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Child Killed In Wednesday Morning Fire

Child Killed In Wednesday Morning Fire

A Columbus Middle School student died as the results of an early a.m. fire Thursday at Jamestown Apartments in East Columbus. Oranjula Shanklin, 11, lost her life as she tried to escape from her townhouse during the fire. On Wednesday, Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent…

Give Me Twenty Dollars

Give Me Twenty Dollars

On Sunday, Sept. 28 at around 3 p.m., Patrick Roby was riding his bike around 18th Street North and 3rd Avenue North when he claims his bike was rearended by a white Aerostar van driven by Leroy Malone. Malone said Roby swerved and hit him…

Fire on Highway 45 Alternate

Fire on Highway 45 Alternate

A truck pulling a trailer full of large-scale plastic tubing and other items caught fire Monday afternoon around 12 p.m. The truck was traveling north on Highway 45 North Alternate. No injuries were reported. The incident is under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Over The Limit Under Arrest

Over The Limit Under Arrest

Just after 7:00 pm Saturday, Lowdes County first responders were dispatched to Jess Lyons Road near the intersection of Champion Road for a wreck involving a rollover. On scene, they found Jeremy Hayden trapped inside his Volkswagen Passat. Hayden was quickly freed from the demolished…

Up The Creek

Up The Creek

As seen in the Packet: A two-vehicle accident Wednesday night sent one person to the hospital and left a van in a creek. Stallings Shawvender, 23, was traveling westbound on Main Street (at the island) near 2nd Avenue near. the entrance to the Columbus Soccer…

One Injured In Monday Wreck

One Injured In Monday Wreck

A two-car collision Monday sent a Columbus man to the hospital. Leslie Williamson, 59, of Columbus, told Columbus Police officers her was driving his tan 1999 Toyota Tundra through a green light on Main Street at the intersection of Main and Ninth Street when he…

Caledonia Wreck

Caledonia Wreck

Packet Staff Reports Two people went to the hospital Sunday night after a violent collision on Cal-Kolola Road in Caledonia. Lowndes County Deputies and District One volunteers raced to the area of Cal Kolola Road and Jemison Mill Road shortly after dark Sunday after calls…

Two Charged In Drive-By Shooting

Two Charged In Drive-By Shooting

Colin Krieger/The Packet Two Columbus men are in custody and facing charges for their involvement in a Monday drive-by shooting near Stokes Beard Elementary in Columbus. Christopher “Sweetie” Armstrong, age 22, of 805 10th St. N., and Antonius Williams, 23, of 803 Spruce St., have…

Burnin’ Rubber

Burnin’ Rubber

Michael ‘Big Mike’ Livingston/The Packet A local man was lucky to escape uninjured after his vehicle caught fire on the highway Sunday evening. Lowndes County deputies, the Mississippi Highway Patrol and District 5 Volunteers raced to Highway 82 West near the WIN job center around…

Beloved Columbus Woman Dies In Tragic Accident

Beloved Columbus Woman Dies In Tragic Accident

Colin Krieger/The Packet A Columbus woman who was hurt in a violent wreck Friday afternoon succumbed to her injuries early Sunday morning. Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said that 90-year-old Pearl Mae Watson died from multiple traumas to her body suffered in the accident. Witnesses…

Crash, Smash, Road Rash

Crash, Smash, Road Rash

Crash, Smash, Road Rash Michael “Big Mike” Livingston/The Packet     Lowndes County District 1 volunteers and sheriff’s deputies raced to the intersection of Dale Rd. and Shelton in Caledonia Sunday afternoon after a motorcyclist was injured after striking another vehicle. The Sheriff’s Department reported that Austin Lumpkin…

Ridge Road Wreck Smashes Shed

Ridge Road Wreck Smashes Shed

Colin  Krieger/The Packet A local couple will be in the market for new storage shed after theirs was destroyed by an uninsured motorist early Monday morning. The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office reported that Shameka Hairston was traveling north on Ridge Road at approximately 6:45 a.m….

One Wreck Leads To Another

One Wreck Leads To Another

Colin Krieger/The Packet A Columbus woman found herself stuck on a suburban hillside after she pulled off of the highway following a car accident last Wednesday afternoon. Peggy Kennedy was reportedly travelling south on Highway 45 North in Columbus in the left lane when she…

The Night The Lights Went Out On Northside

The Night The Lights Went Out On Northside

The Night The Lights Went Out On Northside BY COLIN KRIEGER columbuspacket@cableone.net A violent wreck on 14th Street North left several Columbus residents without power Monday night and police wondering looking for the culprit. Witnesses told police they saw a silver 2006 Nissan Sentra blow…

Huge Wreck on Hughes Road

Huge Wreck on Hughes Road

Colin Krieger/The Packet columbuspacket@cableone.net     Power was temporarily disconnected and four vehicles were damaged early Friday morning when a Columbus man left the roadway and wrecked his pickup truck on Hughes Road. E-911 operators dispatched Lowndes County deputies to a home at the corner of…

Holiday House Fire

Holiday House Fire

Debbie Milliern/The Packet Shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, the Westbrooks family  at 736 West View Lane Road were awakened by a buzzing noise. When Danny Westbrooks went to investigate the noise, he noticed that the dishwasher in the kitchen was on fire. Westbrooks was able…

Third Wreck Of Year For Lowndes Family

Third Wreck Of Year For Lowndes Family

BY COLIN KRIEGER columbuspacket@cabelone.net A Lowndes County woman is recovering from injuries from a wreck on ridge Road last Monday, the third accident her family has suffered this year. Ashley Rea, 25, of South Perkins Road, was reportedly heading home on the chilly night just…

Murder on 21st Street

Murder on 21st Street

BY COLIN KRIEGER columbuspacket@cableone.net Pictures by Debbie Millern and Colin Krieger A suspect is in custody and funeral arrangements have been set in the shooting death of a local man early Friday morning near the Frog Bottom neighborhood of Columbus. Randall Carl Cooper, 31, turned…

Slideshow: Rolled Tide (WARNING: Graphic Images)

Slideshow: Rolled Tide (WARNING: Graphic Images)

Debbie Milliern/The Packet Alabama Crimson Tide fan Ronnie Joe Otts of Guin, Ala. started out the Thanksgiving weekend in a bad way when he rolled his crimson-red single cab Chevy truck in a ditch Friday afternoon. Otts was traveling north on Gunshoot Road near the…