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Study should expedite work on Magowah Creek

Posted 5/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A long process of securing easements and proper documentation has caused delays in cleaning Magowah Creek, but landowners and farmers who have suffered as result of flooding may finally see relief as soon this year.

 

Indicted teacher still drawing paycheck

Posted 5/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nine months after being indicted by the U.S. Attorney's Office on fraud charges relating to a nationwide testing scam, a teacher is still on paid leave with the Columbus Municipal School District.

 

Palmer Home to open own school in fall

Posted 5/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For more than a century, Palmer Home for Children has provided safety, shelter and love for children in need. Now, the Columbus facility is adding a new facet to its services -- a library and school for the 90 children who call the 110-acre campus their home.

 

Sequester threatens production at Columbus Eurocopter

Posted 5/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Earlier this week, Sean O'Keefe, American Eurocopter parent company CEO , said cuts to the Pentagon budget under the "sequester" budget reduction plan could force the company to slash production of the UH-72 Lakota helicopter, which is produced at its Columbus facility.

 

CMSD workers forced to return pay

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Custodial and maintenance staff with the Columbus Municipal School District will have 28 hours of pay deducted from their next paychecks as reimbursement for pay approved by their supervisors but ruled inappropriate by district officials. The 39 employees will lose approximately $200 to $500, depending on their pay rate.

 

Wright: Board vote may be a misappropriation of funds

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Superintendent Lynn Wright is concerned the district may be judged to have misappropriated taxpayer funds if their vote opposing starting an alternative school in the county is not reversed.

Contractor killed at CAFB construction work site

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A contract worker died from injuries sustained in an accident at Columbus Air Force Base Thursday afternoon.

Brock chosen to direct United Way of Lowndes County

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This year's United Way of Lowndes County pacesetters may want to get a running start before trying to keep up with their new leader.

 

Trust fund board holds first meeting

Posted 5/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A timeline has been set for financial firms to submit proposals to manage finances from Lowndes County's hospital sale.

 

Turner says judgments don't tell whole story

Posted 5/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A public records search by The Dispatch shows that Turner Furniture LLC, which is owned by Ward 4 councilman candidate Marty Turner, has yet to satisfy a $56,023.84 judgment regarding failure to pay rent to former landlord and a cumulative $10,003.53 in other judgments.

Ecco Ride, Waters still in hunt for bus contract

Posted 5/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The president of a bus company interested in acquiring the bid for the Columbus Municipal School District bus service is speaking out after intense questioning by the school board during its Monday meeting.

Study shows good rapport between community, CAFB

Posted 5/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The third and final public meeting designed to inform the public about the preparation of a joint land use study was held Tuesday at the Caledonia YMCA building.

Caledonia candidates focus on annexation, traffic

Posted 5/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Town of Caledonia grows, elected officials will face new challenges: maintaining that growth, providing the infrastructure to support it and coping with the less positive consequences.

Columbus schools reach no decision on bus contract

Posted 5/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District is still deliberating over a pair of bids for its bus service. During Tuesday night's meeting, the board unanimously voted to table a motion that would decide between bids from local company and current provider Waters Truck and Tractor and Nashville, Tenn.-based company Ecco Ride.

Officials target mid-June for Catfish Alley ceremony

Posted 5/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With street light replacement and paving already complete and sidewalk installation, completion of a mural and landscape improvements all set to be wrapped up by June 6, officials are on schedule for a mid-June ceremony to celebrate Catfish Alley.

Cracker Barrel pulls plug on Columbus plans

Posted 5/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local Realtor who was brokering a deal to bring Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant to Columbus said Monday that negotiations are off and, to his knowledge, the popular food chain has decided not to build a store in the area at this time.

Volunteers determined to preserve church as a link to generations of worshipers

Posted 5/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most of the time, the little country church stands vacant, but Sunday morning, its double doors were thrown wide, welcoming visitors with the same genial charm it has exuded for more than a century.

Baptist picks up award for leadership in key areas

Posted 5/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle has been awarded top honors for its leadership in clinical quality, safety and patient experience.

Mentoring program plans expansion

Posted 5/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 2009, Angela Nash and her husband began opening up their home in New Hope each Friday night to feed and spend time with five young girls who were struggling in school.

 

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