Alsobrooks Selected as EMCC President

Dr. Scott Alsobrooks has been named president of East Mississippi Community College. Alsobrooks, the vice president of Economic and Community Development at Pearl River Community College, will assume the post early in the spring term that begins in January. “I am super excited,” Alsobrooks said. “I am ready to roll up my sleeves and go to work with the team and staff at East Mississippi Community College, as well as the community stakeholders, which includes economic and community development entities and members of local governments. There are so many people I am looking forward to engaging with.” Alsobrooks brings...

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Man Arrested After Allegedly Shooting Into Home

A Crawford man has been arrested for allegedly firing multiple shots into a house. According to a press release from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, shortly before 11 a.m. on Nov. 27 deputies responded to a shots fired call on Sugar Hill Road in Crawford. The front window was broken, and there was evidence that at least two shots had hit the home.  Witnesses alleged that Jamie Quartez Hubbard, 22, of 71 Malone Street, had gotten into an altercation during a family member’s birthday party. Hubbard went outside and got a gun. When occupants tried to keep him from coming...

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4-County sends second crew to assist Florida in hurricane restoration efforts

A second 4-County Electric Power Association crew is on its way to West Florida Electric Cooperative to assist in restoring power to residents suffering in the wake of Hurricane Michael. The employees, who left Columbus before 7 a.m. Friday, will join the recovery efforts at West Florida Electric, based in Graceville, and serving 28,000 meters in four counties. The 10-man 4-County team leaving today will relieve an 11-man team that left Oct. 17 to assist the Florida co-op. That initial team is arriving home tonight. West Florida estimates that there were 8,500 poles damaged due to the hurricane. About...

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CPD Seeks Help Identifying Victim in Illinois Cold Case

In an unusual case, Columbus Police have been asked to assist in identifying a homicide victim from 1976 that was found in Morris, IL. The victim is believed to have ties to Columbus and Lowndes County. “We have been asked by officials with the Grundy County Coroner’s Office in Illinois to release this information and this sketch to see if anyone can help identify this victim,” said Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton. “This unidentified black female was found in a ditch in a rural part of Grundy County and we hope that someone in Columbus and Lowndes County can...

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Councilman Implicated in Embezzlement Case

[This story has been modified since its original posting to include new information. – Ed.] A Columbus city councilman and his wife have been named in an embezzlement investigation involving Bargain Hunt, located at 2312 Highway 45 North. A clerk at the store, Sharon Smith, who had been named as the subject of the investigation, turned herself in to CPD late Tuesday afternoon. She has since been charged with one count of felony embezzlement. Ward 5 Councilman Stephen Jones and his wife, Stephanie, are among seven customers who were not charged correctly for items that they purchased, said Police...

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