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Police crack down on DUIs and seatbelts

Posted 5/29/2012 in Area

Several traffic check points were implemented by CPD over the holiday weekend. Between Saturday and Monday at midnight, 98 citations were issued and six arrests were made, including one for driving under the influence (DUI).



Golden Triangle unemployment rates continue to fall

Posted 5/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the third month in a row, the number of unemployed workers in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties decreased. A Mississippi Department of Employment Security report on statewide unemployment notes the April unemployment rate for Lowndes County was 8.7 percent, a significant drop from 9.1 percent in March and 9.9 percent in February.


A flight to honor those who have served

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

He was just a boy from Mississippi, born and raised in Louisville, shipped off to war at the age of 18. He was a member of the "Greatest Generation," fighting in what would later be known as the "Good War."


CMSD selects superintendent

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a year in flux, the Columbus Municipal School District has a new superintendent, Board President Tommy Prude announced Saturday afternoon, declining to release the name of the chosen candidate.


Court: Wright wrongfully terminated

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A two-year saga has come to a close for Lowndes County Superintendent Lynn Wright, whose name was cleared Wednesday when Lowndes County Chancery Court Judge Dorothy Colom ruled he was wrongfully terminated as principal of New Hope High School in 2010.

During interview, Liddell pushes for accountability

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell Friday was interviewed by the board of trustees, as the last of three candidates vying for the full-time job.

Gardner sentenced to twenty years for burglary

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens Friday sentenced Demonta Gardner to 20 years in prison. A jury last week convicted Gardner of burglary of an occupied dwelling, but he was not convicted on a related armed robbery charge.


Crime report 5-27-12

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Breaking: Gardner sentenced to 20 years

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Demonta Gardner sentenced to 20 years for burglary of an occupied dwelling

Henson: 'It takes a village' now more than ever

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city school board gathered Thursday night to interview the second of three superintendent candidates, who provided detailed insight into the strategies her district employed to weather a reversal of fortunes and cope with common education challenges.


Statistics on Lowndes school safety and drug use released

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several years ago, when the Lowndes County School District was applying for a Safe and Drug-Free Schools grant through the United States Department of Education, school officials were required to survey students about prevalence and risk factors for drugs and violence on campus.


Armed robbery prosecution ends in mistrial

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes Circuit Court Judge Lee Howard Thursday declared a mistrial for defendant Justin Richardson.


GSDP CEO search plan expected by mid-July

Posted 5/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

There was no white smoke drifting from the chimney above the offices of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership on Thursday afternoon.


SPD introduces two-officer motorcycle unit

Posted 5/25/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In November, the Starkville Police Department was looking for a couple of good men for a new assignment. Candidates could be assured of being miserably hot in the summer, chilled to the bone in the winter and drenched in rainy weather. In addition, the candidates were assured of performing a tedious, thankless job. Oh, and the job is potentially dangerous.


Annexation lawsuit inches along

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In what Fourteenth Chancery District Judge H. Jim Davidson Jr. described as a "procedural matter," a date for discovery was set Thursday for the upcoming trial regarding annexation for the City of Columbus.



Crime report 5-25-12

Posted 5/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Gardner convicted of burglary

Posted 5/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After deliberating for more than an hour, a Circuit Court jury Wednesday found Demonta "Gangsta" Gardner guilty of burglary of a dwelling but not guilty of armed robbery. A juror poll showed it agreed one hundred percent on the verdict.


Lowndes schools explore tuition-based pre-K

Posted 5/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Less than two weeks ago, the county school board approved a limited pre-kindergarten program for the district's neediest students, but Wednesday afternoon, they voted 4-1 to explore the possibility of expanding the program to include tuition-based preschool for students who don't qualify for the free classes.



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