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Columbus police chief candidate interviews: chief could be named Monday

Posted 12/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

Copple sentenced to life: 'Please forgive me'

Posted 12/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

State ME testifies in Elbow Room murder trial

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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 Copple found guilty of murder in double killing at Elbow Room (video)

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Daniel Paul Copple was found guilty Thursday afternoon on two counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault.

 

 

Police arrest six in drug investigation

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local police cooperated Dec. 2 to arrest six Columbus residents on cocaine charges.

 

 

Development Link shares successes at annual luncheon

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

 

Copple accused of murder: 'I'm just doing everything I can to live'

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

 

New Hope family escapes fire, loses Christmas gifts

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

 

Finalist withdraws bid for Columbus police chief

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has one less option for the the job of chief of police.

 

 

Columbus finalizes revised alcohol ordinance

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council approved an amendment to the city's alcohol ordinance at Tuesday's regular meeting.

 

Tues. fire destroys Crawford nightclub

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County volunteer firefighters battled an early Tuesday morning blaze in Crawford but were unable to save The Horseman Club, a local juke joint and popular night spot in the small town.

Bittersweet goodbye: Well-wishers surprise Brigham with tribute

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Allegra Brigham slipped onto the Mississippi University for Women campus amid little fanfare nearly a year and a half ago. She thought she would leave the same way.

 

Columbus Police chief interviews to be televised

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city officials report that only three of the four police chief finalists plan to be at the Columbus Municipal Complex on Thursday afternoon ready to state their cases for employment.

 

 

Columbus Christmas parade: Rain dampens half-century tradition

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many people in Columbus, the annual Christmas parade has become synonymous with frosty fingers, hot cocoa and family memories. This year, there will be a new memory: the second time in history the event has been canceled due to inclement weather.

 

Lowndes sheriff to step down two days early

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff C.B. "Butch" Howard asked the county Board of Supervisors to accept his resignation effective Dec. 31. The motion passed unanimously at Monday's regular meeting.

 

Lowndes supes seek solution, not repeal of Co-op Road abandonment

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors asked residents of Co-op Road on Monday for more time to explore options following the abandonment of part of the road. Property owners insisted that is one thing they don't have.

 

 

Lowndes County murder trial: Bartender testifies he thought he would die

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The atmosphere inside the Elbow Room Lounge on the night of Feb. 15 was "just calm as it could be," a state's witness testified Monday. That atmosphere changed within hours when two men were shot and eventually died.

 

 

Elbow Room murder trial: Defense denied change of venue

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial of a man accused of killing two men at a downtown Columbus bar began today in Lowndes County, despite a motion for change of venue.

 

 

Christmas Parade canceled due to rain

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This year's Christmas parade in downtown Columbus has been canceled due to rain. It will not be rescheduled. Amber Brislin, director of Main Street Columbus Inc., made the announcement shortly before 3 p.m. today, saying the decision was made in an effort to "keep everyone safe and healthy this Christmas season."

 

 

Okolona pledges to get to the bottom of topless club

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

OKOLONA -- The city of Okolona has placed a 60-day moratorium on nightclubs while it mulls a permit request from a Nettleton businessman to open a topless bar.

 

 

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