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Columbus firefighters graduate from fire academy

Posted 12/22/2011 in Business

Firefighters Eric Minga, Damon S. Estes, Will R. McReynolds, and Theophilus J. Brand of Columbus Fire Department all graduated from the National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter course at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.



Marriages and divorces 12-22-11

Posted 12/22/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces from Dec. 14 - 21



Building Permits 12-22-11

Posted 12/22/2011 in Business

Building permits from Dec 6.- Dec. 14



Winn-Dixie sold to Bi-Lo

Posted 12/20/2011 in Business

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The supermarket chain Winn-Dixie is being sold in a deal valued at $560 million to Bi-Lo LLC, the companies said Monday, creating a huge grocery operator in the South.



Building Permits 12-15-11

Posted 12/15/2011 in Business

Building Permits for November, Dec. 6- Dec. 12



Conn inducted as Home Builders Association of Mississippi secretary/treasurer

Posted 12/15/2011 in Business

Lance Conn, a home builder from Columbus, was inducted as the 2012 secretary/treasurer of the Home Builders Association of Mississippi during ceremonies held as the fall board of directors meeting in Jackson.


Saturday Profile: Pitty-Pats closing its doors after 32 years

Posted 12/10/2011 in Business

They came from places as far away as Texas, Louisiana and Georgia. They brought their children and later their grandchildren. For more than three decades, the little house, nestled beneath a canopy of pines on Crescent Drive, was a one-stop shop of wonders and curiosities to suit the young as well as the young at heart. And the reason for it all was Pitty-Pat's, a locally owned gift shop specializing in hard-to-find, high-end gifts and collectibles ranging from Italian-made Fontanini Nativity sets to tussy mussy bouquets made by an artisan in Artesia.


Peter Imes: Joining the conversation now much easier

Posted 12/2/2011 in Business

The Dispatch's website,, has long encouraged online readers to leave comments at the bottom of each article. Though the paper still receives some letters to the editor by mail, most people now either email letters to us or simply post a comment at the end of a story.



Building permits 11-17-11

Posted 11/17/2011 in Business

Building permits Nov. 8 - Nov. 16



Marriages and divorces 11-17-11

Posted 11/17/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces Nov. 2 - Nov. 16



Marriages and Divorces 11-10-11

Posted 11/10/2011 in Business

Columbus Marriages and Divorces (November 2 - November 9)



Building Permits 11-10-11

Posted 11/10/2011 in Business

Building permits Nov. 1 - Nov. 7



Final CLOPAC forum tonight at Municipal Complex

Posted 10/25/2011 in Business

The Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee will hold its third and final political forum tonight at 6 p.m. at the Columbus Municipal Complex, giving voters a chance to hear two-minute speeches from candidates for the district 2 justice court judge's seat, as well as those running for county prosecuting attorney and district attorney.


Families of steel: Open house allows employees' family members an inside look at Severstal

Posted 10/22/2011 in Business

The hours are long, the work is hard and the days are exhausting. But the pay is good, and there's a point of pride in holding one of the most coveted manufacturing jobs in Lowndes County -- wearing the inscribed, dark blue hard hat of Severstal Columbus.


Schweddy Balls? Not in Columbus

Posted 10/21/2011 in Business

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls ice cream is too hot to handle for some supermarket chains. While the new limited-edition flavor has brought chuckles from fans of the "Saturday Night Live" skit on which it's based, some supermarket chains aren't laughing and have been giving it a cold shoulder.



New transit system to link residents, business and MSU

Posted 10/21/2011 in Business

STARKVILLE -- Organizers trying to revive a transit system between Mississippi State University and the city of Starkville have championed community involvement as the crux of the project.


Community banks and credit unions flourish as customers react to fees

Posted 10/21/2011 in Business

As large banks scramble to recoup fees lost by pecuniary regulatory changes enacted earlier in the month, some smaller financial institutions are reaping the benefits, seeing an increase in both new accounts and consumer goodwill.


Marriages and divorces 10-20-11

Posted 10/20/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces Sept. 20 - Oct. 18



Building Permits 10-20-11

Posted 10/20/2011 in Business

Building Permits Oct. 11 - Oct. 17



Kior to hold job fair at EMCC

Posted 10/14/2011 in Business

Kior officials are seeking 70 people to fill full-time slots at the Columbus biofuels plant, and they're hoping to find at least some of those people Saturday during a job fair at East Mississippi Community College.



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