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CMSD, others to get back taxes from Sanderson Plumbing

Posted 1/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District plans to use more than $125,000 from a Sanderson Plumbing bankruptcy case for the district's capital improvement plan and maintenance plan.

CVB approves agreement funding festivals

Posted 1/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau has formally agreed to fund seven local festivals this year, pending the renewal of a 2-percent restaurant sales tax.

CMSD: Final decision on Shannon slated for Jan. 29

Posted 1/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A final decision on whether Columbus Municipal School District's former deputy superintendent Craig Shannon will get his job back will come by the end of the month.

Taco tantrum leads to arrest

Posted 1/14/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is in custody after he jumped the counter at Taco Bell Sunday and attempted to open the restaurant's cash register.

MUW names new vice president of administration and CFO

Posted 1/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women has announced Mark Ellard as its new vice president of administration and chief financial officer.

Lien joins Dispatch staff as local government reporter

Posted 1/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Amanda Lien has joined The Dispatch staff as local government reporter for Columbus and Lowndes County.

City considers converting all street lights to LED

Posted 1/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus leaders are considering an estimated $2.8 million project to take ownership of all the city's street lights and replace them with more energy-efficient LED lights.

End of the Younger days: Neese to retire from chancery clerk post after 16 years in office

Posted 1/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lowndes County Chancery Clerk Lisa Younger Neese thinks about her inspiration to seek public office, she looks at a photograph sitting on top of a cabinet in her office. In the frame is the face of her late father, Charles Jerome Younger, who served as the longtime chancery clerk before Neese succeeded him in 2002.

Wright enters sheriff's race as two drop out

Posted 1/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Capt. Greg Wright has joined the race for sheriff as two other candidates have dropped out to support him.

Former CPD officer named interim marshal in Caledonia

Posted 1/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Caledonia Board of Aldermen moved quickly to name an interim town marshal and could have a permanent replacement for its previous marshal, Ben Kilgore, within a month, Caledonia Mayor Mitch Wiggins said Wednesday.

CMSD could tackle up to $2.6M in capital improvements over 5 years

Posted 1/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District could spend more than $2.6 million on capital improvements over the next five years.

Baptist trauma surgeon teaches Heritage students how to aid blood loss victims in emergencies

Posted 1/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Wednesday, the juniors and seniors in Heritage Academy's Anatomy and Physiology class learned their ABCs. That is, Alert, Bleeding and Compression, which Dr. Brad Beckham, director of trauma services at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, told them was the way doctors with trauma experience recommend remembering how to control bleeding in life-threatening situations.

Photo: Hosemann announces campaign

Posted 1/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann officially kicks off his campaign for lieutenant governor before a small group of supporters Wednesday in the courtyard of the BankTEL Systems building in Columbus. Hosemann, 71, emphasized workforce development as a key part of his agenda during his brief address. Hosemann, a Republican from Jackson, is completing his third term as secretary of state.

Photo: Roundabout town

Posted 1/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City Engineer Kevin Stafford, right, speaks to Josh Read about the upcoming traffic plans for Columbus during a Rotary Club meeting at Lion Hills Center on Tuesday. Stafford discussed the Mississippi Department of Transportation grant for a roundabout at Second Street downtown. The roundabout will cost $1 million for construction, with MDOT paying 80 percent, while the city matches the remaining costs. Stafford said planning and construction will hopefully start in 2020. Stafford also showed city plans for a new semi-roundabout on Military Road and intersection updates on 18th Avenue North. He said the $4.8 million project for 18th Avenue and Military Road improvements is fully funded by MDOT which includes upgrades to traffic lights and a new light on 18th Avenue coming from the eastbound off-ramp on Highway 82. Military Road will have two semi-roundabouts near Lowe's and Brickerton shops. Stafford said Gregory Construction will start work in March and will take about a year to complete.

Two charged in string of commercial burglaries last fall

Posted 1/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men from outside Lowndes County are facing charges for a string of local burglaries last fall.

West Point man arrested for breaking into empty rental property

Posted 1/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A West Point man is in jail in Lowndes County after he was allegedly caught living in an empty rental home.

City to pay consultant $100 per hour to act as temp CFO

Posted 1/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city plans to pay a former Columbus certified public accountant $100 per hour to handle chief financial officer duties while Milton Rawle serves a four-week suspension.

Flying high: GTRA travel increased 10 percent last year

Posted 1/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second straight year, Golden Triangle Regional Airport has set a record for passenger traffic, with 48,717 passengers boarding planes during 2018, an increase of 9 percent.

Lowndes courthouse getting more private space for defense attorneys to confer with clients

Posted 1/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Defense attorneys in Lowndes County will soon have more dedicated space to confer with their clients in the courthouse.

 

Man hospitalized, two arrested in Columbus shooting on Sunday

Posted 1/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man was injured early Sunday during a shooting near 16th Street and Seventh Avenue North.

 

 

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