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Seventeen year old sentenced to 15 years for statutory rape

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tony Jennings will spend at least the next 10 years of his life behind bars. A Lowndes County Circuit Court jury found the 17 year old guilty on Wednesday for one count of statutory rape of a then-13-year-old girl. Judge Lee Coleman sentenced Jennings to 15 years at the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Friday with five of the years suspended and five years under post-release supervision.

 

 

Airport business looking to expand

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the businesses located near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport has plans to expand. The GTRA Authority met on Friday for a special meeting, to discuss possible incentives for the business, whose name is being withheld pending negotiations.

 

 

Altercation at Caledonia High raises safety concerns for resource officers

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For around 15 minutes, a Lowndes County Sheriff's Deputy basically was on his own. Other than help from Caledonia High School Assistant Principal Andy Stevens, Lowndes County Chief Deputy Greg Wright said Deputy Scott Glasgow did not receive any assistance from bystanders during a physical altercation with two students on Aug. 15 at the school.

 

 

Dog who bit Columbus boy euthanized

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A dog that bit a 10-year-old boy Aug. 19 in Columbus was put to sleep earlier this week, Karen Johnwick, Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society director, said Saturday.

 

 

Oktibbeha to schedule public hearing for vicious animal ordinance

STARKVILLE -- In anticipation of public pressure to adopt a vicious animal ordinance, the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors plans to schedule public hearings about the issue at Tuesday's meeting.

 

 

Three arrested in accident Friday morning

STARKVILLE -- A Yazoo City man involved in a multi-car accident that sent two passengers to the hospital Friday morning was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run. 

 

New Palmer Home director continues his life's mission of working with children

Posted 9/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Steven Scott has dedicated his life to working with children. Now, the Whitehaven, Tenn., native has chosen to make Columbus his home, taking over as director of the local branch of Palmer Home for Children as former Executive Director Jeff Miller transfers to the organization's Hernando campus.

 

Owners of dogs who attacked two children charged

STARKVILLE -- The owners of five dogs that attacked two children in Oktibbeha County last month have been charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

 

 

State lawmakers approve Calisolar incentives package

Posted 9/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Lowndes Development Link CEO Joe Higgins was in a celebratory mood Friday night as he paced the stadium bleachers at Heritage Academy in Columbus. The Patriots were winning, and he had just scored a big victory as well -- the Mississippi Legislature's passage of a $175 million incentive plan which will fund three major projects in the state, including one which promises to bring 951 jobs to Lowndes County.

 

 

Unoccupied trailer catches fire Thursday

Posted 9/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A trailer caught fire Thursday morning on Thaxton Road in Lowndes County, but no one was injured, County Fire Coordinator Sammy Fondren said.

 

United Way kicks off fundraising efforts, sets $550,000 goal

Posted 9/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Having a servant heart was the theme at Thursday's United Way of Lowndes County campaign kickoff. It was a theme attendees could relate to, as they wiped the sweat from their brow to enjoy a lunch of pulled-pork sandwiches and baked beans.

 

United Way kicks off fundraising efforts, sets $550,000 goal

Posted 9/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Having a servant heart was the theme at Thursday's United Way of Lowndes County campaign kickoff. It was a theme attendees could relate to, as they wiped the sweat from their brow to enjoy a lunch of pulled-pork sandwiches and baked beans.

 

Navigating cancer: Nurses lead patients through difficult process

Posted 9/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Betty Price doesn't remember much about that April morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. She remembers the pain and the way she couldn't stop crying. She remembers sitting next to her husband, Otis Price, and learning that her persistent cough was not pneumonia -- it was lung cancer.

Woman arrested for embezzlement

Posted 9/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pauline "Bernice" Lile, 61, of 1256 Lee Stokes Road, was arrested Thursday evening for alleged embezzlement against Gordman Insurance Services.

Area teens get their first taste of the workforce selling drinks at MSU events

Their calves ache from climbing steps; their backs are sore from carrying a 35-pound drink case. They're lucky to be able to speak after game day, from screaming "Ice-cold drinks!" over the sound of 55,000 clanging cowbells.

 

Bond for MSU student accused in stabbing reduced

The Mississippi State University student accused of stabbing a fellow student had his bond reduced and will face an Oktibbeha County grand jury.

 

 

Dog that attacked child may be put to sleep

Posted 9/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The dog that bit a 10-year-old boy in Columbus less than two weeks ago might see his last day soon. The previous owners signed rights to the dog over to the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society on Wednesday, and Humane Society officials said the animal may be put to sleep because it is too dangerous to adopt.

 

 

North Central United Way looking for corporate boost

STARKVILLE -- The United Way of North Central Mississippi wasn't immune to the downturn of the economy in 2010-11. The charity, which allocates money to 18 agencies in Oktibbeha, Choctaw, Webster and Winston counties, experienced "one of it's lowest years" of giving last year, Executive Director Nikki Grives said Wednesday during the 2012 kickoff event at the Oktibbeha County Boy's and Girl's Club.

 

 

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