A little more than a week ago, city school officials announced plans to stanch the Columbus Municipal School District's financial hemorrhage by eliminating 59 teachers and support staff. At Monday night's school board meeting, as sign-waving protesters watched, the board tabled a motion to add 10 more names to the list.
The Golden Triangle sits in a strategic political position these days, with locals filling the upper ranks of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen was just a lieutenant in the department's Criminal Investigations Division in 1997 when 70-year-old George Wilbanks was found stabbed and strangled in his north Columbus home. This morning, the new chief finally arrested his killer. McQueen formally arrested Earnest Terell Talley, 44, of 805 Remunda Drive in Columbus, and charged him with Wilbanks' murder in front of a gaggle of local media gathered in the courtroom at the Columbus Municipal Complex.
UPDATE: Earnest Talley, 44, of 805 Remunda Drive in Columbus, was arrested in connection with a 14-year-old murder case.
As of 11:50 a.m., parents and family members continued to pick up Columbus High School students from Fairview Baptist Church after a bomb threat was called in at about 9:30 this morning.
Approximately 600 miles of roads meander through the county, and Lowndes County Road Manager Ronnie Burns knows them all. He hasn't figured out exactly how many road signs will have to be replaced under a new federal mandate, but he knows this much -- it's going to be a costly, time-consuming project.
A 93-year-old Columbus woman who suffered injuries in a house fire in November has died.
The Columbus Police Department and Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reported the following arrests between Feb. 8 and Feb. 14:
Building permits for Feb. 7-13, 2012
Severstal North America has received a Steel Manufacturers Association safety award for zero lost time accidents at its Columbus facility.
Columbus police arrested a man in connection with the robbery of a Walmart employee in the store's parking lot this morning.
COLUMBUS -- Columbus woman accused of murdering her unborn child is slated to stand trial in Lowndes County Circuit Court this term. Rennie Taria Gibbs, 20, of 300 S. Lehmberg Road in Columbus, No. 25, was 15 when she got pregnant.
Between them, they have more than five decades of experience in law enforcement. But they're settling into new roles and working within the confines of a predetermined budget.
An exploratory committee formed to examine which method of sex education should be taught in Columbus schools presented its findings to the district's board of trustees Monday night. The Starkville School District in October decided on an abstinence-plus curriculum for the 2012-2013 school year.
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night could keep local vendors from hawking giant teddy bears, roses and other mass-produced tokens of love Monday evening, and a few determined stragglers were seen shuffling through the soggy twilight, trying to find last-minute gifts.
A Starkville woman arrested for aiding a prisoner escape custody is awaiting a bond hearing in Pearl River County Jail.
One person died and three others were injured after a two-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon.
A proposal to cut several positions within the Columbus Municipal School District hit a stumbling block Monday night, buying some needed time for those whose jobs are on the chopping block. But the delay is only temporary.
CALEDONIA -- Jeff Doty was careful to preface his case to reopen Cal-City Grocery with a simple and to-the-point statement. "I am not here to cause animosity among the community," Doty told the Caledonia Board of Aldermen Saturday. "I am here to run a legitimate business." Still, the board voted against conditions for Cal-City Grocery to sell cold beer, either under a grandfather clause or a variation to a city ordinance.
She got a brief phone call from her son before she started watching the tragedy unfold on the news. Eventually, Lillian Evans, of Columbus, just turned the TV off.
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