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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…

Rants, Raves and Circumstance

Rants, Raves and Circumstance

Clay County vs Drug Court Last week the Clay County Board of Supervisors revisited misdemeanor drug court, which they canceled back in June. Drug Court Coordinator Edward Houston and District 4 Supervisor Shelton Deanes urged the board to reconsider, and floated the idea that the…

Terry Wayne Brown Sr.

Terry Wayne Brown Sr.

State Senator President Pro Tempore, Terry W. Brown, Sr., 64, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS after a battle with cancer. Visitation will be Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10:00 am 1:00 PM at Pleasant Hill Baptist…

Frog Bottom Nightmare

Frog Bottom Nightmare

COLUMBUS  A legacy of violence continues to follow a group of friends on the Columbus Northside. Just after 1 a.m. Saturday, emergency responders were called to the intersection of Peach Street and Cherry Street in the Frog Bottom community for a reported shooting with one…

Gator News

Gator News

Every Saturday morning, Columbus resident Jacque Junkins likes to take her family downtown to visit the Hitching Lot Farmer’s Market, then take the dog down to the Riverwalk for a stroll. Last Saturday, they were surprised to see a large alligator on the opposite bank…

C is for Caring

C is for Caring

Just on the outskirts of the Prairie Arts Festival was a lemonade stand that was manned by three young ladies with a purpose: to raise a lot of money for St. Jude’s. They first did the Lemonade fundraiser last year, by offering the lemonade for…

Ailing Senator In Critical Condition

Ailing Senator In Critical Condition

Sen. Terry Brown, R-Columbus, the President Pro Tempore of the Mississippi Senate, is in the Critical Care Unit of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. Brown has been on the unit for more than a week. On Wednesday, a feeding tube was removed from Brown’s…

Racial Slurs Lead To Smack-Down, Arrest Of Father/Son Duo

Racial Slurs Lead To Smack-Down, Arrest Of Father/Son Duo

A heated late night exchange sent a father and son to jail, with a pit stop at the hospital. Witnesses told Columbus Police that the incident occured when Steven and Michael Pierce entered the Huddle House on Military Road. Thepairallegedlyspoutedoffseveral racial slurs, insulting and arguing…

West Point Man Brutally Assaulted in Race Related Fight

West Point Man Brutally Assaulted in Race Related Fight

West Point is a seemingly idyllic community nestled not far from the banks of the Tombigbee River. But as the town prepares for its annual Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival and the Prairie Arts Festival, both longtime attractions of Labor Day Weekend in Clay County, a…

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…

Heidi Ho, Mate! — One Arrested In Heidiho Shootout

Heidi Ho, Mate! — One Arrested In Heidiho Shootout

Suspect facing 13 charges Debbie Milliern \ The Packet A Southside man could face some serious jail time after he ran from police following a shootout at a popular Columbus club Sunday night. Travon Roby, 24, of 901 11th St. S., was among three men…

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…

Man Assaulted Before Having Throat Cut

Man Assaulted Before Having Throat Cut

Just before 9:30 pm Monday, Columbus police and medical responders rushed to 2206 8th Avenue South after a caller to E-911 reported that a man had been assaulted before having his throat cut. The caller also stated that the assailant fled the home in a…

Smith Breaks Tie to Give Self Raise at Budget Session

Smith Breaks Tie to Give Self Raise at Budget Session

BY BRIAN JONES Staff Writer brian.jones@packet-media.com The Columbus City Council held a special meeting August 6 to further discuss its budget process.  Less than one week after cutting seven police officers and three firefighters, the council handed out raises to several employees, including Mayor Robert…

House Party Shoot ‘Em Up

House Party Shoot ‘Em Up

BY JOHN DOUGLAS AND COLIN KRIEGER Just after midnight Saturday, a house party in eastern Lowndes County turned violent after an argument broke out. Lowndes County deputies, Columbus police officers and medical responders rushed to the 4500 block of Highway 182 East in response to…

Hampton In Trouble After Checking Out

Hampton In Trouble After Checking Out

Colin Krieger/The Packet Notorious local malefactor Damien “Thug” Hampton is still at large after he escaped capture and crashed his runaway car on Ridge Road Sunday morning. The incident began around 10:30 a.m. Sunday when E-911 operators dispatched Lowndes County Deputy Mark McGairty to a…

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…