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Police seek persons of interest in Friday shooting

Posted 1/25/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police have identified a person of interest in a Friday night shooting that sent one man to the hospital.

Veteran challenges civilians to better engage with military personnel

Posted 1/24/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

About two years ago, Jay Fisher started his transition from the military to the civilian work world. What he has realized since is just how disconnected civilians and military personnel seem to be.

City stays 'frugal' as spending, hiring freezes lifted

Posted 1/24/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An eight-month hiring freeze, which was implemented in April to avert a potential financial crisis that could have left the city in the red by October, has come to an end, said Columbus Mayor Robert Smith.

CVB will provide Juneteenth full funding in advance

Posted 1/23/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local Juneteenth Festival will receive its full $15,000 from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau up front this year, a departure from previous CVB policy regarding festival funding.

Young seeks reappointment to CMSD board

Posted 1/23/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two years ago, Telisa Clay Young emerged from a field of five candidates to secure a position on the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees.

Crawford gym renovation underway

Posted 1/22/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Long before she became an alderman of Crawford, Sabrina Washington was a basketball player for the Crawford Jaguars, the local elementary school basketball team, in the 1980s.

Council rejects Southside historic designation

Posted 1/22/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Despite strong support from many Southside residents, Columbus City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday against applying for a federal grant to survey buildings in the neighborhood, the first step to designating the neighborhood as a Local Historic District.

DA calls for prisoner clemency, guard raises

Posted 1/21/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As riots rock Mississippi prisons and continue to claim lives, 16th Circuit District Attorney Scott Colom called for actions from state leadership Monday to improve Mississippi's detention system at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Breakfast in Columbus.

Council to discuss hiring assistant chief, head of criminal investigations

Posted 1/21/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council is expected to hire an assistant chief and head of criminal investigations for the police department during this evening's meeting, scheduled to begin at 5 in the Municipal Complex.

Monday Profile: Baptist's tumor registrar collects data on cancer patients, helps doctors come up with plans of care

Posted 1/20/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Maxine Glenn Morgan knows every cancer patient who has visited Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle since 2006, though most of them have never met her.

Elm Lake, three other neighborhoods to get fiber optic internet

Posted 1/20/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

C Spire has chosen the first four areas of Lowndes County and Columbus to lay fiber optic infrastructure and begin the process of bringing gigabit internet service to the county.

Yu joins Dispatch staff as local government reporter

Posted 1/18/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Yue "Stella" Yu has joined The Dispatch newsroom staff as its local government reporter for Columbus and Lowndes County.

Anti-bullying program helps link Caledonia fourth-graders in atmosphere of kindness

Posted 1/18/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They sat cross-legged on the floor, doe-eyed and innocent, listening politely to group of women from the Junior Auxiliary of Columbus during a special program at Caledonia Elementary School Friday morning. The subject matter -- bullying -- seemed inconsistent for an audience of fourth-graders, whose exposure to bullying has been limited. That's the whole point.

Some road projects ongoing, others about to begin

Posted 1/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first of many roundabouts in downtown Columbus could be up and running by the end of this year, City Engineer Kevin Stafford told Columbus Exchange Club members at the Lion Hills Center Thursday afternoon.

Jeff Smith: West Lowndes in need of storm shelters

Posted 1/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Storms sweeping through Mississippi had Dalvia Lowery worried about the kids she helps look after at Love and Learn Day Care in downtown Crawford. Because, she said, as storms are hitting the area more often, there is no storm shelter in town to protect those children, or anybody, from harm.

Two arrested after chase with narcotics officers

Posted 1/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two people were arrested Wednesday after a chase with members of the Lowndes County and Columbus joint narcotics task force.

'Wonder Grove': A story told well through the kids' perspective

Posted 1/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A few minutes into the premiere of "The Wonder Grove Wizard of Oz" at the Malco Cinema in Columbus one thing was clear: Only kids could have made this film.

Dorothy comes to Columbus: CMSD holds red carpet for the premiere of student-made 'The Wonder Grove Wizard of Oz'

Posted 1/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's not often that Malco Cinema in Columbus hosts the stars and designers of the movies it shows. But when a limousine pulled up in front of the theater and expelled a crowd of students, their family members and faculty from Columbus Municipal School District just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, that's exactly what happened.

Higgins appointed to EMCC board

Posted 1/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Joe Max Higgins, chief executive officer for the Golden Triangle Development LINK, will soon serve the area in an additional role.


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