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In his DNA: Shepherd plays key role in cold case arrest

Posted 5/27/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Austin Shepherd graduated from high school in 1997, his native city of Columbus was amid reeling from a string of violent murders that had already claimed two elderly victims.


Gavin: Poor schools stunt city's growth

Posted 5/26/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 6 Councilman Bill Gavin believes Columbus schools' poor performance is a major issue stunting the city's growth.


MDOT nearly done with road paving near CAFB

Posted 5/24/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has almost completed nearly five miles of paving along two entrances to the Columbus Air Force Base, thanks to amenable winter conditions.


Forestry Commission bracing for budget cuts

Posted 5/23/2017 in Area

Budget cuts are forcing the Mississippi Forestry Commission to reorganize and cut 75 jobs in the process.


Boykin manslaughter trial moved to south Mississippi

Posted 5/19/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Canyon Boykin's trial is set to begin exactly two years to the day after he shot and killed Ricky Ball in Columbus.


Box names infrastructure, schools as biggest challenges facing city

Posted 5/19/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box said he's proud of the Columbus' progress in his time on the council, but there's still work to do.


Coding academy starting in September

Posted 5/18/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the fall, local students will take part in the inaugural year of the new Mississippi Coding Academy program.


Marty Turner unseated in Ward 4 runoff

Posted 5/17/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local insurance agent Fredrick Jackson will take incumbent Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner's place on the Columbus City Council on July 1.


Caledonia senior receives car

Posted 5/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Melonie Weeks said she didn't cry, but came close.


Fire protection rating in Artesia improves

Posted 5/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Artesia residents could see less expensive homeowners insurance, thanks to the town's fire rating improving.


CPD deploying new body cameras

Posted 5/13/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department is getting a body camera upgrade.


Seeing clearly: Foundation offering free eye exams, glasses for uninsured third graders who fail MAP reading test

Posted 5/12/2017 in Area

Local third graders who failed the Mississippi Assessment Program reading exam have access to intervention that could spur them to higher academic achievement in years to come.


Mayoral candidates differ drastically on key issues

Posted 5/12/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Independent mayoral candidate Montrell Coburn issued a promise to Columbus Exchange Club members on Thursday during his closing remarks of a forum hosted at Lion Hills Center.


Infrastructure, tax cuts dominate discussion at luncheon

Posted 5/11/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many of the six local legislators who attended the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon, sagging revenue and the state budgetary cuts seemed to be the most obvious challenge facing the state.


Ex-Caledonia marshal seeks $1M for defamation

Posted 5/10/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former Caledonia marshal wants at least $1 million in damages from a defamation lawsuit he's filed against an alderman and the town.


Supervisor, state rep endorse Ward 4 challenger

Posted 5/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 4 city council candidate Fredrick Jackson picked up a pair of endorsements Monday from Leroy Brooks and Kabir Karriem, who issued a warning that they'll be watching the use of absentee ballots leading up to the May 16 runoff election.


EMT sentenced to 15 years for fondling vulnerable person

Posted 5/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An emergency medical technician is in prison after pleading guilty to fondling a vulnerable person on the job.


'He's our miracle': Rushing family thankful for wreck survivor's chance to heal

Posted 5/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There's a long road ahead to recovery for JoJo Rushing, but his family is counting their blessings.


Beard endorses Turner in Ward 4 race

Posted 5/6/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Marty Turner and Pierre Beard are teaming up in the Ward 4 race.


Councilman grilled on social media use at forum

Posted 5/5/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner said his First Amendment rights are some of the most valuable available to him as an elected official.



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