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Columbus man arrested in strangulation case

Posted 5/2/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man is in Lowndes County Adult Detention Center after he reportedly strangled a woman.

Woman arrested for third count of domestic violence

Posted 5/2/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A woman arrested two months ago for allegedly stabbing her husband was back in jail again last week for attacking him again.

County backs off plan for separate soccer league

Posted 5/1/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A plan to begin a county soccer program was abruptly put on hold during Monday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting after a letter to the editor from Columbus Mayor Robert Smith in Sunday's edition of The Dispatch questioned the board's motives.

Supervisors agree to tax compromise

Posted 5/1/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As late as Saturday, Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders said he intended to urge fellow supervisors during Monday's meeting to stick with their February resolution calling for the floor to be removed from the county's 2-percent restaurant sales tax.


City, county once again at impasse on restaurant tax

Posted 4/30/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After last week's meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees, those following the fate of the county's 2-percent restaurant tax were left wondering what's next. The answer to that question appears it's back to square one, with the county and city divided on what each body will present to the legislature.


City, county clash over Soccer Complex upkeep

Posted 4/28/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

County officials are denying claims they want to keep the Columbus Recreation Authority leagues from using the Lowndes County Soccer Complex downtown.

Thousands expected for weekend sporting tournaments

Posted 4/27/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

About 5,000 people are expected to come to Columbus for the state's second biggest soccer tournament this weekend.

Burns Bottom project on hold during landmark survey

Posted 4/27/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Redevelopment plans in Burns Bottom are on hold, as the neighborhood's future is now directly tied to the value the state will assign to its past.

Columbus High students sweep Exchange Club awards

Posted 4/27/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chloe Draper won't graduate from Columbus High School until May, but she has already earned an associate's degree from East Mississippi Community College.


Skull identified as missing son of former Columbus police chief

Posted 4/26/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A skull found last month off Armistad Road has been identified as the son of a former Columbus police chief.


CMSD board pores over superintendent applications in 5-hour meeting

Posted 4/26/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District trustees took their first look at qualifications for 19 candidates who applied for the district's superintendent position during a nearly five-hour executive session at Brandon Central Services Wednesday.

Two of EMCC's top administrators looking to leave

Posted 4/26/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The top two administrators at East Mississippi Community College are being interviewed for the president's job at Meridian Community College.

State supreme court chief justice highlights increased public access to courts system

Posted 4/25/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It would have been easy for those attending Tuesday's Columbus Rotary Club's meeting to imagine Bill Waller Jr. following in his father's footsteps.

Restaurant tax: Smith, Younger agree on reducing restaurant tax floor

Posted 4/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday, in its first meeting since the 2-percent county wide restaurant sales tax that funds the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau died in the Legislature, the CVB board elicited a compromise from local legislators the board hopes will revive the tax and ensure the future of the bureau and the projects it supports.

Testing the water: CHS 'SMART Kids' use grant to build STEM skills

Posted 4/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Each Monday right after school, five students file into Deborah Pounders' biology classroom at Columbus High School for a special project they've been working on since August.

Story of Columbus teen on death row airs on Headline News

Posted 4/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman who made national headlines in the 1990s after being exonerated for murder had her story told on CNN's Headline News channel Sunday.

Future of Ryan's uncertain

Posted 4/23/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

To close or not to close? A week after the building that is the site of Ryan's Buffet in Columbus was listed for sale, the marketing director for the chain restaurant said his company is still in negotiations to remain in operation at the site.

A house to love: The Haven, historic downtown home, passes to new ownership

Posted 4/23/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Vonnie Moody admits she doesn't know much yet about the history of her new house -- but she does know that history is rich.


CAFB air show reduced to one day

Posted 4/21/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show at Columbus Air Force Base ended Saturday.


The view from above: Flights offer insight into Wings Over Columbus acts

Posted 4/21/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

I don't think I've ever gripped something quite so hard as I did the harness straps in the back seat of a North American AT-6 Texan as it dove after its sister plane in the skies over Highway 82 between Columbus and Starkville.


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