By a vote of 4-2, the Columbus city council selected Selvain McQueen as the new police chief.
MAYHEW -- A former "dummy" wised up this year. Lloyd Watts, 27, of Starkville was one of 23 students to receive GED diplomas Dec. 6 at East Mississippi Community College's Golden Triangle campus, and one of three recipients to address the crowd of family and friends.
On the heels of the Columbus police chief interviews, Columbus residents who watched the interviews weighed in with their thoughts Saturday afternoon.
In a frightening scenario, Columbus native and teen fiddle phenom Ruby Jane Smith and her mother, JoBelle Smith, were carjacked and held at gunpoint near midnight Thursday in Houston, Texas, following a show at the Dosey Doe with Paul Thorn.
When Lynn Wright assumes the seat as Lowndes County School superintendent in January, he'll enter office making 40 percent more than his predecessor's starting salary, thanks to a unanimous vote by the county school board during Friday's meeting.
The air was filled with the smell of a holiday-style meal and the sounds of Christmas carols Friday afternoon as the Caledonia Middle School Beta Club, along with members of Broadacres United Methodist Church and Central United Methodist Church, served food at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen in Columbus.
The Town and Tower Club presented awards for outstanding service at its annual holiday luncheon at Mississippi University for Women, Tuesday. This year's recipients were MUW interim President Allegra Brigham, who received the Campus Award, and the 2011 Heritage Academy senior class, which received the Community Award for the Patriot Park project.
NEW HOPE -- A Wednesday morning fire delivered moderate damage to Tiffany Davis' house at 3516 Highway 50 E. in New Hope. However, the family lost most of their possessions and the Christmas presents for Caitlyn Perrigen, 5, and Brandon Perrigen, 8.
Three finalists, two from out of town and one from Columbus, attempted to sway the Columbus City Council into appointing them the new police chief.
The public may never know exactly what happened in that little downtown Columbus tavern on the morning of Feb. 16, defense attorney Steve Wallace said. But a 12-person Lowndes County jury composed of eight men and four women found Daniel Paul Copple guilty Thursday of murdering Mark Caudill and James Bennett Mann II on that morning inside the Elbow Room Lounge. Jurors received the case about 11:45 a.m. Thursday morning and returned with the verdict about 1:30 that afternoon.
There was no hesitation in Dr. Adel Shaker's voice. Either of the gunshot wounds Mark Caudill suffered the morning of Feb. 16 would have been fatal alone.
Daniel Paul Copple was found guilty Thursday afternoon on two counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault.
Local police cooperated Dec. 2 to arrest six Columbus residents on cocaine charges.
Four billion and counting. Dollars, that is. The Columbus Lowndes Development Link used its Wednesday annual luncheon to celebrate the economic development agency's successes this year and since its founding.
Daniel Paul Copple said he does not remember much from the morning of Feb. 16, but he does remember being in the Elbow Room Lounge, entering a fight with Mark Caudill who had a gun and at least one gunshot going off.
A New Hope family escaped with only the clothes on their backs after an early morning fire damaged their rental house and all of their possessions, including the children's Christmas presents.
The city of Columbus has one less option for the the job of chief of police.
1. Lowndes Narcotics Unit searching for 10 suspects COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. The accidental entrepreneurs STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
3. Dak Prescott acquitted of DUI, speeding STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
4. Starkville man arrested for statutory rape COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY