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NAACP letter gives businesses deadline to support, condemn Sanders

Posted 7/9/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes NAACP has sent letters to several hundred businesses in the community asking business representatives to publicly state whether they support the effort to have District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders resign from the county board of supervisors.


New SFD rating to lower home, business insurance premiums

As of this month, Starkville Fire Department officially boasts a Class 3 rating from Mississippi State Rating Bureau, Chief Charles Yarbrough announced at a ceremony at Fire Station 1 Monday.


Police departments evolve strategies to reduce exposure to coronavirus

Posted 7/2/2020 in Area

Two Columbus police officers had to be tested for COVID-19 after a woman who had tested positive for the virus entered the police station without wearing a mask to talk to them.


Baptist Memorial faces lawsuit for negligence

Posted 6/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Iowa man has filed a federal lawsuit against Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and several of its medical staff, alleging negligence after he said it took him three trips in consecutive days to the hospital's emergency room to see a doctor for an infection that eventually resulted in a stroke, took multiple surgeries to treat and ended his career as an airline pilot.


Lowndes County man accused of kidnapping two siblings

Posted 6/26/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man already listed on the Mississippi Sex Offender Registry has been charged with kidnapping two children and taking them to Meridian, investigators with Lowndes County Sheriff's Office say.


Company files suit against insurance co. for pandemic losses

Posted 6/25/2020 in Area

A West Point business that oversees gymnasiums has filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against its insurance company, alleging the company is refusing to pay for losses incurred by several of the gyms earlier this year when they temporarily shut down due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.


Health and wellness fair connects employers to health resources

Posted 6/15/2020 in Business

When Christie Lawrence learned Mississippi Business Group on Health had not hosted events for employers in northern Mississippi, she wanted to change that.


Best of both worlds: Economic experts say solar projects are good for environment and industrial development

Posted 6/2/2020 in Business

Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins said over the last two decades, he's worked with about 20 companies looking to bring solar farms to Lowndes, Oktibbeha or Clay counties. Until recently, those companies -- barring the odd two-megawatt solar farm located near a substation - have been unsuccessful.


DA: Public should know why AG dropped manslaughter charge in Boykin case

Posted 5/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District Attorney Scott Colom criticized the timing and method of Attorney General Lynn Fitch's decision to dismiss charges against a former Columbus police officer who fatally shot an African American man during a traffic stop in 2015 and said he plans to ask her office to release the evidence they have in the case so the public can see for themselves that justice had been served.


Manslaughter charge dropped against Canyon Boykin

Posted 5/29/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly five years after the fatal police shooting of a Columbus man during a traffic stop, the Mississippi Attorney General's Office has dismissed charges against former Columbus police officer Canyon Boykin.


More than 260 people cited for curfew, other shelter-in-place violations in Golden Triangle

Posted 5/29/2020 in Area

Law enforcement officers in the Golden Triangle issued at least 260 citations for violations of curfew and other temporary restrictions implemented in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic -- about half of which were written in the city of Columbus alone.


Family remembers slain Columbus man, seeks answers

Posted 5/27/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What Michael Jones' siblings remember most about him is his smile.


Pandemic likely triggering rise in domestic violence, family disputes

Posted 5/22/2020 in Area

In the Golden Triangle, numbers indicate domestic violence could be on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Local tanning salon sues city for forcing business to close during pandemic

Posted 5/21/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The owner of a local tanning salon has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Columbus for forcing it to close for 51 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Former officer who drove patrol car to apply for out-of-town job sues city, councilmen

Posted 5/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A former investigator with Columbus Police Department has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens, among other council members, claiming the council fired him unjustly last year.


Monday Profile: 20-year-old among youngest to graduate from MUW's undergrad nursing program

Posted 5/18/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Christina Clark graduated from Mississippi University for Women in a virtual commencement ceremony on May 9, she was the youngest person with a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing this year -- and possibly ever -- to do so.


MSU, MUW plan to bring students back to campus for fall semester

Posted 5/15/2020 in Area

Officials at both Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women are making plans to have students back on campus for the fall semester.


Low supply pushes beef, pork prices higher

Posted 5/14/2020 in Area

Jamie Baldwin noticed Wednesday when she went grocery shopping that it was a little harder than usual to "find something worth her buck."


Court of appeals reverses judge's decision to grant new trial to murder convict

Posted 5/13/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Court of Appeals has reversed a two-year-old decision by an Oktibbeha County circuit court judge to grant a new trial to a woman convicted in 2011 of killing her husband.


Defendants reporting for court Monday asked to sign in outside

Posted 5/8/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Court officials are asking those reporting to the Lowndes County Courthouse for the first day of circuit court term on Monday to sign in outside rather than enter the building, in an attempt to control the size of crowds in the courthouse and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.



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