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Diamond in the rough: Owner works to restore Princess Theater to former glory

Posted 12/6/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Bart Lawrence bought the Princess Theater on Fifth Street South with intentions to bring the faded theater back to life, he knew he was jumping off the deep end. "I always said getting into it that you could spend $1 million and still have plenty left to do," said the 32-year-old Army veteran.

Area educators honored as Master Teachers

Posted 12/4/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Entering her first year of school in Durham, N.C., Cindi Rigsbee was unsure of herself. She felt shy and awkward; a mop of dark, unmanageable hair only compounded the problem.

 

Officials may rework CVB board ordinance

Posted 12/4/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city ordinance responsible for creating and managing the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau could be in line for an update.

 

Fat cats (and dogs): Owners are feeding their pets too much, leading to health problems

Posted 12/4/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Is it possible you're loving your pet to death? Veterinarians and animal hospitals across the country have their eyes on a (literally) growing problem they say has as much to do with pet owners as it does the pets.

Councilman looks to form association of Highway 45 businesses

Posted 12/4/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The success of Columbus' chapter of the Mississippi Main Street Association has Ward 6 Councilman Bill Gavin thinking something similar could work for Highway 45.

 

Cadence settles class-action suit brought by shareholders

Posted 12/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cadence Financial Corp. has tentatively settled a lawsuit accusing the directors of the Starkville-based bank of misleading shareholders for personal profit.

 

 

Ala. man wins new trial in Lowndes murder case

Posted 12/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for an Alabama man who appealed his 2009 manslaughter conviction in Lowndes County.

 

 

Home, business owners wary of Columbus annexation plan

Posted 12/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Barring further studies, little is known regarding how the latest annexation proposal may affect individual homes and businesses in four select areas of Lowndes County.

 

Embezzlement case against ex-Packet employee moves forward

Posted 12/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Columbus Packet owner Roger Larsen took the stand in municipal court Thursday, testifying that an ex-employee embezzled up to $22,167.70 in cash over a four-year period.

 

Smaller airports avoid security hassles

Posted 12/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New security screenings implemented Nov. 1 seem to have travelers across the country in a frenzy. But locally, the changes have been quiet. And officials expect it to remain so.

 

Alleged burglar interrupts woman's morning shower

Posted 12/3/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 48-year-old woman's morning shower was interrupted Thursday when a burglar broke into her home. Rodney Wayne Shaw, 43, of 801 Alabama St., shattered the window of a sliding glass door to enter the house in the 200 block of Kermit Street at about 7:44 a.m.

 

Police: Alleged rape 'black eye' on law enforcement

Posted 12/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A reported rapist's recent use of blue lights to pull over and attack a woman adds another layer of distrust between the public and police, local lawmen say.

 

 

Latest annexation plan focuses on commercial areas

Posted 12/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The latest annexation proposal to come before the Columbus City Council intentionally excludes residential areas in favor of commercial property.

 

 

14-year-old with police rap sheet arrested in burglaries

Posted 12/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 14-year-old boy was locked in jail for the third time this year Saturday, when he was charged with a burglary in Columbus and four in Lowndes County.

 

 

Man hit by beer bottle at local nightclub

Posted 12/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 17-year-old man was hit in the nose with a beer bottle outside a downtown nightclub early today, according to Columbus police.

 

 

Caregiver pleads guilty to theft of Social Security checks

Posted 12/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 43-year-old Columbus caregiver pleaded guilty in Lowndes County circuit court Monday to stealing Social Security checks over a two-year period.

 

Link touts accomplishments, looks toward next year

Posted 12/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Development Link paused for a little praise Wednesday at its annual luncheon. A recent round of focus group surveys completed by the Link encouraged the economic development specialists to better publicize their accomplishments.

UMMC visitors prescribe new opportunities to Franklin students

Posted 12/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Keara Williams and Brianna O'Neal want to be pediatric nurses when they grow up. Tristian Moody wants to be a cardiologist.

Sheriff, state officials shift blame for alleged murderer's release

Posted 12/2/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a 20-year-old Columbus man charged with capital murder was released from prison, state and county officials disagree about who should shoulder the blame.

 

Lowndes supervisors spar over park projects

Posted 12/1/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith sparked an animated conversation about recreation projects when he requested a joint meeting between the county and city boards to discuss the status of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority's $1.7 million parks construction project.

 

 

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