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UPDATE: Police identify burglary suspects caught on video

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are looking for a Columbus man and a Macon man believed to be responsible for a Wednesday-night home burglary caught on video.

Thanks and giving: Citizen, police volunteers deliver more than 1,000 meals to community members

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Usually, the visits take around five minutes. You stop at the house, introduce yourself, tell why you are there and hand over a warm Thanksgiving meal in an act of kindness.

Columbus police break up fights

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Aside from a Black Friday shopping incident, Columbus police responded to a couple of additional disturbances during the early hours of this morning.

Stores report busy, mostly peaceful sales

Posted 11/25/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area stores are experiencing brisk sales for the official Black Friday launch of the holiday shopping season. Store representatives said shoppers were well-behaved. The only reported problem was outside the Belk store on Highway 45 North before the store opened.

 

CLOPAC to pay travel expenses for police chief candidates

Posted 11/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee showed its giving side and offered to provide up to $3,000 for travel expenses for the three out-of-town finalists for Columbus police chief.

 

 

Columbus cyclist hit by vehicle

Posted 11/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Stores offer gift cards, credits to entice Black Friday shoppers

Posted 11/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

National chain Walmart is starting its Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day, but Columbus department stores are sticking to the traditional early-morning Friday openings.

 

 

Prospective president: MUW has a bright future

Posted 11/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The last time Dr. Jim Borsig visited Mississippi University for Women, he was working with the College Board to answer questions about the presidential search process. He arrives on campus next week as MUW's possible next president.

 

 

Nunnelee: Political gridlock cause for lack of progress on budget, job creation

Posted 11/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, said political gridlock is making it difficult for legislators to achieve progress in budget discussions and job creation.

 

Unemployed vets: Waiting for the dough

Posted 11/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Outside, the rain poured thick and fast. Inside the Golden Triangle WIN Job Center, a handful of job seekers crouched in front of computer terminals, hoping for a bit of promise on an otherwise dreary Tuesday.

 

Police chief search: Pros and cons of final candidates

Posted 11/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council should explore police chief candidates' management experience and ability to relate to the community when personal interviews are conducted next month. That's the advice offered by a subcommittee charged with reviewing the candidates.

 

 

Warms hearts, warm meals: Volunteers to deliver Thanksgiving feasts to needy

Posted 11/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As residents baste up for Thanksgiving, some were preparing delicious feasts Monday afternoon to get a head start. But these Thanksgiving meals are not for their own stomachs; they are for hundreds of needy Lowndes County residents signed up for the annual Concerned Citizens of Ward 1 and Columbus Police Department Thanksgiving meal program.

 

 

Green means go to jail in late-night traffic stop

Posted 11/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested two men Monday night on charges of misdemeanor drug possession. It happened at around 11 p.m. in the parking lot of Ali's Quick Stop at 1900 Main St. Police said it started as a traffic stop for erratic driving and ended with police uncovering stashes of marijuana and pills.

 

 

CVB approves MLK money after heated debate, five motions

Posted 11/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The chairman of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors got a new gavel Monday evening. And he needed it. George Swales used the gift at least three times to call the meeting back to order when it degenerated into name-calling and accusations among the nine-person board.

 

 

CVB members threaten one another with ethics complaints

Posted 11/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors grappled with a flurry of ethics issues during Monday's regular meeting.

 

 

City cannot pay travel expenses for police chief prospects

Posted 11/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three of the four finalists for the Columbus police chief position live outside Mississippi, and one candidate lives more than 2,500 miles away from the city.

 

 

Community members offer advice on police chief interviews

Posted 11/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A subcommittee that reviewed candidates for Columbus police chief recommended to council that members explore candidates' management experience and ability to relate to the community when personal interviews are conducted next month.

 

Head trauma: Mississippi is in the minority of states without concussion legislation

Posted 11/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was the first quarter of the third game in the New Hope High School football season. E.J. Jenkins was running down the field with the football, trying to avoid Columbus High School defenders. The junior wide receiver then took an "awkward hit to the back of the head," and fell to the ground.

Senior Citizens Unity Luncheon brings community together

Posted 11/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith hoped people would join together and ignore color during the sixth annual Senior Citizens Unity Luncheon at the Trotter Convention Center Wednesday, but it was hard to overlook Dora Stewart, who had donned a bright smile and a striking lavender suit -- replete with hat -- for the occasion.

 

Deputy remains on leave pending shooting investigation

Posted 11/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lt. Steve Hatcher remains on administrative leave indefinitely after a Monday shooting. Hatcher was placed on leave until the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation completes its probe into the incident, where Hatcher shot a burglary suspect.

 

 

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