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CLW power rates to rise this fall

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Power rates are going up in October for Columbus Light and Water customers. Exactly how much is still up in the air.


Council terminates officer who allegedly solicited minor

Posted 4/18/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A recently hired Columbus Police Department officer being investigated for soliciting a minor in West Point has been fired.


Columbus, Brooks collaborate for Crime Prevention Task Force

Posted 4/18/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus has formally joined forces with Lowndes County District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks on a multi-faceted initiative aimed to prevent crime.


City seeks sponsorships for summer intern program

Posted 4/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

About 10 years ago, a young girl came to George Irby looking for a job. She was 16, Irby recalled, and she had a 3-year-old child of her own.


Former jail administrator gets early jump on 2019 sheriff's race

Posted 4/9/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Lowndes County jail administrator Rick Jones has announced his intent to run for sheriff in 2019.


Plans go awry at Kerr-McGee redevelopment meeting

Posted 4/6/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A simple plan aimed to engage citizens in shaping a redevelopment plan for the old Kerr-McGee plant site backfired Thursday night in the Sim Scott Park Community Center.


Council terminates firefighter, suspends 2 CPD officers

Posted 4/4/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen voted to terminate a city firefighter Tuesday following a lengthy executive session at the Municipal Complex.


Home Base: Thanks for the memories

Posted 4/2/2018 in Local Columns

Notre Dame is a second-half team. Everyone knew that, and the Irish's late comebacks had already become things of legend in this year's NCAA Tournament.


City struggles to fill commission vacancies

Posted 3/28/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Years ago, filling local boards and commissions with concerned citizens was no problem, Columbus Chief Operations Officer David Armstrong said.


Accepting the challenge: About 40 students show interest in pilot Innovation program

Posted 3/23/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Jeffrey Rupp took only 20 copies of the entry form to Thursday's interest meeting for the first Oktibbeha County Innovation Challenge. Before he arrived, he thought he might have wasted paper. As it happened, he needed about twice that number.


CPD officer suspended after unticketed DUI in Starkville

Posted 3/21/2018 in Area

Columbus councilmen voted 4-2 Tuesday evening to suspend a city police officer for 30 days without pay for "conduct unbecoming" after he was stopped earlier this month in Starkville on suspicion of driving under the influence.


Council chooses Young as CMSD trustee

Posted 3/21/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Ward residency played a key role in who city councilmen chose to fill the final vacancy on the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees.


Men carrying assault rifle, handgun and machete asked to leave Columbus Walmart

Posted 3/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Three Georgia men were asked to leave Walmart in Columbus Monday night after entering the store carrying weapons in plain view.


City officials: CPD officer stopped for DUI in Starkville

Posted 3/17/2018 in Area

A Columbus police officer will face the city council in executive session Tuesday after apparently being stopped in Starkville recently for driving under the influence.


Home Base: In black communities, 'traffic stop safety' is a priority conversation

Posted 3/15/2018 in Local Columns

Walking up to the driver's side of a pickup that was "pulled over" by Lowndes County sheriff's deputies Tuesday evening in the Oak Grove MB Church parking lot on Taylor Thurston Road, the pastor and I muttered our lines to ourselves as we shuffled closer to the vehicle.


Historic Burns Bottom home in crosshairs of demolition

Posted 3/10/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city plans to tear down a house in Burns Bottom that is on the National Register of Historic Places as part of a tax-funded redevelopment effort in the neighborhood.


City to demolish eight houses in Burns Bottom

Posted 3/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council on Tuesday agreed to demolish eight vacant houses in the Burns Bottom area to help support an ongoing Columbus Redevelopment Authority project in the area.


CMSD board applicant field swells to five

Posted 3/2/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The pool of applicants to fill the Columbus Municipal School District board's final vacancy has grown to five.


Foundation invites public to 'community conversation'

Posted 2/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A planned "community conversation" event aims to better inform and engage citizens about the challenges facing Lowndes County.


Two men vying for CMSD board vacancy

Posted 2/23/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local pastor Willie Petty Sr. hopes his third try to get on the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees proves the charm.



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