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Finding shelter from the storm

Posted 9/13/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Luis Rojas made a last-minute decision Friday to leave his apartment in Fort Lauderdale and drive west away from Hurricane Irma.

Council OKs balanced FY 18 budget

Posted 9/13/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council approved a $24.31 million budget for Fiscal Year 2018 during a special-called meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor: CPD officer misused power on traffic stop

Posted 9/12/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus officials are investigating a police officer's conduct during a traffic stop in August and whether it violated departmental policy - including whether it constituted racial profiling.

How the Mississippi Encyclopedia was made

Posted 9/12/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Encyclopedia is the literary equivalent of the Great Pyramids -- 1,400 entries written by 650 contributors, researched by 100 more. It runs 1,500 pages, weighs nine pounds and was 14 years in the making.

CFR, 4-County Electric sending relief crews to Florida

Posted 9/12/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Specialized crews from The Golden Triangle have arrived in storm-battered Florida and more help is on the way.

Locals commemorate 9/11 with service

Posted 9/11/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tom Green doesn't often talk about the time he spent at Ground Zero in 2001, but he made an exception for the crew of volunteers who gathered at the Boys and Girls Club for the 9-11 Day of Service Friday.

Crawford resident receives award for 40 years of service to NWS

Posted 9/11/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For 40 years, Esta Hayden has taken rainfall records at her home just west of Crawford. Recently, the National Weather Service honored her for it.

LCSD teachers awarded money from MDE

Posted 9/11/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Six of the eight Lowndes County schools have received money from the Mississippi Department of Education as part of the department's school recognition program.

Waynesboro man gets 10 years for aggravated domestic violence

Posted 9/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man accused of brutally beating his ex-wife will spend 10 years in prison.

Hoot and the mystery of the Caledonia shooter

Posted 9/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The last America saw of Andy Taylor, he was about 60 years old. But for those wondering what the beloved sheriff of Mayberry from "The Andy Griffith Show" might have been like in his 80s, Willie "Hoot" West may be a close approximation.

 

Zachary's to host fundraiser for Harvey victims

Posted 9/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Zachary's restaurant has long be known for its giving back, something owner Doug Pellum feels is a big part of his restaurant's ethos.

 

Preparing for the worst

Posted 9/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women sophomore Ashley McReynolds spent Thursday morning at the hospital, being hosed down by Columbus firefighters and going through a "decontamination" process for people with serious chemical-related injuries.

One civil suit against Boykin dismissed

Posted 9/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal judge has dismissed one of a pair of civil suits against former Columbus police officer Canyon Boykin.

Supreme Court: City violated Open Meetings Act

Posted 9/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled in favor of The Commercial Dispatch in an Open Meetings Act case against the city of Columbus.

 

Unanimous Supreme Court: City violated Open Meetings Act

Posted 9/7/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled in favor of The Commercial Dispatch in an Open Meetings Act case against the city of Columbus.

 

As cost-saving study looms, officials open-minded

Posted 9/7/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As a private firm prepares to conduct a study of the city's public works department, Mayor Robert Smith said he wants to know how the city can save money on the department's operation.

Woman accused of threatening DHS found not guilty

Posted 9/7/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A jury in Lowndes County Circuit Court found a woman accused of threatening the Department of Human Services not guilty.

Firefighters chip in to build new station

Posted 9/7/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Columbus Fire Chief Martin Andrews, one of the special things about the new Fire Station 4 is that firefighters are helping to build it.

 

County-wide disaster preparedness drill to be held Thursday at Baptist Hospital

Posted 9/6/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County authorities will hold the county's annual disaster preparedness drill Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.

 

Caledonia opts to form commission to run park

Posted 9/6/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It took the Caledonia Board of Aldermen about an hour to go through its agenda before arriving on the last item during Tuesday's board meeting.

 

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