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Retail Coach to update council on progress

Posted yesterday 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Burns house, Hunt school up for landmark status

Posted 3/13/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A home in Burns Bottom the city once slated to tear down and a school campus a recent tornado badly damaged are now being considered for state landmark status.

 

Weather damage to city property estimated at $9.3M

Posted 3/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency damage assessors have determined Columbus incurred roughly $9.3 million in damages as a result of the Feb. 23 tornado that came amid a week of flooding.

 

Public officials urge patience for those awaiting storm assistance

Posted 3/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The theme of Monday night's town hall meeting at the Columbus Municipal Complex could be summarized with one word: patience. "That's what we need y'all to have," Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, who led the meeting, told about 100 attendees whose homes or businesses are still in shambles after an EF-3 tornado ripped through northeast Columbus on Feb. 23.

 

Community Counseling seeks to treat underlying causes of addiction

Posted 3/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Keenyn Wald, director of Alcohol and Drug Services at Community Counseling Center in Columbus, believes it takes more than quitting "cold-turkey" to overcome addiction.

 

Community-Based Recovery Committee forming in Columbus

Posted 3/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Volunteer coordinators, religious leaders and other community leaders will soon have the opportunity to join a local committee directing recovery efforts in the wake of the Feb. 23 tornado and subsequent flooding.

 

Lawrence: Weather damage assessments to be completed Friday

Posted 3/7/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Just how much monetary damage a Feb. 23 tornado and days of flooding caused is still being determined as city, county and state officials continue to coordinate recovery and assessment efforts.

 

Supes consider abandoning section of overgrown road in New Hope

Posted 3/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted during its regular meeting Monday to hold a public hearing about abandoning a section of Old Yorkville Road South that hasn't been maintained for years.

 

Volunteer firefighters needed in Lowndes County

Posted 3/4/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At 22, Joseph Stoll, a senior at Mississippi State University, is the youngest fire chief in Lowndes County.

 

Four candidates make up final sheriff's field

Posted 3/2/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The final field of candidates for Lowndes County sheriff stands at four following Friday's qualifying deadline for county races.

 

Main Street Columbus honors 13 businesses, developers

Posted 3/1/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus presented awards to 13 local businesses and developers during its annual awards program at Events Off 5th Thursday.

 

City opens storm relief command center

Posted 2/28/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Before Wednesday, Marianne Wright had never volunteered. It was something she genuinely wanted to do, but she could never think of something to do that would make her feel like she was making a difference. After Saturday's tornado in Columbus, that changed.

 

Volunteer firefighter running for Dist. 1 supervisor

Posted 2/28/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Businessman and volunteer firefighter Steve Pyle is challenging Harry Sanders in the race for District 1 county supervisor.

 

10-foot washout blocks Plymouth Road

Posted 2/27/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Charlie Sanders left his home on Plymouth Road Saturday morning, he thought he'd be back that night. Extensive flooding from Moore's Creek that created a 10-foot-long road washout derailed that plan.

 

Public officials expect minimal damage from 'rare' flooding

Posted 2/27/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After heavy rains much of last week and into the weekend, three publicly owned properties are under water.

 

 

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