By noon Friday, streets were crowded, and every fireworks stand, grocery store and video kiosk in town was packed with customers preparing for the long holiday weekend.
There's a new director at the helm of the Salvation Army in Columbus, and though he's been on the job less than two weeks, Maj. Paul White is already shaking things up, dusting things off, and making changes he hopes will bring in more profits for the local agency.
When the curtain opens tonight on the final phase of competition in the Miss Mississippi pageant, the Golden Triangle will be well-represented. Lee Armstrong, Presly Forrester and Caitlyn Smith, all of Columbus, and Jessica Terrill of Starkville are among 45 young women vying for the title and scholarships to be awarded at the Vicksburg Convention Center.
Lowndes County candidates wooed voters and tried to outmaneuver opponents Thursday at the second forum hosted by the Columbus-Lowndes County Political Action Committee.
The idea is simple: Provide decorative, hand-painted "love signs" for residents and business owners, indicating that even though things are a mess right now, they will return.
When it's all said and done, Kior will have spent more than $200 million to bring its first commercial plant to Columbus.
A decertification election has been set in the Omnova Solutions labor dispute, which has dragged on for more than a year.
Annunciation Catholic School received two grants this week that will have students dancing, singing and waxing poetic as the second year of the Arts in the Classroom Whole School Initiative gets under way.
Fourth of July closings
This Saturday, The Dispatch will launch its first edition of The Saturday Dispatch, which will include up-to-date local sports, community events and -- back by popular demand -- a TV guide. The Dispatch currently publishes Monday-Friday, and on Sunday. Starting in July, the paper will discontinue its Monday print edition.
Instead of taking the witness stand, Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John may just give the Civil Service Commission his recorded testimony about the suspensions of two officers.
A woman who called Columbus home was beaten to death in her Irving, Texas, home last week. Though her assailant is in jail, it offers her family little solace.
Lowndes County candidates touted their credentials and long-term goals Tuesday evening at a candidates forum in Columbus. The forum, organized by the Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee, brought together 10 candidates in three races.
In his most recent web update, the cross-country traveler wrote he was "working on a job in Nebraska for a few weeks while the horses get fat in La Garita, CO." He expected to be "slapping some iron on the lads' feet and sharing a few adventures with them, and you" by late May.
A 19-year-old man out on bond for the 2010 armed robbery of Black Creek Grocery has been charged with holding up a Columbus grocery store.
The Lowndes County School District received good news from business officer and administrator Frances Goldmon during Monday night's budget hearing for the upcoming year: No staff positions will be cut, and they're in pretty good shape, financially.
It was a packed house on Monday night, for Steens' community meeting. And more than updates from their supervisor, chancery clerk, sheriff and other officials, residents appreciated the opportunity to pick their brains and share concerns.
Flooding woes in the Steens area seemed to be the major concern of citizens who were at the neigborhood's community center Monday night for a town-hall style meeting.
A northside man was sent to the hospital with a burned arm early today as Columbus firefighters battled the kitchen blaze that gutted his home.
Silently, the teenager stepped from the pool, slipped a gray T-shirt over his head and walked away from his peers. If they called to him, he didn't respond. He kept walking, out of the enclosure, beyond the chain-link fence, his eyes focused on the tree line. He reached the edge of the woods and hesitated, his eyes adjusting from sunlight to darkness
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