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Update: Victim in officer-involved shooting identified

Posted 4/2/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities have released further details on an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old in north Columbus Wednesday morning.


Police release video of altercation between Huck's owner and off-duty deputy

Posted 4/2/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City officials have released a video of a March 26 altercation outside Huck's Place downtown between the restaurant owner and a former Lowndes County deputy.


Convenience store falsely claims employees at rival store have COVID-19

Posted 3/31/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Within the past week, Columbus police have dealt with multiple calls involving accusations that employees at businesses have contracted COVID-19 coronavirus, as fear of the virus spreads throughout the community, Police Chief Fred Shelton said.


4-County to survey members about potential internet option

Posted 3/28/2020 in Area

Members of 4-County Electric Power Association can expect to receive a survey designed to gauge their opinions on the cooperative investing in high-speed internet.


Two MSU employees, student have confirmed cases of COVID-19

Posted 3/27/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

At least two employees and one student at Mississippi State University have been confirmed to have COVID-19 coronavirus, university officials said in a press release Thursday.


Reeves: Stricter local ordinances don't violate executive order

Posted 3/27/2020 in Area

Gov. Tate Reeves clarified Thursday an executive order he passed earlier this week limiting gatherings and businesses throughout the state in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, putting to rest concerns by local officials that the order would supersede emergency restrictions previously passed by municipalities or counties.


State's death toll from COVID-19 rises to five

Posted 3/26/2020 in State

Mississippi State Department of Health reported Wednesday that four more people in the state have died of COVID-19 coronavirus.


Police set up checkpoints to enforce curfew in Columbus

Posted 3/25/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department will set up checkpoints throughout the city at night to enforce the curfew the city council implemented over the weekend to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.


Man pleads to double murder after jurors hear recording of him offering witness money

Posted 3/24/2020 in Area

A Mantee man pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in Clay County Circuit Court last week after a witness told jurors he had offered her $2,000 to change her testimony.


Area authorities clarify coronavirus restrictions

Posted 3/24/2020 in Area

The day the Columbus City Council ordered a shutdown of certain businesses to help curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, a police officer arrived at Mike's Package Store on Highway 45 North and told owner James Ervin he had to close the store by 5 p.m. and remain closed until further notice.


Visits through glass: Nursing homes, assisted living facilities adjust to life under quarantine

Posted 3/21/2020 in Area

Louisiana resident Debbie Dodson had planned to drive to Columbus for her mother, Margaret Joyner's, 85th birthday on April 1. The last time the two women saw each other was December, shortly after Joyner moved into Garden Hill Assisted Living and Personal Care on Yorkville Road. But on March 12, Garden Hill Administrator Brandee Delaney texted family members of all the residents telling them the assisted living center was now closed to all visitors except certain medical workers.


Courts remain open for business amid pandemic

Posted 3/19/2020 in Area

As businesses truncate or close altogether due to the spread of COVID-19, area court systems have remained open to the public and plan to stay that way -- with some caveats.


Local jails suspend inmate visitations

Posted 3/19/2020 in Area

While COVID-19 spreads throughout the United States and public officials try to limit the amount of direct contact between individuals, jail inmates have even fewer ways to meet with family and loved ones.


City, county declare local emergencies for COVID-19

Posted 3/18/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The spread of COVID-19 dominated discussion at Tuesday evening's Columbus City Council meeting, with the council voting unanimously to declare a local emergency in the city.


MSU, MUW postpone commencement, move to online classes for remainder of semester

Posted 3/18/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University has moved to online classes for the remainder of the spring semester and postponed commencement in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Coronavirus update: Local schools, events, sports grind to halt as state of emergency declared

Posted 3/14/2020 in Area

The spread of COVID-19 prompted Governor Tate Reeves to declare a state of emergency Saturday, even as school districts cancel classes, communities postpone sporting events and other gatherings and shoppers clear grocery stores of toilet paper and hand sanitizer.


Universities extend spring break, most K-12 schools plan to re-open next week

Posted 3/13/2020 in Area

Schools and universities throughout the Golden Triangle are modifying class schedules and making other preparations for the outbreak of COVID-19 in Mississippi.


Former Noxubee Co. inmate accuses deputies of sexual coercion

Posted 3/12/2020 in Area

A woman who spent more than four years in the Noxubee County Jail awaiting trial for capital murder before she was released on bond has now sued the county and several law enforcement officers who she says coerced her into sexual acts multiple times while she was in custody.


CMSD's insurance company files federal complaint against district over tornado damage to Hunt

Posted 3/10/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District is facing a federal lawsuit from its own insurance company, Middlesex Insurance Company, over the cost of repairs to Hunt buildings damaged in the Feb. 23, 2019 tornado.


Monday Profile: Columbus native returns home after three tours in Vietnam, career selling cars

Posted 3/9/2020 in Area

Master Sgt. Clyde Moore served three separate tours in the Vietnam War, and he's the only person he knows who can say that.



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