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CVB adopts sliding scale for festival grants

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Eleven Lowndes County festivals will have one more year before they begin to see less and less financial assistance from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Teen arrested and charged with capital murder, arson

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A suspect has been identified and charged with capital murder in the death of a Lowndes County woman whose body was discovered in a burned down mobile home Monday morning.

Mayor, city employee raises rescinded

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith will not get a raise and neither will any other city employee.

Father of parking lot shooting victim speaks out

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman is in jail following an early morning shooting death Sunday, and the victim's father -- an Alabama police chief -- is left picking up the pieces. Brittney Foster, 28, was gunned down early Sunday in the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings, where she worked.

New leadership at local Boys and Girls clubs

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local branches of the Boys and Girls Club are shaking things up. Former Columbus Unit Director Antoine Walker recently transferred to the Starkville location while former volunteer and club coordinator Brittany Houston was promoted to head up the Columbus site.

Trotter renovation will be 'good swan song' for long-time director

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Frank Goodman was hired to oversee Trotter Convention Center six months before construction work on the facility was completed in 1987. Trotter was created through a renovation and conversion of the old National Guard Armory and city auditorium. That was the last time he got to see a major renovation of the building until this year.

Columbus, Starkville ranked among state's most exciting cities

Posted 8/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kim Bennett believes Columbus citizens have to invest in downtown for themselves. That's why she and her husband, Dr. Dan Bennett, bought the building at 513 Main St. The Bennetts are putting in a new business, "The Southern: A Social Venue."

Woman dies after parking lot shooting in Columbus

Posted 8/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A woman is dead and another woman is in custody after an early morning shooting in a parking lot along Highway 45 North in Columbus.

Browning named Dispatch managing editor

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

William Browning has moved to an interim managing editor position with The Commercial Dispatch.

Man flees deputies, charged with aggravated assault

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a 24-hour manhunt, a Lowndes County resident has been arrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault.

 

County approves estoppel with Steel Dynamics

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors on Friday approved providing an estoppel certificate to a company that has announced plans to purchase the Severstal steel plant.

 

Relative of CMSD's Hickman declines position

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Chicago-based educator tapped to be director of schools within the Columbus Municipal School District has declined to accept the position, according to a letter the district's superintendent sent The Dispatch late last week.

 

LCSD makes arrest in fire death case

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A suspect has been detained in the Monday morning death of a Lowndes County woman.

 

Columbus triathlon comes off without hitch

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was 7 a.m. Saturday. Jamie Nettles stood at the end of the line waiting her turn to plunge into Lake Columbus. Fog hung over the lake and a crisp breeze blew over the 177 athletes about to participate in the third annual Possum Town Triathlon.

Columbus mayor says 'No' to pay raise

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith will ask city councilmen to rescind a $10,000 pay raise he voted himself last week.

City Hall number listed on fundraiser flyer

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Whether or not you plan on attending a private fundraiser for Mayor Robert Smith tonight, you have a vested interest in the event if you are a Columbus resident.

Mayor, council violated open meetings laws

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Ethics Commission has issued a preliminary report stating that meetings of the Columbus mayor and city council that took place this year violated three sections of the state's Open Meetings Act.

Columbus twins land spot in feature film

Posted 8/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus, meet your youngest movie stars. Scarlett and Summer Atkinson went to Jackson on Wednesday to film a scene or two for "The Hollars," a feature film being made in the capital city.

 

Fire death ruled a homicide

Posted 8/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities say a Lowndes County woman discovered dead inside of her home following a Monday morning fire was murdered.

 

Man's body recovered in pond near Tronox

Posted 8/14/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rescue teams this morning recovered the body of a Tronox contract employee believed to have drowned while operating a dredger in a pond behind the plant.

 

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