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Rienzi man to serve life for 30-year-old Starkville murder

Posted 11/18/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Julia Kathryn Holt said she wanted to see Michael Devaughn's face when she spoke to him from the stand of the courtroom in Lowndes County Courthouse during his sentencing hearing Tuesday.


Suspect pleads guilty in Labor Day murder case

Posted 11/17/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A 30-year-old homicide case ended Tuesday after Michael Devaughn, of Rienzi, pleaded guilty to capital murder for the 1990 death of Betty Jones, 65.


Caledonia schools vote to become Caledonia Cavaliers

Posted 11/14/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Caledonia Confederates have become the Caledonia Cavaliers. Caledonia High School Principal Gregory Elliott presented the change, along with a mock-up of the new logo, to the Lowndes County School District board at its monthly meeting Friday.


LCSD spikes 55 new COVID cases within two weeks

Posted 11/11/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The number of COVID-19 cases in Lowndes County School District has more than doubled in the last two and a half weeks, according to information posted to the district's website.


COVID-19 numbers increasing in Golden Triangle

Posted 11/6/2020 in Area

As the United States experiences another surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases, the Golden Triangle area is seeing increases as well, with at least 215 new cases having been reported in a week, more than half of which are in Lowndes County.


Former police officer sues Maben for discrimination, retaliation

Posted 11/5/2020 in Area

A former police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against the town of Maben, alleging the mayor discriminated against him based on his age and later had the officer fired after the officer filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


Monday Profile: For Columbus business owner, working at polling places on election day has become a tradition

Posted 11/2/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For those voting at Brandon Central Services in Columbus Tuesday, Lee Burdine may be the first face they see when they arrive at their polling place.


Make-A-Wish child surprised with own Halloween 'parade day'

Posted 10/30/2020 in Area

Dressed for Halloween in his green dinosaur costume and matching beanie, Liam Lamb, 5, waited at the end of his driveway Thursday in Starkville. "There they come!" he shouted excitedly after a few minutes.


'Billing error' from AT&T leaves Clay County sheriff without national crime database access for a month

Posted 10/29/2020 in Area

Clay County Sheriff's Office and E911 Office were without access to a national database of crime information for a month after AT&T cut off the offices' services due to what a company spokesperson said was a "billing error."


Local officials claim 'potential for problems' if Initiative 65 passes

Posted 10/29/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local officials voiced their opposition to the proposed Initiative 65, a state constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana, in a meeting at Lowndes County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.


Two arrested for felony domestic violence in separate shootings

Posted 10/27/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two people have been arrested for domestic violence after two separate Saturday night shootings in Columbus.


Suspect ignites mop to swipe Lowe's pressure washer

Posted 10/27/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department is investigating what authorities believe to have been an intentional fire set in Lowe's Sunday morning.


Building on increased arrests and seizures, joint drug task force to continue

Posted 10/24/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Oct. 2, agents with the Columbus-Lowndes joint narcotics task force executed a search warrant on a 10th Avenue South residence and recovered approximately 20 pounds -- or $46,000 worth -- of marijuana alone.


Starkville homecoming parade without game highlights district's attempts to balance safety with normalcy as virus surges

Posted 10/23/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It's a tradition for Terra Robinson and her family to attend Starkville High School's homecoming parade every year.


3 CPD officers disciplined for body camera violations

Posted 10/21/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department issues dominated Tuesday night's city council meeting, which ended with three patrol officers appearing before the council in executive session for apparent violations of the department's body camera policy.


Building a home away from addiction: Carpenters for Christ plans to establish 'clean living home' for women leaving jail, rehabilitation facilities

Posted 10/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Julia Chavez walked into the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center one Friday night in 2016, the sound of the jail door clicking made her stomach flip, she said.


Pandemic-safe Halloween events to raise money for charity

Posted 10/15/2020 in Area

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween might look a little different in the Golden Triangle this year. Many of the usual haunted houses and other events that kids and kids-at-heart have become used to attending over the years are canceled, such as Starkville's annual Pumpkinpalooza, due to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing at those events.


SHS principal proposes changing grade configuration, other restructures to curb low graduation rate

Posted 10/14/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The principals for Starkville High and Armstrong Junior High schools presented proposed restructuring plans at the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District board meeting Tuesday night, after SHS Principal Howard Savage reported the district's graduation rate fell below 85 percent in 2019.


LCSD to expand internet connectivity throughout campuses

Posted 10/13/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District administrators plan to expand the district's Wi-Fi through parking lots and sports facilities within the next year, allowing members of the community -- and especially students -- to access the district's internet outside class.


Juveniles charged as adults in serious offenses, as last resort

Posted 10/9/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Monday, a day after a fire destroyed a church on North Lehmberg Road, Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton did something he admits investigators rarely do: He recommended the teenage boy accused of setting the blaze be charged as an adult.



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