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Defense paints image of estranged family in fondling trial

Posted 5/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County jurors Wednesday heard a full day of often disturbing testimony in the case of a Columbus man, Doris "D.R." McElhenney, who was indicted in 2009 of one count of felonious fondling of his then 11-year-old granddaughter.

 

Man nearly drowns after jumping in river to evade police

Posted 5/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus couple is behind bars after leading Columbus Police Department officers on a wild goose chase, starting on Southside and ending in the old Tombigbee River Wednesday.

Fundraising in full swing for June floating orchestra

Posted 5/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It sounds like something from another dimension. A sleek, silver barge docks quietly along a river bank, and a crowd watches as the roof lifts, revealing a stage equipped with pedestal seats for a full orchestra.

Caledonia senior earns a dance scholarship along with a car

Posted 5/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last summer, recent Caledonia High School senior Megan Swails was sitting in a cardiologist's office, trying not to cry as she heard him tell her she would have to have open heart surgery for the second time in her young life.

Hitch up your britches: Sagging pants ban passes

Posted 5/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council Tuesday voted 4-2 to implement a new ordinance aimed at "sagging" or below-the-waist pants.

 

City redistricting passes council

Posted 5/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first round of a redistricting process for Columbus was completed Tuesday, as the City Council voted 4-2 to accept a new redistricting map submitted by Chris Watson of Bridge and Watson. The council will hold a public hearing on the proposed map at a later date. The map will then be sent to the U.S. Department for Justice for final approval.

 

 

Supes vote to move narcotics unit and hire area youth

Posted 5/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For substantial cost savings, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to move the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office's Narcotics Division into the former Justice Court facility, located on Airline Road.

 

 

Fondling trial set for today

Posted 5/16/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

CMSD votes to search for new attorney

Posted 5/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city school district has been searching for a superintendent for nearly a year, and after Monday night's board meeting, they may soon be looking for a new attorney.

 

 

Superintendent candidate withdraws name

Posted 5/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A candidate has dropped out of consideration for the Columbus Municipal School District superintendent position.

 

 

Comprehensive plan in limbo as annexation is decided

Posted 5/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city's elusive comprehensive plan, which will guide city development for the next decade, was discussed during Monday's meeting of the Columbus Planning Commission, but no action was taken on the issue.

 

Updated: CPD looking for shooting suspect

Posted 5/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Suspect sought in connection with alleged Monday afternoon shooting

Area arrests 5-14-12

Posted 5/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following arrests were reported by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and Columbus Police Department.

Adopt a duck for the Great Tombigbee Duck Race, scheduled for June 9

Posted 5/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In less than a month, thousands of ducks will invade the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, and if all goes well, their arrival may become an annual migration.

Jail's GED program graduates more than 25 inmates since 2012

Posted 5/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Brian Gartman, life is all about making decisions. A series of bad decisions led to Gartman's arrest and incarceration for burglary, which has now been reduced to a grand larceny charge. While serving a one year sentence in the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center, Gartman, 25, decided to make better decisions for himself, like earning a GED diploma.

 

Columbus city council to take on sagging pants Tuesday

Posted 5/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will consider on Tuesday a proposal from Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box legislating "saggy" or below the waist pants.

 

Mother's Day: Cherishing every moment

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a normal pregnancy. It was a normal delivery. Nell and Michael Valentine both had children from previous marriages, but this child -- Gabriel -- was created by their shared love for one another. Together, their co-mingled DNA created life.

 

Lowndes schools to offer pre-K, sex ed and easier A's

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pre-kindergarten classes will soon be a reality in the county school system. After months of discussion and research, the Lowndes County School District's board of trustees Friday passed a motion 3-1 approving a limited pre-K program.

 

 

Columbus schools to hire 49 teachers

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two months after informing 68 teachers their contracts would not be renewed, Columbus Municipal School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell announced Friday that 49 vacancies will be filled, with impacted teachers having first priority to reapply for their jobs.

 

 

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