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Monday Profile: Sports vision training facility helps athletes improve hand-eye coordination, avoid concussions

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the early 2000s, when Angie Huskison's brother underwent vision therapy at age 31, "it literally changed his life," Huskison said. Since then, starting her own business was always in the back of Huskison's mind.

Dispatch staff brings home 18 MPA awards

Posted 7/11/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch won 18 Mississippi Press Association Better Newspaper Contest awards, including second place for General Excellence in the medium daily circulation division.

'Symbol of hope': Crawford gym reopening brings local youth together

Posted 7/10/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ball in hand, Tagarrine "Gary" Ellis hops off the ground. All eyes are on him. On the scoreboard, his team trails behind the other closely. The 17-year-old Starkville High School senior aims, then shoots. He scores as the ball swishes in the basket. Over the past six months, Ellis has been looking forward to a day when he could play basketball again with his childhood friends at the gym by the Crawford Community Center. And now, he said, that day has finally come.

Columbus mask requirements take effect today

Posted 7/9/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mask requirements in the city of Columbus went into effect at 7 a.m. today and will remain in effect until further notice.

NAACP letter gives businesses deadline to support, condemn Sanders

Posted 7/9/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes NAACP has sent letters to several hundred businesses in the community asking business representatives to publicly state whether they support the effort to have District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders resign from the county board of supervisors.

City borrows $6.5M for streets despite financial uncertainty

Posted 7/9/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Despite a projected revenue downturn due to the pandemic, Columbus City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday night to issue a $6.5 million general obligation bond for street paving.

Columbus donates cemetery parcel to county for monument move

Posted 7/8/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a unanimous vote, Columbus City Council yielded a piece of land at Friendship Cemetery Tuesday night to Lowndes County for the relocation of the Confederate monument outside the county courthouse.

Moving monuments like 'taking apart and reassembling a jigsaw puzzle'

Posted 7/8/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted to relocate the Confederate monument, which has resided on the southwest corner of the courthouse property since it was erected there in 1912.

West Point man arrested for possessing 990 dosage units of ecstasy, other drugs

Posted 7/8/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last week, Lowndes County narcotics agents arrested a West Point man in connection with a drug trafficking operation in which investigators uncovered more than $33,000 in cash and nearly 1,000 dosage units of ecstasy, among other illegal drugs.

Lowndes supes vote to move Confederate monument to Friendship Cemetery

Posted 7/7/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Confederate Monument that has sat outside Lowndes County Courthouse for more than a century is moving to Friendship Cemetery.

Dispatch receives $7K in relief funds from Google

Posted 7/4/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Dispatch has received $7,000 through the Google News Initiative's Journalism Emergency Relief Fund.

Body found on Burns Road; LCSO suspects homicide

Posted 7/3/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Deputies with Lowndes County Sheriff's Office are investigating a Columbus man's murder after his body was found in a ditch along Burns Road Thursday morning.

'I think he should get another chance': District 1 voters in Caledonia show little appetite for wanting Harry Sanders off board of supervisors

Posted 7/2/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the two-plus weeks since Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders made his now-infamous comments following a board meeting about Black people remaining "dependent" since slavery ended, the voices calling for Sanders to resign from the board have been thunderous.

Supes grapple with how to move forward with Sanders still on board

Posted 7/1/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dissatisfied with District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders' decision to only step down as board president during a Tuesday meeting over his recent racist remarks, many of his fellow supervisors and other local leaders vowed to continue pushing for his full resignation from the board.


How does a removal petition work?

Posted 7/1/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders refusing to resign from the board over his recent racist remarks, some officials who have urged him to step down, including Supervisors Trip Hairston of District 2 and Leroy Brooks of District 5, say one way to force his removal is through a citizen petition.


'We're going to smoke him out': Protesters undaunted by Sanders' refusal to resign Tuesday

Posted 7/1/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fifteen minutes before the start of Tuesday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, Johnny Hampton stood in the entrance of the courthouse, using a bullhorn to lead a crowd of about 70 protesters in chants of "Harry Must Go."

Photos: The Final Lowering

Posted 6/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff Eddie Hawkins unclips the state flag -- which displays the Confederate battle emblem in its top left corner -- while Lt. Rhonda Sanders holds it on Monday afternoon at the Lowndes County Courthouse.


Baptist Memorial faces lawsuit for negligence

Posted 6/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Iowa man has filed a federal lawsuit against Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and several of its medical staff, alleging negligence after he said it took him three trips in consecutive days to the hospital's emergency room to see a doctor for an infection that eventually resulted in a stroke, took multiple surgeries to treat and ended his career as an airline pilot.


Sanders steps down as supes president, does not resign

Posted 6/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Harry Sanders opened Tuesday morning's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting by stepping down as board president. He did not resign from the board entirely.

Monday Profile: Oakes fills 'big shoes' at Tenn-Tom Waterway Development Authority

Posted 6/29/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Hope Oakes slipped into her chair at the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority last August, a feeling of anxiousness crept in. Taking over as the Tenn-Tom Waterway Development Authority's office manager for Agnes Zaiontz -- who had held the post for almost 35 years -- Oakes concedes the shoes she had to fill were big.


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