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Columbus police plan data-gathering strategy to get at causes of crime in city

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first goal of Columbus' Community Crime Prevention Task Force is to identify underlying causes of crime in the city so task force members can brainstorm ways to address those causes.


Monday Profile: Cunningham finds a family at Baptist, where her job ensures staff don't transmit infections to patients

Posted yesterday in Area

Registered Nurse Betty Cunningham was walking through the hallways of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle on the way to her office Friday afternoon when a fellow employee turned the corner, masked and rubbing disinfectant on his hands.


Lowndes sees more than 600 new COVID cases in less than two weeks

Posted 1/15/2021 in Area

Lowndes County continues to lead the four-county area in number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to data from Mississippi State Department of Health.


SOCSD preparing for hundreds of students to return to in-person learning

Posted 1/15/2021 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District is preparing for what Superintendent Eddie Peasant estimated to be roughly 250 students returning to their school campuses when the spring semester begins Tuesday, after spending the first semester learning virtually.


C Spire sues Lowndes for allegedly violating internet agreement

Posted 1/14/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

C Spire Fiber has filed a lawsuit against Lowndes County over the county's alleged violation of a franchise agreement the two entities signed in 2019 allowing C Spire to lay fiber optic cables and provide internet to parts of the county.


Appointments filling up at area COVID vaccination sites

Posted 1/13/2021 in Area

As the COVID-19 vaccines become available to elderly citizens, more vaccination sites are opening in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, including at area hospitals and the Mississippi Horse Park.


Helping a 'family' of first responders

Posted 1/9/2021 in Community

Less than a week before Christmas, Jacque Brown was admitted to the hospital for the second time since Thanksgiving. The Columbus native, who has worked at Lowndes County E911 off and on for more than 20 years, had contracted COVID-19 and had double pneumonia on top of it. This was less than two months after breaking her arm and needing surgery to repair it.


Murder charges dropped against Eddie Lee Howard

Posted 1/8/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A judge has signed an order dismissing the case against a Lowndes County man who spent more than 20 years on death row for a wrongful conviction.


Douglas qualifies for Ward 4 council seat

Posted 1/8/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A familiar face has thrown her hat into the Columbus City Council elections.


Columbus councilman apologizes after weed citation

Posted 1/8/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A city councilman publicly apologized Thursday after being issued a citation for possessing a misdemeanor amount of marijuana over the weekend.


Mayor plans community task force on crime

Posted 1/6/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith announced his intention at Tuesday's city council meeting to create a task force of a "cross section" of Columbus residents to help police address crime and related issues.


Drive-through vaccine sites set up for health workers

Posted 1/5/2021 in Area

Health care professionals in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties will have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from the Mississippi State Department of Health this week.


Coroners, funeral directors report climbing death rate in 2020

Posted 1/2/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 2019, Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant and his deputies responded to 705 calls -- a fairly typical year, he said.


Bluecutt businesses to appeal Yo' Bar's move to area

Posted 12/31/2020 in Area

Several businesses and individuals are appealing a Columbus City Council decision allowing a permitted land use variance for local bar and restaurant Yo' Bar to relocate to a building on Bluecutt Road.


CPD seeks suspects in fatal Southside shooting

Posted 12/31/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One person has died and another is injured after a shooting in South Columbus Wednesday night.


One arrested, two others sought in McDonald's shooting

Posted 12/31/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One person is in custody and investigators are searching for two more for their involvement in a shooting at McDonald's in East Columbus on Christmas Eve.


Food pantries, nonprofits see mixed-bag of donation levels

Posted 12/30/2020 in Area

Of the many people who sought aid from Beth-el Missionary Baptist Church in Starkville over the last few months, two of them stuck out particularly to Ricky Howard, who helps run the church's food pantry: a husband and wife, both of whom had been laid off from their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and had three children at home they had to take care of.


Doctors stress importance of taking COVID vaccine as it becomes available

Posted 12/24/2020 in Area

Dr. Jack Reed has worked for Baptist Memorial Hospital for 45 years, and on Wednesday, he was the first employee there to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.


Local officers recommend residents stay home, avoid large gatherings this holiday season

Posted 12/23/2020 in Area

Area law enforcement officers are doling out their usual holiday safety tips for shoppers and travelers, but this year it includes one unique recommendation thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic: Avoid large gatherings, and stay home if possible.


Box does not plan to run again in Ward 3

Posted 12/22/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 3 Columbus Councilman Charlie Box said Monday he does not plan to run for a fourth term in 2021. "I'll keep my options open, but my mind's pretty much made up," Box told The Dispatch.



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