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.
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.
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.
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.
Lowndes County supervisors voted unanimously Monday to change how its hospital trust fund will be invested.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has laid off 25 employees, sources confirmed to The Dispatch on Wednesday.
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.
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.
His life began in Birmingham, Alabama, and ended in Southaven, Mississippi, but it was in Columbus where James Trotter made a name for himself.
For years, the Golden Triangle Development LINK held an annual luncheon to inform stakeholders about the current state of economic development.
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.
The City of Columbus announced a new interactive web-based reporting system to address calls for service and reports of issues from citizens.
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.
If politicians were insects -- and I'm not saying they aren't -- they would likely be cicadas.
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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