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Recruiter: Leigh Mall taking improvement bids

Posted 4/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Leigh Mall's new management, Jones Lange LaSalle Americas (JLL), have begun repairing the struggling shopping center's roof and parking lot while also trying to attract new businesses to fill their vacant retail spaces.

Police search for suspect in north Columbus shooting

Posted 4/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities are looking for the suspect in a shooting in north Columbus Thursday night.

Authorities search for man missing out of Tupelo

Posted 4/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities with search dogs went through downtown Columbus Thursday looking for a missing Tupelo man who may have dementia.

'For the people that went here, it's sacred ground': Lee High alumni reflect on school days as building undergoes renovation to high-end apartments

Posted 4/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Columbus resident Carol Littlejohn thinks of the historic Lee High School, plenty comes to mind.

Fugitive found today in Hamilton storage unit

Posted 4/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Hamilton man who has been on the run from law enforcement since Sunday is now in Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.

Dispatch editor involved in incident involving police at Trotter

Posted 4/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Dispatch employee was involved in an incident when Columbus police were called to the Trotter Convention Center downtown on Tuesday morning.

Against policy, councilman receives Trotter discount

Posted 4/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus councilman appears to have paid a discounted rate to rent a Trotter Convention Center space in December and was almost allowed to pay half-price for another to hold his May wedding, an apparent violation of city policy.

State auditor sheds light on investigations into government theft, corruption

Posted 4/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Shad White said there are two ways to do his job: the easy way and the right way.

Tornado debris cleanup begins despite lack of FEMA funding

Posted 4/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city councilmen voted during a special-call meeting Tuesday to begin storm debris monitoring and cleanup following a Feb. 23 tornado that damaged parts of north and east Columbus.

CMSD to use $200K audit windfall to help fund employee pay incentives

Posted 4/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District will use nearly $200,000 of excess funds found in its 2018 audit to help fund its Teacher Incentive Pay Plan.

Labat: LCSD 'deliberately' enrolling city students

Posted 4/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A complaint filed with the Mississippi Department of Education alleges Lowndes County School District is willfully enrolling students who live within the Columbus Municipal School District boundaries.

'We just spent more than we took in': Lowndes County School District piles up $7M in deficit spending over past three years

Posted 4/6/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kenneth Hughes, business manager for Lowndes County School District, sat at his desk Friday afternoon tapping away at his keyboard and occasionally scrawling numbers on a sheet of paper sitting beside his computer monitor. All the while, Superintendent Lynn Wright paced around the room, spouting about dollar amounts and projects without the use of any documents to support the information.

LCSD enrolling city students, taking MAEP funds, then sending students back to CMSD

Posted 4/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District has been left on the hook for educating dozens of former county students for which they have no state funding, and for testing those students without what some officials consider a fair opportunity to prepare them.

Lowndes County jail implements video visitation for inmates

Posted 4/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Starting April 15, a system that will end face-to-face contact between families and inmates at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center may also help those inmates see their families more often.

Prosecutor candidates: Diversion, intervention should be focus for youth offenders

Posted 4/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There may be three candidates for Lowndes County prosecutor, but there appeared to be one prevailing perspective on the job during Thursday's Exchange Club luncheon at Lion Hills Center.

CLW looks to fund broadband expansion itself

Posted 4/4/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Light and Water is pursuing other ways to fund a broadband expansion after a bill to fund that venture died in committee last week.

Man arrested for threatening to kill woman and children

Posted 4/4/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been jailed for cyberstalking and may face further charges after he reportedly threatened to kill a woman he has dated.

Council approves plan to save $1.1 million

Posted 4/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen approved a seven-part plan Tuesday that will purportedly save the city $1.1 million this fiscal year.

 

Tunica County health care controller hired as city CFO

Posted 4/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus has hired Deliah Vaughn, a health services controller in Tunica County as its new chief financial officer.

 

Hundreds turn out to vent about Kerr-McGee site

Posted 4/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A crowd of at least 300 filled the Columbus Municipal Complex to vent frustrations over the Kerr-McGee site in north Columbus Monday night.

 

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