Articles by Yue Stella Yu
As Mississippi shattered its record of COVID-19 daily case counts with 2,746 new cases Wednesday, the four-county area saw a record-breaking spike of 658 new cases over the past week, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) website.
The day the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to relocate the Confederate monument in front of the county courthouse, District Attorney Scott Colom’s parents could not believe it.
One member of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors has tested positive for COVID-19. Another, who told The Dispatch he may have been exposed, attended a public meeting in person anyway.
Created under a 1974 state law, Lowndes County Industrial Development Authority (LCIDA) was formed as a Lowndes County subsidiary that oversees economic development efforts.
Following a unanimous vote, Lowndes County Industrial Development Authority (LCIDA) board members approved Monday morning a draft agreement to ask the county for an annual funding of $750,000 for three years.
Monti King bent down and extended her hand to put Todd at ease. The 4-year-old Chihuahua stood at the door and stared back at his owner, his paws scratching the door frame.
“He’s telling us, ‘It’s time to go home,'” King said of Todd, giggling.
Columbus Police Department is asking the public to comply with the city’s mask mandate due to recent spikes in COVID-19 cases and a rising number of citizen complaints about violations, Chief Fred Shelton said at a Wednesday press conference at City Hall.
Columbus City Council unanimously voted Monday night to begin the application process for two federal hazard mitigation grants to address flooding damages.
Lowndes County Board of Supervisors further delayed actions Monday on an agreement that would set up an annual funding stream toward the county’s Industrial Development Authority (LCIDA), which helps the county recruit business and maintain the Lowndes County Industrial Park near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport.
By early November, Gloria Herriott had decorated 20 Christmas trees in her store. Wreaths hang from the archway and the blue walls inside Hollyhocks Gift Shop, a brick-and-mortar store in downtown Columbus that Herriott has owned for 23 years. Santa Claus dolls sit atop a shelf next to the window.
At the mention of her son Wednesday morning, Willie Mae Spraggins broke into tears, her voice shaky.
In the passenger seat of his grandma’s car, “Scoob” Lamar leaned back, closed his eyes and sighed.
Lamar had just seen a road sign that read “WELCOME TO ALABAMA THE BEAUTIFUL.” That sign, he thought, was beautiful.
For five years, Dustin Nichols cooked meals on Thanksgiving Day and fed whoever came looking for food from his North Columbus home.
This year, the Alabama native is hoping for a broader reach.
Following several cost-saving measures implemented in the spring, Columbus ended Fiscal Year 2020 with a $2.8 million surplus, Public Information Officer Joe Dillon told The Dispatch last week.
Before learning his name at Community Counseling Services, some of Richard Duggin’s colleagues first knew him as “the popcorn man.”
As COVID-19 cases keep soaring both statewide and nationwide, the numbers in the four-county area continue to climb.
The roundabout construction at the intersection of Military Road and Highway 82 will be completed by the end of the month, project manager James Gill of Gregory Construction told The Dispatch on Wednesday.
Installed in May, the more than 4,000 LED lights illuminating Columbus streets have saved the city $102,000 in utilities since July, and are expected to save $400,000 in utilities annually, Rudy Watkins of Tennessee-based PATH Company told the city council Tuesday night.
In a unanimous vote, Lowndes County supervisors tabled Monday a proposed agreement that would set aside part of the county’s property tax revenue to fund Lowndes County Industrial Development Authority (LCIDA) — the county’s economic development arm responsible for recruiting and managing businesses at the Industrial Park.
Columbus has received almost $554,000 in reimbursement for COVID-19 related expenses on public safety, city Public Information Officer Joe Dillon told The Dispatch on Friday.