Columbus Trucker Charged in Clay Rape Attempt

A 37-year-old Columbus truck driver wanted in Clay County for burglary and attempted rape is snagged at a California truck inspection station. Maurice Sentell Reliford was caught at the Donner Pass inspection station on Oct. 21 when California inspectors found his license wasn’t in order and his name came up as being wanted in Clay County. He was returned to West Point late Wednesday night. The arrest comes 30 months after he was released from the Mississippi Department of Corrections after serving 15 years for child abuse in Lowndes County, receiving stolen property in Benton County and possession of...

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City of Columbus Opens Overnight Warming Center

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith has ordered the opening of an emergency overnight warming center for residents that need heated shelter during the impending hazardous cold weather. The GTR Homeless Coalition has joined with the City of Columbus to open the facility. The center will be located at the Columbus Police Department at 1501 Main Street inside the police station and will open today, Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Mayor Smith and Martha Kirkley, the co-president of the Homeless Coalition, made the announcement Monday morning under an emergency declaration. Kirkley leads the Coalition with Rev. Sandra Depriest, the other co-president. “We...

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Deputies Need Help with Theft

On Oct. 29, 2019, a Lowndes County deputy received a report that a 2018 John Deere Gator XUV25M was stolen from a Stinson Creek Road residence in Lowndes County.  Lowndes County detectives are asking for the public’s help with any information regarding this theft.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at (662) 328-6788 or the Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at...

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Ethel Taylor Stewart Sworn In

Ethel Taylor Stewart was sworn in as the councilwoman for Ward 1 Wednesday evening at the Municipal Complex. Her husband, Johnnie, held the Bible during the ceremony. Stewart will serve out the remainder of the late Gene Taylor’s term; Taylor was her...

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Lowndes County

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open Friday, Sept. 27, in Lowndes County to provide one-on-one assistance to Mississippians affected by the storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding which occurred from Feb. 22 to March 29, 2019. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration and other state, federal and volunteer agencies will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications. The center is located at East Columbus Gym, 222 Lawrence Drive, Columbus, MS 39702. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6...

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