parker family.


Restaurant tax: CVB backs off most recent requests on restaurant tax

Posted 1/25/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Following fierce pushback from city officials, a few Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau leaders appear to be backing off their proposed revisions to an inter-local agreement involving 2-percent restaurant sales tax funds.


Three systems pitching affiliation to OCH

Posted 1/24/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three hospital systems have expressed interest in affiliating with OCH Regional Medical Center, the Starkville hospital's CEO, Richard Hilton, announced at a trustees meeting Tuesday evening.


Restaurant tax: City works with CVB on restaurant tax solution

Posted 1/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city councilmen are making a last-ditch effort to negotiate with the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau to renew a countywide restaurant tax set to expire in June.


A new publisher: Peter Imes takes reins as fourth-generation leader of The Dispatch

Posted 1/6/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A fourth generation of the Imes family is taking the reins of The Commercial Dispatch.


Signing off: Longtime WCBI anchor retiring after 44 years on the air

Posted 12/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first time it happened, it was an unfortunate accident -- a miscalculation.


Supes deliver possible fatal blow to restaurant tax

Posted 12/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Negotiations to renew Lowndes County's 2-percent restaurant tax took a potentially fatal step backward Friday when the board of supervisors redoubled their efforts to keep any of the tax from being directly distributed for recreation.


Columbus police chief retiring at year's end

Posted 12/12/2017 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.



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