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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.

 

 

Lowndes County murder trial: Bartender testifies he thought he would die

Posted 12/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The atmosphere inside the Elbow Room Lounge on the night of Feb. 15 was "just calm as it could be," a state's witness testified Monday. That atmosphere changed within hours when two men were shot and eventually died.

 

 

Elbow Room murder trial: Defense denied change of venue

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial of a man accused of killing two men at a downtown Columbus bar began today in Lowndes County, despite a motion for change of venue.

 

 

Christmas Parade canceled due to rain

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This year's Christmas parade in downtown Columbus has been canceled due to rain. It will not be rescheduled. Amber Brislin, director of Main Street Columbus Inc., made the announcement shortly before 3 p.m. today, saying the decision was made in an effort to "keep everyone safe and healthy this Christmas season."

 

 

Okolona pledges to get to the bottom of topless club

Posted 12/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

OKOLONA -- The city of Okolona has placed a 60-day moratorium on nightclubs while it mulls a permit request from a Nettleton businessman to open a topless bar.

 

 

Lowndes tourism funding gets more competitive

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Changes to the grant guidelines for community events will make the process more competitive, a member of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors said Thursday at a special meeting to approve the changes.

 

 

Columbus Christmas parade set for Monday night

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Linda Nail, her husband Jerry, and a handful of others have attended the Columbus Christmas parade each year for around 30 years. And they don't plan to stop this year.

 

The Borsig era begins

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New MUW president's job is to direct, not dictate.

 

Copple trial could begin this week

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

 

Local teacher inducted into hall of fame

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus teacher was among five inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers at Mississippi University for Women Friday.

 

 

Trial by Fire: Duane Hughes relishes new role as training officer

Posted 12/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

Concerned citizens form neighborhood watch

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

Lowndes Country Circuit Court 12-2-11

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

 

Infrastructure a top priority for Columbus mayor

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

 

Trial continued in case of murdered club owner

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.

 

Community sends off EMCC with support (video)

Posted 12/2/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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."

 

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