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Supervisors name Short interim recreation manager

Posted 4/22/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Supervisors unanimously voted to name Roger Short the county's interim recreation manager Friday. The vote follows the board tabling the matter on Monday, because the county had not created a job description for the position.

Columbus mayoral race gets ugly

Posted 4/22/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tensions mounted in the Columbus mayoral race last week between incumbent Robert Smith and one of his challengers, former city police chief Selvain McQueen, as both accused the other of unprofessionalism and dirty politics.

Chamber hosts education awards

Posted 4/21/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cheyanne Allred was shocked to hear her name called.

 

Spurlock Road to close for work

Posted 4/21/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

Ex-girlfriend: Man confessed to murder

Posted 4/20/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A few days after 19-year-old William Stallings was shot and killed in Lowndes County in 2011, Alabama resident Lacee Cox's boyfriend Joshua Taylor told her he shot the New Hope teen.

Kelly disappointed by political impasse in Congress

Posted 4/19/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Trent Kelly, the first major piece of legislation taken up by the U.S. House of Representatives may have achieved little, but it revealed much.

Council lightens restrictions on businesses, fairgrounds

Posted 4/19/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council eased a trio of restrictions on two local businesses and the Columbus Fairgrounds during Tuesday's regular meeting.

Sales tax falls year-over-year

Posted 4/19/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus took a sharp hit to sales tax revenue received from the Mississippi Department of revenue this month, but it may be a return to normal, rather than a cause for alarm.

CMSD to consider Hickman contract extension

Posted 4/19/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During a specially called meeting Tuesday, the Columbus Municipal School District board of trustees voted unanimously to approve drafting an amendment to extend Superintendent Philip Hickman's contract.

Photo: Candidate forum

Posted 4/18/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A few dozen people watch the Democratic Executive Committee's forum for municipal election candidates Monday evening at the municipal complex. The forum, which featured 10 candidates across the mayoral and council races, lasted about 90 minutes. Candidates spoke on a variety of topics, ranging from crime, honesty in government, board appointments and other issues facing the city. Democratic candidates will face off primary elections on May 2. The Dispatch will publish a Voter's Guide with information and stances from all municipal candidates on April 30.

Trial for murder of New Hope teen set to begin

Posted 4/18/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Alabama man will stand trial in Lowndes County Circuit Court this week for the 2011 murder of a New Hope teenager.

Supes investigating E-911 worker absences

Posted 4/18/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors has launched an investigation into why several E-911 workers all called in sick last week.

Columbus Christian welcomes new administrator

Posted 4/18/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Christian Academy has a new administrator. Jay Watts, currently head of school at Pillow Academy, a Christian school in Greenwood, will officially take the same position at CCA in July.

50 jobs coming with steel company expansion

Posted 4/18/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new facility at the Steel Dynamics, Inc. campus will be an expansion of New Process Steel, Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders confirmed during Monday's board meeting.

Hotel market continues to grow but may soon slow

Posted 4/17/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With five new hotels in two cities and two more expected to come to Columbus, the past decade has been one of growth for the hospitality industry in the Golden Triangle.

 

La Quinta to open in old Ramada building

Posted 4/17/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A La Quinta hotel is planned for the old Ramada building at the corner of Hwy. 45 and Hwy. 82 in Columbus.

 

 

Democratic candidate forum held this evening

Posted 4/17/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Democratic Executive Committee will host a forum for Democratic municipal election candidates this evening.

 

Photos: Easter scenes

Posted 4/15/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Laiken Jordan, 6, takes her first glance at herself in a mirror after getting her face painted like a bunny at the MTV Church Easter egg hunt on Saturday. Laiken is the daughter of Bailey Boyles and A.J. Jordan of Columbus.

Babysitter charged with sexual battery

Posted 4/14/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man faces a sexual battery charge after police say he assaulted a child left in his care while the mother was at work.

Testing time: Lowndes schools aim for an A rating

Posted 4/14/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia Elementary Principal Roger Hill saw his school lose something during the 2015-16 school year. Next week, his students have a chance to earn it back -- a fact he hasn't let them forget.

 

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