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CPD statistics show decrease in crime over five years

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Columbus & Lowndes County

Crime statistics released by Columbus Police Department show a general downward trend in felony crime rates, and particularly violent crimes, over the past five years.


Punishments to fit the crime: Habitual offender laws can result in defendants spending decades behind bars

Posted 12/7/2019 in Area

Dusty Houser's son has never met his grandfather outside a Mississippi Department of Corrections facility. Houser was in his early 20s in 2007 when his father, Paul Houser of Caledonia, was sentenced to 60 years in prison after a jury convicted him of possessing precursors to making methamphetamine. That means Dusty Houser has spent most of his adult life with his father in prison.


Mother, grandmother charged with neglecting child who drowned

Posted 12/6/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 5-year-old victim referenced in indictments in a child neglect case in Lowndes County is a child who died over Labor Day weekend, authorities have confirmed.


CPD sets up mobile command center in business areas to deter holiday-related crime

Posted 12/6/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton has asked citizens not to be alarmed when Columbus Police Department parked its mobile command center in the Walmart parking lot Thursday afternoon, where it will remain for about a week before moving to Leigh Mall.


Depleted command staff, tenured officer exits cause stability concerns for CPD

Posted 12/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 15 police officers -- including several longtime ranking officers -- have departed Columbus Police Department this year, leaving a force that sits at 55 with a dearth of command positions.


City set to install LED lights starting this month

Posted 12/4/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A project to install more than 4,000 energy-efficient LED lights in the city is set to begin this month.


Faces of homelessness: Evictions, mental illness, inadequate housing all contribute to hidden issue

Posted 11/30/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Nov. 4, Louise Patmon was evicted from the home she'd lived in for three years.


'They think they're the dogs': Caledonia family raising pet turkeys

Posted 11/26/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Six days before Thanksgiving, a turkey came to Caledonia Elementary School.


Georgia-based retail firm new owners of Leigh Mall

Posted 11/23/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Georgia-based retail real estate firm Hull Property Group is the new owner of Leigh Mall, according to a deed filed in the Lowndes County Chancery Clerk's Office on Friday.


CLW to join 'Home Uplift' program for housing upgrades

Posted 11/22/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Up to six Columbus homes will receive upgrades to make them more energy efficient through a partnership between the Tennessee Valley Authority and Columbus Light and Water.


Residents can go online to request police checks on homes while on vacation

Posted 11/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has rolled out two new features of its SeeClickFix program just in time for the holidays.


Defendant pleads guilty in Motel 6 murder

Posted 11/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man will spend 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to shooting another man to death outside the Motel 6 two years ago.


MHP trooper arrested for domestic violence

Posted 11/20/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police have arrested a Mississippi Highway Patrol officer who is accused of slamming a woman into a car and causing her to hit her head.


Legislators: Mississippi hasn't prioritized education

Posted 11/19/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Funding, whether for pre-kindergarten programs or for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), was the primary topic of concern at the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce's annual Education Town Hall Monday night.


Education concerns to be raised at annual town hall

Posted 11/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Those with questions for legislators or area education officials will have an opportunity raise their concerns at an Education Town Hall in Columbus Monday.


Volunteers to deliver Thanksgiving meals for 25th straight year

Posted 11/15/2019 in Area

From turkey drives to Starkville's now-annual Jive Turkey Jam, those wanting to help nonprofits and give back to their communities will have plenty of options this Thanksgiving.


New evidence casts doubt on Macon murder case

Posted 11/14/2019 in Area

District Attorney Scott Colom has asked to continue the capital murder trial of a Shuqualak man accused of killing a Macon gas station attendant in 2015 after new evidence came to light suggesting the suspect was 13 miles away when the murder occurred.


LCSD board interviews superintendent candidates

Posted 11/13/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Though the three finalists vying for Lowndes County School District superintendent were interviewed behind closed doors Tuesday, their identities are now clear.


Female CAFB officers recall their military service

Posted 11/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 23 years of serving in the United States Air Force, Col. Betty Venth said her proudest accomplishment is the work she did at a port mortuary in Dover, Delaware shortly after Sept. 11, 2001.


Columbus, Starkville to host Veterans Day parades Saturday

Posted 11/8/2019 in Area

On Saturday, both Columbus and Starkville will host Veterans Day parades in honor of community members, past and present, who have served in the armed forces.



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