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Gotta Have That Beer

Gotta Have That Beer

BY THE PACKET Photos By Debbie Milliern The mother-and-son Packeteer team of Debbie Milliern and Big Mike helped bring a shoplifter to justice on the evening of Wednesday, July 23. According to Milliern, the dynamic duo were in Sprint Mart #4103 (formerly Tina Watkins) on…

CMSD Holds Budget Hearing — No Shortfall This Year

CMSD Holds Budget Hearing — No Shortfall This Year

Value of Mill Expected to Drop Again Next Year BY BRIAN JONES Staff Writer brian.jones@packet-media.com The Columbus Municipal School Board held its FY15 budget hearing July 11 at 8:30 a.m.  Business Officer Tammie McGarr went through each budget area for the trustees and fielded some…

Jasmine Murray,  Miss Mississippi

Jasmine Murray, Miss Mississippi

HOPE HARRINGTON OAKES Staff Writer hopeharringtonoakes@gmail.com Like most young women her age, Columbus native Jasmine Murray stays pretty busy.  The Mississippi State University Broadcast Journalism major has combined her studies with her Miss Mississippi Pageant preparation (she is this year’s Miss Riverland), her church worship…

Sheriff Honors First Responders [w/IMAGE GALLERY]

Sheriff Honors First Responders [w/IMAGE GALLERY]

Colin Krieger/The Packet Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge held a special ceremony to honor several first responders who were in service on March 18 when two deputies were shot in the line of duty. Lt. Larry Swearingen and Lt. Clint Sims have recently returned to active duty…

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…

Heritage Holds Kindergarten Boot Camp

Heritage Holds Kindergarten Boot Camp

By the Packet and WCBI Heritage Academy held their inaugural “boot camp” for incoming first graders. The school designed the camp to act as a refresher and reinforcement of the skills learned in kindergarten. The camp is exposing the students who’ll be entering first grade…

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….

Shooting of Family Dog Leads To Lawsuit

Shooting of Family Dog Leads To Lawsuit

Colin Krieger/The Packet An unfortunate incident between neighbors looks like it will end up in court after a family dog was shot and killed early in the morning of July 4. Columbus Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Sylvan Rd. around 7:45 a.m. Friday after…

Tazed on Tape

Tazed on Tape

Police Arrest Bystanders After Northside Arrest Exclusive Video of Late Night Tazing On The Packet Website Packet Staff Report [UPDATE: Video referenced in this article can be seen below]. [UPDATE: This version has been edited to reflect the fact that Robert Mitchell did not post…

Stronger Every Day: Chicago at The Beau Rivage Theater May 30

Stronger Every Day: Chicago at The Beau Rivage Theater May 30

Stronger Everyday Chicago brings well-oiled machine to Mississippi Gulf Coast Beau Rivage Theater Friday, May 30 BY JEFF CLARK[wzslider autoplay="true" lightbox="true"] jeff.clark@packet-media.com   If there is a harder working band than Chicago on the tour circuit, then I have yet to see them. When Chicago…

Starkville Aldermen Discuss Graffiti Problem

BY NIAH JAMERSON Packet Intern Parker Wiseman   STARKVILLE – Volunteer Starkville coordinator, Jamey Bachman, appeared before the Starkville Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night to discuss the organization’s accomplishments during the second quarter of the fiscal year. According to Bachman, members of the Starkville…

Longtime West Point Veterinarian Pete Edwards Dies At 69

Packet Staff Reports Pete Edwards  WEST POINT –  Dr. Pete Edwards of West Point has passed away. Edwards, 69, was a longtime resident who touched many lives through his work at the West Point Animal Clinic.    “He was a personal friend, and a dedicated professional,”…

Two Arrested For Assault On Southside

Debbie Milliern/The Packet An alleged Wednesday night assault has led to the arrest of two Columbus men.Columbus police were dispatched to 14th Street South and 10th Avenue South when a call came in from a male subject who claimed he had been “stabbed.” Upon arrival,…

The Soundtrack Of Summer Tour May 29 Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

The Soundtrack Of Summer Tour May 29 Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

The Soundtrack Of Your Life Soundtrack of Summer Tour Don Felder, Foreigner and STYX Thursday, May 29 Tuscaloosa Amphitheater BY JEFF CLARK jeff.clark@packet-media.com [wzslider autoplay="true" lightbox="true"]   Although the official start of summer is still a few weeks off, amphitheaters across the nation are gearing…

Chicago: Now More Than Ever

Chicago: Now More Than Ever

Pioneering “Rock Band With Horns” To Release New Album July 4 BY JEFF CLARK With a repertoire that includes more than 100,000,000 albums sold worldwide, 21 top 10 singles, five consecutive number one albums and 11 number one singles, the band Chicago isn’t one to…

Local Flavor by Hope Harrington Oakes – Issue 1089

Local Flavor by Hope Harrington Oakes – Issue 1089

Staff Writer hopeharringtonoakes@gmail.com Okay, I will be the first to admit it, sometimes, I can be such a goofball!  In last week’s column I tried to honor my two moms by sharing a couple of their recipes (Shrimp Etouffee and Loaded Potato Bombs).  Well, the…

Don Felder: The Long Road To Forever

Don Felder: The Long Road To Forever

BY JEFF CLARK It’s been more than 10 years since Don Felder unplugged his signature Gibson EDS-1275 (the “SG double neck”) guitar and left the Eagles. And in that time period, Felder has seen lawsuits with former band members and a divorce from his wife…