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Golden Triangle airport expands

Cutting the ribbon recenty on Golden Triangle Regional Airport’s Terminal Expansion are (from left) Airport Authority Board Member Frank Chiles; Jonathan Byrum of Byrum Construction; Board Member Bobby Harper; Board Chairman Stephen James, Board Members Robin McCormick and Sonny Kelly; and Executive Director Mike Hainsey. (Courtesy of GTR Airport)

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Airbus lands $122.6 million copter contract

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) on Tuesday announced the award of a $122.6 million Army contract for the procurement of 15 UH-72 Lakota Light Utility Helicopters, which will be manufactured in Columbus. The Army awarded the contract to Airbus Helicopters, Inc., with an initial obligation of $61.3 million with the Tuesday contract notice.  “This is excellent ...

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Mississippi man fatally wounded in crash with ambulance

A Mississippi man has died after losing control of his car and crashing into an ambulance, according to a county coroner. John Ford, 59, lost control of his car early Saturday and hit a Noxubee County ambulance that was carrying a patient, Lowndes County coroner Greg Merchant told The Commercial Dispatch. No one in the ambulance was injured in the crash, he ...

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Teachers, staff get bonuses as 2 Columbus schools improve

Teachers and staff at two northern Mississippi schools are receiving more than $370,000 in bonuses because their schools have improved under a state grading system. Columbus Municipal School District trustees voted in 2018 to adopt a Teacher Incentive Pay Plan to provide bonuses for faculty and staff members of improving and high-performing schools. The plan also includes bonus incentives for ...

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Georgia company revealed as new owner of Mississippi mall

Georgia-based Hull Property Group is the new owner of a Mississippi mall. The Commercial Dispatch reports an ownership deed for Leigh Mall was filed Friday in Lowndes County. Hull, until now unnamed, bid $3.5 million to win an Oct. 17 auction for the mall. Hull gets 300,000 square feet (28,000 sq. meters) of retail space and more than 30 acres (12 ...

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As cleanup continues, new uses eyed for contaminated site

After removing thousands of tons of contaminated soil, trustees of a federal superfund site are asking Mississippi residents how they want to redevelop the area. Proposals for the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. creosote plant in Columbus include open public spaces, residential and industrial uses and a town center concept. Designer Bob Barber tells The Commercial Dispatch that any final plan is most ...

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Mississippi county appoints interim sheriff

A Mississippi county’s chief deputy, who sought the sheriff’s position but lost, will serve in that role for a month. The Commercial Dispatch reports Lowndes County’s board of supervisors on Friday appointed Maj. Greg Wright as interim sheriff for December after accepting Sheriff Mike Arledge’s resignation effective Dec. 1. Arledge, a two-term sheriff who opted not to run for re-election this year, ...

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Sheriff: Murder suspect wrongly freed, caught 1 state over

Authorities in Mississippi say a man charged with murder was mistakenly free for days due to a clerical error. The Commercial Dispatch reports 26-year-old Malcolm Hill was found Foley, Alabama, five days after being released from a detention center in Columbus. A Lowndes County sheriff’s statement issued Monday says Hill was back at the center Saturday, and the employee responsible for the ...

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GTR airport sets all-time passenger record

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus set a new record in the month of October for the number of passengers traveling from the airport.  With more than 5,000 passengers boarding flights in October, it exceeded last year’s October total by 25%.  In addition, because of the increased number of travelers the flights were over 90% full. Mike Hainsey, the ...

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Man accused of murder released mistakenly, turns self in

A man charged with murder was released from a Mississippi prison, but the prosecutor says he turned himself back in. District Attorney Scott Colom tells news outlets that 28-year-old Joshua Murry was free for about a day. The Mississippi Department of Corrections released Murry on parole Wednesday in a 2015 marijuana conviction. Lowndes County officials say he should have been ...

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