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Judge throws out Lowndes capital murder conviction

Posted 9/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal judge has thrown out the capital murder conviction of Quintez Wren Hodges, who was sentenced to death in 2001 in Lowndes County in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend's brother.

 

Dignitaries celebrate opening of Paccar engine plant

Posted 9/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At 6:37 Monday evening Paccar CEO Mark Pigott and Gov. Haley Barbour, standing in front of a phalanx of blue-shirted workers, local dignitaries and the company's board of directors, cut the ribbon for what is sure to be one of the crown jewels of the local economy for years to come, the $300 million Paccar engine assembly plant.

Heritage student in coma after shotgun accident

Posted 9/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 17-year-old Heritage Academy soccer player has slipped into a coma after accidentally shooting himself while dove hunting Sunday in Noxubee County, according to Headmaster Tommy Gunn.

Board shoots down plans for shoe store

Posted 9/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Planning Commission Monday unanimously denied a salon owner's request to rezone property on Warpath Road.

Students, teachers lauded for good work

Posted 9/14/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several students drew praise for their national and local achievements Monday at the September Columbus Municipal School District board meeting.

Lowndes inmates find a new path through GED program

Posted 9/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Joe Taylor is done selling crack on the streets. Now, after completing the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center's new Graduate Equivalency Diploma program, the 31-year-old inmate wants to become an electrician.

 

Heritage Academy student in critical condition after hunting accident

Posted 9/13/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 17-year-old Heritage Academy soccer player was in critical but stable condition today after accidentally shooting himself with a shotgun Sunday while dove hunting in Noxubee County.

 

 

VIDEO: Tennessee Williams Stella-Shouting Contest

Posted 9/12/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thomas Easterling, an English teacher at Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, won first place in the Tennessee Williams Stella Shouting Contest.

 

Community honors sacrifice of Lowndes first responders

Posted 9/12/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, first responders showed the nation the price of their service.

 

Problems at Columbus bars slowing, chief says

Posted 9/12/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Violent crime has been under a microscope in Columbus since a pair of murders in April and May shook the community. City officials hope to crack down on violence in all forms, but the type of business where one of those murders and several recent violent encounters occurred is of particular concern.

 

Press veteran joins Dispatch

Posted 9/12/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A veteran press expert with more than 30 years in the printing industry has joined The Dispatch as production manager.

 

'STELLA!': Competitors try to outshout each other (video)

Posted 9/12/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

 

UNSOLVED: As time passes, arrests in homicides more elusive

Posted 9/12/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The critical information in a murder case is gathered within the first 72 hours. From there, the case begins to get cold. As the years drag on, witnesses move or die; some evidence is not preserved. But an unsolved case is never closed.

 

Columbus bar owner says he's been a good downtown neighbor

Posted 9/12/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fuhgetaboutit owner Freddie Fields is willing to pit his word against anyone's that he's been a good neighbor downtown.

 

 

Columbus earns bragging rights

Posted 9/10/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus High School football team scored 25 consecutive points in the fourth quarter Friday night to beat New Hope 39-22 at Trojan Field.

 

Newly renovated Tennessee Williams home debuts

Posted 9/10/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The atmosphere was almost religious Thursday at the grand opening of the newly renovated Tennessee Williams Welcome Center in downtown Columbus.

United Way supporters kick off county fundraising campaign

Posted 9/10/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 100 volunteers and supporters gathered Thursday at the Trotter Convention Center to herald in the beginning of the annual 2010-11 United Way of Lowndes County fundraising campaign.

 

Area schools show improvement in accountability rankings

Posted 9/10/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Schools in many area districts showed improvement in state school district accountability scores released today, though some districts did not meet growth standards set by the state.

 

 

IT'S ON: Columbus, New Hope renew football rivalry tonight

Posted 9/10/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mike Halford is looking forward to tonight. Like many people who work in Lowndes County, Halford will be at New Hope High School at 7:30 tonight to watch the Trojans take on Columbus High in a highly anticipated football game.

 

 

Columbus police officer accused of rape

Posted 9/10/2010 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus police officer has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an investigation into an alleged rape in Lowndes County.

 

 

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