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Monday Profile: MSU retiree finds second career among horses

Posted less than 1 hour ago in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Walter Kilborn was not meant to retire. The lifelong Starkville resident left Mississippi State University nearly a decade ago, but he said he was not made to sit on his porch and watch his days tick by.

 

Ward 4 candidates prioritize youth outreach

Posted less than 1 hour ago in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cleaning up Ward 4 will likely start with helping the younger generation, Ward 4 candidates agreed during a forum Sunday night.

 

Fiber internet coming to Lowndes County

Posted 8/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

C Spire is slated to bring gigabit internet to homeowners and businesses throughout Lowndes County. Lowndes County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved its franchise agreement with C Spire during its regular meeting Thursday morning in an effort to increase high-speed internet access to rural areas.

 

Ward 4 candidate forum Sunday afternoon

Posted 8/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The six candidates vying for the Ward 4 council seat will have one last chance to speak to voters Sunday night before the special election on Tuesday.

 

Pellum purchases Elbow Room for event space

Posted 8/13/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With The Elbow Room's fate uncertain for the past year, patrons meandered in and out of the bar on Saturday for the last time.

 

Paulding hosts beginner, advanced workshops on investing

Posted 8/13/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ben Paulding, founder of Crown Financial, is hosting two workshops this week offering customers guidance and financial planning.

 

Lowndes sheriff's candidates hit pavement for support in runoff

Posted 8/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Right before the rain started to pour Friday afternoon, Lowndes County Republican sheriff's candidate Eddie Hawkins walked through a New Hope neighborhood with a stack of pamphlets and a notepad in-hand.

 

Andrews: CFR reaccreditation costs city $250K

Posted 8/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue now has what it's been seeking for the last five years -- re-accreditation from the national Center for Public Safety and Excellence. The price tag of remaining the only municipality in Mississippi to be accredited, has been about $250,000, according to Fire and Rescue Chief Martin Andrews.

 

Business Moves with Mary: Fresh homemade bread is back on Main Street

Posted 8/8/2019 in Business

Starkville's Main Street has a new bakery on the block, offering fresh bagels, baguettes and breads galore.

 

Wright, Hawkins head to sheriff's runoff

Posted 8/7/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chief Deputy Greg Wright and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Agent Eddie Hawkins are headed to a runoff in the Lowndes County sheriff's Republican primary.

 

Supes ask state auditor to investigate EMCC

Posted 8/6/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors are now asking the State Auditor's Office to investigate the financial decline at East Mississippi Community College.

 

Mounting debt, deficit spending threaten to push city's credit rating down again

Posted 8/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus' credit rating is tinkering on the brink of falling to the "moderate risk" category upon its next assessment, according to a spokesperson with Moody's Investors Service -- the corporation that sets the city's credit rating.

 

Making $10 million disappear: Athletic spending, declining enrollment tank EMCC fund balance

Posted 8/1/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Leadership at East Mississippi Community College is scrambling to reverse nearly a decade's worth of deficit spending that has tanked the school's general operating fund balance. Documents provided to The Dispatch on Wednesday show EMCC's general operating fund balance has fallen more than $10 million since Fiscal Year 2010 -- from roughly $11 million to only $710,844 by the end of June 2018.

 

Citizen comment on EMCC sparks heated exchange

Posted 8/1/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 4 Supervisor Leroy Brooks had choice words for a citizen demanding the board remove the Lowndes County appointees on the East Mississippi Community College board of trustees.

 

Business Moves with Mary: New fabric store opens in Columbus Friday

Posted 8/1/2019 in Business

Kathy Willcutt is determined to keep fabric work and sewing relevant in the Golden Triangle.

 

Columbus home becomes state's first eScore 10

Posted 7/30/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As bad luck would have it, Jamie Alford's air conditioner started losing its gumption last summer, and she knew costly repairs were coming soon.

 

Sixth candidate jumps into Ward 4 race

Posted 7/25/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A sixth candidate has qualified to run in the Aug. 20 special election for Ward 4 councilman.

 

Business Moves with Mary: Developer purchases downtown building

Posted 7/25/2019 in Business

Gayle Guynup continues to revitalize downtown. Guynup, a judge from Santa Rosa, California, owns several Columbus commercial properties including the Oddfellows Building on Main Street, the Parker Furniture Complex, the old Depot and the Alford Drugs building.

 

Abraham focuses Chamber talk on leadership

Posted 7/25/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 200 business and community representatives heard a year in review of the Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and a short presentation on leadership and success at the Chamber's annual luncheon Wednesday at Lion Hills.

 

Young entrepreneur buys unconventional space for first home

Posted 7/24/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Unconventional. If Hagan Walker is anything, it's that. And he doesn't mind it. The Mississippi State graduate turned down a job at Tesla to start his own drink light company, Glo, in Starkville a few years ago. Now, at 26, he's purchased his first home -- which, incidentally, is an old grocery store built nearly 100 years ago.

 

 

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