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WPCSD sees 42 positive COVID cases, quarantines 115 over the past month

Posted yesterday in Area

Area school districts have reported a total of at least 187 positive cases of COVID-19 since school began, according to the latest data from Clay and Noxubee county school districts.


SOCSD leads area school districts in COVID-19 cases

Posted 10/28/2020 in Area

Public school districts in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties have witnessed a total of 110 cases of COVID-19 since school started, sending hundreds of students into quarantine, according to data from the districts.


Some locals concerned about in-person voting amid pandemic

Posted 10/24/2020 in Area

Eric Krieger is worried about waiting to cast his ballot in long lines.


City converts all debt to private, risking credit rating, transparency

Posted 10/23/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus may lose its credit rating by the end of the month due to delayed disclosure of its Fiscal Year 2019 audit report, according to an Oct. 1 press release from Moody's Investors Service, a rating agency that assesses the city's borrowing credibility each year.


Confederate monument relocation could get OK from MDAH by end of month

Posted 10/22/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County officials may soon receive the go-ahead from Mississippi Department of Archives and History to move the Confederate monument on the courthouse lawn to Friendship Cemetery, according to county engineer Bob Calvert and MDAH officials.


Trip Hairston named supervisors president after serving only 10 months on board

Posted 10/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After serving on the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors for just 10 months, District 2's Trip Hairston will soon become the board's president. John Holliman, who represents District 3 and has acted as president for almost four months, amended Thursday's meeting agenda and quietly nominated Hairston to the role.


Lowndes, Oktibbeha each have contested election commissioner race on November ballot

Posted 10/15/2020 in Area

For Greg Fulgham, helping Americans vote runs in the family. Fulgham, a Republican who has served as District 1 Election Commissioner in Oktibbeha County for 10 years, replaced his grandmother, Margie Fulgham, in 2010. Margie had been the commissioner for 17 years, he said, and his mother and aunt were both poll workers.


CMSD, MUW plan partnership at renovated Hunt campus

Posted 10/12/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District hopes to reopen the Hunt campus -- destroyed by the February 2019 tornado -- as Hunt Experience Center in 2022, with a focus on both technology-assisted learning and hands-on workforce development, Superintendent Cherie Labat told The Dispatch.


New CPD policy makes more detectives available for calls

Posted 10/7/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council unanimously approved Tuesday night several changes in the police department's policy that established a schedule for on-call officers at its criminal investigation division (CID) and articulated the chain of command and the no-drinking rule while on duty.


Lowndes County extends mask mandate until end of October

Posted 10/6/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Citing safety concerns and hopes to be consistent with the city of Columbus, Lowndes County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Monday morning to keep the county's mask mandate in place and to review the policy at the end of October.


Brooks, Sanders clash over board presidency, accuse each other of being 'racist'

Posted 10/6/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

John Holliman is banging the gavel, his face red. But the sound of the wooden mallet repeatedly landing on the boardroom table, where most supervisors now sit, is barely calming anyone down. Holliman, acting president of Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and representing District 3, is trying to call for order as the Monday board meeting quickly degenerates into a shouting match, with supervisors Leroy Brooks of District 5, Black, and Harry Sanders of District 1, white, accusing each other of being a "racist."


Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Columbus nurse practitioner beats cancer with upbeat, tenacious attitude

Posted 10/2/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jeana Whitacre dreaded the "Red Devil." During the summer of 2019, she sat on her chemotherapy chair in Birmingham, Alabama, and watched as the nurse slowly pushed the bright-red Adriamycin fluid -- nicknamed "Red Devil" -- into her veins. "When they got it out to put in my IV," she said, "I was like, 'Oh, here we go.'"


Supervisors entertain idea of using trust fund interest for possible operations shortfall

Posted 10/2/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Board of Supervisors discussed at a Wednesday meeting the possibility of using gains from the county's $30 million-plus trust fund in case the county experiences a financial shortfall near the end of the year.


Sim Scott Park reconstruction expected to wrap up by November

Posted 9/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The new Sim Scott Recreation Center, which will replace the structure destroyed by the February tornado in 2019, is expected to reach completion by the end of October, Columbus Parks Director Greg Lewis said.


Four-day carnival starts Wednesday at fairgrounds

Posted 9/29/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Having arrived in Columbus at 3:30 a.m., William Purdy is working on a few hours of sleep. As he treads across the muddy ground Monday afternoon, Purdy watches his crew haul in loads of amusement equipment. Behind him, the Columbus Fairgrounds are bathed in the setting sun.


Area census self-response rates decline from 2010

Posted 9/18/2020 in Area

Compared to 2010, Golden Triangle residents are self-responding to the 2020 census at a lower rate, data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows.


$156K poured into race for Dist. 15 Senate seat

Posted 9/17/2020 in Area

With less than a week left before the special election, the four-way race for the vacant Senate District 15 seat has attracted more than $156,000 in contributions, campaign finance reports show.


City moves forward on series of project developments

Posted 9/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council voted Tuesday to approve a series of project developments, including a grant application for pedestrian access improvements, bid advertisement for the city's latest series of street paving and construction work on Lee Park.


Supervisors reject LCSD tax request, reduce overall tax rate by 2 mills

Posted 9/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a unanimous vote Tuesday morning, Lowndes County Board of Supervisors rejected the county school district's request for $27.4 million in local property tax funds for Fiscal Year 2021 and instead agreed to allocate roughly $3.5 million less than the requested figure.


Board of pharmacy agent warns of rising drug overdose rate among youth during the pandemic

Posted 9/15/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As depression symptoms rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, students are now more at risk of drug abuse and overdose, said Sid Seal, compliance agent with Mississippi Board of Pharmacy.



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