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  • WEATHER

    Kelsie Nicole GerhartFourth grade, New Hope

    High 71 Low 46Mostly sunny

    Full forecast on page 2A.

    FIVE QUESTIONS1 Whose birthday do the people of Bermuda celebrate on the second Monday in June?2 Where in Beijing did Chinese stu-dents build a Goddess of Democracy in May 1989?3 How many strings do most guitars have?4 What is the common name for the fluid expelled from the body through the process of lacrimation?5 How many balls are normally racked in the triangle in pocket billiards?

    Answers, 10B

    INSIDEClassifieds 8BComics 7B

    Obituaries 5AOpinions 6A

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    CALENDAR

    Thursday, May 1 Lowndes Day of Prayer: In conjunc-tion with the National Day of Prayer, the privately-funded Christian Community Organization invites citizens of Colum-bus and surrounding areas to join in an observance outside the Lowndes Coun-ty Courthouse at 502 Second Ave. N.

    Friday and Saturday, May 2-3 Market Street Festival: Columbus annual festival kicks off May 2 at the Riverwalk with a free evening concert by Almost Famous of Memphis, Tenn. Saturday features arts and crafts vendors, live music and fun activities all day downtown. Look for more infor-mation soon at marketstreetfestival.com or contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.

    PUBLIC MEETINGSMay 5: Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, Court-house, 9 a.m.May 5: Clay County Board of Supervisors, Courthouse, 9 a.m.May 5: Caledonia Board of Alderman, town hall at 6 p.m.May 8: Clay County Board of Supervisors, Courthouse, 9 a.m.May 9: Lowndes County School Board, Central Office, 11 a.m. May 12: Columbus Munic-ipal School Board, Central office, 6 p.m.May 15: Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, Court-house, 9 a.m.

    LOCAL FOLKS

    Izzy Paros is in fifth grade at Cook Elementary. She is the daughter of Leslie Stratzves.

    Mary Alice Weeks/Dispatch StaffCasey Blair clears branches from Lonny and Wanda Nickoles home on Lacy Drive in New Hope on Monday morning following a bout of thunderstorms and tornadoes that tore through northeast Mississippi on Monday night.

    BY SARAH [email protected]

    COLUMBUS The Columbus Police Depart-ment has an interim chief.

    In a unanimous vote, the Columbus City Coun-

    cil put Tony Carleton into the position during a specially called meeting Wednesday morning.

    Former chief Selvain McQueen retired earlier this month after serving

    as chief for less than three years. He earned $70,000 a year in the position.

    Assistant Chief Joe Johnson has been in charge of the department since McQueens depar-ture.

    Carleton, an 18-year law enforcement veteran,

    has served as assis-tant chief with CPD since he was hired in November. Before his hiring, he served as chief of police in

    Tupelo. He resigned from that position to come to Columbus.

    He was earning $65,000 as assistant chief. He will earn $67,500 as interim.

    A graduate of the Mis-sissippi Law Enforcement Training Academy, Car-leton has a bachelors de-

    gree in public administra-tion with an emphasis in criminal justice from the University of Mississippi. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in November.

    Mayor Robert Smith said he hopes the city will

    AFTER THE STORM

    Neighbors help neighbors in storms aftermathBY NATHAN [email protected]

    COLUMBUS Beverly Smith lives with her 86-year-old mother, Alice Nickoles, at the corner of Lacy and Hutcherson roads in east Lowndes County. On Tuesday afternoon, they were approaching 24 hours without power, but were in good spirits.

    Carolyn Nickoles was helping

    Smith clean up the yard. Wearing gloves, they stacked limbs in a pile.

    This is nothing compared to some folks, Carolyn Nickoles said, acknowledging the more extensive damage half a mile away near Pleas-ant Hill Road. Were blessed.

    Approximately, 1,009 4-County Electric customers were still without power Tuesday after Monday after-noons severe weather hit particularly

    hard in New Hope. 4-County commu-nications specialist Brad Barr said all of those are likely in Lowndes Coun-ty. Seventy-two people are working to restore power to those homes. It is expected for a majority of them to have power again this evening, Barr said.

    Columbus Lowndes Emergency Management Agency Director Cindy Lawrence said about 100 homes county-wide received damage.

    INSIDE SOUTH: Storms cut devastating path through the South, PAGE 3A. ALABAMA: Damage minimal in Lamar County, PAGE 4A. SLIMANTICS: East Columbus neighborhood rallies in storms aftermath, PAGE 6A. PARTIAL TO HOME: Rays ride out storm at Tabernacle Road home, PAGE 6A. LOUISVILLE: Search continues for missing boy; Louisville ER doctor clings to patient in terrifying tug-of- war, PAGE 8A. RACE TRACK: Destroyed race track will soon recover, manager vows, PAGE 9A. TUPELO: Noted Tupelo swimmer is lone fatality in Tusca-loosa, PAGE 2B.

    Columbus City Council names Carleton as Interim ChiefWilliam Browning/Dispatch Staff

    Rev. Robert Gavin, the pastor of

    Springfield M.B. Church on Highway 45 South,

    on Tuesday looks at

    what is left of the church

    following Mondays

    storms. Mary Gavin,

    his wife, came with him to see

    the damage.

    Tornado levels Lowndes Co. churchBY WILLIAM [email protected]

    A tornado completely destroyed Springfield M.B. Church on Monday.

    It had stood for nearly 150 years in a field on the east side of Highway 45 South, down toward Macon. A small, old cemetery is be-hind it. A large limb that had snapped off of a nearby oak

    tree laid through the head-stones.

    Where the church once was is now only rubble. Ev-erything seems to have fall-en toward the north when the storm came through. Bricks and paneling are strewn about.

    The only thing left en-tirely intact by the tornados winds is a wooden cross adorned with a purple sash

    near where the front en-trance once stood.

    The Rev. Robert Gavin has served as pastor for about three years. Its a small con-gregation.

    Gavin learned about the destruction not long after it happened around 6 p.m. Mon-day. A church trustee knows a Lowndes County deputy, who happened to pass by and saw what had happened, and the word spread.

    Pastor: The church is flat

    See CHURCH, 10A

    Carleton

    See COLUMBUS, 9A

    EMA: 12 mobile homes destroyed, 100 damaged

    Has served as assistant chief since Nov.

    See CARLETON, 9A

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    Five-Day forecast for the Golden Triangle

    Almanac Data National Weather

    Lake Levels

    River Stages

    Sun and MoonSolunar table

    Shown are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.

    City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W City Hi Lo W Hi Lo W

    Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, i-ice, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow

    Yesterday 7 a.m. 24-hr.Lake Capacity yest. change

    The solunar period schedule allows planning days so you will be fishing in good territory or hunting in good cover during those times.

    Temperature

    Precipitation

    Tombigbee

    Yesterday Flood 7 a.m. 24-hr.River stage yest. change

    Columbus Tuesday

    High/low ..................................... 82/62Normal high/low ......................... 80/54Record high ............................ 89 (1957)Record low .............................. 40 (1965)

    Tuesday ........................................... 0.02"Month to date ................................. 8.56"Normal month to date ..............

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