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Man arrested in Miss. highway shootings

Posted 5/18/2012 in State

Police have arrested a suspect in two fatal highway shootings in Mississippi that prompted warnings a fake officer might be pulling over victims.


Defense paints image of estranged family in fondling trial

Posted 5/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County jurors Wednesday heard a full day of often disturbing testimony in the case of a Columbus man, Doris "D.R." McElhenney, who was indicted in 2009 of one count of felonious fondling of his then 11-year-old granddaughter.


Gaining ground: Chef Thames prepares a locally-sourced meal

Posted 5/17/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

As a restaurant owner and chef, Ty Thames loves watching all of those "extreme" cooking shows that litter the cable TV landscape. "I always wondered what it would be like to be on one of those shows," said Thames, co-owner and chef at Starkville's Restaurant Tyler. On Saturday, Thames won't have to wonder anymore.

Man nearly drowns after jumping in river to evade police

Posted 5/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus couple is behind bars after leading Columbus Police Department officers on a wild goose chase, starting on Southside and ending in the old Tombigbee River Wednesday.

Fundraising in full swing for June floating orchestra

Posted 5/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It sounds like something from another dimension. A sleek, silver barge docks quietly along a river bank, and a crowd watches as the roof lifts, revealing a stage equipped with pedestal seats for a full orchestra.

Caledonia senior earns a dance scholarship along with a car

Posted 5/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last summer, recent Caledonia High School senior Megan Swails was sitting in a cardiologist's office, trying not to cry as she heard him tell her she would have to have open heart surgery for the second time in her young life.


Marriages and divorces 5-17-12

Posted 5/17/2012 in Business



Building permits 5-17-12

Posted 5/17/2012 in Business


Hitch up your britches: Sagging pants ban passes

Posted 5/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council Tuesday voted 4-2 to implement a new ordinance aimed at "sagging" or below-the-waist pants.


City redistricting passes council

Posted 5/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first round of a redistricting process for Columbus was completed Tuesday, as the City Council voted 4-2 to accept a new redistricting map submitted by Chris Watson of Bridge and Watson. The council will hold a public hearing on the proposed map at a later date. The map will then be sent to the U.S. Department for Justice for final approval.



Supes vote to move narcotics unit and hire area youth

Posted 5/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For substantial cost savings, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to move the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office's Narcotics Division into the former Justice Court facility, located on Airline Road.



Fondling trial set for today

Posted 5/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County


SHS athletic needs highlight 'sobering' school budget concerns

Posted 5/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville High School Athletics Director Stan Miller put forth his best effort at Tuesday night's school board meeting, but his proposal for program improvements failed to budge board members.


Aldermen vote down Carver drainage proposal

Posted 5/16/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In voicing her opposition to a proposal to seek a grant for repairing the drainage ditch along Carver Drive, Ward 2 Alderwoman Sandra Sistrunk was blunt.


Unmanned aircraft expected to soar beyond military applications

Posted 5/15/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

With two Columbus companies heavily involved in what Dr. Jon Waldrop calls an industry in its infancy, Columbus is establishing a reputation in the market of unmanned aircraft.


CMSD votes to search for new attorney

Posted 5/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city school district has been searching for a superintendent for nearly a year, and after Monday night's board meeting, they may soon be looking for a new attorney.



Superintendent candidate withdraws name

Posted 5/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A candidate has dropped out of consideration for the Columbus Municipal School District superintendent position.



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