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Council reinstates Neel-Schaffer firm as city engineer

Posted 8/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council clarified how it intends to handle engineering services during Tuesday's regular meeting. After a month-long period of ambiguity regarding the future of Neel-Schaffer as the city's engineering services provider, the council voted 4-0 to reappoint the firm on as "as-needed" basis.

Johnson gets life for murder of game-room owner

Posted 8/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Monroe County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to the robbery and murder of a Lowndes County business owner.

School district to open Lee Middle School doors

Posted 8/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fate of the vacant Lee Middle School property is a step closer to being decided. The Columbus Municipal School District will host two open houses at the end of September.


Python's strangling of 2 boys in Canada probed

Posted 8/7/2013 in National


City approves $5M bond notice

Bond monies could be used to acquire land, update infrastructure, construct facilities or develop planning for future Golden Triangle Development Link-recommended projects.

Laine to headline 10th annual Caledonia Days festival

Posted 8/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 10th annual Caledonia Days is a little more than two months away and organizers say plans for the two-day fall festival are falling into place.


CDC: First national sign of childhood obesity drop

Posted 8/7/2013 in National

For many years, doctors have been wringing their hands as more and more U.S. children grew fat. Now, that may be changing, with the first evidence of a national decline in childhood obesity.



President George W. Bush has stent procedure

Posted 8/7/2013 in National


Demolition begins on Ohio house in kidnapping case

Posted 8/7/2013 in National

With several swipes from the arm of an excavator and a smattering of applause from spectators, demolition began this morning on the Cleveland house where three women were held captive and raped over a decade.


First charges filed in Benghazi attack

Posted 8/7/2013 in National



Interim superintendent will serve on charter board

Posted 8/7/2013 in State



Post-Romney, some in GOP reject advice to moderate

Posted 8/7/2013 in National



Obama pitches mortgage overhaul as housing rallies

Posted 8/7/2013 in Business



Late-payment rate on mortgages fell in 2Q

Posted 8/7/2013 in National



Bomb scare was inventor's experiment

Posted 8/7/2013 in National

A Swedish inventor's experiments with a new power source for electric cars caused a bomb scare that paralyzed parts of the Danish capital, Copenhagen, for three hours on Tuesday.


County to repay Weyerhaeuser after tax flap

Posted 8/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Between Lowndes County school and board of supervisors funds, $402,330 will have to be repaid to Weyerhaeuser, a wood manufacturer with an area plant, as a result of an inaccurate tax rendition by the company's recently acquired tax firm.

Mayor to discuss engineering change

Posted 8/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith is set to discuss the city's engineering services during tonight's city council meeting at the municipal complex.


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