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City, county to host joint meeting on CLRA plans to buy building


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The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority has announced an upcoming joint meeting between with the Columbus City Council and the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors to discuss the fate of the old Cash Distributing building on Highway 182. 


The CLRA wants to buy the 33,000-square-foot building and turn it into a central headquarters for many of the recreational programs sponsored by the organization. The purchase and renovation of the building is expected to cost more than $300,000. 


If the project were to go forward, it would not affect the CLRA''s intent to build a multi-purpose sportsplex near the Tennesee-Tombigbee Waterway. 


However, the CLRA would shut down several facilities throughout the county and centralize them within the Cash facility. 


To buy the building, the group needs permission from both the city and county governments. 


"Hey I''m excited about it," said CLRA Executive Director Roger Short. "We''ll see what comes out of the thing. We''ll either open up a can of worms, or we''ll put the thing to rest." 


Although specifics are still sketchy, the meeting is being planned to happen Feb. 10, possibly at the Trotter Convention Center. 




14 qualify for West Point elections 


WEST POINT -- West Point has a citywide election coming up this year, and several people have already qualified to run. 


Fourteen individuals are vying for the positions of West Point Mayor and Board of Selectmen seats. All incumbents save Ward 3 Selectman John Cummings are running for re-election. 


In the May 5 primary, Democratic incumbent Mayor Scott Ross will face Jimmy Davidson; independent candidate Harold Latham also has qualified for the mayor''s seat. 


Democrat Lindah Hannah so far is unchallenged for the Ward 1 selectman seat. 


In Ward 2, incumbent Marrion "Bubba" Wilkerson will face fellow Democrat Harold E. Cannon. 


Ward 3 will have a new selectman; long-time Selectman John Cummings'' has decided not to run for re-election. So far, Democrats Hubert Casten, Charles D. Collins and Randel White all have qualified to run for the position. 


In Ward 4, incumbent Keith McBrayer faces fellow Democrat John Caskey. 


Ward 5 Selectmen Jasper Pittman, a Democrat, faces Joey Michel in the primary. 


Those interested running for West Point offices have until March 6 to qualify. 


"That list might double between now and then," said city of West Point Special Projects Coordinator Robin Perry.  


West Point''s primary is May 5. The general election is June 5. 





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