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Recording: Mayor was angry with police lt. prior to breaking tie to suspend him

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Now-retired Columbus Police Lt. John Pevey released a recording Wednesday that, according to him, is evidence Mayor Robert Smith voted out of spite to suspend him Feb. 22.


Columbus man kidnaps ex-girlfriend, leads police on high-speed chase

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was charged with kidnapping and felony eluding Wednesday after taking his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint and leading Columbus Police on a high speed chase throughout Southside.


Arrest Report 7-28-11

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported these felony arrests over the past week:



'No respect': Columbus tries to oust school trustees

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Ward 5 City Councilman Kabir Karriem made a motion twice this morning for the resignations of the city school district's board of trustees, but both attempts failed.



MSN: Downtown Columbus featured in MSN Local Edition (link)

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

MSN Local Edition featured some of the country's most vibrant downtown areas. Columbus was on the list.



Governor Candidate Profile: Bill Luckett

Posted 7/27/2011 in State

CLARKSDALE -- Bill Luckett still vividly remembers his first work in helping renovate buildings. He was a ninth grader, and he sanded walls for house painters in his hometown of Clarksdale. "That whole summer, I had no fingerprints.



Mississippi sales-tax holiday starts on Friday

Posted 7/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you haven't purchased back-to-school clothes yet, this weekend may be a good time to do it. Friday and Saturday, stores across the state will participate in Mississippi's third annual sales-tax holiday, a 48-hour time period during which specific clothing and footwear is exempt from the local sales tax.



Oktibbeha County upgrades to fully interactive website

Posted 7/27/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County website will soon be upgraded to a fully interactive, virtual courthouse. Through a strategic plan partnership between the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District and Mississippi State University-based National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, Oktibbeha County residents will be able to access everything from land records, tax information and voting instructions electronically.



Columbus school district announces $600,000 in cuts

Posted 7/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District continued to tweak its budget this week, holding a press conference at the Brandon central office, to present a cost-savings report, Tuesday afternoon.


Stamped for review: Downtown Columbus post office in danger of closing

Posted 7/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloomy night -- instead, technology is turning out to be the U.S. Postal Service's Achilles' heel. After losing $8.5 billion last year, the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing 3,653 locations nationwide, including the historic downtown Columbus office, the USPS reported Tuesday.


Governor Candidate Profile: Johnny Dupree

Posted 7/26/2011 in State

HATTIESBURG -- Democrat Johnny DuPree points to his record as Hattiesburg mayor to show what he'd like to do if he's elected governor of Mississippi.



16th Circuit Drug Court ready to accept referrals

Posted 7/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 16th Circuit District Drug Court started accepting referrals of non-violent first-time offenders this past week at the start of the Clay County Circuit Court term.



Two four-wheelers taken from Village Cycle Center

Posted 7/26/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office is looking for suspects involved in the theft of two four-wheelers from Village Cycle Center.



Columbus on the schedule for Cornel West, Tavis Smiley Poverty Tour

Posted 7/26/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is one of the 15 cities broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West will visit this fall during their "Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience."



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