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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.

Higgins proposes county take on debt for industrial park projects

Posted 1/16/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle Development LINK will draw up a contract for the Lowndes County supervisors to review and possibly approve by March 1, LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins said at Friday's board meeting, in order to settle months of debate over whether and how much to fund the Lowndes County Industrial Development Authority.

CRLC replaces first house destroyed by tornado

Posted 1/15/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Everything changed overnight for Columbus native Greg Mixon, when the Feb. 23, 2019, tornado hit his house on Seventh Avenue North. "One day you have a house, and the next day you don't," he said.

Three charged in conspiracy to exploit vulnerable person

Posted 1/15/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County grand jury indicted a family accused of exploiting a vulnerable person by using thousands of dollars of her money for their personal use.

Photo: Power of service

Posted 1/15/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lloyd Perrigin, left, a transmission for the Tennessee Valley Authority; Stephen Little, maintenance director for Columbus Municipal School District; and Larry Tate, a TVA community representative observe the electrical systems at Franklin Academy on Thursday. Perrigin, Tate and TVA foreman Vince Britton are all CMSD graduates and are planning a day of service to make electrical repairs at Franklin Academy in time for the celebration of its 200th anniversary on Feb. 12.

6 companies with total $2.3B investment eyeing Lowndes

Posted 1/14/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle Development LINK will ask the Lowndes County supervisors Friday for a sewer line extension at the county's industrial park, in preparation for an automotive company to potentially make its home there, LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins said.

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.

Higgins: Renewed TVA interest in area beefing up industrial recruitment

Posted 1/13/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four years went by without a single contract from the Tennessee Valley Authority bringing new industry to Lowndes, Oktibbeha or Clay counties. The Mississippi Development Authority also wasn't pointing many clients in the region's direction for a while, Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins said.

Insurance carrier sues LCSD, West Brothers for New Hope High leaky roof coverage

Posted 1/12/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District's insurance company filed a lawsuit in federal district court against both the school district and the Columbus-based construction company it contracted for a roofing project that began leaking less than two months after completion.

CMSD approves $252K in improvement projects

Posted 1/12/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kill the lights, at least for this year. The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees approved 10 capital improvement projects, but decided to table a project to address the lighting at the Columbus High School football stadium because of the expense of the board's preferred option for the project.

Columbus man arrested after police chase on 45 South

Posted 1/12/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested Friday after leading Lowndes County deputies on a chase along Highway 45 South.

LCSD employees will have 10 extra sick days for COVID illness or exposure

Posted 1/9/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Full-time Lowndes County School District employees can use an additional 80 hours, or 10 working days, of paid sick leave if they contract the COVID-19 coronavirus or need to quarantine due to exposure anytime before March 31.

Photo: Downtown roundabout opens

Posted 1/9/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cars go through the new roundabout on Main Street in front of Harvey's on Friday afternoon. The city of Columbus opened the roundabout Friday morning. The Mississippi Department of Transportation paid 80 percent of the almost $800,000 project.

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.

Former Lowndes deputy accused of sexual assault of a child

Posted 1/8/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Lowndes County deputy has been indicted for allegedly sexually abusing a small child.

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.

CPD officer on administrative leave after indicted for exploiting vulnerable adult

Posted 1/8/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus police officer was put on administrative leave with pay after being arrested for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a vulnerable adult and served an indictment for multiple counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

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.


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