Roughly a dozen church leaders who sit on a city-formed committee on reopening Columbus expressed reluctance to open their doors too soon amid the COVID-19 pandemic at a meeting with city leaders Monday.
Columbus Mayor Robert Smith agreed Saturday to permit the city’s barbershops, salons, gyms and fitness centers — previously ordered closed due to the coronavirus pandemic — to reopen at 8 a.m. Monday as long as they adhere to sanitation protocols and social distancing guidelines.
Restaurants and parks in Columbus will be allowed to reopen with restrictions beginning Thursday at 8 a.m. following Gov. Tate Reeves’ executive order Monday, Mayor Robert Smith announced at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
The city of Columbus is forming a committee this week to discuss plans to adjust to a “new normal” under the COVID-19 pandemic, said Mayor Robert Smith in a Sunday letter to The Dispatch.
Columbus Municipal School District’s board of trustees has opted not to create a budget advisory committee.
A divided Mississippi House voted Monday to study campaign finance laws rather than change them this year, but the proposal will get more scrutiny when it returns to the Senate.
District 3 Supervisor Marvell Howard wants fellow board members to consider establishing an Oktibbeha County race relations committee charged with working with various community groups to help continue promoting equality.
Columbus councilmen and the mayor voted Tuesday to create a permanent oversight board for the Columbus Police Department.
African Americans accounted for nearly 90 percent of arrests in a six-month period for Columbus Police Department’s special operations group.
The special operations group review committee on Wednesday agreed on a number of recommendations — mainly harsher penalties for police officers who violate department policy — that will be presented to the Columbus City Council next week.