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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.

'Back to the old traditions': EMCC adds barbering program at Mayhew campus

Posted 7/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When David Long owned his own salon, he was constantly frustrated by the training -- or lack thereof -- of hairdressers he had working for him.

'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.

Rotary speaker: It's high time Mississippi legalizes medical marijuana

Posted 7/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If roughly 28,700 Mississippi more voters sign the petition for medical marijuana this summer, then the question of legalizing it will have a place on the November 2020 ballot.

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.

MEMA awards $250K grant to storm clean-up nonprofit

Posted 7/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has awarded Community Recovery of Lowndes County a $250,000 grant to aid homeowners still repairing and rebuilding after a Feb. 23 tornado and subsequent flooding.

Three arrested in north Columbus for armed robbery

Posted 7/17/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three people have been arrested for their alleged roles in an armed robbery in north Columbus earlier this month.

County officials weigh 'what' and 'when' issues for sports complex

Posted 7/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Planning for Lowndes County's Fiscal Year 2020 budget has already begun. How a new sports complex officials have promised to build west of Columbus fits into that remains unclear.

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.

Hodge joins Dispatch as sports editor

Posted 7/13/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Garrick Hodge has been named sports editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

New CAC director places focus on outreach, 'dying' arts

Posted 7/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jan Miller went from painting to framed poster to quilt in the art gallery at Rosenzweig Arts Center Thursday afternoon, pointing out her favorite pieces and explaining how each of the artists hails from the Golden Triangle area.

Storm claim hikes CMSD insurance by $35K

Posted 7/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The total annual premium for Columbus Municipal School District's property and casualty insurance rose about $35,000 due to the insurance claim the district filed after a Feb. 23 tornado severely damaged the former Hunt High School and caused minor damage at a few other buildings.

Two arrested after deputies find children living in 'deplorable' conditions

Posted 7/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office has arrested a couple on Hughes Road after deputies found four children in the home living in "unbearable conditions," according to a LCSO press release.

Two throw in hat for Ward 4 race

Posted 7/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first two candidates have qualified for the Ward 4 city council vacancy.

After Feb. storm, Hunt Museum to move to Union

Posted 7/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Since 2012, the R.E. Hunt Museum and Cultural Center inside the old Hunt High School building has played host to hundreds of historical artifacts. Hanging on the walls and displayed around the room were documents, letters, photographs, an old washboard and sewing machine, and a typewriter that once belonged to Carlotta Walls LaNair, one of the Little Rock Nine who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas in 1957.

Local agent details fight against child exploitation

Posted 7/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A few years ago, Lt. Tony Cooper of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office visited an area school to talk to teenagers about sex crimes and the dangers of sending inappropriate texts and pictures through social media.

Sounds of Summer preview: Swing Shift to take Riverwalk stage Thursday

Posted 7/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you want to thrive in the music business, you better know how to entertain a crowd. That's how Johnny Coleman, lead singer and keyboardist for Swing Shift, said he's made it as a musician for more than 50 years.

LCSD to raise taxes this fiscal year

Posted 7/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After 30 years without raising taxes, the Lowndes County School District board voted Monday to ask the board of supervisors to raise ad valorem taxes by 4 percent -- the maximum allowed by state law without a referendum.

 

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