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Charges dropped in shooting case

Posted 2/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charges were dropped Thursday against a 17-year-old arrested for shooting another teenager on December 29, 2011.

 

Parents, students sick of bomb threats

Posted 2/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After two false alarms this year, Columbus High students and family members are tired of bomb threats. Dozens of people were outside of Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus Thursday morning, waiting -- parents waiting for children to arrive on buses, students waiting for a ride home.

Interim Columbus superintendent defends teacher cuts

Posted 2/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A little more than a week ago, city school officials announced plans to stanch the Columbus Municipal School District's financial hemorrhage by eliminating 59 teachers and support staff. At Monday night's school board meeting, as sign-waving protesters watched, the board tabled a motion to add 10 more names to the list.

Lowndes has more clout in Legislature

Posted 2/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle sits in a strategic political position these days, with locals filling the upper ranks of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Columbus man arrested in 14-year-old murder case

Posted 2/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen was just a lieutenant in the department's Criminal Investigations Division in 1997 when 70-year-old George Wilbanks was found stabbed and strangled in his north Columbus home. This morning, the new chief finally arrested his killer. McQueen formally arrested Earnest Terell Talley, 44, of 805 Remunda Drive in Columbus, and charged him with Wilbanks' murder in front of a gaggle of local media gathered in the courtroom at the Columbus Municipal Complex.

 

UPDATE: Police arrest Earnest Talley in 14-year-old Columbus murder case

Posted 2/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

UPDATE: Earnest Talley, 44, of 805 Remunda Drive in Columbus, was arrested in connection with a 14-year-old murder case.

 

 

Columbus High students evacuated after bomb threat

Posted 2/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As of 11:50 a.m., parents and family members continued to pick up Columbus High School students from Fairview Baptist Church after a bomb threat was called in at about 9:30 this morning.

 

Money, money, money: Counties, municipalities to spend millions upgrading road signs

Posted 2/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Approximately 600 miles of roads meander through the county, and Lowndes County Road Manager Ronnie Burns knows them all. He hasn't figured out exactly how many road signs will have to be replaced under a new federal mandate, but he knows this much -- it's going to be a costly, time-consuming project.

 

Columbus woman dies from fire injuries

Posted 2/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 93-year-old Columbus woman who suffered injuries in a house fire in November has died.

 

 

Arrest report for Feb. 8-14, 2012

Posted 2/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department and Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reported the following arrests between Feb. 8 and Feb. 14:

 

 

Building permits 2-16-12

Posted 2/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Building permits for Feb. 7-13, 2012

 

 

Severstal receives safety award

Posted 2/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal North America has received a Steel Manufacturers Association safety award for zero lost time accidents at its Columbus facility.

 

 

Walmart employee robbed in store's lot

Posted 2/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested a man in connection with the robbery of a Walmart employee in the store's parking lot this morning.

 

 

Depraved-heart murder on Lowndes court docket

Posted 2/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

COLUMBUS -- Columbus woman accused of murdering her unborn child is slated to stand trial in Lowndes County Circuit Court this term. Rennie Taria Gibbs, 20, of 300 S. Lehmberg Road in Columbus, No. 25, was 15 when she got pregnant.

 

 

Training Days, Lawmen settle into new roles at sheriff's office

Posted 2/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Between them, they have more than five decades of experience in law enforcement. But they're settling into new roles and working within the confines of a predetermined budget.

 

 

Columbus schools delay decision on sex ed

Posted 2/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An exploratory committee formed to examine which method of sex education should be taught in Columbus schools presented its findings to the district's board of trustees Monday night. The Starkville School District in October decided on an abstinence-plus curriculum for the 2012-2013 school year.

 

 

How do I love thee? Love letters and Valentines through the ages

Posted 2/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night could keep local vendors from hawking giant teddy bears, roses and other mass-produced tokens of love Monday evening, and a few determined stragglers were seen shuffling through the soggy twilight, trying to find last-minute gifts.

 

Rhea awaits bond hearing in Picayune

Posted 2/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Starkville woman arrested for aiding a prisoner escape custody is awaiting a bond hearing in Pearl River County Jail.

One dead, three injured in Lowndes wreck

Posted 2/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One person died and three others were injured after a two-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon.

Columbus schools hold off on firing more than 50 teachers

Posted 2/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A proposal to cut several positions within the Columbus Municipal School District hit a stumbling block Monday night, buying some needed time for those whose jobs are on the chopping block. But the delay is only temporary.

 

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