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MPB representative: Private, corporate funding critical to giving Mississippians info

Posted 12/21/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you asked the average Mississippian to name all of Mississippi's state agencies, Henry Williams has a pretty good idea which entity would be a stumper.

Portion of highway dedicated to Esther Harrison

Posted 12/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In her spirited address at the dedication ceremony honoring Esther Harrison, state Rep. Omeria Scott recited a long list of honors the late Columbus legislator had received over the years, everything from state government and civil rights to her alma maters, Alcorn State and Mississippi University for Women, and her church.

A Christmas tradition in New Hope: Visitors can walk through family's large light display during 'open yard' event this weekend

Posted 12/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jimmy Cook was standing in the check-out line in Walmart a few days ago when a woman he didn't know approached him to ask him when he was going to put his Christmas lights up.

City freezes spending 'on everything'

Posted 12/19/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It started when Ward 5 Councilman Stephen Jones voted against the city's claims docket because he had questions about some of the charges.

Council: Overtime costs still 'out of control'

Posted 12/19/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Concerned city council members peppered the city's police and fire chiefs with questions Tuesday about overtime expenses they still believe to be "out of control."

Shannon appeals termination from CMSD

Posted 12/19/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During a termination appeal hearing for former deputy superintendent Craig Shannon at Columbus Municipal School District Tuesday, Superintendent Cherie Labat said she did not trust Shannon to be honest with her.

Finding the positive way: Martial arts trainer's efforts at Boys and Girls Club earn him 'Mentor of the Year' honor

Posted 12/19/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There is a figurative river of energy that flows through the building on 14th Avenue North in Columbus -- sometimes wild and unrestrained, but always powerful and filled with potential.

Macon woman arrested for embezzling from Columbus store

Posted 12/19/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Macon woman has been charged with embezzlement after allegedly giving away money and merchandise from a Columbus business.

CHS student charged as juvenile for threat

Posted 12/18/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A student at Columbus High School is being charged with cyberstalking after posting on Facebook over the weekend that he planned to shoot a firearm at the school Monday.

McClanahan appointed Lowndes prosecutor

Posted 12/18/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In his 48 years as an attorney, Hal McClanahan said he's still looking for new experiences.

Facebook gun threat lands student in jail

Posted 12/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus High School student is in custody after he apparently made a Facebook post threatening to shoot the school.

Buying a piece of history: Market for antebellum homes changing in Columbus

Posted 12/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There are dozens of homes for sale in Columbus, but three historic homes on the market on the city's north side, all within a few blocks of each other, have become a source of curiosity.

Council to discuss freeze on travel spending

Posted 12/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus spent almost $158,000 on travel in Fiscal Year 2018. Of that total, nearly 30 percent -- $45,323.28 -- was the combined tab for the mayor and city council, according to information the city provided The Dispatch in response to a Mississippi Public Records Act request.

Vibrant Church's $14M expansion nearly complete

Posted 12/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Vibrant Church congregation will meet for the first time Sunday in its new, 1,500-person worship center.

City still accepting applications for planning commissioner

Posted 12/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on its Planning Commission. Earlier this month, the city council reappointed longtime member Annette Savors and appointed new member Melissa Smith to the commission, leaving it with one remaining open spot.

CPD will go longer without an assistant chief

Posted 12/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department will go a little longer without an assistant chief after the background check of the latest preferred candidate disqualified him from consideration.

From the tip jar to a total community effort: Happy Irby Christmas Fund to serve 350 children in its 60th year

Posted 12/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Bruce Hanson stood aside, watching as dozens of Columbus Air Force Base personnel flew through a massive gift-wrapping project with what could only be described as military efficiency. Plastic bags of clothing flew out of boxes and onto folding tables where they were placed in gift boxes. The boxes were wrapped in green or red gift wrap and moved to the side of the room, each according to which school its recipient attends.

Fire rating could reduce home insurance rates

Posted 12/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue now boasts a Class 3 rating from the Mississippi State Rating Bureau, city officials announced in a press conference Wednesday at Regal Hall. The new rating improves CFR from a Class 4 department and places it among the five highest-rated fire departments in the state. Most notably, the new rating could save city homeowners up to 20 percent on insurance premiums.

Columbus turns to consultant for leadership building

Posted 12/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Benjamin Wax has spent the last six months trying to build stronger leaders among Columbus city employees.

CMSD combats 'gang' activity on school campuses

Posted 12/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gang-related activity in the city is spilling into Columbus Municipal School District hallways and classrooms, Superintendent Cherie Labat told school board members Monday evening.


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