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A month after tornado, volunteers still cleaning up

Posted 3/23/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

To Renee Sanders' surprise, not a single person who registered with United Way to volunteer for storm cleanup Saturday morning was a Columbus native.

Union Academy to open doors to students next year

Posted 3/23/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cindy Lawrence walked through the doors of Union Academy and for a moment, she was taken back to 1966. That year, Lawrence started her education as a first grade student in the now closed down school. "It brought back so many memories," Lawrence said. "I knew where all my classrooms were. Everything just about looked the exact same."

LCF Challenge Grant offers $30K pool for task forces

Posted 3/22/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Foundation issued a challenge to its six volunteer task forces Thursday, announcing a pool of $30,000 in grants meant to help their initiatives.

Two arrested in Tuesday shooting

Posted 3/22/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 19-year-old with several dismissed charges to his name was one of two people arrested in connection with a shooting in east Columbus Tuesday.

Report: City out of cash by October

Posted 3/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If the city's contracted financial consultant is to be believed, Columbus will be out of money and overdrawn at the bank by Sept. 30.

Civil service commission upholds Adams' termination

Posted 3/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Civil Service Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to uphold the termination of a former Columbus Police Department investigator who drove to Moorhead in a city vehicle while on duty to apply for a job.

Fire station construction to resume within 2 weeks

Posted 3/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of inactivity, construction will resume on the new Fire Station 4 on Airline Road with the goal of completing the station by the end of the year.

Photo: Kick Butts Event

Posted 3/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students and Boys and Girls Club members gather for the Zombie Walk, an anti-smoking event, at the Boys and Girls Club in Columbus Wednesday afternoon. Students held signs and chanted "smoking is wack, you can't take it back" and "you won't last smoking that gas."

Retail Coach to update council on progress

Posted 3/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen will hear an update this evening on retail recruitment efforts in the city. Caroline Hearnsberger, a retail recruitment specialist with The Retail Coach of Tupelo, said her report will partially focus on foundational data, such as demographics, the firm can use to attract new retailers. The council meets at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Complex.

Suspect nabbed for harassing phone calls to business

Posted 3/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man accused of making multiple harassing and threatening phone calls to a Columbus business has been arrested.

Man arrested for allegedly shooting into a dwelling

Posted 3/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police have arrested a man accused of shooting into a home in south Columbus.

Monday profile: Local antique shop owner offers wisdom on helping others

Posted 3/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two local antique dealers only spent a few minutes inside Quirky Antiques, Fred Haley's antique store on Second Street North near Second Avenue, but they still gave Haley something to think about. "Antique dealers are a little like used car dealers," he mused. "The kind of people not exactly trusted in society. I don't know where that came from."

County to pay $15K to settle wrongful arrest suit

Posted 3/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors voted in executive session Friday to pay a former New Hope High School student $15,000 to settle a wrongful imprisonment lawsuit against a justice court judge, board president Harry Sanders confirmed to The Dispatch.

Lowndes supervisors ban Kratom

Posted 3/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Following a public hearing on Friday, supervisors banned Kratom county-wide effective April 1.

Bowker joins Dispatch as sports editor

Posted 3/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Award-winning veteran sports journalist Paul Bowker has joined The Dispatch staff as the new sports editor.

Judge denied motion to dismiss criminal case against Canyon Boykin

Posted 3/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 16th circuit court judge ruled Friday not to dismiss a case against a former Columbus police officer involved in a fatal shooting three years ago.

Lowndes County jail inmate dies at hospital after being found unresponsive in cell

Posted 3/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An inmate at Lowndes County Adult Detention Center has died.

Office Depot in Columbus to close

Posted 3/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Office Depot on Old Aberdeen Road in Columbus is closing. Store employees were confirming the closing to customers earlier this week, but store managers said they could not release information, including the date the business will shut its doors.

City hires firm to manage storm debris removal

Posted 3/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council awarded a contract to Debris Tech for storm debris management during a special-call meeting Thursday.

Crawford reaches agreement with IRS on tax lien

Posted 3/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The town of Crawford has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to pay off a more than $30,000 tax lien from improperly managing employee retirement fund matches.

 

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