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Fondling case results in mistrial

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After deliberating for around three hours, a hung jury led to a mistrial in the case of the State versus Doris "D.R." McElhenney.

 

KiOR CEO: Local contractors to thank for early completion

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

KiOR officials are fond of noting the company, through its process of converting non-food input into gasoline and diesel, is accelerating something nature has done for a very long time. And now the development of the plant itself is on an accelerated path, as construction of KiOR's $222 million cellulosic gasoline and diesel plant -- a first for Columbus and beyond -- is complete, ahead of schedule.

 

United Way seeks community input on area needs

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A community can change a lot in 20 years. Service agencies open and close. Demographics shift. Things deemed important by one generation may barely register on the radar of the next. That's why the United Way of Lowndes County is seeking public input with a Community Needs Assessment Survey.

 

 

Dumas honored by TVA for sustainability efforts

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Like a farmer at seedtime, there is little visible evidence of the work Jeremiah Dumas has done. Dumas, an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Mississippi State University and alderman for Starkville's 5th Ward, has been a driving force in just about every effort to bring sustainability to his campus and city.

 

 

Circuit court trials set for this week

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial of the State versus Demonta Dewayne "Gangster" Gardner is scheduled to begin Monday, officials at District Attorney Forrest Allgood's office said.

 

 

Two sentenced to life in prison for 1993 Ellis murder

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The duo convicted of killing two men, including one from Columbus, were sentenced last week to life in prison without parole.

 

 

Mistrial in McElhenney fondling case

Posted 5/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After deliberating for around three hours, a hung jury led to a mistrial in the case of the State versus Doris "D.R." McElhenney.

 

 

Grandfather testifies in fondling trial

Posted 5/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jurors today are expected to begin deliberations in the trial of D.R. McElhenney, who is accused of sexually fondling his granddaughter with a back massager, after a July 19, 2009 luncheon at his home.

 

Fad or fortune? Facebook goes public

Posted 5/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Long ago, in a lexicon far, far away, "friend" was a noun and no one could unfriend anyone, because the word didn't exist. There were no Farmville crops to harvest, and if a potential paramour wanted to send you a virtual drink, you at least were on the same continent. Your old flames stayed mercifully on the back burner and your dog was too busy chasing squirrels to post photographs of himself in his Burberry field jacket.

 

Superintendent interviews set for next week

Posted 5/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last June, when former city schools Superintendent Dr. Del Phillips climbed into his red truck and drove away from the district's central office, the search began for his successor.

 

 

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

 

 

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