Grant Adds Jobs at Lowndes Port, Boosts Steel Maker

A $466,317 state Department of Transportation grant will produce as many as five new jobs at a Lowndes County port and increase efficiency and possibly production at one of the county’s largest employers. The grant will add a second 250-foot rail extension and crane at the West Bank Port operated by WATCO. Initially, the track extension will allow the existing crane to slide down and offload a second barge without having to wait for barges to move in and out. Once the second crane is installed, the Port can offload two barges at once, increasing the amount of scrap...

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CPD Seeks Shoplifters

The Columbus Police Department is seeking two unidentified women in connection with a shoplifting incident at Office Depot in Columbus on June 29. The women allegedly stole two laptops, valued at $1,177. CPD needs help identifying the suspects. Anyone with knowledge of their whereabouts can call CPD at 662-244-3500 or Golden Triangle Crimestoppers at 1-800-530-7151. The person providing the information is considered...

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Murder Plea Shows ‘Senseless’ Violence

A shackled 28-year-old in an orange jail jumpsuit says, “I’m sorry,” for killing his childhood friend “in the spur of the moment.” A father walks away weeping, a brother stoic. In a 142-second exchange, the senseless tragedy of gun violence is lived out among three men in a stark courthouse hallway. Ironically, as the facts would show, that’s about how long it took for the killing to happen in the first place. Friday, Quinton Erby, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of manslaughter in the Sept. 6, 2014, shooting death of his friend, 24-year-old Joshua Richardson, in...

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Columbus Man Murdered in Georgia

Several individuals from Columbus have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Columbus man in LaGrange, Georgia, according to a story from WTVM in Georgia. Sellus Colvin, Christopher Jacobs and Anthony Morris of Columbus are charged with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder. Pam Barker, also of Columbus, is charged with one count of tampering with evidence. A warrant has been issued for Anthony O’Neal. Malcolm Holloway of LaGrange is also charged with murder. According to WTVM, the slaying happened June 27. Police responded to a call of an armed robbery with shots...

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No Bail for Alleged Cracker Barrel Shooter

Columbus Municipal Court Judge Rhonda Hayes Ellis denied bond for accused Cracker Barrel shooter Robert Beck Monday afternoon. Beck, who was captured in Tennessee, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon by a felon. Assistant District Attorney Collen Hudson argued that he was a flight risk and a danger to the community, and that bond should be denied. Ellis agreed. Beck was originally set to be charged with aggravated assault, but Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton said that police asked District Attorney Scott Colom to go for the more serious charge. Beck allegedly shot and wounded...

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