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Local leaders slam Sanders for racist remarks

Posted 6/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local officials and community leaders are condemning Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders for comments he made about African Americans being "dependent" since slavery ended and not assimilating to American society like other ethnicities.

City passes resolution to call for retirement of state flag

Posted 6/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus is calling for state legislators to remove the Confederate emblem on the flag of Mississippi, following a 5-1 vote from the city council Tuesday evening to pass a resolution in support.

Chism retiring after 21 years in Legislature

Posted 6/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Republican Rep. Gary Chism, the dean of the Golden Triangle legislative delegation, has resigned, citing family medical issues.

Columbus doctors offer update on pandemic, give advice on living with COVID-19

Posted 6/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Asked during Tuesday's Rotary Club of Columbus meeting how likely a second wave of COVID-19 is to hit the U.S., Dr. Robert Buckley had a caveat for his audience: The first onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic isn't over just yet.

Lowndes supervisors vote along racial lines to leave Confederate monument at courthouse

Posted 6/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Confederate monument in front of Lowndes County courthouse will stay in place, following a 3-2 vote by the board of supervisors Monday morning against its relocation.

Columbus man killed in weekend crash

Posted 6/15/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local man died in a car accident in East Columbus Saturday afternoon.

Ricky Ball case files made public

Posted 6/13/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Having fired nine rounds, Canyon Boykin reloaded his gun as he approached the corner of an abandoned house. The then-Columbus police officer cursed out a dozen times as his flashlight scanned the front lawn, his voice shaky. He found a puddle of blood belonging to the man he just shot.

Former Palmer Home property being renovated for elderly group home

Posted 6/13/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tom Green knows The Palmer Home's mission will continue. Almost a year after The Palmer Home for Children announced its children would relocate to the campus in Hernando, the Columbus Community Housing Development Organization (CCHDO) purchased the approximately 110-acre property.

Photos: Boys and Girls Club Parade

Posted 6/12/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Braxton Butler, 8, waves to the Boys and Girls Club staff while Mary Weatherby drives during a parade on Thursday outside the club in Columbus. About 12 staff stood in line to clap, cheer and ring a cowbell for each car that drove through the parking lot.

Columbus library system to host StoryWalk at area parks

Posted 6/12/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System (CLPLS) will host its first StoryWalk® as part of its 2020 Summer Library Program.

CPD investigates gunfire exchange in North Columbus

Posted 6/12/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating a shooting in North Columbus Thursday night.

Kosciusko woman dies in crash on Military Road

Posted 6/12/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Kosciusko woman is dead and the man she was riding with injured following a one-vehicle crash Wednesday night.

Crawford man charged with shooting into a dwelling

Posted 6/11/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County deputies have arrested a man who allegedly fired multiple shots at an occupied building in Crawford last month.

Secretary of state: Mississippi not yet ready for vote by mail system

Posted 6/10/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson said Tuesday his opposition to a statewide mail-based voting system is because he's not sure it's the safest option for Mississippi -- or if it's even a legitimate possibility anytime soon.

Community panel discusses police reform, federal examination of Ball case

Posted 6/10/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With renewed attention on the now widely-known Ricky Ball case, community leaders and public officials examined Columbus Police Department protocols and pushed for department policy improvements and further systemic changes during a town hall meeting Tuesday night, a livestreamed event that garnered about 5,700 views on Facebook.

James leaving Lowndes Chamber after almost 4 years

Posted 6/10/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce President Lisa James will be leaving the organization in July and moving to Texas.

Video: Boykin involved in car chase of Ball two months before shooting

Posted 6/9/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Body camera footage released on social media Monday shows a near encounter between former Columbus police officer Canyon Boykin and Columbus resident Ricky Ball nearly two months before Boykin shot and killed Ball during a traffic stop in October 2015.

Community leaders, public officials in Columbus join citizens in rally to pray for justice

Posted 6/8/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Marching down Main Street, R.J. Matthews pulled off his blue cloth mask and held up his left hand in the air.


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