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Columbus to cease upkeep at Luxapalila Creek Park after 20 years

Posted 12/7/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a sense, word of mouth played a role in the fate of Luxapalila Creek Park in southern Lowndes County. The park has gone from popular to "dangerous" to all-but-forgotten over the past two decades.


County taps CivicPlus for new website

Posted 12/6/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday was a big day for Al Quinn, probably the most important day since Quinn was hired as Lowndes County's information technology director two years ago.


Slimantics: A voice crying in the bewilderness

Posted 12/5/2019 in Local Columns

A press release delivered to The Dispatch earlier of this week alerted us to a community meeting Tuesday where Kerr-McGee/Tronox issues would be discussed.


SHS students show off tech skills at C Spire's 'Hour of Code'

Posted 12/4/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Tuesday night, a dozen juniors and seniors from Starkville High School showed off their computer technology skills at the C Spire store in Starkville. Collectively, they are the first class of a C Spire pilot program called The C Spire Software Development Pathway.


Supes move half of hospital trust fund to Stifel firm

Posted 12/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors voted unanimously Monday to change how its hospital trust fund will be invested.


Monday Profile: Paul 'Catfish' Clay spends decades teaching game of baseball to youth

Posted 12/2/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mention the word "baseball" and the name "Catfish" and folks around the country immediately think of Jim "Catfish" Hunter. But anyone who played youth league baseball in Columbus in the 1970s and 1980s -- around the time Hunter was crafting his Hall of Fame career -- might also offer up Paul "Catfish" Clay.


City hosts second 'Holiday Night of Hope' for families in need

Posted 11/29/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every now and then, an idea proves so successful that it leaves people wondering why no one thought of it before. For Glenda Richardson, "Holiday Night of Hope," which provides Christmas gifts to children of the working poor in the community, was such an idea.


First Columbus councilwoman passes away at age 77

Posted 11/27/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Edna Boone occupies a unique place in Columbus history: She was not only the first woman on the Columbus City Council, she was also responsible, at least in part, for the third.


Despite glitches, scratch-off sales see strong start

Posted 11/26/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

State Line Express, a convenience store/gas station on Highway 12 in north Lowndes County, is just a couple hundred feet from the Alabama state line.


Chris 'Mountain Man' Oswalt lived 'his own way'

Posted 11/23/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Oct. 27, Mike Buehler, noting a chill in the air, turned to his wife, Allison, and asked: "When's Mountain Man getting back from New Mexico? Isn't it about time?" Now, almost a month later, it's a question that still haunts the friends of Chris "Mountain Man" Oswalt.


Stark Aerospace lays off 25 employees

Posted 11/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Stark Aerospace has laid off 25 employees, sources confirmed to The Dispatch on Wednesday.


Redevelopment possibilities revealed for Kerr-McGee site

Posted 11/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tuesday and Wednesday, Greenfield Multistate Trust and Environmental Protection Agency officials invited residents to review concepts for the redevelopment of the former Kerr-McGee site in north Columbus.


Organizations helping homeless during cold snap

Posted 11/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Candy Crecink keeps a box of tissues in her office at United Way of North Central Mississippi for those who arrive in desperate need with nowhere else to go.


Trotter's Columbus legacy etched in stone

Posted 11/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

His life began in Birmingham, Alabama, and ended in Southaven, Mississippi, but it was in Columbus where James Trotter made a name for himself.


LINK: Workforce analysis affirms current strategy

Posted 11/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For years, the Golden Triangle Development LINK held an annual luncheon to inform stakeholders about the current state of economic development.


Colom stepping down as Boys and Girls Club director

Posted 11/7/2019 in Area

When Nadia Colom first accepted a job with the Columbus Boys and Girls Club, there were a lot of big reasons it was a perfect fit. Now, there are two little reasons she is leaving.


City announces online tool for reporting issues around town

Posted 11/6/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus announced a new interactive web-based reporting system to address calls for service and reports of issues from citizens.


County tax collections 'well above normal'

Posted 11/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County tax collector Greg Andrews had some good news for supervisors at Monday's board meeting: Property tax collections for 2018 came in at 98.5 percent and even more revenue could be on the way.


Slimantics: The life cycle of the Mississippi Cicada

Posted 11/5/2019 in Local Columns

If politicians were insects -- and I'm not saying they aren't -- they would likely be cicadas.


Monday Profile: Hairston helps young men step up to better future

Posted 11/4/2019 in Area

Benny Hairston routinely finds himself meeting people in the most difficult circumstances of their lives. Hairston, 51, is manager of Century Hairston Funeral Homes in Columbus and Starkville, a third-generation family business.



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