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American Deli cashiers speak out after mall melee

Posted 11/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A steady stream of customers waited patiently in line Saturday at American Deli in Leigh Mall when Briana Jackson began her shift at 4 p.m.


Bringing 'guns' to the White House: Muscle-bound Columbus native and chef has served four presidential administrations

Posted 11/3/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last weekend, Andre Rush was in Belgium accepting a peace award. On Thursday, he was sitting outside Helen's Kitchen in Columbus, musing with his old classmate Kabir Karriem about life at Lee High School, where they both were members of the last graduating class in 1992.


Police Explorers returning to Columbus

Posted 11/2/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Police Explorers program is returning to Columbus. Boy Scouts of America will officially charter the revamped Explorers in a ceremony Monday evening.


New Trotter event space open for rent

Posted 10/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Walking through the old Regal Cleaners building on Fourth Street North, Trotter Convention Center Director Mike Anderson doted on the changes. New stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Ceramic tile flooring throughout the facility. Updated restrooms. New tables, chairs and an ice caddy.


Councilman Jones implicated as beneficiary in Bargain Hunt embezzlement case

Posted 10/3/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating an alleged embezzlement that involves a city councilman and his wife.


Businessman Mark Alexander appointed to CRA board

Posted 10/3/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A longtime local developer and businessman is joining the Columbus Redevelopment Authority board.


Leigh Mall up for auction after loan default

Posted 9/29/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Leigh Mall is being put up for auction because its owner, Security National Properties, has defaulted on a multi-million dollar loan.


Burns Bottom survey reveals historically fragmented neighborhood

Posted 9/25/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Findings from a survey of historical structures in the Burns Bottom area have Columbus Redevelopment Authority representatives hopeful the neighborhood could be removed from the National Register of Historic Places.


Learning to lead: Mayor's Youth Council boasts record 54 members this year

Posted 9/21/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Standing behind a podium in a near empty first-floor ballroom in Trotter Convention Center Thursday evening, Marian Turner sound-checked the microphone nearly a dozen times.


Columbus appoints five to joint city-county committee

Posted 9/19/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council on Tuesday appointed five members to an intergovernmental relations committee of city and Lowndes County leaders.


Citizen-led change: Lowndes Community Foundation organizes task forces to combat key challenges locally

Posted 9/18/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Building a better community, according to Matt Bogue, starts with supplying nails to the people with hammers.


City taps Tupelo firm for retail development

Posted 9/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Tupelo-based firm with Golden Triangle ties will lead retail development efforts in Columbus for at least the next year.


City to keep contract with Baptist Medical Group

Posted 9/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When it came to whether the city of Columbus would continue to use Baptist primary care clinic services next fiscal year, better information and a better price made all the difference.


Five retail firms vying for city contract

Posted 9/6/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council has now heard proposals from five retail development firms wanting to do business with the city.


Irreconcilable differences?: Funding issues, 'Type A personalities' at forefront of ongoing feud between Columbus and Lowndes County leadership

Posted 9/1/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Harry Sanders drives down Military Road late Friday morning on the route he takes into Columbus most days from his home near Caledonia. From the driver's seat of his red pickup, he starts pointing out toward street-side gutters and rights-of-way grown up in grass -- all of which are the city's responsibility to maintain.


County threatens to reduce funding for library

Posted 8/23/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Not one computer station sat open Wednesday afternoon in the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library on Seventh Street North.


Columbus pulls out of LINK

Posted 8/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is pulling out of the Golden Triangle Development LINK. City councilmen voted 3-2 during a budget work session Thursday afternoon not to contribute its normal $100,000 to the economic development organization in Fiscal Year 2019, which begins Oct. 1.


New exhaust system at fire station to reduce firefighter exposure to cancer

Posted 8/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For firefighters, certain hazards of their jobs are apparent.


Home Base: Pecan Acres relocation is bad deal for residents

Posted 7/13/2018 in Local Columns

Loren "Bo" Bell stood before an audience of about 60 concerned citizens Thursday night at the Greensboro Center in Starkville and tried to paint a pretty picture.


Dispatch files complaint against CVB with Ethics Commission

Posted 7/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch has submitted a public records complaint to the Mississippi Ethics Commission against the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau alleging the CVB failed to provide requested payroll documents and excessively charged the newspaper for what was provided.



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