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Organizations helping homeless during cold snap

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

Candy Crecink keeps a box of tissues in her office at United Way of North Central Mississippi for those who arrive in desperate need with nowhere else to go.


Trotter's Columbus legacy etched in stone

Posted 11/9/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

His life began in Birmingham, Alabama, and ended in Southaven, Mississippi, but it was in Columbus where James Trotter made a name for himself.


LINK: Workforce analysis affirms current strategy

Posted 11/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For years, the Golden Triangle Development LINK held an annual luncheon to inform stakeholders about the current state of economic development.


Colom stepping down as Boys and Girls Club director

Posted 11/7/2019 in Area

When Nadia Colom first accepted a job with the Columbus Boys and Girls Club, there were a lot of big reasons it was a perfect fit. Now, there are two little reasons she is leaving.


City announces online tool for reporting issues around town

Posted 11/6/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus announced a new interactive web-based reporting system to address calls for service and reports of issues from citizens.


County tax collections 'well above normal'

Posted 11/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County tax collector Greg Andrews had some good news for supervisors at Monday's board meeting: Property tax collections for 2018 came in at 98.5 percent and even more revenue could be on the way.


Slimantics: The life cycle of the Mississippi Cicada

Posted 11/5/2019 in Local Columns

If politicians were insects -- and I'm not saying they aren't -- they would likely be cicadas.


Monday Profile: Hairston helps young men step up to better future

Posted 11/4/2019 in Area

Benny Hairston routinely finds himself meeting people in the most difficult circumstances of their lives. Hairston, 51, is manager of Century Hairston Funeral Homes in Columbus and Starkville, a third-generation family business.


Non-profits question CVB director's trademarking of event names

Posted 11/2/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A group of state trademarks filed in October by Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter on behalf of the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation has been viewed as a power grab by critics.


FORGE Foundation exposes teens to construction jobs

Posted 11/1/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Down the hall toward the back of East Mississippi Community College's Communiversity, a group of young teens rushed toward a man holding a big bowl filled with small orange objects.


98 Halloweens and Miss Myrtle is still having fun

Posted 11/1/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Only a few of the residents at Trinity Place Personal Care wore costumes at its Halloween party Thursday afternoon, but you better believe Myrtle Waldrop was one of them. "I love Halloween," she said softly. "I always have."


Slimantics: If a tree falls in Biloxi

Posted 10/30/2019 in Local Columns

Tony Biffle died Tuesday, which probably doesn't qualify as news in these parts, although his passing is worth noting anywhere the value of newspaper editorials is appreciated.


LCSD declines to hold public superintendent interviews

Posted 10/30/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees met for an hour in executive session Tuesday evening to discuss its search for a new superintendent of schools, but did not change the format for conducting interviews for the finalists.


EMCC picks Communiversity director

Posted 10/30/2019 in Area

East Mississippi Community College announced Tuesday it has hired Courtney Taylor as its first executive director for the $42 million Communiversity.


Preservation Society still awaiting funding

Posted 10/29/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In its first official appearance before the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, the Preservation Society of Columbus received confirmation it would participate in -- but not operate -- the 80th Columbus Pilgrimage next spring.


Slimantics: The most partisan state candidate isn't Tate Reeves

Posted 10/29/2019 in Local Columns

At every level of government, the importance of political ideology increases in proportion to the scope of the office. Even the most partisan citizen will agree that the work of a constable or tax collector or a chancery clerk is seldom, if ever, influenced by the office holder's political ideology. As someone long ago observed, there is no such thing as a Republican Party pothole or a Democratic Party drainage ditch.


Preservation society, CVB to discuss future of Pilgrimage

Posted 10/26/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors convene for a special-call meeting Monday at 3 p.m. at the CVB offices, members hope to clear up some confusion about both the immediate and long-term future of the Columbus Pilgrimage.


Slimantics: Quite frankly, we expected better

Posted 10/25/2019 in Local Columns

What I'm about to say does not necessarily represent the views of the management of The Dispatch. Depending on the reaction it receives, it may not even reflect my own views. In the event of angry phone calls, my reaction may have evolved along the lines of "Gee, what was I thinking?"


Caledonia searching for third parks director in two years

Posted 10/25/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

All the Caledonia Parks Commission wants for Christmas is a parks director.


Graham recognized as Exchange firefighter of year

Posted 10/25/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Fire and Rescue Capt. Todd Graham was honored Thursday as Firefighter of the Year, an honor the Columbus Exchange Club presents each year during their luncheon at Lion Hills Center.



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