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Browning on Business: Buffalo Wild Wings opening next week in Columbus


William Browning

William Browning



William Browning



Buffalo Wild Wings will open Monday. 


Jeff Ousley, director of operations for the restaurant, said this morning that the Columbus location's doors will open at 11 a.m. 


The restaurant is in Jackson Square on Highway 45 North, in the spot once occupied by Goose Hollow Furniture. It is a space of roughly 5,700 square feet.  


The primary owners are Larry Tabor and Roger Smith. They also own Buffalo Wild Wings in Starkville and Oxford.  


According to its corporate website, Buffalo Wild Wings is known for "wings, beer and sports." The first one opened in 1982 in Columbus, Ohio. There are more than 900 across the country today. 


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In late April, five tornadoes touched down in Lowndes County. No significant injuries or deaths were reported. But a lot of trees fell. So what does that mean to the local firewood industry? 


Pretty much what you would expect, according to Ronondo Bowen, who has operated Bowen's Firewood in Columbus for roughly a decade. When fall rolls around no one wanting firewood will have a problem getting some. Firewood made from trees that fell during the tornadoes will be dried and seasoned by then, too. And that's what you want, Bowen said. Burning "green firewood" can lead to clogged chimneys. 


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If you take Highway 82 to Starkville, roughly a mile west of West Lowndes High School, there is a large spot of extensive dirt work underway on the south side of the highway, just off of Frontage Road. This is the future home of Kingdom Vision International Church, The Dispatch has learned. 


Sr. Pastor R.J. Matthews Jr. confirmed Wednesday that the plan is to hopefully have the New Life Empowerment Center built at the location within the next year. 


The facility is being built debt-free, in a step-by-step process. While the church will use it as a place to worship and conduct outreach, Matthews hopes the community views it as a resource, one where non-profits and other organizations can hold events. 


It will have two floors. The first floor will be more than 12,000 square feet. The second floor will be approximately 2,779 square feet. The sanctuary area will hold roughly 594 chairs; there will be a kitchen area; about 10 classrooms; and multiple offices and conference rooms. 


Kingdom Vision International Church is located on Highway 69 today. It has roughly 750 parishioners from around the Golden Triangle, Matthews said. To visit the church's website go to 


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Office Depot announced earlier this month that it plans to close at least 400 locations in the United States. The office-supply chain acquired OfficeMax in 2013, and the closures are part of an effort to reduce overlap between the businesses. 


There is an Office Depot in Columbus. 


The Dispatch reached out to Office Depot's corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida, to see if the Columbus store, which is located at 1480 Old Aberdeen Rd., will be affected by the closures. 


"We do not have a list of stores to be closed," Julianne Embry, senior manager in public relations with the business, said. "We will share any information during our quarterly earnings calls, as appropriate." 


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William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.



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