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Business Moves with Mary: Kicking off Fourth of July with a bang

Posted 7/3/2019 in Business

Forty years ago when Orbit Fireworks first opened in Columbus, Deborah Turman was just 10 years old helping her dad sell bottle rockets and Roman candles and count the profits they stored in an old cigar box.


Fred Jackson resigns from Columbus council

Posted 7/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 4 Councilman Fred Jackson has resigned from the Columbus City Council, effective immediately.


State officers to shoot coyotes in north Columbus

Posted 7/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Wild coyotes in north Columbus have been named the culprit for some injured and missing pets in the area.


After resistance, CVB director vows to fund county festivals

Posted 7/2/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau appear to finally be on the same page with regard to local festival funding.


'He's obviously a fighter': Former Marine fights paralysis, earns third-degree black belt

Posted 6/29/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With tears swelling in his eyes, Dave Dampier helped martial arts instructor Ken Moore stand from his wheelchair -- which he's been confined to for 10 years -- to receive his third-degree black belt in Taekwondo.


Rep. candidates spar over education, tourism funding

Posted 6/28/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Like Jeff Smith or not, he's the state representative for District 39, at least until January. The Caledonia Republican made that plain to Columbus Exchange Club members and their guests Thursday at Lion Hills Center, during a candidate forum that included the incumbent and his Republican challenger, local Realtor Dana Underwood McLean.


Business Moves with Mary: Columbus Fire Service opens new office

Posted 6/27/2019 in Business

Even after extensive storm damage from the Feb. 23 tornado, Columbus Fire Service continued operating in Columbus as it has for the past four decades.


City gives ultimatum to storm-stricken homeowners on Northside

Posted 6/26/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Major Andrews III sat in his yard Tuesday afternoon fixing a weed-eater next to the frame of the house he lost during the Feb. 23 EF-3 tornado. With the second floor of his house nearly gone and his wife's greenhouse flattened, he said he wants to build a new house on Shady Street.


After multi- year deficits, CLW adds to its reserves

Posted 6/25/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After taking hits in last two fiscal years, Columbus Light and Water expects to see a profit for the Fiscal Year 2020. Executive Director Todd Gale said CLW has taken funds from its reserves to make up for lost revenue the past few years.


City-owned lot in downtown listed for sale

Posted 6/22/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has listed a downtown property for sale in hopes of bringing more development to the area.


Sheriff candidates focus on attacking drug crimes

Posted 6/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

All four candidates for Lowndes County sheriff showed for a forum Thursday at New Hope Community, each addressing how law enforcement should attack drug crimes in the county.


Taylor-Burns House will be demolished

Posted 6/20/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Taylor-Burns House on Third Street North will be gone within the next 30 days.


Business Moves with Mary: New eatery coming to Cotton District

Posted 6/20/2019 in Business

Pies and Pints will come to Starkville in time for football season.


Mayor breaks tie to approve $9K trip to Atlanta

Posted 6/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith cast the deciding vote Tuesday evening to send himself and four firefighters on a trip to Atlanta that will cost the city more than $9,000.


Bullets from private gun range crossing public road

Posted 6/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With photographs of bullet holes in his deer stand in-hand, Mike Lavender spoke to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday morning about patrons of a privately owned shooting range firing bullets on his property.


Hicks stepping down as CVB board chairman

Posted 6/18/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Longtime Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau trustee DeWitt Hicks is stepping down as board chairman at the end of this month.


GTECHS scores will be credited to home districts

Posted 6/14/2019 in Area

Golden Triangle Early College High School students' accountability exam scores will be credited to each student's home district as of this fall.


SOCSD to spend $1M on new buses

Posted 6/13/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District will add 10 new buses to its fleet and potentially more bus routes to start the 2019-20 school year. SOCSD board members unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night allowing the school district to borrow $500,000 in a "16th Section" loan for half of the district's bus purchase.


CMSD, SOCSD each see benefits in opposite bus approaches

Posted 6/13/2019 in Area

Columbus Municipal School District spends roughly $1 million less than Starkville per year to provide bus service for its students by outsourcing its operation. But Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District officials are convinced the control and efficiency gained from operating the service in-house is worth the cost difference.


Business Moves with Mary: Businessman using Facebook to bring fresh seafood to Golden Triangle

Posted 6/13/2019 in Business

Get ready for some fresh seafood. If you're in Starkville or Columbus, it's time to get on Facebook to get your hands on some fresh catch from the Gulf.



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