Depending on the outcome of a couple pending motions, the Elbow Room murder case will go to trial this week, the final week of the current Lowndes County Circuit Court session.
A Columbus teacher was among five inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers at Mississippi University for Women Friday.
Duane Hughes is still trying to get his feet wet in his new position. Hughes took over as Columbus Fire and Rescue chief of training in June, but still comes in on Fridays, typically a day off for salaried city employees, to get a better grasp of his position.
North Columbus residents are taking action and formed a neighborhood watch group. The group held a meeting Thursday at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and 60 residents discussed a number of topics such as "peddlers" hanging around streets, people knocking on doors and recent burglaries that affected some group members.
A Caledonia man accused of child abuse was sentenced to eight years in prison. Gerald Melvin Fink III, of 2036 Anderson Grove Road Lot 1 in Caledonia, was sentenced Nov. 16 by Circuit Court Judge James Kitchens to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Mayor Robert Smith said if he were king for a day, he would improve the city's infrastructure. The difficulty of being mayor, not king, is the mayor has to have the votes and the money to get it done, Smith said. However, he pledged his No. 1 goal as mayor is improvements in street paving and storm drainage, water and sewer lines.
The capital murder case of Cedric Cortez Whitley, of 20393 Egypt Road in Aberdeen, was continued by Circuit Court Judge Lee Coleman until next year.
It was a warm sendoff for the East Mississippi Community College football team. Head Coach Buddy Stephens only hopes it isn't the biggest celebration the team has. "We hope that there's a bigger party when we come back," Stephens said. "And we'll be happy if that happens."
East Mississippi Community College is gearing up for the biggest athletic event in its history. The school's No. 2 football team (11-0) will take on No. 1 Arizona Western College (11-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the El Toro Bowl presented by Time Warner Cable. The unbeaten powers play for the NJCAA national championship at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Ariz.
The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors approved new grant guidelines Thursday that will take full effect during the 2012-13 fiscal year.
A Lowndes County man will get a new trial after the state Supreme Court overturned his murder conviction for "an egregious display of prosecutorial misconduct."
A fire broke out at a one-story home in Columbus this afternoon. Columbus Fire and Rescue firefighters responded to 2212 Fourth Ave. S. at around 4:15 p.m. Firefighters got the fire under control at about 4:45 p.m.
Lowndes County deputies are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Wednesday night at Black Creek Grocery.
The defense kept pushing that there was not enough evidence to convict a Columbus man of armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary. And it worked.
Local water-safety coordinators want boaters to know they are in more danger during the winter. And locally, the most near-death accidents have been in the winter months, according to Joseph Ponder, park ranger and water safety coordinator for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Tenn-Tom Waterway Management Center.
They are gone with the wind and the best wishes of Lowndes County. The East Mississippi Community College football team was scheduled to depart Golden Triangle Regional Airport this morning about 9 a.m. They left with good will from the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and $25,000 for travel expenses.
The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors pledged Wednesday to work with the city of Columbus to help residents affected by a road abandonment.
Dozens gathered in the Cochran Ballroom Wednesday to hear the announcement. Mississippi University for Women had been waiting for this moment for 18 months. They had time to prepare: A flurry of bright blue balloons flew into the room; the startling sound of noisemakers came with them. A group of MUW staff had been waiting in the wings holding dozens of strings of light blue and royal blue balloons.
The appointment of Dr. Jim Borsig as Mississippi University for Women's new president was a group effort. That theme was emphasized repeatedly during his all-day Wednesday campus meetings with community leaders, deans, department heads, faculty, staff, students, alumni and anyone interested in the future of Columbus' historic institution of higher learning.
The W is now spelled B-o-r-s-i-g. The state College Board ended suspense at about 3:30 this afternoon and appointed Dr. Jim Borsig as the university's new president.
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