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Cheap Chinese steel, stagnant economy are Severstal's main challenges

Posted 9/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

U.S. steel mills have had a long-standing reputation of being unionized, grim manufacturing plants polluting the skyline of the blight-filled Rust Belt. Lowndes County's Severstal does not seem to fit the stereotypical steel mill mold, however.


Changes on Catfish Alley met with mixed reviews

Posted 9/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County



Columbus fire inspections set for next week

Posted 9/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Fire Department will officially kick off its annual fire and safety inspections next week.



Takeover imminent for Oktibbeha County schools

Posted 9/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Board of Education voted unanimously today to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency in the Oktibbeha County School District. Once Bryant signs the paperwork, as he is expected to do, the district will be taken over by the state department of education, and Superintendent James Covington and all school board members will be removed and replaced with a state-appointed conservator, who could be in place as early as Monday.



Columbus man drowns after auto accident

Posted 9/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man drowned early this morning after his car ran off the road and into a water-filled gravel pit on Highway 45 in Monroe County.


Brislin resigns Main St. Columbus post

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After five years of being the lead advocate for downtown Columbus, Main Street Columbus Executive Director Amber Brislin announced Tuesday she will be resigning from the organization. The date of her official resignation is undetermined as Brislin said she plans to stay on board with Main Street to help find and train her replacement.

Link magazine receives top honor

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus-based magazine has received the top honor at a state-sponsored tourism conference. "Columbus: Discover a New World" was named the Top Travel Media-Consumer Magazine Tuesday during the Governor's Conference on Tourism in Jackson.

Columbus program tackles dropout 'epidemic'

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District's dropout prevention program kicks off Oct. 15, city school superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell told members of the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday at the Columbus Country Club.


Seventh Avenue festival will feature plenty of 'Zapp'

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

K-Ci and JoJo, Dru Hill and Bobby "Blue" Bland are just a few of the A-list entertainers who have performed on the stage on the corner of Seventh Avenue North and 15th Street in Columbus in past years. And organizers of this year's Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival promise this year's event, which starts Oct. 4, will be one of the best the city has seen.


Colsons' farm has become a rite of Fall

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a typical late September evening in Caledonia -- just cool enough to herald the advent of autumn, just warm enough to encourage the mosquitoes to linger, plying their sanguinary trade for a few more weeks.

Vacant storefronts: Trend or coincidence?

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Another downtown business is closing its doors.

Will arrives on editorial page

Posted 9/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch editorial page will welcome a new conservative voice today with the arrival of syndicated columnist George Will.


City awaits DOJ redistricting decision

Posted 9/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of discussion, the 2012 redistricting plan for the City of Columbus has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice. And consultant Chris Watson, whose firm Bridge and Watson handled the redistricting, said the city will now wait for the DOJ to make its decision.



MUW rape suspect arrested

Posted 9/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investigators with the Columbus Police Department arrested a man yesterday believed to be responsible for raping a woman on the Mississippi University for Women campus in August.


Commission denies Facebook 'Like' appeal

Posted 9/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a unanimous vote, the Columbus Civil Service Commission voted to uphold the suspension of a Columbus Police Officer who was reprimanded for "liking" a post on Facebook. The commissioners voted 3-0 that chief of police Selvain McQueen, mayor Robert Smith and the city council voted to suspend officer Lance Luckey on good faith and therefore denied his appeal.

Short says complex a success despite parking, restroom issues

Posted 9/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although official numbers aren't available, organizers for the opening of the Columbus Soccer Complex estimate more than 2,000 people attended Saturday's festivities. And for Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority Executive Director Roger Short, the grand opening was a major success.


Youth council helps students sharpen relational skills

Posted 9/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

You never know what the Mayor's Youth Council is going to be doing. One minute, they may be sitting in on a Columbus City Council meeting and by nightfall, they may be dancing the night away to raise money for children with cancer.


Holmes Foundation helps veterans adjust to life after service

Posted 9/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Richard Earl Holmes II had been out of the United States Army for roughly two months when he went to his parents and told them he needed help.


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