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Columbus Republican Chism will resign from Mississippi House

A Republican from north Mississippi says he is resigning from the state House to take care of his wife as she faces health issues. Rep. Gary Chism of Columbus told the Commercial Dispatch that June 30 will be his last day in the Legislature. He took office in January 2000. He is an insurance agent is and currently chairman of the House ...

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‘Slap in the face’: Columbus DA rips AG Lynn Fitch for dropping charges against white officer who killed black man

BY ALEX ROZIER  | MISSISSIPPI TODAY The district attorney in Columbus, a predominantly African American city of about 20,000, called Attorney General Lynn Fitch’s decision last week to dismiss 2015 charges brought after a black man was killed in an officer-involved shooting a “slap in the face.” District Attorney Scott Colom initially transferred the case from his office to the state in 2016 to put ...

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Pandemic has 3rd generation businessman working overtime

COLUMBUS — First they came for the hand sanitizer. Then the disinfectant. Then the toilet paper. By Friday afternoon (March 14), customers were accosting sales representative E.J. Nolen in the back parking lot of Columbus Paper and Chemical for those basic supplies. Nolen had to turn them away. “It’s been crazy,” Nolen said. “I’ve not ever seen it this wild ...

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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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