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Dispatch receives $7K in relief funds from Google

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch has received $7,000 through the Google News Initiative's Journalism Emergency Relief Fund.

Body found on Burns Road; LCSO suspects homicide

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Deputies with Lowndes County Sheriff's Office are investigating a Columbus man's murder after his body was found in a ditch along Burns Road Thursday morning.

'I think he should get another chance': District 1 voters in Caledonia show little appetite for wanting Harry Sanders off board of supervisors

Posted 7/2/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the two-plus weeks since Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders made his now-infamous comments following a board meeting about Black people remaining "dependent" since slavery ended, the voices calling for Sanders to resign from the board have been thunderous.

Supes grapple with how to move forward with Sanders still on board

Posted 7/1/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dissatisfied with District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders' decision to only step down as board president during a Tuesday meeting over his recent racist remarks, many of his fellow supervisors and other local leaders vowed to continue pushing for his full resignation from the board.

 

How does a removal petition work?

Posted 7/1/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders refusing to resign from the board over his recent racist remarks, some officials who have urged him to step down, including Supervisors Trip Hairston of District 2 and Leroy Brooks of District 5, say one way to force his removal is through a citizen petition.

 

'We're going to smoke him out': Protesters undaunted by Sanders' refusal to resign Tuesday

Posted 7/1/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fifteen minutes before the start of Tuesday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, Johnny Hampton stood in the entrance of the courthouse, using a bullhorn to lead a crowd of about 70 protesters in chants of "Harry Must Go."

Photos: The Final Lowering

Posted 6/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff Eddie Hawkins unclips the state flag -- which displays the Confederate battle emblem in its top left corner -- while Lt. Rhonda Sanders holds it on Monday afternoon at the Lowndes County Courthouse.

 

Baptist Memorial faces lawsuit for negligence

Posted 6/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Iowa man has filed a federal lawsuit against Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and several of its medical staff, alleging negligence after he said it took him three trips in consecutive days to the hospital's emergency room to see a doctor for an infection that eventually resulted in a stroke, took multiple surgeries to treat and ended his career as an airline pilot.

 

Sanders steps down as supes president, does not resign

Posted 6/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Harry Sanders opened Tuesday morning's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting by stepping down as board president. He did not resign from the board entirely.

Monday Profile: Oakes fills 'big shoes' at Tenn-Tom Waterway Development Authority

Posted 6/29/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Hope Oakes slipped into her chair at the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority last August, a feeling of anxiousness crept in. Taking over as the Tenn-Tom Waterway Development Authority's office manager for Agnes Zaiontz -- who had held the post for almost 35 years -- Oakes concedes the shoes she had to fill were big.

Lowndes County man accused of kidnapping two siblings

Posted 6/26/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man already listed on the Mississippi Sex Offender Registry has been charged with kidnapping two children and taking them to Meridian, investigators with Lowndes County Sheriff's Office say.

'It's quite late to do that': Many say Sanders' apology for racist remarks ineffective

Posted 6/25/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders says he's sorry for comments he made more than a week ago saying Blacks have been "dependent" since slavery and that they are the only ethnicity that has not assimilated into American society.

Market Street Festival canceled in light of pandemic

Posted 6/25/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The annual Market Street Festival held downtown has been canceled for this year due to health and safety concerns around the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Colom vows transparency in future officer-involved cases

Posted 6/24/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two press conferences. Two vastly different conclusions.

Beck to become Columbus-Lowndes chamber director

Posted 6/23/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It took the Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce less than two weeks to find a successor for Lisa James as its new president.

Armed man arrested for interrupting protest at courthouse

Posted 6/20/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man, armed with a rifle and handgun, was arrested Saturday after he disturbed a protest of the Confederate monument outside Lowndes County Courthouse.

Lowndes County supervisors at standoff over Sanders' refusal to resign

Posted 6/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors have reached a deadlock over their stances on embattled Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders, with two supervisors hoping to discuss Sanders' removal as president, and two others urging for his resignation from the board.

LCSD researches changing Confederate mascot

Posted 6/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District Superintendent Sam Allison will work with administration at Caledonia schools to gather opinions about the school's Confederate mascot for the board to review. Those opinions could conceivably result in a future change in the schools' mascot.

 

City to close North Lehmberg Road bridge for two weeks for repairs

Posted 6/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A bridge on North Lehmberg Road will stay closed for two weeks while repairs of deteriorating pilings are underway.

 

'It hurt me to my core': Protesters, local officials gather at courthouse to call for Sanders' resignation over racist comments

Posted 6/18/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sherry Ellis had everything she needed: a sewing machine and fabric she saved for cloth masks. Within five minutes, Ellis said, she fashioned herself a T-shirt instead. It read, "Racism is wrong. #Resign."

 

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