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Shelton trial continued

Posted 5/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial of a former youth leader, Benjamin Shelton, has been continued until August.



Sheriff: Gang started prison riot

Posted 5/22/2012 in State

A gang fight in a prison for illegal immigrants quickly escalated into a riot involving as many as 300 inmates, some lashing out with sticks or homemade knives as the uprising spread through the sprawling prison, a sheriff said.



CMSD superintendent interviews begin tonight

Posted 5/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Interviews will begin tonight for the first of three candidates remaining in the Columbus Municipal School District's superintendent search.



Former state lawmaker Ezell Lee dies at 74

Posted 5/21/2012 in State

Former state Sen. Ezell Lee of Picayune died Monday after battling cancer, according to a Senate staff member who had spoken with his family. Lee was 74. He served in the Mississippi House from 1988 to 1992, then in the state Senate from 1992 until January 2012.


Fake Twitter account lands Starkville man in jail

Posted 5/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Starkville man was arrested on charges of impersonating a police officer, after Starkville police discovered a fake Twitter account the man had established.

Outstanding warrant leads to meth and rape charges

Posted 5/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An outstanding warrant led to a drug bust and a statutory rape charge Thursday evening.


Columbus man in intensive care after assault

Posted 5/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department responded to a number of altercations and burglaries over the weekend and chased a dog at-large who threatened an elderly man at his home.


Prison riot leaves guard dead, eight injured

Posted 5/21/2012 in State

A guard was killed and, at one point, hostages were taken during a riot at a Mississippi prison that holds illegal immigrants, authorities said.

Monday profile: Larnzy Carpenter finds the good in Starkville

Posted 5/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It was a leisurely procession that made its way around the course during the Oktibbeha County Relay for Life at the Starkville Sportsplex on the evening of May 4. But even at a slow pace, a noticeable bottleneck formed near the northwest corner of the course, where First Baptist Church of Longview had set up its tent.


Starkville Community Market: From bugs to baked goods

Posted 5/19/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Despite the fourth warmest winter in United States history, there was plenty of produce available at the Starkville Community Market on Saturday.



Miss. jobless rate falls as labor force dips

Posted 5/19/2012 in State

Mississippi's jobless rate continued to fall in April, again because fewer people were looking for jobs.



Youth minister arrested for filming woman in dressing room

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Hamilton youth minister has been arrested for allegedly filming a woman changing clothes in a local dressing room.



Fondling case results in mistrial

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After deliberating for around three hours, a hung jury led to a mistrial in the case of the State versus Doris "D.R." McElhenney.


KiOR CEO: Local contractors to thank for early completion

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR officials are fond of noting the company, through its process of converting non-food input into gasoline and diesel, is accelerating something nature has done for a very long time. And now the development of the plant itself is on an accelerated path, as construction of KiOR's $222 million cellulosic gasoline and diesel plant -- a first for Columbus and beyond -- is complete, ahead of schedule.


United Way seeks community input on area needs

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A community can change a lot in 20 years. Service agencies open and close. Demographics shift. Things deemed important by one generation may barely register on the radar of the next. That's why the United Way of Lowndes County is seeking public input with a Community Needs Assessment Survey.



Dumas honored by TVA for sustainability efforts

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Like a farmer at seedtime, there is little visible evidence of the work Jeremiah Dumas has done. Dumas, an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Mississippi State University and alderman for Starkville's 5th Ward, has been a driving force in just about every effort to bring sustainability to his campus and city.



Circuit court trials set for this week

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial of the State versus Demonta Dewayne "Gangster" Gardner is scheduled to begin Monday, officials at District Attorney Forrest Allgood's office said.



Two sentenced to life in prison for 1993 Ellis murder

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The duo convicted of killing two men, including one from Columbus, were sentenced last week to life in prison without parole.



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