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Macon municipal clerk charged with embezzlement

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Area

A clerk at Macon Municipal Court is in jail after investigators with the State Auditor's Office alleged she stole more than $2,000 in court fines between January 2018 and July 2019.


Base commander: Space Force formed to protect American satellites, other interests in space

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Rotarians asked Col. Seth Graham to speak to their club about the newly launched Space Force, Graham -- whose specialty as commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base is training pilots how to fly airplanes -- decided he had some research to do.


Community leaders discuss workplace racism in second 'Let's Talk Columbus' meeting

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton said there have been times in his 30-plus year career as a police officer when he's responded to a call and had the complainant say, "I didn't want a Black police officer."


TVA designation will make region stick out to industries, investors

Posted 9/22/2020 in Area

Tennessee Valley Authority has designated the Golden Triangle region a Rural Certified Community, recognizing its preparedness for industrial development and investment.


Air Force veteran recalls time as POW in Vietnam

Posted 9/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gene Smith had just released two bombs in the sky over North Vietnam on Oct. 25, 1967, and was pulling out of a dive in his F-105 Thunderchief aircraft when the plane was hit by enemy fire.


Local businesses optimistic after governor loosens COVID restrictions

Posted 9/17/2020 in Area

Two days after Gov. Tate Reeves issued an executive order relaxing some restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, executives with Eat With Us Group met to discuss how the order would affect policies at the company's restaurants.


Columbus volunteer surprised with Book of Golden Deeds Award

Posted 9/11/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Betty Clyde Sharp almost didn't make it to the Columbus Exchange Club's weekly meeting on Thursday. She had an early morning doctor's appointment in Birmingham. On her way back, she received a text saying Exchange Club President Jerry Fortenberry would be speaking at the meeting, which was at noon at Lion Hills Center.


Mental health issues up since beginning of pandemic, but so are cries for help

Posted 9/5/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Back in April, Contact Helpline, the Columbus-based crisis line manned by volunteers who talk with people throughout the Golden Triangle struggling with suicidal urges and other mental health issues, began to receive a higher number of calls than usual.


Monday Profile: Summerville, 'dedicated staff' keep on top of school cleaning through storms and pandemics

Posted 8/31/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Susie Summerville first started as head of Columbus Municipal School District's custodial services, she found a picture of herself in the hallway of what was then Lee Middle School.


Supreme court grants new trial for Lowndes man on death row

Posted 8/28/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County man who has been on death row more than 20 years is entitled to a new trial, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled.


'Designer drugs,' opioids contributing to Golden Triangle drug trade

Posted 8/22/2020 in Area

Since she began working for Baptist Behavioral Health Clinic in 2009, clinical coordinator Amanda Coleman says she's seen a definite increase in the number of patients with drug addiction and the severity of their problems.


Columbus woman exonerated in son's death seeks change to death certificate

Posted 8/21/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus native convicted and later exonerated in the death of her infant son has filed a petition in Hinds County Chancery Court requesting a judge change the cause of death from "homicide" to "undetermined" on her son's death certificate.


CMSD budget will not require tax increase

Posted 8/21/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21 of just more than $48 million at a special-call meeting last week.


Airbus builds first of 16 helicopters for Customs and Border Protection

Posted 8/20/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first H125 helicopter assembled at Airbus' Lowndes County facility for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has already been delivered to Detroit, Michigan, for CBP agents to use during operations.


Taylor touts Communiversity as 'home for partnerships'

Posted 8/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Courtney Taylor had been executive director for the Communiversity and workforce training at East Mississippi Community College for four months before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the college to send all its students home, leaving the brand new 143,000 square-foot advanced manufacturing training center on Highway 82 empty.


Starkville site studied for evidence of mass extinction 66 million years ago

Posted 8/14/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In a trench behind an apartment complex off Highway 182 in west Starkville Thursday, a team of paleontologists were gathering handfuls of 66 million-year-old fossils.


MDE grants waiver allowing 170 school days for LCSD, SOCSD

Posted 8/14/2020 in Area

Mississippi Department of Education has given a waiver to Lowndes County School District, Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District and other districts around the state, allowing them to scale back the school year to 170 days for students.


Water park sues Oktibbeha County for not maintaining lake dam

Posted 8/13/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville water park Wet N Wild has sued Oktibbeha County for breach of contact, alleging county officials' failure to maintain the Oktibbeha Lake dam's levee violated its lease with the park.


More than 2,600 students opt for traditional school, 1,700 for virtual at SOCSD

Posted 8/12/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With less than two weeks until school starts back for students in Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, questions about virtual versus in-person learning dominated discussion at Tuesday evening's board of trustees meeting.


EPA to remove soil from 11 private lots as part of Kerr McGee clean-up

Posted 8/6/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Environmental Protection Agency has released proposed plans for removing contaminated soil from 11 private properties around the former Kerr-McGee plant on 14th Avenue North, as part of the ongoing cleanup process at the old industrial site.



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