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Fire closes Mississippi eatery known for community service

A fire has temporarily shuttered a Mississippi restaurant known for helping its community. Zachary’s restaurant owner Doug Pellum tells The Commercial Dispatch that it’ll be several months before the restaurant can open again. Columbus Fire and Rescue Chief Duane Hughes says the Sunday fire may have been caused by an electrical issue. General manager Wilson Beck and volunteers worked together ...

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Mississippi school system spends $13M in savings in 4 years

A northeast Mississippi school district is looking at spending cuts after burning through $13 million in savings in the last four years. The Commercial Dispatch reports the Lowndes County school district has been overspending revenue since at least 2014, with most of the money going to capital projects that Superintendent Lynn Wright says weren’t budgeted. The 5,500-student district expects a ...

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Crane firm files for bankruptcy as creditors move against it

A Mississippi rigging company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The Commercial Dispatch reports Burkhalter Rigging of Columbus filed Jan. 31 in Texas. The move came on the same day that three creditors tried to force Burkhalter into involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in Mississippi. The creditors claimed Burkhalter owed them almost $1 million, but dropped the case when ...

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Northeast Mississippi airport adds fourth daily flight

A northeast Mississippi airport is adding a fourth daily flight to Atlanta. WTVA-TV reports a new early afternoon flight will begin on June 8 from Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus. The flight connects to Delta Air Lines’ hub in Atlanta. The airport set a record for passenger traffic in 2018, with nearly 49,000 passengers boarding planes last year. That ...

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Officials: Columbus operated at $881K deficit on ‘bogus budget’

Columbus city officials say they were surprised to learn the city operated at a nearly $881,000 deficit over the last fiscal year. The Commercial Dispatch reports City Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle presented the news to the city council last week. Rawle says decreased sales and property tax collections hurt revenue, while excess overtime for public safety departments increased spending.Rawle ...

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Former health department manager indicted for skimming cash

A former county health department worker in northeast Mississippi has been indicted for skimming cash paid by patients. Phyllis Welch of Columbus was arrested Wednesday and jailed in Lowndes County on a felony embezzlement charge. She’s pleading not guilty, with a trial set for February. State Auditor Shad White says the 55-year-old Welch stole $1,967 in patient payments from May ...

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Airbus workforce in Columbus celebrates adding new helicopters

COLUMBUS – Airbus Helicopters Inc. on Friday celebrated its record as a supplier to the U.S. Army at the company’s Columbus production facility where it manufactures the Army’s UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter. The Army has recently contracted for an additional 51 UH-72As to be produced from 2018 through 2020. Airbus has delivered 423 Lakota aircraft under the Army contract, ...

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3 companies owe Lowndes County $411K in back taxes

Lowndes County is hoping to recover more than $400,000 in owed taxes from three companies. The Commercial Dispatch reports the board of supervisors granted permission to Tax Assessor Greg Andrews the week to pursue the taxes, which are owed by KiOR, CalStar and Southern Wood Fiber. Andrews said he’s spoken to Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering about the matter, and has ...

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Columbus mayor fined for open meetings violation

The state Ethics Commission has imposed a $500 fine on Columbus Mayor Robert Smith after finding that he violated a Mississippi Open Meetings Act last year. The Commercial Dispatch reports the penalty stems from a complaint the newspaper sent to the commission last year after Smith sent a letter to the president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors regarding ...

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Two solar projects for Lowndes County gain approval

  MBJ staff A Nashville, Tenn.-based solar power company has gotten approval from the Public Service Commission to build two projects in Lowndes County. The facilities will be located near the GoldenTriangle Industrial Park and Golden Triangle Airport, Brandon Presley, commissioner for north Mississippi, said in a news release. The projects are to be built by Silicon Ranch Corp., which ...

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