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City council approves new traffic signal plan

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Traffic signals at four intersections in Columbus are coming down, while three other intersections will see signals installed.


Columbus, DA's office each chip in $3,000 toward reward for escaped inmate capture

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council upped the ante Tuesday to help law enforcement find an escaped inmate from Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.


Would-be CPD officer popped for DUI, other charges

Posted 10/17/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A would-be Columbus police officer withdrew his application Monday after he was charged with several offenses during a weekend traffic stop.


Supervisor responds to public criticism by taking polygraph

Posted 10/14/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

An Oktibbeha County supervisor who openly supports selling OCH Regional Medical Center has gone to extraordinary lengths in an effort to prove she's not deliberately misleading voters for personal gain.


Posted 10/6/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

"Vote Against." Those who weren't wearing buttons pressed with that message Thursday night were either holding them in their hands or had them hidden away.


Baptist, NMMC vying to purchase OCH

Posted 10/5/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and North Mississippi Health Services are the two groups vying to purchase OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.


Supes respond to ethics commission complaint

Posted 10/5/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Four Oktibbeha County supervisors indicated Wednesday they have no problem with the public knowing the identities of firms that submitted proposals to purchase or lease OCH Regional Medical Center.


Hearing postponed for officer who pointed Taser

Posted 10/4/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council dealt with several police department issues during its regular meeting Tuesday, suspending an officer, swearing in five, approving hire for three more and postponing a disciplinary hearing for another.


Dispatch files public records complaint against Oktibbeha supes

Posted 10/4/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Commercial Dispatch filed a complaint today with the Mississippi Ethics Commission questioning whether Oktibbeha County supervisors violated the public records act by not releasing requested information regarding the potential purchase or lease OCH Regional Medical Center.


Rickert to assume role as jail administrator

Posted 10/3/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Just before Capt. Ryan Rickert started his law enforcement career as a jailer 20 years ago, he completed his job interview in the jail administrator's office at Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.


Living the dream: New Jersey couple sees the world from a 40-foot motorized sailboat

Posted 9/30/2017 in Community

Bill Turner isn't shy. In fact, he rarely meets a stranger, and he is apt to say just about anything. Most of it is even true.


CPD officer faces suspension for pointing Taser at shackled man

Posted 9/27/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus police officer faces possible suspension for pointing a Taser at a shackled inmate in an emergency room examination area.


Home Base: Fake news cuts both ways

Posted 9/21/2017 in Local Columns

Donald Trump is the president of the United States. Regardless of whether you support him, he's a White House resident presumably until at least Jan. 20, 2021.


Princess owner plans to reopen theater

Posted 9/20/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Princess Theater owner Bart Lawrence plans to open the theater portion of his downtown nightclub for public events on Saturday with or without Columbus City Council approval.


AG opinion: Council can't terminate Dowd

Posted 9/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Despite public outcry for Columbus City Council to terminate police officer Keith Dowd, rather than let him resign, a Mississippi Attorney General's opinion says firing him isn't a valid option.


Smith directs police chief to place officer on administrative leave (includes video)

Posted 9/14/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith on Wednesday ordered Police Chief Oscar Lewis to place on administrative leave a patrol officer being investigated for his conduct during a traffic stop.


'I don't know what would have happened if I had said something': Hibbler recounts terrifying traffic stop

Posted 9/14/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Joshua Hibbler saw the blue lights flash behind him on Aug. 18 and immediately pulled over to the side of the road.


Mayor: CPD officer misused power on traffic stop

Posted 9/12/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus officials are investigating a police officer's conduct during a traffic stop in August and whether it violated departmental policy - including whether it constituted racial profiling.


Law enforcement still searching for escaped inmate

Posted 9/5/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As law enforcement continues to search for a man who escaped from Lowndes County Adult Detention Center over the weekend, officials have also released more information about how the inmate broke free.


Lowndes authorities search for escaped inmate

Posted 9/2/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An armed robbery suspect broke out of Lowndes County Adult Detention Center Saturday.



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