The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office cleared Lt. Steve Hatcher to return to duty Wednesday after firing his weapon at a suspected burglar almost two weeks ago.
'Tis the season. And he's always jolly. St. Nick will make his annual appearance at the downtown Columbus Y on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Mrs. Claus also will be on hand.
City police charged a Columbus man with burglary of a commercial building after he was found at the scene. Police said someone attempted to break into Atmos Energy at 1423 Main St. next door to the Columbus Police Department at 12:24 a.m. Sunday. Anthony Gaige Handley, 19, of 901 Gatlin Road is charged in the incident.
The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reported the following felony arrests:
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.
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.
Aside from a Black Friday shopping incident, Columbus police responded to a couple of additional disturbances during the early hours of this morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, said political gridlock is making it difficult for legislators to achieve progress in budget discussions and job creation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Members of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors grappled with a flurry of ethics issues during Monday's regular meeting.
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.
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