4-County pole inspections begin in New Hope

A 4-County Electric Power Association contract crew has begun work in the New Hope community of the co-op’s Lowndes County service area. Osmose Inc. is treating and inspecting wooden 4-County poles. Crews will be in the area for about four weeks. The work involves inspecting and treating wooden poles in the area. The inspection and work require digging around poles, which means Osmose employees will sometimes be working in 4-County members’ yards and/or properties. The workers will be wearing clothing clearly identifying them as Osmose workers and their trucks will also have 4-County contractor signs. For more information, call...

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Red Cross Registration Monday at Trotter Center

The American Red Cross is taking applications Monday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Red Cross assistance. The applications need to be made in person at the lower level of the Trotter Convention Center. The assistance provided by the Red Cross depends on the needs of each resident. This is assistance provided by the Red Cross for victims and is separate from any other benefits from other agencies. Even if you have registered with other agencies at the Disaster Assistance Center, you will need to contact the Red Cross. If you have NOT had contact with a...

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Disaster Town Hall Set For Monday Night

A Disaster Town Hall Meeting will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Columbus Municipal Complex. The meeting is being held by Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and Lowndes Supervisor Leroy Brooks. The purpose of the meeting is to brief citizens affected by the recent tornado and flood. Current activities being performed by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, volunteer groups and the role of the Lowndes County Emergency Management Office will be discussed. Several officials will be on hand for the event, and a question and answer session will also be held. The address of the meeting is 1501...

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Caledonia Bans Kratom

by Hope Harrington Oakes On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 the town of Caledonia joined other communities and counties in Mississippi in banning the drug Kratom, a natural mind-altering mood enhancement drug that is extremely addictive and has, in an alarmingly short amount of time, caused devastation and mayhem in our community. A task force committee made up area law enforcement, counselors and others have been speaking out and educating the public on the dangers of Kratom for several months. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, the substance has been banned in several communities, including the cities of Columbus,...

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Delta Adds New Flight at GTRA

Delta Airlines is adding a fourth daily flight at Golden Triangle Regional Airport, announced Executive Director Mike Hainsey on Monday. The round-trip flight between Columbus and Atlanta will begin in June. Last year was a record-setting year for GTRA, Hainsey said, and Delta’s addition of the flight is good for long-term growth. “We’ve been working with Delta for two years to get this flight,” Hainsey said. “The number of people on our airplanes is so high that people weren’t flying out of here because either seats weren’t available or prices were too high. We weren’t as competitive, and we...

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