To Renee Sanders' surprise, not a single person who registered with United Way to volunteer for storm cleanup Saturday morning was a Columbus native.
After months of inactivity, construction will resume on the new Fire Station 4 on Airline Road with the goal of completing the station by the end of the year.
Columbus councilmen will hear an update this evening on retail recruitment efforts in the city.
Caroline Hearnsberger, a retail recruitment specialist with The Retail Coach of Tupelo, said her report will partially focus on foundational data, such as demographics, the firm can use to attract new retailers. The council meets at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Complex.
Two local antique dealers only spent a few minutes inside Quirky Antiques, Fred Haley's antique store on Second Street North near Second Avenue, but they still gave Haley something to think about.
"Antique dealers are a little like used car dealers," he mused. "The kind of people not exactly trusted in society. I don't know where that came from."
Lowndes County supervisors voted in executive session Friday to pay a former New Hope High School student $15,000 to settle a wrongful imprisonment lawsuit against a justice court judge, board president Harry Sanders confirmed to The Dispatch.
Following a public hearing on Friday, supervisors banned Kratom county-wide effective April 1.
Columbus City Council awarded a contract to Debris Tech for storm debris management during a special-call meeting Thursday.
The town of Crawford has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to pay off a more than $30,000 tax lien from improperly managing employee retirement fund matches.
A home in Burns Bottom the city once slated to tear down and a school campus a recent tornado badly damaged are now being considered for state landmark status.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency damage assessors have determined Columbus incurred roughly $9.3 million in damages as a result of the Feb. 23 tornado that came amid a week of flooding.
The theme of Monday night's town hall meeting at the Columbus Municipal Complex could be summarized with one word: patience.
"That's what we need y'all to have," Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, who led the meeting, told about 100 attendees whose homes or businesses are still in shambles after an EF-3 tornado ripped through northeast Columbus on Feb. 23.
Keenyn Wald, director of Alcohol and Drug Services at Community Counseling Center in Columbus, believes it takes more than quitting "cold-turkey" to overcome addiction.
Volunteer coordinators, religious leaders and other community leaders will soon have the opportunity to join a local committee directing recovery efforts in the wake of the Feb. 23 tornado and subsequent flooding.
Just how much monetary damage a Feb. 23 tornado and days of flooding caused is still being determined as city, county and state officials continue to coordinate recovery and assessment efforts.
The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted during its regular meeting Monday to hold a public hearing about abandoning a section of Old Yorkville Road South that hasn't been maintained for years.
At 22, Joseph Stoll, a senior at Mississippi State University, is the youngest fire chief in Lowndes County.
The final field of candidates for Lowndes County sheriff stands at four following Friday's qualifying deadline for county races.
Main Street Columbus presented awards to 13 local businesses and developers during its annual awards program at Events Off 5th Thursday.
Before Wednesday, Marianne Wright had never volunteered. It was something she genuinely wanted to do, but she could never think of something to do that would make her feel like she was making a difference.
After Saturday's tornado in Columbus, that changed.
Businessman and volunteer firefighter Steve Pyle is challenging Harry Sanders in the race for District 1 county supervisor.
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