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Stalled hotel project set to resume

Posted 2/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Continuation of a new hotel development is on the horizon for Columbus. The neon green wrapped structure on Highway 45 next to Belk has sat dormant for months; however, Sunny Sethi, an owner of the property, said major changes are in store for the hotel and that construction of the project will soon resume.

 

Thieves take electronics, jewelry from Ponderosa Drive home

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are searching for suspects involved in a home burglary Friday off Highway 69. The Columbus Police Department responded to 367 Ponderosa Drive at 1:37 p.m, where the homeowners reported a bevy of electronics and jewelry stolen from their residence.

 

 

Tuskegee Airmen exhibit to highlight Catfish in the Alley

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While the sight of 18-wheelers rumbling down Highways 82 or 45 isn't unusual, seldom do the big rigs roll into downtown Columbus. But from Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 29 to March 3, one uniquely customized semitrailer will be the center of attention at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market site at Second Avenue and Second Street North.

 

Harvey working to make pine car derby a staple

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

You usually don't associate church with competing in a pine car derby, but those two things are exactly what John Harvey, youth minister of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Columbus, has combined. Harvey, along with his wife, Raeann, and children, Michael, Emerald, Gabriel and Pricila, moved from Colorado to Columbus in August. Harvey has since started work on the first annual pine car derby through Lighthouse.

City to decide next path for bridge restoration

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

City officials opened sealed bids Thursday for the old Highway 82 bridge restoration, but now they face a quandary: Adjust their budget, alter the plans or re-bid the project. Two companies placed bids, with both exceeding the budgeted cost of $2.2 million.

Early morning kitchen blaze guts Columbus home

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was displaced Saturday after fire and smoke gutted his home, though it's unclear what started the blaze. At 1:15 a.m., three engine companies responded to the home of Jeffrey Talley at 1411 22nd Street North for a structure fire. Firefighters took a little over two hours to extinguish the blaze. No one was injured, according to a Columbus Fire Department report.

Saturday Profile: Kelsey Collins

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At first glance, Kelsey Collins appears to be an average teenager, awash in a sea of Aéropostale clothing and preoccupied with texting on her iPhone. But when she sings, whether it be a song of her own or a cover of a Lynyrd Skynrd song, it is clear that she is in a league of her own.

Downtown post office's fate remains uncertain

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A two-pronged proposal, structured to help the U.S. Postal Service recoup its fiscal solvency, will affect Columbus customers, but not in the way many had hoped.

Sandfield restaurant faces zoning challenge

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 4th Quarter Bar and Grill sits on the corner of College Street and 23rd Street, nestled in a neighborhood of homes that survived an F3 tornado in November 2003. The local eatery, which is located on the grounds of a former car wash, will soon be looking to have its status rezoned from a restaurant to a nightclub, bar, tavern or lounge. The owner of the business, Donald Pope of Columbus, is scheduled to bring his request before the City of Columbus Planning Commission on March 5. But Pope may be fighting an uphill battle, according to building official Kenneth Wiegel.

 

Crawford man busted for 28 outstanding warrants

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Most people who receive tickets pay the fines and never have to see Columbus Police Officers Lance Luckey and Kelvin Lee.

 

City extends a friendly welcome with new sign

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It may be the most talked about dirt mound in recent history, and community leaders are hoping it continues to draw attention for years to come.

 

Man arrested while climbing downtown tower

Posted 2/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An inebriated man was arrested Thursday night after attempting to climb the E-911 communication tower near the Lowndes County Courthouse.

 

Second CHS bomb threat in a week

Posted 2/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The third bomb threat of the school year interrupted classes at Columbus High School Wednesday, and a 17-year-old suspect was arrested, Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Wednesday evening. Police believe the juvenile is responsible for Wednesday's threat, as well as the threat against CHS a week ago.

 

City moves forward with redistricting

Posted 2/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A mandated redistricting of the six wards in the city of Columbus is officially underway. At Tuesday's meeting of the mayor and city council, Chief Operating Officer David Armstrong presented bids submitted by civil planning agencies before the board. The chosen firm will assist with redistricting by creating maps and advising the city throughout the process.

 

 

Ramsey's EntreLeadership draws crowd at MUW

Posted 2/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Few things could lure an accountant from her desk in the middle of tax season, and Janice Hudson Burris felt the same way when she heard about Tuesday's seminar by the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link.

 

 

Woman in custody after stabbing boyfriend, Lowndes Co. arrests 2-23-12

Posted 2/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 19-year-old remains in the hospital this morning after being stabbed by his girlfriend Wednesday night.

 

 

17-year-old arrested for bomb threats at CHS

Posted 2/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The third bomb threat of the school year interrupted classes at Columbus High School today, and a 17-year-old suspect was arrested, Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said Wednesday evening. Police believe the juvenile is responsible for today's threat as well as the threat against CHS less than a week ago.

 

 

Another bomb threat disrupts day at Columbus High

Posted 2/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The third bomb threat so far this year was called in to Columbus High School this morning.

 

Ash Wednesday: Lenten season offers a time of prayer, repentance and reflection

Posted 2/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The green linens that drape the Confession table have been replaced with purple. The handmade wooden crosses have been brought from storage and swathed in silken sashes. The last indulgences have been indulged, the last fetes feted.

 

Council requires board appointees live within city limits

Posted 2/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new policy adopted by the Columbus City Council will impact those seeking appointments to numerous city boards.

 

 

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