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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.

Suspect nabbed for harassing phone calls to business

Posted yesterday 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 yesterday 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.

Storm causes minimal damage

Posted 3/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

James Basson stood in the darkened doorway of his business, James Fish and Seafood, on Military Road at 4p.m. Thursday in a fluid state of operations.

Some local legislators still cold on 1-percent tax

Posted 3/14/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some local legislators in Jackson still say they are reticent to support a 1-percent restaurant sales tax for Columbus, leaving city officials wondering how to fund maintenance and operations at the Sen. Terry Brown Amphitheater on The Island.

Owners seek permits to rebuild storm-torn properties

Posted 3/14/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been a busy few weeks for the Columbus building inspection department in the wake of the Feb. 23 tornado that destroyed or damaged 275 homes and 38 businesses in the city.

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.

Lowndes road department repairs flood damage to county roads

Posted 3/13/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While much of the attention over the past few weeks has been focused on the city of Columbus and its efforts to clean up after the Feb. 23 EF-3 tornado, Lowndes County has had its own "heavy lifting" to do.

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.

Man charged with kidnapping after holding woman against her will

Posted 3/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man is facing charges of kidnapping and domestic violence after he reportedly attacked a woman over the weekend.

 

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