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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…

I Was Going To The House

I Was Going To The House

Just before 6:30 p.m. last Thursday, Columbus Police Officer Christopher Smith attempted to make a traffic stop with a white Dodge Avenger near the intersection of 13th Street and 3rd Avenue North. The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Tyrone Pratt, declined to stop. Instead, he…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Rants, Raves and Circumstance – All schools, all the time.

OPINION Rants, Raves and Circumstance BY BRIAN JONES brian.jones@packet-media.com All schools, all the time. CMSD Meets Three Times in One Week Over the past year, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees has sunk to lows that, frankly, have to be seen to be…