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A balcony revival in Columbus

Posted 8/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Old photographs in the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library archives reveal that balconies were once commonplace in downtown Columbus. Black and white images from the dawn of the 20th century show Main Street lined with balcony after balcony. But after World War I, the balconies faded. By the 1920s, they were gone.

Columbus teen charged with statutory rape

Posted 8/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus teenager has been charged with the statutory rape of two victims.

Reeves touts fiscal responsibility in local speech

Posted 8/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi's Lieutenant Governor anticipates that in next year's session, state legislators will be able to appropriate the largest allocation to community colleges in Mississippi history.

Columbus drops insurance for retirees

Posted 8/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus, because of looming increases in insurance premiums, will no longer offer health insurance coverage to its retirees.

Local campaign contributions favored Sen. Cochran

Posted 8/22/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Golden Triangle residents contributed almost $70,000 to this year's hotly contested campaign between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel in the Republican primary and run-off for Senate.

Gas leak shuts down MUW cafeteria

Posted 8/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A gas leak at Mississippi University for Women shut down a portion of the campus Wednesday night.

City, county mulling options for old Maxim building

Posted 8/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lowndes County and the city of Columbus bought the Maxim medical building after the company shut its doors, they believed they were acquiring a 130,000-square-foot facility over 19 acres of land.

Former CMSD choir director indicted for child exploitation

Posted 8/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The former choral director and public relations officer for the Columbus Municipal School has been indicted for exploitation of a child.

Suspected shooter's family says lover's quarrel led to incident

Posted 8/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A lover's quarrel led to a woman being gunned down in a Columbus parking lot early Sunday, according to the shooting suspect's family. Tarkesha Carter, 25, is charged in the shooting death of 27-year-old Brittany Foster.

Contractor approved for 14th Ave. project

Posted 8/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Expect to begin seeing some major road and drainage work on 14th Avenue North in October. Columbus councilmen accepted a bid from Colom Construction Tuesday of $755,394 for the long-awaited improvement project.

Highway 50 shutting down tonight

Posted 8/20/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Highway 50 will be shut down from 10 p.m. tonight until at least 4 a.m. Thursday for the installation of a water line crossing for the Love's truck stop.

CVB adopts sliding scale for festival grants

Posted 8/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eleven Lowndes County festivals will have one more year before they begin to see less and less financial assistance from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Teen arrested and charged with capital murder, arson

Posted 8/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A suspect has been identified and charged with capital murder in the death of a Lowndes County woman whose body was discovered in a burned down mobile home Monday morning.

Mayor, city employee raises rescinded

Posted 8/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith will not get a raise and neither will any other city employee.

Father of parking lot shooting victim speaks out

Posted 8/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman is in jail following an early morning shooting death Sunday, and the victim's father -- an Alabama police chief -- is left picking up the pieces. Brittney Foster, 28, was gunned down early Sunday in the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings, where she worked.

New leadership at local Boys and Girls clubs

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local branches of the Boys and Girls Club are shaking things up. Former Columbus Unit Director Antoine Walker recently transferred to the Starkville location while former volunteer and club coordinator Brittany Houston was promoted to head up the Columbus site.

Trotter renovation will be 'good swan song' for long-time director

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Frank Goodman was hired to oversee Trotter Convention Center six months before construction work on the facility was completed in 1987. Trotter was created through a renovation and conversion of the old National Guard Armory and city auditorium. That was the last time he got to see a major renovation of the building until this year.

Columbus, Starkville ranked among state's most exciting cities

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kim Bennett believes Columbus citizens have to invest in downtown for themselves. That's why she and her husband, Dr. Dan Bennett, bought the building at 513 Main St. The Bennetts are putting in a new business, "The Southern: A Social Venue."

Woman dies after parking lot shooting in Columbus

Posted 8/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A woman is dead and another woman is in custody after an early morning shooting in a parking lot along Highway 45 North in Columbus.

Browning named Dispatch managing editor

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

William Browning has moved to an interim managing editor position with The Commercial Dispatch.


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