MSDH Gives Local Government, Responders, COVID-19 Briefing

BY BRIAN JONES brian.jones@packet-media.com The Columbus City Council, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors held a joint meeting with representatives from the Mississippi State Department of Health Monday afternoon at Emergency Management to be briefed on COVID-19. The police department, fire department, the city school district and Mississippi University for Women, among others, also sent representatives. Dr. Robert Curry, regional health officer for the Central Public Health Region, gave a presentation about what is known about the virus right now. “Let’s start with what COVID-19 is,” he said. “The virus started in a large seafood and animal market in...

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City schools offering drive-in wifi accessibility

“Drive-in” WiFi accessibility for CMSD students, faculty and staff is being provided at the following locations in cooperation with the City of Columbus and the Columbus Housing Authority. District WiFi Access: Brandon Central Services Center – North parking lot by the Board Room Cook Elementary – Front parking lot Stokes-Beard Elementary – Front parking lot Sale Elementary – Front parking lot Fairview Elementary – Front and side parking lots District Verizon Hotspots: Coleman Community Center/Housing Authority MLK Housing Authority – 1501 MLK Drive Sandfield Community Center – 617 Oak Street Shields Sims Housing Authority – 1515 4th Street South...

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Gardner Blvd Closed at 182 Until Saturday

Gardner Boulevard at Highway 182 is closed to through traffic until this weekend after a sinkhole opened. Maxwell Lane will also be closed at Gardner. According to a press release put out by the City of Columbus, emergency sewer repairs are needed, and so both streets must be closed. The sewer line is over 10 feet below the pavement. Southbound traffic from Waterworks Road will be diverted at Hemlock Street next to Cash and Carry Building Supply, then routed to Browder Street. Businesses on Gardner will sill be accessible to employees and customers, but there will be no through...

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The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office has released more pictures in the armed robbery of a Dollar General store, as well as announcing a new app that can be used to send tips to Crimestoppers. The Dollar General at 7624 Highway 45 North was allegedly robbed on Feb. 16 at about 10 a.m. The suspect reportedly drove away in a small blue car with tinted windows. Sheriff Eddie Hawkins said that tipsters could now use a free app called P3 Tips, available for both iPhone and Android from their app stores, to anonymously send in information. “Golden Triangle Crimestoppers pays...

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Local Rescue Teams Save ‘Treed’ Flood Victim in Hinds County

Firefighters from West Point and Columbus helped rescue a Hinds County man Monday afternoon from rain-swollen Big Black River along Old Highway 80 in Hinds County. The 54-year-old man and a friend had been on the river patrolling the areas around flooded camphouses when it hit a limb, flipping the boat and throwing the two men into the river, which is part of the water system which has experienced near-record flooding during the weekend and into this week. The friend was able to get to safety but the victim was only able to grab hold of a limb and...

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