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Gilding the Gilmer: Operators hope renovations will again make historic hotel an option for tourists

Posted 4/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This past weekend was arguably one of the busiest Columbus has seen in a while. Between the conclusion of the Spring Pilgrimage and the Grillin' on the River barbecue competition, restaurants, shops and hotels enjoyed brisk business. Decades ago, Hotel Gilmer -- with its prime location on Main Street -- would have presided over it all.

Monday profile: Wells hits the road in new role with FCA

Posted 4/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jason Wells views each day as an opportunity to make a difference. As the new area administrator for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Wells travels to 57 schools throughout northern Mississippi, ministering to middle school and high school students.

City drafts new policy on hiring of felons

Posted 4/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A committee formed to set guidelines for a screening policy to replace the city's no-felony rule for considering city employment applicants has drafted language for the new policy, which will come before the Columbus City Council Tuesday for approval.

Dispatch collects APME writing awards

Posted 4/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch received three awards Saturday in the Louisiana-Mississippi Press Managing Editors annual newspaper competition for writing, photography and digital content produced during 2012.


County considers Lee Middle for Vo-Tech Center

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a new twist to the city school district's continuing Lee Middle School sale saga, another interested buyer has emerged -- the Lowndes County School District.



Supes to revisit District 1 VFD property request

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors will revisit a request Monday to purchase property for a new main fire station in District 1.


Lowndes schools approve mandatory uniforms

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students in the Lowndes County School District will begin wearing uniforms district-wide next year, following a 3-1 vote by the board during Friday's meeting.


Lowndes County man dies in Saturday wreck

Posted 4/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An early morning wreck claimed the life of a Lowndes County man Saturday.


Economic issues dominate in candidates forum

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first question mayoral candidates in the upcoming city election were asked during Thursday night's forum was hypothetical in nature: If $10 million fell out of the sky into the city's coffers, what would you do with it?

City seeks state help to review sales tax dip

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city officials said Thursday they met with representatives from the Mississippi Department of Revenue to address current fiscal year general sales tax declines.

Super Saturday II: Golden Triangle hosts variety of events

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus got its name during a town meeting in 1819. According to local historian Rufus Ward, there wasn't much fanfare associated with naming the young town located on the banks of the Tombigbee River. Silas McBee, one of the town's founders and leading citizens, suggested the name Columbus. And that was about it.

Burdine honored with Golden Deeds award

Posted 4/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's only once every five years that the Columbus Exchange Club gives the Andy Morris Book of Golden Deeds Award to one of its own members.


Community shred day to be held Friday

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With tax day fast approaching, area financial experts are advising people to consider destroying documents they no longer need.



Sally Kate Winters set for main fundraiser

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heather Usry sees the faces behind the statistics every day. Six million children. Approximately 3.6 million cases. One child abuse report filed every 10 seconds. Last year, 120 abused children from 40 Mississippi counties sought refuge in West Point at Sally Kate Winters Family Services, where Usry works as outreach coordinator.


Columbus library helps bridge 'digital divide'

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Love it or hate it, the Internet is here to stay, rapidly permeating almost every aspect of our culture. Once a novelty, digital literacy is now a critical skill, and libraries across the country are scrambling to get their patrons up to speed.


Nurse practitioners, physicians assistants fill the doctor gap

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to a report from Irving, Texas-based physician staffing company, Staff Care, a shortage of physicians in the United States, coupled with the approaching implementation of the Affordable Care Act, is prompting healthcare facilities to expand the role of primary care providers.


Proposed Magnolia Bowl demolition invites speculation

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The future of the historic Magnolia Bowl remains uncertain but the Columbus Municipal School District is exploring its options. During Monday night's school board meeting, city engineer Kevin Stafford informed the board of an offer from the Columbus Light and Water Department to remove the concrete bleachers and the wall that surrounds the 80-year-old stadium.

Many Golden Triangle districts eligible for charter schools

Posted 4/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charter schools could begin showing up in area school districts as early as next year, pending Gov. Phil Bryant's signature on House Bill 369, which passed the Senate last week 34-18. The governor has said he will sign the bill, opening the door for up to 15 charter schools per year to open in struggling and failing school districts across the state.


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