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Lowndes sets new superintendent's salary

Posted 12/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lynn Wright assumes the seat as Lowndes County School superintendent in January, he'll enter office making 40 percent more than his predecessor's starting salary, thanks to a unanimous vote by the county school board during Friday's meeting.

 

Middle-schoolers humbled by work at local soup kitchen

Posted 12/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The air was filled with the smell of a holiday-style meal and the sounds of Christmas carols Friday afternoon as the Caledonia Middle School Beta Club, along with members of Broadacres United Methodist Church and Central United Methodist Church, served food at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen in Columbus.

 

Town and Tower Club presents service awards

Posted 12/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Town and Tower Club presented awards for outstanding service at its annual holiday luncheon at Mississippi University for Women, Tuesday. This year's recipients were MUW interim President Allegra Brigham, who received the Campus Award, and the 2011 Heritage Academy senior class, which received the Community Award for the Patriot Park project.

 

 

Yard sale to help New Hope fire victims with Christmas

Posted 12/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

NEW HOPE -- A Wednesday morning fire delivered moderate damage to Tiffany Davis' house at 3516 Highway 50 E. in New Hope. However, the family lost most of their possessions and the Christmas presents for Caitlyn Perrigen, 5, and Brandon Perrigen, 8.

 

Columbus police chief candidate interviews: chief could be named Monday

Posted 12/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three finalists, two from out of town and one from Columbus, attempted to sway the Columbus City Council into appointing them the new police chief.

Copple sentenced to life: 'Please forgive me'

Posted 12/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The public may never know exactly what happened in that little downtown Columbus tavern on the morning of Feb. 16, defense attorney Steve Wallace said. But a 12-person Lowndes County jury composed of eight men and four women found Daniel Paul Copple guilty Thursday of murdering Mark Caudill and James Bennett Mann II on that morning inside the Elbow Room Lounge. Jurors received the case about 11:45 a.m. Thursday morning and returned with the verdict about 1:30 that afternoon.

 

State ME testifies in Elbow Room murder trial

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There was no hesitation in Dr. Adel Shaker's voice. Either of the gunshot wounds Mark Caudill suffered the morning of Feb. 16 would have been fatal alone.

 

 

Daniel Copple found guilty of murder in double killing at Elbow Room (video)

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Daniel Paul Copple was found guilty Thursday afternoon on two counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault.

 

 

Police arrest six in drug investigation

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local police cooperated Dec. 2 to arrest six Columbus residents on cocaine charges.

 

 

Development Link shares successes at annual luncheon

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Four billion and counting. Dollars, that is. The Columbus Lowndes Development Link used its Wednesday annual luncheon to celebrate the economic development agency's successes this year and since its founding.

 

 

Copple accused of murder: 'I'm just doing everything I can to live'

Posted 12/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Daniel Paul Copple said he does not remember much from the morning of Feb. 16, but he does remember being in the Elbow Room Lounge, entering a fight with Mark Caudill who had a gun and at least one gunshot going off.

 

 

New Hope family escapes fire, loses Christmas gifts

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A New Hope family escaped with only the clothes on their backs after an early morning fire damaged their rental house and all of their possessions, including the children's Christmas presents.

 

 

Finalist withdraws bid for Columbus police chief

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus has one less option for the the job of chief of police.

 

 

Columbus finalizes revised alcohol ordinance

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council approved an amendment to the city's alcohol ordinance at Tuesday's regular meeting.

 

Tues. fire destroys Crawford nightclub

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County volunteer firefighters battled an early Tuesday morning blaze in Crawford but were unable to save The Horseman Club, a local juke joint and popular night spot in the small town.

Bittersweet goodbye: Well-wishers surprise Brigham with tribute

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Allegra Brigham slipped onto the Mississippi University for Women campus amid little fanfare nearly a year and a half ago. She thought she would leave the same way.

 

Columbus Police chief interviews to be televised

Posted 12/7/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city officials report that only three of the four police chief finalists plan to be at the Columbus Municipal Complex on Thursday afternoon ready to state their cases for employment.

 

 

Columbus Christmas parade: Rain dampens half-century tradition

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many people in Columbus, the annual Christmas parade has become synonymous with frosty fingers, hot cocoa and family memories. This year, there will be a new memory: the second time in history the event has been canceled due to inclement weather.

 

Lowndes sheriff to step down two days early

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Sheriff C.B. "Butch" Howard asked the county Board of Supervisors to accept his resignation effective Dec. 31. The motion passed unanimously at Monday's regular meeting.

 

Lowndes supes seek solution, not repeal of Co-op Road abandonment

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors asked residents of Co-op Road on Monday for more time to explore options following the abandonment of part of the road. Property owners insisted that is one thing they don't have.

 

 

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