The city plans to pay a former Columbus certified public accountant $100 per hour to handle chief financial officer duties while Milton Rawle serves a four-week suspension.
A pre-filed bill in the Mississippi Legislature to revive the 2-percent restaurant tax in Columbus includes a little something for everybody -- and significantly less funding for one entity, in particular.
If Columbus officials have their way, the city's restaurant sales tax will jump to 3 percent over the next 10 years.
Funding issues dominated headlines in Columbus and Lowndes County in 2018.
The city and county feuded over parks funding, while the Legislature allowed the more than 30-year-old 2-percent restaurant sales tax to expire, severely hampering operations for the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Columbus city councilmen lifted the city's "spending freeze on everything" Thursday morning, replacing it with what they hope will be less drastic safeguards to rein in deficit spending.
A Dispatch review of Columbus' credit card expenditures revealed spending has stayed largely within the city's expressed credit card usage policies so far this fiscal year.
Columbus has been approved for the state funding necessary to build the first of several planned roundabouts downtown.
It started when Ward 5 Councilman Stephen Jones voted against the city's claims docket because he had questions about some of the charges.
Concerned city council members peppered the city's police and fire chiefs with questions Tuesday about overtime expenses they still believe to be "out of control."
The city of Columbus spent almost $158,000 on travel in Fiscal Year 2018.
Of that total, nearly 30 percent -- $45,323.28 -- was the combined tab for the mayor and city council, according to information the city provided The Dispatch in response to a Mississippi Public Records Act request.
The city of Columbus is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on its Planning Commission.
Earlier this month, the city council reappointed longtime member Annette Savors and appointed new member Melissa Smith to the commission, leaving it with one remaining open spot.
Columbus Police Department will go a little longer without an assistant chief after the background check of the latest preferred candidate disqualified him from consideration.
My three daughters are all in bed by 8:30 every night.
At least four nights a week, that's when my wife breaks out the laptop and various paper-stuffed folders.
As of Wednesday, Will Kline was approaching the halfway mark of the first phase of his plan to rebuild Columbus' reputation as the retail center for the Golden Triangle.
Columbus Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle has been suspended for 16 working days, without pay, for failing to comply with job performance standards.
Columbus Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle has been suspended for 16 working days without pay for failure to comply job performance standards.
A Macon man died Saturday morning after being shot in what authorities are calling a domestic dispute at Greentree Apartments in Lowndes County.
Jared Rabren may only be 25, but interestingly enough his experience helped land him a shot at a contract to run the Columbus-Lowndes Airport.
The city of Columbus operated at a nearly $881,000 deficit in Fiscal Year 2018 -- a fact that apparently caught city councilmen completely by surprise.
Just about every weekend, Randy Gray gives flying lessons from the Columbus-Lowndes Airport on Fabritech Road near Highway 69.
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