Sheriff’s Office Seeks Info on Missing Person

On March 26, 2019, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report of a missing person.  John McMillen, 46. was last seen on March 24 at approximately 3 p.m. when he left 396 Elm Drive in Columbus en route to Greenville, Ala.  McMillen has not been heard from since he left.  He was driving a green 2004 Ford F-150 tag# LT1 0930 . Anyone with any information to McMillen’s whereabouts is asked to call the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at (662) 328-6788....

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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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