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Coroner asks county for pauper burial policy

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The county needs to establish a policy for handling the remains of those deemed as paupers, Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant told the Board of Supervisors on Thursday.

 

 

Court overturns 2009 porn conviction

Posted 12/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The conviction of a New Hope man for possession of child pornography was reversed Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit.

 

 

Lowndes County Arrest Report 12-15-11

Posted 12/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reports the following felony arrests:

 

 

Police arrest second man in video burglary

Posted 12/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The second suspect in the burglary caught on video turned himself in Tuesday night, police said. Columbus police officer Terrie Songer said Tavarous Mason, 28, of 416 John Colbert Road in Macon, turned himself in to Noxubee County authorities.

 

 

Columbus installs new traffic signals

Posted 12/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some of the city's winking traffic lights are more energy efficient thanks to a state grant. Columbus Light and Water employees have been seen at intersections around town installing new traffic signals.

 

 

Lowndes Circuit Court: Steens man pleads guilty to child rape

Posted 12/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Steens man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for statutory rape. The Lowndes County Circuit Court session wrapped up last week with a high-profile murder case. The same day a guilty verdict was delivered in the Daniel Copple murder trial, Joshua L. Conn of 413 Steens Road in Steens pleaded guilty to statutory rape.

 

 

Family escapes Tuesday house fire near airport

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County home was destroyed Tuesday morning, and officials are investigating how it started. No one was injured in the fire that started about 3 a.m. inside a mobile home at 883 Motley Road near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport.

 

Columbus police arrest one in home burglary caught on video

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested one of the two men suspected in connection with a November house burglary. The burglary was caught on surveillance video.

 

Starkville zoning commission holds C Spire tower request

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Starkville Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday tabled a request from C Spire to erect a cellular service tower along Highway 25. The commission was faced with a string of issues, including conflict between C Spire and neighboring property owner RMR Investment Co., which said the 120-foot monopole tower would affect the aesthetics of the area and drive down property value.

 

 

Baptist hospital: Better patient satisfaction, stat!

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last November, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle's emergency department faced a dilemma: No matter what the staff did, patients were unhappy. Surveys ranked the ER in the 17th percentile for patient satisfaction. And despite their best efforts, scores were still plummeting.

 

Collision on Highway 45 sends drivers to hospital

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A wreck involving a white pickup truck and a commercial truck with a mounted crane sent both drivers to the hospital this morning.

McQueen keeps Johnson as assistant chief

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said he will not change assistant police chiefs. Capt. Joe Johnson will remain in the No. 2 position. "I am going to take what I have in place right now and work with it," McQueen said.

 

Omnova to phase out manufacturing operations

Posted 12/14/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus plant that has been a mainstay of the local economy since 1963 plans to phase out its manufacturing operations here.

 

 

Caught on tape: One of two suspects arrested in November home burglary

Posted 12/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested one of the two men suspected of burglarizing a house in November. The burglary was caught on surveillance video.

 

Strike, waiting continue at Omnova plant

Posted 12/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A decision regarding striking workers at Omnova Solutions isn't hanging by a chad. It's hung up by the Senate.

 

City: Shots fired in Sunday night incident; one arrested

Posted 12/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A response to shots fired Sunday night in north Columbus resulted in a felony arrest. Columbus police arrested Jerry White Jr., 33, of 2514 23rd Ave. N. in Columbus; he faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

 

 

Columbus schools' accreditation in danger

Posted 12/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Municipal School District has faced its share of challenges this year, from searching for a superintendent to wrangling a budget that left even accountants befuddled. Monday night, board members learned of a new problem: The district is at risk of losing its accreditation for failing to administer state subject area tests to special education students at Columbus High School.

 

 

Columbus man assaulted in Artesia on Sunday night

Posted 12/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was physically attacked Sunday night in Artesia and transported to the hospital with wounds to his face.

 

Project engineer: Soccer park to open in September

Posted 12/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city's new soccer complex is at about 50 percent completion.

Selvain McQueen named new chief

Posted 12/13/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council named Selvain McQueen the new police chief of The Friendly City on Monday with fewer than 100 words. By a vote of 4-2, the council selected McQueen as the new police chief during the special-called meeting, which lasted no more than five minutes.

 

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