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Eminent domain action begins for 12 lots in Burns Bottom

Posted 7/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After four years of unsuccessful negotiations with property owners, the Columbus Redevelopment Authority has moved to begin eminent domain action to mandate the sale of 12 properties in the Burns Bottom Redevelopment District.


Business Moves with Mary: Southern Snow Shack opens

Posted 7/18/2019 in Business

Ideally, Ashley Beard would love to see families playing cornhole on a shady afternoon before ordering a snowcone from her counter.


'No other fighter has done what he's done': City to dedicate street 'Henry Armstrong Way'

Posted 7/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Twenty-seven consecutive wins by knockout. Simultaneous world titles in three weight divisions. The "Henry Armstrong Way" led straight to the top of the professional boxing world in the 1930s. But it started with the legendary boxer's birth in Columbus and will now be commemorated for posterity on Third Street North downtown.


Ward 4 race swells to five candidates

Posted 7/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The special election field to fill the Ward 4 city council vacancy has swelled to five candidates.


New firms have shot at holding hospital trust funds

Posted 7/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than five years, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors is re-evaluating the investment firms that handle the county's hospital trust fund.


Steve Wallace becomes CVB board chair

Posted 7/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau trustee Steve Wallace has traded seats with Dewitt Hicks after board members unanimously voted Wallace board chairman Monday.


Business Moves with Mary: Kicking off Fourth of July with a bang

Posted 7/3/2019 in Business

Forty years ago when Orbit Fireworks first opened in Columbus, Deborah Turman was just 10 years old helping her dad sell bottle rockets and Roman candles and count the profits they stored in an old cigar box.


Fred Jackson resigns from Columbus council

Posted 7/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 4 Councilman Fred Jackson has resigned from the Columbus City Council, effective immediately.


State officers to shoot coyotes in north Columbus

Posted 7/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Wild coyotes in north Columbus have been named the culprit for some injured and missing pets in the area.


After resistance, CVB director vows to fund county festivals

Posted 7/2/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau appear to finally be on the same page with regard to local festival funding.


'He's obviously a fighter': Former Marine fights paralysis, earns third-degree black belt

Posted 6/29/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With tears swelling in his eyes, Dave Dampier helped martial arts instructor Ken Moore stand from his wheelchair -- which he's been confined to for 10 years -- to receive his third-degree black belt in Taekwondo.


Rep. candidates spar over education, tourism funding

Posted 6/28/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Like Jeff Smith or not, he's the state representative for District 39, at least until January. The Caledonia Republican made that plain to Columbus Exchange Club members and their guests Thursday at Lion Hills Center, during a candidate forum that included the incumbent and his Republican challenger, local Realtor Dana Underwood McLean.


Business Moves with Mary: Columbus Fire Service opens new office

Posted 6/27/2019 in Business

Even after extensive storm damage from the Feb. 23 tornado, Columbus Fire Service continued operating in Columbus as it has for the past four decades.


City gives ultimatum to storm-stricken homeowners on Northside

Posted 6/26/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Major Andrews III sat in his yard Tuesday afternoon fixing a weed-eater next to the frame of the house he lost during the Feb. 23 EF-3 tornado. With the second floor of his house nearly gone and his wife's greenhouse flattened, he said he wants to build a new house on Shady Street.


After multi- year deficits, CLW adds to its reserves

Posted 6/25/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After taking hits in last two fiscal years, Columbus Light and Water expects to see a profit for the Fiscal Year 2020. Executive Director Todd Gale said CLW has taken funds from its reserves to make up for lost revenue the past few years.


City-owned lot in downtown listed for sale

Posted 6/22/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has listed a downtown property for sale in hopes of bringing more development to the area.


Sheriff candidates focus on attacking drug crimes

Posted 6/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

All four candidates for Lowndes County sheriff showed for a forum Thursday at New Hope Community, each addressing how law enforcement should attack drug crimes in the county.


Taylor-Burns House will be demolished

Posted 6/20/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Taylor-Burns House on Third Street North will be gone within the next 30 days.


Business Moves with Mary: New eatery coming to Cotton District

Posted 6/20/2019 in Business

Pies and Pints will come to Starkville in time for football season.


Mayor breaks tie to approve $9K trip to Atlanta

Posted 6/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith cast the deciding vote Tuesday evening to send himself and four firefighters on a trip to Atlanta that will cost the city more than $9,000.



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