The Packet » Columbus
Browse

Columbus

A Seasoned Fighter

A Seasoned Fighter

By Hope Harrington Oakes Mott Ellis remembers being angry when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1991.  “When Mom was diagnosed and I saw what she had to go through, I got angry,” Elli said. “There was no rhyme or reason to it.” Ellis’…

Roberta Weeks Awarded Teacher of the Year

Roberta Weeks Awarded Teacher of the Year

By Liza Miley NHMS Language Arts Teacher Special to the Packet What is a hero to you?  To many people when they think of heroes, they think of cartoon characters, presidents, or professional athletes.  For myself, when I think of a hero, I think of…

Joy Prom

Joy Prom

By Sarah Wilson Special to The Columbus Packet The entire building shook as the bass bumped last Saturday night at Mt. Vernon Church’s Second Annual Joy Prom. More than 70 couples danced for hours to everything from the YMCA to the Harlem Shake while parents,…

Accreditation Team Visits Columbus Schools

Accreditation Team Visits Columbus Schools

BY BRIAN JONES An on-site visit to the Columbus Municipal School District by an accreditation team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools ended last week with an outbriefing for district personnel.  The team mostly spoke well of the district, but also highlighted some…

Market Street Festival Kicks Off May 2

Market Street Festival Kicks Off May 2

BY JEFF CLARK jeff.clark@test.columbuspacket.com/packet Twitter/Vine @thejeffclark One of Columbus’ biggest events gets underway next Friday. The annual Market Street Festival begins Fri., May 2 in Downtown Columbus. Festival director Amber Brislin said this year’s event promises to have something for everyone. “As 2013 marks the…

Copper Bandits Caught at Lee Middle

Copper Bandits Caught at Lee Middle

Two Columbus men were caught red-handed at the old Lee Middle School when officers with the Columbus Police Department noticed a suspicious vehicle near the school.  Columbus Police officer Nick Williams was checking the grounds of the  old Lee Middle School campus shortly after 3:30…

A Love of Teaching

A Love of Teaching

By Hope Harrington Oakes For the past thirty-one-plus years, Willie Bell has awakened each morning ready to take on what a day of teaching and nurturing two, three and four-year olds would bring. While serving as the Preschool Director and Teacher at First Presbyterian’s Child…

Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday

    The local gossip scene is all abuzz after stories of a shooting, an overturned car and an armed robbery made the rounds after Columbus Police had a hectic day last Friday. The Packet has been answering queries about a Frito’s Corn Chip delivery driver…

Brooks: Juneteenth will go on

Brooks: Juneteenth will go on

District 5 Supervisor Alleges Political Motives Used to Block Juneteenth Festival By Jeff Clark jeff.clark@test.columbuspacket.com/packet Twitter/Vine @thejeffclark Less than 24 hours after the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors removed a discussion on funding the Juneteenth Festival from its agenda, festival organizer and…

Letter to the Editor – Hilda Hill Fox

Dear Editor, God’s Grace and Mercy Kept Me One morning in 1994 our neighborhood was being canvassed all day every day; however it was not with teenagers, but with mostly boys 10-12 years old. So in response to the Columbus Police Department along with Columbus…

Picture Gallery: Grillin' on the River 2013

Picture Gallery: Grillin' on the River 2013

Grillin on the River took place this year on April 13th and 14th.   Kansas City Barbecue Society Final Standings after this year’s competition: PRO: Big Whit & the Boys – Scott Whitmore – Madison, MS Parrothead Smokers – John Nilges – Dakota Dunes, SD…

League of Voters Forum Review BY RON WILLIAMS There were two apparents that one could be left with from the League of Voters candidate forum held last Thursday evening at the Columbus Municipal Complex between the candidates running for mayor and council in the upcoming…

HanaLena to play MUW Homecoming

HanaLena to play MUW Homecoming

It will be a homecoming of sorts when Nashville-based HanaLena plays Rent Auditorium tonight as part of Mississippi University for Women’s Spring Homecoming. HanaLena, sisters Caroline and Hannah Melby, are natives of Starkville where the band formed as the popular Nash Street. But after moving…

Local Man Loses Life in Motorcycle Wreck

Local Man Loses Life in Motorcycle Wreck

The blinding sunset Tuesday evening may have factored into a tragic accident that led to the death of a 46-year-old Starkville man. Mildred Smith, of Starkville, told authorities she was headed Eastbound on Highway 182(Frontage Rd.) when a Wesbound motorcycle swerved into her lane and…

Chuck Yarborough, the Crypt Keeper

Chuck Yarborough, the Crypt Keeper

By Hope Harrington Oakes Friendship Cemetery has long been an important landmark in the city of Columbus since it was founded on a bluff overlooking the Tombigbee River in 1849.  Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, it now encompasses over 65…

City to Discuss Felony Hire Policy Tuesday

City to Discuss Felony Hire Policy Tuesday

By Jeff Clark jeff.clark@test.columbuspacket.com/packet Twitter @thejeffclark The Columbus City Council on Tuesday will discuss a new employee hiring policy which includes the omission of the city’s ban on hiring convicted felons. The new hiring language, which will have to passed by a majority vote, was…