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City budget includes rise in garbage rates

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will move forward with a public hearing on its Fiscal Year 2013 budget, a budget that will ask for more out-of-pocket money from the city's residents.

Heritage Academy's GATE program taps into each student's potential

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For decades, schools have offered gifted programs, with test scores dictating academic placement. At Heritage Elementary, Pathfinders served that purpose. But this year, the school has launched a new program and a new way of thinking, busting the gates of gifted education wide open to all first through sixth-graders -- no test required.

 

City disputes CVB's resolution on hotel tax usage

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A resolution passed by the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors is being criticized by some Columbus city officials. The CVB Board on Monday voted to ask the city to stop placing the funds from a two-percent hotel tax into the city's general fund and to start using the money to "promote tourism by expanding the Trotter Convention Center."

 

 

No millage increase expected for Caledonia

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia residents incensed over recent sewer rate increases and the threat of higher water bills heard a bit of good news Tuesday night during the Board of Aldermen's budget discussions.

 

Two charged with equine abuse in Lowndes County

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In separate incidents, two Lowndes County men have been charged with animal cruelty for their recent neglect of nearly two dozen equines.

Nunnelee visits

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rep. Alan Nunnelee talks to the media Tuesday after spending the day visiting local industries and businesses. Nunnelee made stops at Weyerhauser, Columbus Marble Works and the Columbus-Lowndes Economic Development Link during his tour of Lowndes County.

 

Jury hears testimony in Newell murder trial

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Testimony began in Lowndes County Circuit Court Tuesday in the murder trial for James Chuck Newell. Newell, of Vernon, Ala., was arrested in May 2008 and charged with the shooting death of Adrian Boyette, 31, at the Slab House bar near Caledonia.

 

 

City council votes to consider private bus service

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents may soon have another way to travel around the Friendly City. Columbus Federal Programs Director Travis Jones told city council members Tuesday about the possibility of a private bus service coming to Columbus.

 

Funding, open meeting debate dominate CVB meeting

Posted 8/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festival organizers seeking grant money from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will have a new set of guidelines in 2013. The CVB Board of Directors voted in two separate motions to define quality of life events versus tourism events.

 

Murder, sex crimes trials set for Circuit Court

Posted 8/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A murder trial and a pair of sex-related crimes are scheduled for today in the 16th Circuit Court in Lowndes County.

 

Krispy Columbus: Owner of popular doughnut franchise expands to city

Posted 8/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Billy Dorgan has spent most of his life making and selling donuts. And not just any donuts, but the hot "original glazed'' donuts of the Krispy Kreme franchise.

 

Council ready to tackle Catfish Alley proposal

Posted 8/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A controversial proposed renaming of a Columbus street will be brought before the City Council tomorrow evening.

 

Bluecutt Road project on schedule

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $1-million construction project on Bluecutt Road is scheduled to be completed in September.

Grand jury fails to indict Hinton on murder charge

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been released from the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center after being charged with murder.

 

Two injured in accident in east Lowndes Co.

Posted 8/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two people remain in the hospital, one in critical condition, following a Friday night automobile accident in east Lowndes County.

 

Council struggles to bring budget into balance

Posted 8/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After almost five hours of budget talks, the Columbus City Council is slightly closer to its goal of having a balanced budget.

Schools try new approaches to building fan support

Posted 8/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tonight, around dusk, time will stop. A quarter will be tossed, shining silver against the darkening sky. Heads. Tails. Game on.

 

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