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Harry Sanders Hospitalized

Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders was hospitalized a week ago for pneumonia. District 3 Supervisor John Holliman said that doctors had to punch a hole in Sanders’ lung to drain off dangerous fluid. Sanders had a rough go of it for a while, he said. In fact, little to no improvement has been shown after a week in the hospital. Holliman said that Sanders had another procedure performed Tuesday where doctors drained off another liter of fluid.

Pneumonia is nothing to play with. It kills thousands yearly.

Mark Castleberry’s CCVB Appointment Comes Up For Renewal

Mark Castleberry has held the county Hotel/Motel Columbus Conventions & Visitors Bureau board appointment since the revamping of the CCVB board last year. Castleberry will surely reapply for the position as County Administrator Ralph Billingsley begins to accept applications for the position. His current appointment expires February 6th and Billingsley announced at Monday’s board of supervisors meeting that he would be accepting applications.

It’ll be interesting to watch the vote of District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks, who has professed to not care for Castleberry. Castleberry has been steadfast in demanding complete accountability from those applying for grant funds for festivals, and that would include Brooks’ Juneteenth. Brooks has clashed with Castleberry in the past at CCVB meetings and recently made several post on Facebook suggesting that his friends would be better off banking somewhere else in a slap at another CCVB board member, Bart Wise. Wise is president of the local Trustmark Bank. He currently serves as the treasurer for the CCVB board.

New Hope Burglaries

During the holidays each year, burglary and other crimes always seem to be on the increase, but the burglarizing of homes in the New Hope area has many residents of that community up in arms. Recently, it seemed that there were several calls daily in New Hope alone. Though the sheriff’s department beefs up patrols in hard-hit areas of the county, it hasn’t seemed to make much of a dent in New hope during this holiday season. Neighborhood Watch programs are being heavily encouraged because law enforcement can’t be everywhere.

Not only are more New Hope residents up in arms over the recent rash of burglaries, they’re also taking up arms – as in arming themselves with weapons! As one New Hope resident put it, wanting to remain anonymous, “We’re sick of fearing for the safety of our homes and families. I’m gonna shoot and ask questions later!”

Special Election to Fill Bennie Turner’s Senate Seat Tuesday, January 15th

A special election to fill the 16th district Mississippi senate seat left open by the Nov. 27th death of Bennie Turner will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15th. The 16th district includes parts of Lowndes, Clay, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties.

Turner’s daughter, attorney Angela Turner-Lairy, will face off with businessman Kenny Fowler. The special election was set by Governor Phil Bryant after Turner’s death. The winner will fill the remainder of the current term.

Ron Williams can be reached by email at Ronsings2you@aol.com



  1. JohnnyPhillipMorris

    These serial burglaries in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties have been going on for the past three years, and Tony Cooper doesn’t even have a clue.

    What ever happened with Howard Smart’s case involving the $40,000 theft of scrap metal? Not a word in the press since his arrest.

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