COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY

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County approves estoppel with Steel Dynamics

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors on Friday approved providing an estoppel certificate to a company that has announced plans to purchase the Severstal steel plant.

 

Relative of CMSD's Hickman declines position

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Chicago-based educator tapped to be director of schools within the Columbus Municipal School District has declined to accept the position, according to a letter the district's superintendent sent The Dispatch late last week.

 

LCSD makes arrest in fire death case

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A suspect has been detained in the Monday morning death of a Lowndes County woman.

 

Columbus triathlon comes off without hitch

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was 7 a.m. Saturday. Jamie Nettles stood at the end of the line waiting her turn to plunge into Lake Columbus. Fog hung over the lake and a crisp breeze blew over the 177 athletes about to participate in the third annual Possum Town Triathlon.

Columbus mayor says 'No' to pay raise

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith will ask city councilmen to rescind a $10,000 pay raise he voted himself last week.

City Hall number listed on fundraiser flyer

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Whether or not you plan on attending a private fundraiser for Mayor Robert Smith tonight, you have a vested interest in the event if you are a Columbus resident.

Mayor, council violated open meetings laws

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Ethics Commission has issued a preliminary report stating that meetings of the Columbus mayor and city council that took place this year violated three sections of the state's Open Meetings Act.

Columbus twins land spot in feature film

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus, meet your youngest movie stars. Scarlett and Summer Atkinson went to Jackson on Wednesday to film a scene or two for "The Hollars," a feature film being made in the capital city.

 

Fire death ruled a homicide

Posted 8/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities say a Lowndes County woman discovered dead inside of her home following a Monday morning fire was murdered.

 

Man's body recovered in pond near Tronox

Posted 8/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rescue teams this morning recovered the body of a Tronox contract employee believed to have drowned while operating a dredger in a pond behind the plant.

MUW ready for student move-in

Posted 8/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Approximately 400 college students -- from seniors to freshmen -- will move to Columbus on Saturday during student move-in day at Mississippi University for Women.

Second suspect in Monday shooting in custody

Posted 8/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A second man has been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting that occurred Monday in Columbus.

Financial filing: KiOR warns of bankruptcy

Posted 8/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Struggling biofuel firm KiOR says in a financial filing that it will run out of money by September and bankruptcy could follow.

MUW legend, Girl Scouts pioneer dies at 105

Posted 8/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Elizabeth Gwin, a spark of a woman whose passion for helping others burned for more than a century and led her to become a trailblazing Girl Scout and one of the most cherished, enthusiastic Mississippi University for Women alumna, has died. She was 105.

Men charged with statutory rape of 14-year-old

Posted 8/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two Columbus men have been arrested and charged with statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl.

CMSD board yet to name replacement for attorney

Posted 8/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been nearly six months since Columbus Municipal School Board attorney David Dunn announced his pending resignation but the school board has yet to find a replacement.

Columbus racing community responds to driver's death

Posted 8/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Johnny Stokes said it made him sick to his stomach when he heard about it. "This is something we all love," he explained. "You never want to see someone lose their life doing something we love, especially a young guy like that."

Other Miss. cities see benefits of privatization

Posted 8/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Officials from three Mississippi cities with privatized public works departments say the approach has saved money and led to higher degrees of efficiency.

Columbus man jailed after midday shooting

Posted 8/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man suspected of shooting at two vehicles in the middle of the day Monday is behind bars and investigators are searching for a second suspect.

School board bewildered by supe's relation to new hire

Posted 8/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new hire within the Columbus Municipal School District left some school board members in the dark and wondering why they were unaware that the hire is related to the newly appointed superintendent.

 

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