Candidates Square Off in Caledonia

BY BRIAN JONES Eight candidates took questions from constituents during a political forum at Caledonia Thursday night. Candidates for District 1 Justice Court Judge, District 1 Supervisor, Chancery Clerk and Senate District 17; a second forum, set for July 18th, with feature candidates for Representative District 39, sheriff, county prosecuting attorney and District 1 Constable. Each candidate was given a few minutes to introduce themselves, and then took questions. Caledonia Middle School teacher Allison Barnett served as the moderator. [I’m not going to cover every question for the sake of brevity. – Ed.] Incumbent District 1 Justice Court...

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House Race Gets Heated

BY BRIAN JONES The race for the District 39 House seat is heating up in Lowness County. Incumbent Jeff Smith, who has served the district for 28 years, has some serious competition in Columbus realtor Dana McClean, a native of Columbus who returned to the area a few years ago. With rumors and speculation and threats making the rounds, the Columbus Packet takes a realistic look at both candidates. In the last couple of weeks rumors have surfaced that McLean, who is also an attorney, was disbarred, that she was arrested in Florida in 2013 and evicted from...

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Three of Four Alleged Shoplifters Turn Themselves In

Three persons have turned themselves in at the Columbus Police Department for felony shoplifting after videos of their activity appeared on local news and social media outlets. Four persons were being sought for stealing over $1,500 of “Yeti” coolers and backpacks from the Columbus Dick’s Sporting Goods on Highway 45 North. The incident occurred on May 20. The three persons that turned themselves in are juveniles and will be charged with felony shoplifting. The fourth person in the video has been identified and is being sought by police. “I have to thank the local news media for their assistance...

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Drug Take-Back Program Saturday at CPD

The Columbus Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will be holding a drug take-back program this Saturday in Columbus. Prescription drugs in patches or pills can be dropped off at the police department on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The department is located at 1501 Main Street. There will be fun for the family, too. Sharps or needles are not...

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Kellum Caught Thursday Morning

Kristopher Kellum, who was the subject of a search by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi Highway Patrol after he allegedly fled from officers, was taken into custody this morning at approximately 7:45 a.m.  He was hiding in a storage building north of the Lowndes County line in Monroe County (beside the old truck stop).  The United States Marshal Fugitive Task Force and Mississippi Highway Patrol received information of Kellum’s location and took him into custody without incident.    Kellum was armed with a firearm at the time of his arrest. He was transported back to Lowndes County...

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