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Businessman, bank settle out of court

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Bank of Vernon, Ala., dropped its lawsuit against Columbus businessman David Shelton. The parties have agreed to settle, according to documents filed in Lowndes County Circuit Court. In its suit, the Bank of Vernon claimed Shelton defaulted on a $887,734.84 loan.

 

 

New Hope voters push Wright through to November election

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Poll workers outnumbered bystanders at the Lowndes County Courthouse Tuesday night, as election results slowly flowed in from the runoffs. Most of the candidates watched the results from home, but a few -- like county superintendent of education contender Lynn Wright -- milled the halls and manned their cellphones, sighing and grinning in direct proportion to each precinct's tallies.

 

 

East Columbus flood victims may get federal help

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Flood-weary residents and business owners in East Columbus will have the opportunity to vent their frustrations and explore federal intervention during a public meeting Thursday evening at Trotter Convention Center.

 

 

Sheriff's race set: Arledge vs. McQueen

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Leading up to the primary runoff, Lowndes County sheriff's candidate Bo Harris was banking on getting voters to return to the polls.

 

 

MUW presidential search kicks into high gear

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a big week for Mississippi University for Women, with students settling into their classes and the search for a new president kicking into high gear.

 

 

Steens murder trial continued

Posted 8/24/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The story unfolded like a bad made-for-TV movie. The neighbors heard gunshots. George Strickland went running across their front yard, retreating into a local body shop.

 

Run-off results for Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local election results, updated through the night.

New fire station in New Hope could mean faster response time

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The New Hope Volunteer Fire Department is moving to a larger building and a new location, partially to meet growing needs and partially to escape what many in the area call a "nightmare" -- traffic congestion on New Hope Road during the school year.

 

Pit-bull owner cited for child attack

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A dog attacked a child Friday afternoon in Columbus, sending him to the hospital and prompting area law enforcement officials to take a closer look at the city's leash laws and vicious-dog ordinance.

 

 

Emergency management: This is only a drill

Posted 8/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus-Lowndes emergency response agencies, in cooperation with Mississippi University for Women and Columbus Air Force Base, will conduct a disaster drill on Aug. 31, at approximately 8 a.m. on the MUW campus.

 

Two arrested during Fifth Avenue North burglary

Posted 8/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police faced a litany of aliases and a suspect with no pants when they were called out to a burglary in progress Thursday night. Interim Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Kamesha Cribbs, 32, of 1106 Fifth Ave. N., called at 11:25 p.m. to report someone had kicked in her back door and was inside the house. When police arrived, they found the back door open and glass on the steps.

 

Welty Symposium and Gala announce keynote authors

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 23rd annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium will feature author Judith Ortiz Cofer as keynote speaker on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Rent Auditorium of Whitfield Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.

 

 

Low turnout expected for primary runoffs

Posted 8/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, just more than a third of the voters cast ballots in the Aug. 2 primaries. Clay County boasted more than half of its registered voters turning out to the polls. But this Tuesday likely will be a different story.

 

Witness to history: Columbus native preserved the history of 10 presidents

Posted 8/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In life, he was the keeper of history. Presidential photographs, letters, memos, campaign materials -- nothing escaped the thin fingers and sharp eyes of the Columbus native who lived simply and died simply but touched time, leaving a signature of his own.

Columbus dentist enjoys role as extra in 'The Help'

Posted 8/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. John Fields isn't heading to Hollywood just yet, but he had such a ball as an extra in "The Help," he might have to give it some thought.

 

Police, pastors seek joint solutions to crime

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Columbus woman arrested at home for controlled substance

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 20-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday, and her baby was placed in the care of the child's grandmother after Columbus police officers responded to a 911 hang-up call and found a controlled substance on the premises.

 

 

Tenn-Tom ports apply for $30M grant

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

 

Attorney requests tourism board documents on behalf of community members

Posted 8/19/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board went into a half-hour executive session Thursday, during a specially called meeting, to discuss potential litigation.

 

The race for retail: Various retailers, restaurants locating in Columbus

Posted 8/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has seen a flurry of retail activity, and the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link says there is more to come. There have been several inquiries, and letters of intent signed, but the Link is keeping the projects hush until the companies either give the Link the green light to publicize them or release the openings themselves.

 

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