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Man gets 40 years for killing cousin

Posted 2/21/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus murder defendant will spend the next 40 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder.

 

Petition calls for Baptist to reinstate privileges for longtime OBGYN

Posted 2/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A longtime obstetrics and gynecology doctor at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle has had his OB privileges suspended.

 

Man gets life sentences for kidnapping, sexual battery

Posted 2/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man sentenced to life in prison for robbing and sexually assaulting two Sprint Mart employees three years ago told the court he'd only committed the crimes because he was on drugs and "the devil took him over."

 

Sexual assault, armed robbery defendant guilty on all counts

Posted 2/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County jury has found the defendant in a sexual battery case guilty of robbing a local convenience store at gunpoint, forcing the two employees on duty into a back room, sexually assaulting them and then driving one to West Point in February 2015.

 

Kidnapping victim 'too terrified' to flee

Posted 2/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The victim in a kidnapping, armed robbery and sexual battery case told a Lowndes County jury Wednesday that when Autravious Gaston kidnapped her at gunpoint and drove her to West Point three years ago, her only goal was survival.

 

State auditor visits Columbus

Posted 2/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering readily admits state finances can make a boring conversation, but he still takes seriously the task of education citizens about how the numbers work.

 

Trial for Sprint Mart robbery, kidnapping suspect to begin

Posted 2/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial for a man accused of holding up a Sprint Mart, kidnapping and assaulting two employees begins this week.

 

Ugandan Kids Choir visits Golden Triangle

Posted 2/10/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 10 children on the stage at Rosenzweig Arts Center Friday night didn't need to be asked by the adults in the audience what they wanted to be when they grew up.

 

'The best partner you could have'

Posted 2/9/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local canine officer discovered a bag each of cocaine and methamphetamines at Lion Hills during the Exchange Club's weekly luncheon Thursday. Luckily, it was just a drill.

 

Columbus fire department trains two new puppies for search and rescue

Posted 2/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mack, a 6-week-old McNab Shepherd puppy, squirmed in Columbus Fire and Rescue engineer Eric Minga's arms on their first day together as search dog-in-training and handler at the fire station on 31st Avenue North Friday.

 

Seven-year-old murder conviction overturned in Oktibbeha County

The conviction of an Oktibbeha County woman found guilty of killing her husband in 2011 has been overturned.

 

Finding the right fit

Posted 2/5/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Pinkie is just like most puppies. She wags her tail, pricks up her ears and loves walks with her humans. She has no idea she's blind, said Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society director Karen Johnwick, so she doesn't let it slow her down.

 

School shooter, mother formerly of Golden Triangle

Posted 1/30/2018 in Area

The alleged shooter of a high school in Kentucky and his mother have ties to the Golden Triangle.

 

'Magic' Max earns place in Book of Golden Deeds

Posted 1/26/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus resident Max Cullum always told his children to leave places better than they were when they arrived -- something he apparently has practiced all over volunteer sites in Columbus, from serving food at Loaves and Fishes to repairing elevators at First United Methodist Church.

 

Missing autistic man found safe

Posted 1/25/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fifty-seven hours after his aunt had last seen him at his home on 19th Street, a 25-year-old autistic man was found safe and unharmed walking around in his backyard Wednesday afternoon.

 

Civil Service Commission sides with city in suspended police officer case

Posted 1/25/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a nearly three-hour hearing Wednesday, the Civil Service Commission of Columbus ruled not to change the punishment of a Columbus police officer who was suspended after pointing a Taser at a shackled inmate.

 

Stakeholders encouraged by economy, concerned with workforce

Posted 1/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly three-fourths of attendees at a meeting of business and community leaders from the Columbus area Tuesday said the state economy is doing better now than it was five years ago.

 

Ending celebration of Mississippi's literary tradition

Posted 1/23/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Beverly Norris was looking for a way the Columbus Arts Council could celebrate Mississippi's bicentennial last year, she remembered some of the people for which the state is most well-known.

 

Family of missing autistic man still searching

Posted 1/23/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The family of a 25-year-old autistic man has filed a missing persons report with Columbus Police Department.

 

Leaks from frozen pipes keep plumbers busy, cost homeowners thousands in some cases

Posted 1/19/2018 in Area

One day after a hard overnight freeze earlier this month, Starkville resident Vaughn Nickels went into her kitchen to find what she described as a "waterfall."

 

 

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