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Illegal immigrant charged with sexual battery in Lowndes County

Posted 6/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 26-year-old illegal immigrant has been charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old female relative at his Lowndes County residence.


Columbus City Council appoints manager of Wendy's to tourism board

Posted 6/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City Council voted Tuesday against reappointing local restaurateur John Bean to the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, instead picking the manager of the Wendy's on Highway 182 for the position.



Caledonia Day expands to two-day festival

Posted 6/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Caledonia Days festival will look a little different this year, but the primary focus will remain the same, organizer Jackie Savage told the Caledonia Board of Aldermen during last night's meeting.



Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority increases rental rates

Posted 6/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority has increased its facility rental rate, adding in the cost of a North Atlantic Security officer to open and close the buildings.


Columbus officer suspended 30 workdays for wreck

Posted 6/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a year rife with Columbus police-involved collisions, the City Council handed down its harshest sentence so far this year Tuesday.

Oktibbeha man jailed for hitting woman with tire iron

An Oktibbeha County man is in jail for hitting a woman in the head with a tire iron. Jimmy Hudson, 61, of 1399 Outlaw Road, is in the Oktibbeha County Jail without bond charged with aggravated assault.


Lowndes candidates will run under current district lines

Posted 6/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Redistricting plan won't be approved by Justice Department in time for August primary, consultant says


Man who drowned in Starkville motel pool identified

The man who drowned Monday at a Starkville motel has been identified.


Oktibbeha supervisor suggests consolidating city/county government

District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer questioned the structure of Oktibbeha County's government Monday.



Former Starkville High principal speaks about 2009 resignation

Former Starkville High School principal is finally free to speak about what lead up to her 2009 resignation, and the story she told is one of harassment.



Oktibbeha County schools adopt a new grading policy

The new grading policy makes weekly tests count for 25 percent of the grade, daily in-class work and homework assignments count as 50 percent and the nine-week test count as 25 percent. There will also be no grade lower than a 55 given for the first nine weeks.


Bond set for West Point man accused of murdering his son

Bond has been set at $1 million for a West Point man accused of murdering his son, Michael "Shane" McClure.


Voters get chance to meet Lowndes County candidates at Thursday forum

Posted 6/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With more than 30 candidates qualified to run for Lowndes County offices, many of the candidates are just names on paper. The Lowndes County League of Voters is looking to change that with a candidate forum on Thursday night.


Southside neighborhood could be added to Columbus historic district

Posted 6/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A walk through the Southside neighborhood in Columbus yields an architectural mélange, from massive antebellum mansions to quaint Victorian houses to World War II-era bungalows. Together, they may soon become the city's first residential historic district registered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Rep. Alan Nunnelee: No quick fix for U.S. financial woes

Posted 6/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nunnelee answers questions about the debt ceiling and attacks President Barack Obama's health care plan, irresponsible federal spending and giving borrowed money to any foreign countries except Israel while in a financial crisis.


Columbus officer faces second suspension for crashing police car

Posted 6/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus police officer is facing a 30-day suspension without pay tonight before the City Council after her squad car collided with another vehicle, injuring her and three elderly women.


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