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A man in need of help, who too often refused

Posted 1/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

To many, he was just a bum. But to those who knew Hozzie Hawthorne, he was a warm, if not enigmatic, man. And he was loved. Hawthorne, 72, was best known around downtown Columbus for resting on the benches in front of the post office and the Lowndes County Courthouse, asking passers-by if they could spare some money.

 

Council votes to reduce tourism board to six members

Posted 1/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An amendment to permanently reduce the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors to six members passed despite Ward 6 Councilman Bill Gavin reversing his position from the council's Dec. 21 meeting and supporting the pursuit of a local and private agreement from the state Legislature.

 

 

Pardon our dust: Dispatch undergoing renovations

Posted 1/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Visitors to The Dispatch's building in downtown Columbus may have noticed renovations taking place in the front office.

 

'Unsung heroes' of equality in Columbus honored

Posted 1/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dream 365 ended its Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration lauding what a visiting figure in the civil rights movement called "unsung heroes" of the community. A commemorative breakfast at Trotter Convention Center on Monday wrapped up the local group's fifth and biggest year celebrating the MLK Jr. holiday.

Governor hopeful Dupree: Hope rests with all of us

Posted 1/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A gubernatorial candidate visiting Columbus for an event celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said America isn't ready for another civil rights icon.

 

MUW fire victims remembered in high school ceremony

Posted 1/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two of four teenagers killed a year ago in a fire at a Hoover motel were honored at the high school where they had graduated seven months earlier.

 

 

Sunday wreck sends five to Columbus hospital

Posted 1/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Sunday evening car wreck sent five people to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.

 

Columbus man freezes to death in unheated apartment

Posted 1/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man known to panhandle downtown died Friday of hypothermia. Hozzie Hawthorne, 72, was found unresponsive in his apartment at 1515 13th Ave. N. Friday around 1 p.m. after a neighbor called 911 on his behalf.

MONDAY PROFILE: Meet downtown Columbus' big cheeses

Posted 1/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you call, the voice on the other end of the phone may answer, "Cheese shop." But a trip to Le Gourmet offers much more than exotic and gourmet cheeses.

 

Immigration bill dividing Miss. Capitol

Posted 1/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Arizona-style immigration bill is shaping up as one of the most divisive topics of the 2011 Mississippi legislative session, and Republican Gov. Haley Barbour might end up as a moderate voice on the issue.

 

 

Columbus council takes next step to revamp tourism board

Posted 1/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The next step in the process of revamping the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board is on tap for Tuesday night.

 

 

Scene & Seen photos from Columbus Arts Council drum circle

Posted 1/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

New eateries tempt palates in Columbus

Posted 1/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As he traveled the country working as a Thai restaurant chef, Lloyd Chanachai was saving his money and collecting recipes. Chanachai, part-owner and chef of Bann Thai on Military Road, is one of several restaurateurs who recently braved the economy and opened an eatery in the Columbus area.

 

Area schools adjust calendars for snow days

Posted 1/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area school children may have gotten an unexpected break due to snow and ice this year, but they'll have to make them up. And area districts already are deciding where to add the extra days.

 

 

Lowndes cable bills to see 5 percent increase

Posted 1/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County cable bills will soon rise by 5 percent. The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Friday to impose a franchise fee on county cable customers, similar to the fee already imposed on cable customers in Columbus and Caledonia.

 

 

New Hope soccer field renovations in the works

Posted 1/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District's board of education is moving forward on the potential renovation of the New Hope soccer field. The field's bleachers are deteriorating from age.

 

 

Shipley's Thompson remembered as sweet, caring person

Posted 1/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mark Thompson was almost as sweet as the Shipley's donuts he served for 21 years, according to his family and close friends.

 

Post office mural raises questions of racial sensitivity

Posted 1/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was 1939. Beulah Bettersworth of New York was in Columbus, taking in the scenery, for inspiration for her next work of art.

Man charged with robbing convenience store

Posted 1/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 28-year-old man has been charged with the Dec. 29 robbery of the Airbase Hill Sprint Mart.

 

Retailer T.J. Maxx coming to Columbus

Posted 1/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus shoppers hungry for new retail will get their wish in the form of a T.J. Maxx.

 

 

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