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Lowndes capital murder suspect seeks to avoid death penalty

Posted 3/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A motion has been filed in Lowndes County circuit court to preclude the death penalty for a capital murder suspect because of mental retardation.

 

CAFB undergoes 'World Series' of inspections

Posted 3/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A team of 113 inspectors arrived Monday at the Columbus Air Force Base for their bi-annual inspection of the unit's compliance with regulations.

 

Log truck crash snarls traffic on Highway 50 in Columbus

Posted 3/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 45-year-old log-truck driver was seriously injured when his truck overturned Tuesday in Lowndes County, shutting down Highway 50 for more than two hours.

 

Columbus 'under-demolished,' local developer says

Posted 3/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Columbus isn't over-built -- it's under-demolished." That's according to Mark Castleberry, of Castle Properties, who made several suggestions about bettering the city, including flattening and reusing some buildings.

 

CVB seeks second opinion on new tourism building

Posted 3/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau voted in executive session Monday to seek a second opinion about the value of its new downtown office building.

 

Rough-draft redistricting plan riles Lowndes board member

Posted 3/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors had their first redistricting meeting Monday, and one board member already is threatening litigation.

CMS Cindy Wamble named Administrator of the Year

Posted 3/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

From packing up and moving to a new building to adding 320 students to her charge, it's been a whirlwind school year for Cindy Wamble.

Monday Profile: A true free spirit, handy with an ax

Posted 3/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Elizabeth Usborne isn't like most girls you meet in the South. The 27-year-old Chicago native may appear to be a normal graduate student at Mississippi State University, studying biogeochemistry; and if you throw in her favorite hobby of playing roller derby, and see her on her motorcycle, some people might wonder if she's just a little different ... but you have no idea.

 

Houston company completes Cadence Bank deal

Posted 3/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Houston company that invests in community banks has completed its $30 million buyout of Starkville-based Cadence Financial Corp. and invested $144 million in Cadence Bank, the companies said today.

 

 

Supervisors to appoint temporary judge

Posted 3/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors Monday will discuss appointing a judge in place of District 2 Justice Court Judge Mike Arledge, who resigned to run for county sheriff.

 

Tourism's Empty Room: Snag over payment keeping Columbus visitors bureau out of new office

Posted 3/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau employees are working out of boxes. The three full-time and three part-time workers had already packed, ready to move into their new offices weeks ago, when plans hit a snag. The city and county boards that govern the CVB are seeking a state attorney general's opinion on whether or not they, legally, can approve the $734,881 price tag, since it is more than $100,000 higher than the appraised value.

 

Suspended Columbus police officers file appeals

Posted 3/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three Columbus police officers filed appeals with the Civil Service Commission last week to overturn their recent suspensions by the City Council.

 

 

Man Tased by police during late-night struggle at Columbus diner

Posted 3/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 23-year-old man who allegedly resisted arrest was Tased by a Columbus police officer early today at the Military Road Huddle House.

 

 

Ice cream, too? Weyerhaeuser plant's cellulose fibers found in dizzying array of products

Posted 3/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tree pulp isn't just for paper, and the tree fiber produced at Weyerhaeuser's Columbus Cellulose Fibers plant can be found in some surprising places.

 

 

Victims of Tuesday head-on collision remain in hospital

Posted 3/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 21-year-old woman was still in critical condition and a 25-year-old man was in good condition today following a head-on collision Tuesday in Lowndes County.

 

 

Former Lowndes E911 director settles discrimination suit

Posted 3/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Columbus and Lowndes County E911 director Jessie Colvin agreed to a $100,000 insurance settlement Thursday, bringing a close to her discrimination lawsuit against the county.

 

 

City officials lobby for local projects in Washington

Posted 3/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus and Starkville officials trekked to Washington, D.C., Monday on a quest to bring more funding to the Golden Triangle.

 

 

Highways 78, 82 to get median barriers

Posted 3/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Safety barriers are going up along highways in six North Mississippi counties to prevent intentional and accidental crossovers into oncoming traffic.

 

Signs of success: Caledonia, West Lowndes elementary lauded for test scores

Posted 3/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When it comes to math, West Lowndes and Caledonia elementary schools have the right formula. The two Lowndes County schools are being recognized by Mississippi State University's Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools with Value Added Awards, for their performance on state tests in the area of math.

 

Marshals arrest couple on cocaine charge, family members for disturbance

Posted 3/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A U.S. Marshals fugitive task force arrested four people Monday near the Wendy's on Alabama Street.

 

 

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