Trotter Time Perfect for Pilgrimage

At its March 6 meeting, the Columbus City Council restored the Trotter’s normal hours of operation, discussed problems with the interlocal agreement with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, rejected legal bids and approved some traffic control measures. The council voted unanimously to restore the Trotter Convention Center to its regular operating hours. On Nov. 28, 2017, the council voted 4-2, with Councilmen Joseph Mickens and Charlie Box voting no, to reduce the Trotter’s hours after a man was shot to death outside. It had been rented out for a Thanksgiving party and, despite the presence of both private security...

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No One Charged Yet in School Shooting Threat

Investigators still not have charged anyone in connection with a Facebook threat against the New Hope school campuses in Lowndes County, although more than a dozen people have been interviewed, including “several persons of interest.” But Lowndes County Sheriff Mike Arledge stressed late this afternoon that investigators, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, don’t think this case involves any “viable threat, at this time.” But extra patrols and law enforcement will be at all three campuses — New Hope, West Lowndes and Caledonia — again Tuesday to calm any frayed nerves and “just to make extra...

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Sheriff: Likely No “Viable” Threat at County Schools

Sheriff Mike Arledge would not confirm whether investigators had charged anyone yet, how many people might be involved or their sexes. But he did say, “We’re pretty surre we didn’t and don’t have any viable threat.” “We’re all going to get our heads together here soon and sort out what all we do have,” Arledge said, referring to the FBI and MBI, which have agents in Lowndes County to help out with the investigation and to provide additional security. “We’ve been talking to a bunch of witnesses, a bunch of people,” the sheriff said when asked whether the suspect...

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Tighter Security at City Schools After Social Media Threats

Following the Sunday evening threats of violence on social media to two area schools, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and Police Chief Fred Shelton have added additional Columbus Police Department resources to local schools on Monday and committed to an increased presence on campuses all year. “We are committed to the safety of students and we will continue to work with school officials and use the resources of the City of Columbus toward this goal,” said Mayor Smith. “We will do whatever it takes at any cost to protect students.” The increased presence includes walk-thru of the campuses by officers...

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