Eric Krieger is worried about waiting to cast his ballot in long lines.
Columbus may lose its credit rating by the end of the month due to delayed disclosure of its Fiscal Year 2019 audit report, according to an Oct. 1 press release from Moody's Investors Service, a rating agency that assesses the city's borrowing credibility each year.
Lowndes County officials may soon receive the go-ahead from Mississippi Department of Archives and History to move the Confederate monument on the courthouse lawn to Friendship Cemetery, according to county engineer Bob Calvert and MDAH officials.
After serving on the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors for just 10 months, District 2's Trip Hairston will soon become the board's president.
John Holliman, who represents District 3 and has acted as president for almost four months, amended Thursday's meeting agenda and quietly nominated Hairston to the role.
For Greg Fulgham, helping Americans vote runs in the family.
Fulgham, a Republican who has served as District 1 Election Commissioner in Oktibbeha County for 10 years, replaced his grandmother, Margie Fulgham, in 2010. Margie had been the commissioner for 17 years, he said, and his mother and aunt were both poll workers.
Columbus Municipal School District hopes to reopen the Hunt campus -- destroyed by the February 2019 tornado -- as Hunt Experience Center in 2022, with a focus on both technology-assisted learning and hands-on workforce development, Superintendent Cherie Labat told The Dispatch.
Columbus City Council unanimously approved Tuesday night several changes in the police department's policy that established a schedule for on-call officers at its criminal investigation division (CID) and articulated the chain of command and the no-drinking rule while on duty.
Citing safety concerns and hopes to be consistent with the city of Columbus, Lowndes County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Monday morning to keep the county's mask mandate in place and to review the policy at the end of October.
John Holliman is banging the gavel, his face red.
But the sound of the wooden mallet repeatedly landing on the boardroom table, where most supervisors now sit, is barely calming anyone down.
Holliman, acting president of Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and representing District 3, is trying to call for order as the Monday board meeting quickly degenerates into a shouting match, with supervisors Leroy Brooks of District 5, Black, and Harry Sanders of District 1, white, accusing each other of being a "racist."
Jeana Whitacre dreaded the "Red Devil."
During the summer of 2019, she sat on her chemotherapy chair in Birmingham, Alabama, and watched as the nurse slowly pushed the bright-red Adriamycin fluid -- nicknamed "Red Devil" -- into her veins.
"When they got it out to put in my IV," she said, "I was like, 'Oh, here we go.'"
Lowndes County Board of Supervisors discussed at a Wednesday meeting the possibility of using gains from the county's $30 million-plus trust fund in case the county experiences a financial shortfall near the end of the year.
The new Sim Scott Recreation Center, which will replace the structure destroyed by the February tornado in 2019, is expected to reach completion by the end of October, Columbus Parks Director Greg Lewis said.
Having arrived in Columbus at 3:30 a.m., William Purdy is working on a few hours of sleep.
As he treads across the muddy ground Monday afternoon, Purdy watches his crew haul in loads of amusement equipment. Behind him, the Columbus Fairgrounds are bathed in the setting sun.
Compared to 2010, Golden Triangle residents are self-responding to the 2020 census at a lower rate, data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows.
With less than a week left before the special election, the four-way race for the vacant Senate District 15 seat has attracted more than $156,000 in contributions, campaign finance reports show.
Columbus City Council voted Tuesday to approve a series of project developments, including a grant application for pedestrian access improvements, bid advertisement for the city's latest series of street paving and construction work on Lee Park.
In a unanimous vote Tuesday morning, Lowndes County Board of Supervisors rejected the county school district's request for $27.4 million in local property tax funds for Fiscal Year 2021 and instead agreed to allocate roughly $3.5 million less than the requested figure.
As depression symptoms rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, students are now more at risk of drug abuse and overdose, said Sid Seal, compliance agent with Mississippi Board of Pharmacy.
Lowndes County School District is standing by a local property tax request that could hike the tax rate by almost 10 percent. But Lowndes County Board of Supervisors may sue the district to keep that from happening.
Columbus residents will see a flat millage rate in Fiscal Year 2021, following a 5-0 vote from the City Council during a special-call meeting Tuesday night. Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens was absent.
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