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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.



Mistrial in McElhenney fondling case

Posted 5/18/2012 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.



Grandfather testifies in fondling trial

Posted 5/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jurors today are expected to begin deliberations in the trial of D.R. McElhenney, who is accused of sexually fondling his granddaughter with a back massager, after a July 19, 2009 luncheon at his home.


Fad or fortune? Facebook goes public

Posted 5/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Long ago, in a lexicon far, far away, "friend" was a noun and no one could unfriend anyone, because the word didn't exist. There were no Farmville crops to harvest, and if a potential paramour wanted to send you a virtual drink, you at least were on the same continent. Your old flames stayed mercifully on the back burner and your dog was too busy chasing squirrels to post photographs of himself in his Burberry field jacket.

Ulysses S. Grant: How 'bout them Dawgs!

Posted 5/18/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The man whose name was once a byword in Mississippi and throughout the South has found a home of sorts at Mississippi State University.


Superintendent interviews set for next week

Posted 5/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last June, when former city schools Superintendent Dr. Del Phillips climbed into his red truck and drove away from the district's central office, the search began for his successor.


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.



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