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Lowndes Circuit Court 3-13-11

Posted 3/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The following were some of the sentences handed down during the March term of the Lowndes County Circuit Court:

 

Family members scramble to hear from loved ones in Japan quake

Posted 3/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Will Pieschel was at his office in downtown Tokyo Friday afternoon when the building began to shake. Pieschel had ridden out earthquakes before; he was used to it. Each employee at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a consulting firm, has an earthquake kit nearby -- water, a power bar, helmet and, in the event they get trapped under rubble, a whistle to signal for help.

 

Tuesday Supervisor meeting could close a chapter on redistricting

Posted 3/12/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County could put an end to the redistricting controversy on Tuesday. Supervisors plan to vote on proposed plans at their regular meeting on that day.

 

 

Suspended officers will present their cases April 27

Posted 3/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Civil Service Commission decided Thursday evening to hear the appeals of three suspended Columbus police officers April 27.

 

Heavy rains leave oft-flooded neighborhood underwater again

Posted 3/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When 22-year-old Brandon Jennings woke up Thursday morning, he was expecting an average day. Then he opened his door.

 

Columbus outlines, the good, the bad and the ugly for 10-year plan

Posted 3/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A meager crowd met Thursday evening at the Trotter Convention Center to discuss the comprehensive plan that will guide the city's development over the next decade.

 

 

Former MUW student in Japan during quake

Posted 3/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the wake of a devastating tsunami in Japan, a former Mississippi University for Women sophomore staying in Tokyo said today she could still feel the earthquake aftershocks hours later.

 

 

Columbus High to have new principal next school year

Posted 3/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus High School will have a new principal next school year. Principal Craig Shannon will return to the central office full time as deputy superintendent at the end of the school year, Columbus Municipal School District announced Thursday.

 

 

Teacher accused of affair with teenage student

Posted 3/11/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A gag order has been issued in the case of a New Hope math teacher reportedly accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

 

 

Public input sought for new city comprehensive plan

Posted 3/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus is holding a public workshop tonight at the Trotter Convention Center for citizens to give input about the new comprehensive plan that will guide city development for the next decade.

 

 

Kior secures refinery contract

Posted 3/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Startup biofuel company KiOR has agreed to sell its synthetic crude oil to a Tuscaloosa refinery, freeing up $75 million in state loans.

 

Panic rises with flood waters

Posted 3/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Runoff from heavy rains that hit the area Tuesday and Wednesday drained into east Lowndes County early today, flooding roads and homes along Magby Creek. Columbus and portions of Lowndes County were under flood warnings as the Magby and Luxapalila creeks overflowed.

 

Columbus attorney suspended for negligence

Posted 3/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus attorney has been suspended by the state bar association after three women accused him of killing their cases through gross negligence.

 

 

Lowndes capital murder suspect seeks to avoid death penalty

Posted 3/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A motion has been filed in Lowndes County circuit court to preclude the death penalty for a capital murder suspect because of mental retardation.

 

CAFB undergoes 'World Series' of inspections

Posted 3/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A team of 113 inspectors arrived Monday at the Columbus Air Force Base for their bi-annual inspection of the unit's compliance with regulations.

 

Log truck crash snarls traffic on Highway 50 in Columbus

Posted 3/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 45-year-old log-truck driver was seriously injured when his truck overturned Tuesday in Lowndes County, shutting down Highway 50 for more than two hours.

 

Columbus 'under-demolished,' local developer says

Posted 3/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Columbus isn't over-built -- it's under-demolished." That's according to Mark Castleberry, of Castle Properties, who made several suggestions about bettering the city, including flattening and reusing some buildings.

 

CVB seeks second opinion on new tourism building

Posted 3/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau voted in executive session Monday to seek a second opinion about the value of its new downtown office building.

 

Rough-draft redistricting plan riles Lowndes board member

Posted 3/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors had their first redistricting meeting Monday, and one board member already is threatening litigation.

CMS Cindy Wamble named Administrator of the Year

Posted 3/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

From packing up and moving to a new building to adding 320 students to her charge, it's been a whirlwind school year for Cindy Wamble.

 

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