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Longtime MUW art professor dies

Posted 9/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Elizabeth "Betty" Jane Dice, whose tenure as an art professor at Mississippi University for Women spanned nearly 40 years, died August 22. She was 94.

 

Army brings mobile tech lab to West Lowndes

Posted 9/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

West Lowndes High School students experienced real world scenarios when they toured a mobile technology lab Friday.

 

Historic commission tables bus shelter request

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They like the idea of public buses. They don't like the idea of bus stop shelters at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets. That's what downtown business owners and residents told the Columbus Historic Preservation Commission during a meeting Thursday. The commission was considering a request from Lawrence Transit System to construct four shelters at that intersection, as well as one at the intersection of 12th and College streets.

Officials unveil Catfish Alley memorial

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lifelong Lowndes County resident Charlie Smith, now in his 70s, admits he's forgotten a few things about visiting Catfish Alley during his youth. On Thursday, city officials unveiled a monument commemorating the area's rich history as a commercial and cultural hub for African-Americans and a gathering place for all races. The sides of the monument list the names of those who ran restaurants, barber shops, dentist offices, drug stores and entertainment venues during the area's peak eras in popularity and success.

Murder defendant claims self-defense

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ranzino Ahmad Harris took the stand Thursday to testify in his defense. He is charged with murder in the 2010 shooting death of Justin Murray. He is also charged with aggravated assault for shooting Michael Brewer in the hand during the same incident.

 

School board association director briefs CMSD board

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss several upcoming issues in the district. Executive director of the Mississippi School Board Association, Dr. Mike Waldrop, spoke to the board about changing legislative policies, charter schools, testing and the ongoing search for a superintendent and chief financial officer.

 

 

Arrest report: 9-6-13

Posted 9/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

'Clerical error' almost led to prisoner's early release

Posted 9/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An inmate will remain behind bars after a Mississippi Department of Corrections mistake almost released him to house arrest. In August, the MDOC parole board granted John Murphy early release and sentenced him to house arrest, even though he was not eligible for action because he had been convicted as a habitual offender.

Friend of victim takes stand in murder trial

Posted 9/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man who suffered a gunshot wound during a deadly 2010 shooting took the witness stand during a Columbus murder trial Wednesday, wiping tears from his eyes as he recounted the events that took his best friend's life.

Supes spar over Lindsey Ferry road request

Posted 9/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County supervisor's request that the board change an ordinance so the county could haul debris off a property owner's land led to a debate over communication between county leaders on Tuesday.

Supes seek appraisal of Renon Lane land

Posted 9/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fourteen-year Renon Lane resident John Prevost has been advocating a solution to make the intersection of his road and Buck Egger Road in Caledonia safer almost as long as he's lived there. Anything that can be done to curb speeding and the high potential for car accidents is needed, he said.

Two firms will manage hospital money

Posted 9/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two firms will watch over Lowndes County's $30 million nest egg for a 30-month trial period. After a day of hearing presentations from three financial consulting companies, the Lowndes County Reserve and Trust Fund Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to select Stephens Capital Management and Renasant Wealth Management to manage and invest the money from the county's hospital sale.

Gavin, Karriem duel over travel request

Posted 9/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three Columbus council members are going to a Washington, D.C., conference later this month, but a dispute over whether taxpayers should pay for the trip took place during Tuesday's city council meeting.

Man gets 30 years in rape case

Posted 9/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison after pleading to sexual battery and armed robbery.

Nunnelee says 'No' on Syria; wants more info

Posted 9/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Tuesday at noon, Mississippi 1st District Congressman Alan Nunnelee said that if he had to vote "right now" on whether the United States should intervene in Syria, his vote would be "No."

Testimony expected to continue in murder trial

Posted 9/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Testimony is expected to continue today in the murder trial of Ranzino Ahmad Harris, who is charged with the 2010 shooting death of Justin Murray.

Jury selection begins in Lowndes murder trial

Posted 9/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in Lowndes County Circuit Court in the 2010 death of Justin Murray.

Council to hold public hearing on '14 budget

Posted 9/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will hold its first public hearing on its proposed 2014 budget at 5 p.m. today at the municipal complex.

Main Street in Motion fundraising to begin

Posted 9/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Main Street Board of Directors is planning Main Street in Motion, a fundraising campaign that will take place in September.

 

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