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CPD looking for Malco burglary suspect

Posted 11/25/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a man who allegedly burglarized the Malco Theatre on Highway 45 North on Oct. 30.

Columbus librarians launch 'Worth Reading Wednesday' podcast

Posted 11/25/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

Men charged with attempted murder in Old West Point Road shooting

Posted 11/25/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County investigators have identified two men allegedly responsible for the Old West Point Road shooting that injured a man Nov. 19.

Columbus ends FY 2020 with a $2.8M surplus

Posted 11/24/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

Monday Profile: Louisiana Shrimp Shack owner brings Cajun cuisine to Columbus

Posted 11/23/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

From his deep bayou-based drawl to the varying fishing accessories coating the walls of the Louisiana Shrimp Shack, owner Kenneth Helmer is as genuine as it gets.

Crawford woman arrested for food stamp fraud

Posted 11/23/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Crawford resident has been arrested for food stamp fraud, investigators from the Mississippi Department of Human Services found.

Duggin named new Community Counseling CEO

Posted 11/21/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Before learning his name at Community Counseling Services, some of Richard Duggin's colleagues first knew him as "the popcorn man."

From Confederates to Cavaliers

Posted 11/21/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia's new mascot is the Cavaliers, but there was nothing cavalier about the process used to select it.

One injured in Old West Point Road shooting

Posted 11/20/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Investigators with Lowndes County Sheriff's Office are searching for the suspect in a Thursday morning shooting west of Columbus.

Holiday Farmers' Market will celebrate the season Saturday

Posted 11/20/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 60 vendors offering homegrown and handcrafted holiday foods and gifts will help the Hitching Lot Holiday Farmers' Market kick off the festive season in Columbus Saturday.

King Robert II: Already basketball royalty in Columbus, Robert Woodard set to begin pro career with Kings

Posted 11/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The picks continued to be read on national television Wednesday, but Robert Woodard II's phone remained silent as he sat quietly on the couch at his home in Columbus.

Military Road roundabout project to reach completion by end of November

Posted 11/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

LED streetlights projected to save Columbus $100K annually

Posted 11/18/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

County development agency requests annual tax funding

Posted 11/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

Lowndes County Coroner's Office investigates probable suicide

Posted 11/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Coroner's Office is investigating the death of an individual whose body was found in a park over the weekend.

 

Monday Profile: Columbus couple cares for Golden Retrievers, other dogs through two businesses

Posted 11/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The vacuum gets a lot of use at the Coover household. Otherwise, dog hair would overtake the carpeting.

Caledonia schools vote to become Caledonia Cavaliers

Posted 11/14/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Caledonia Confederates have become the Caledonia Cavaliers. Caledonia High School Principal Gregory Elliott presented the change, along with a mock-up of the new logo, to the Lowndes County School District board at its monthly meeting Friday.

Columbus receives $554K in CARES Act funds

Posted 11/14/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

Columbus volunteers ask for donations to cook, deliver Thanksgiving meals to those in need

Posted 11/14/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Sherry Ellis left Georgia to return to her hometown of Columbus two years ago, she threw herself into community service. "I grew up in Columbus and always was involved in community service," Elllis said. "I always had a heart for it. So when I came back home, I wanted to do anything I could for the community."

Tupelo property manager buys Ryan's building

Posted 11/13/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The building that formerly housed Ryan's Buffet near the interchange of Highways 82 and 45 has a new owner after two and a half years of uncertainty about the property's future.

Photo: Celebrating Veterans Day

Posted 11/12/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Frances Hairston of the Bernard Romans chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution provides last-minute instructions to Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, who was chosen to ring a bell 11 times at 11:11 a.m. Wednesday to acknowledge the 101st anniversary of Armistice Day.

 

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