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Man accused of murder released mistakenly, turns self in

A man charged with murder was released from a Mississippi prison, but the prosecutor says he turned himself back in. District Attorney Scott Colom tells news outlets that 28-year-old Joshua Murry was free for about a day. The Mississippi Department of Corrections released Murry on parole Wednesday in a 2015 marijuana conviction. Lowndes County officials say he should have been ...

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Columbus homeowners determined to rebuild after tornado

It’s been seven months since an EF-3 tornado swept through the north side of Columbus damaging or destroying an estimated 300 homes and businesses. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency inspectors ruled 117 of those homes were in an “unlivable” state. For every new roof that dots the landscape, there are a half-dozen more homes that remain, battered and abandoned. The debris ...

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Auxiliary deputy accused of stealing $6,500 from business

Authorities in Mississippi say a part-time auxiliary deputy has been arrested for misappropriating $6,500 in customer payments from a local business. News outlets report 47-year-old Jefferey Allen Banks turned himself in Thursday and was charged with embezzlement. A Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office statement says Banks worked for the department since April 2017 and also worked at a Columbus business. The ...

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5-year-old Mississippi girl found dead in pond by neighbors

Authorities in Mississippi say a 5-year-old girl found dead by her neighbors was apparently never reported missing. Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant tells reporters that Annabelle Bush apparently drowned over the weekend in a pond near her New Hope home. He says she was found by area property owners Monday morning. An autopsy is pending. The county sheriff’s office is ...

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Mayor: Mississippi city tightens spending belt; saves $800K

Columbus officials say the city was on its way into debt but has turned its finances around, saving about $805,000 since March. The Commercial Dispatch reports Columbus Mayor Robert Smith told councilmen Monday that the city saved about $329,000 while adding $476,000 to unbudgeted revenue. Accountant Mike Crowder in March told the city they’d be more than $300,000 in debt ...

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Public library receives grant to restore photos

COLUMBUS — The photographic negative Mona Vance-Ali held in her hand was stiff and crinkled, tinted bright blue from chemical off-gassing. She said it was from around the 1940s or ’50s. Nearly 70 years after it was made, on Wednesday at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, the image wasn’t even visible. Vance-Ali examined one of the yellowing envelopes containing similar-looking negatives ...

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Columbus home becomes state’s first eScore 10

By MARY POLLITZ / The Commercial Dispatch COLUMBUS — As bad luck would have it, Jamie Alford’s air conditioner started losing its gumption last summer, and she knew costly repairs were coming soon. Taking on a larger project, she decided to improve more than just her air conditioner and become more energy efficient. After $15,000 in upgrades, Alford and her ...

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Historic bell tolls again on women’s university campus

By AMANDA LIEN /Commercial Dispatch COLUMBUS — Mississippi University for Women President Nora Miller doesn’t remember when the bell inside the Callaway Hall clock tower stopped chiming. She also doesn’t know why it suddenly started ringing again. After what she guessed is more than 10 years of silence from the historic clock tower, Miller suddenly heard the bell while she ...

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The bell tolls again at a Mississippi university

Students at the Mississippi University for Women will now be serenaded with a familiar sound. WCBI-TV reports the Callaway Clock Tower has been fixed after a series of micro-switches were fixed. The chimes can now be heard across the campus again. The iconic clock tower is located at the Callaway Hall dormitory for female upperclassmen. The university said the equipment ...

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Town’s deputy marshal resigns amid fight investigation

A deputy marshal in a Mississippi town has resigned amid an investigation into a fight after a police chase. The Commercial Dispatch reports Caledonia aldermen accepted Lance Luckey’s resignation Thursday. Luckey remains a Columbus police officer. He had worked part-time with the Caledonia marshal’s office for 12 years and was involved in a fight May 11 between officers from Caledonia, ...

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