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Nurse practitioners, physicians assistants fill the doctor gap

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to a report from Irving, Texas-based physician staffing company, Staff Care, a shortage of physicians in the United States, coupled with the approaching implementation of the Affordable Care Act, is prompting healthcare facilities to expand the role of primary care providers.


Proposed Magnolia Bowl demolition invites speculation

Posted 4/11/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The future of the historic Magnolia Bowl remains uncertain but the Columbus Municipal School District is exploring its options. During Monday night's school board meeting, city engineer Kevin Stafford informed the board of an offer from the Columbus Light and Water Department to remove the concrete bleachers and the wall that surrounds the 80-year-old stadium.

Many Golden Triangle districts eligible for charter schools

Posted 4/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charter schools could begin showing up in area school districts as early as next year, pending Gov. Phil Bryant's signature on House Bill 369, which passed the Senate last week 34-18. The governor has said he will sign the bill, opening the door for up to 15 charter schools per year to open in struggling and failing school districts across the state.


Candidates forum for mayor, council set for Thursday

Posted 4/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first political forum this campaign season that brings together all candidates for mayoral and city council offices will begin 6 p.m. Thursday at the Columbus Municipal Complex.



Grilling on the River set to return

Posted 4/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a one-year hiatus, Grilling on the River is coming back this weekend. The sixth installment of the annual barbecue cooking and entertainment festival will be held from 4-11 p.m. Friday and will continue 9 a.m. Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk.


CMSD considers Lee sale, impact of charter school law

Posted 4/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District has yet to reach a decision on the sale of the Lee Middle School property. After meeting for nearly three-and-a-half hours Monday, the CMSD Board of Trustees entered into an hour-long executive session to discuss potential litigation and the sale of district-owned property.

Monday profile: 'Big Red Bus' puts Meady in spotlight

Posted 4/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robert Meady is a man of few words who prefers to keep to himself. For two weeks each spring, he makes an exception, however. He is the guy who drives "the big red bus" during the Columbus Pilgrimage. In that role, he is surrounded by people, most of whom want to know all about the bus.

Brooks: Juneteenth still in limbo

Posted 4/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Juneteenth festival founder Leroy Brooks said the likelihood of a 17th consecutive installment of the event will likely hinge on whether or not the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors has a change of heart from its decision last month against funding it.

Columbus chapter celebrates National Boys & Girls Club Week

Posted 4/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus chapter of the Boys and Girls Club is celebrating National Boys and Girls Club week with week-long festivities. Nadia Dale, director of the local club, said she is excited about the week ahead.

Missing: A Columbus family's search for a missing sister spans five decades

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Everything was going to be OK, she said. Better than OK. The past few years had been tough, but she was tough, too, and she was going to make it. Wronged in so many ways, she was going to finally set things right. Build a new life for herself and her eight-month-old daughter.

Downtown buzzes with activity on 'Super' Saturday

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is nothing rare to hear residents complain there is nothing to do in Columbus. Anyone who was guilty of making that comment this weekend clearly didn't walk around downtown Saturday.

Caledonia firefighters make bid for new station

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Officials with the county's volunteer fire services are hoping to convince Lowndes County supervisors to take the first step in a process to build a new main station by purchasing a parcel of land that would allow room for long-term growth.


Electronic court document filing expanding

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chancery courts in Lowndes, Webster and Clay counties are expected to be next to test electronic filing of court documents although an exact date has not been announced.



League of Voters to host political forum

Posted 4/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes County League of Voters will host a political forum for candidates seeking office in the Columbus municipal elections.



Hitching Lot Farmers' Market ready for Saturday opening

Posted 4/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With the advent of spring, farmers' markets are never far behind. The Hitching Lot Farmers' Market in Columbus will welcome the first fresh goods of the 2013 season when it opens Saturday morning from 7-10 a.m.



Columbus man charged with aggravated assault

Posted 4/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault after driving his vehicle into his ex-girlfriend's vehicle as she sat in her driveway.


Mayor's Unity Picnic set for Saturday

Posted 4/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fifth annual Mayor's Unity Picnic will take place Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk. What began as a simple idea to bring the community together has turned into an anticipated yearly event.

Tip leads to armed robbery arrest

Posted 4/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thanks to a Crimestoppers tip, a Brooksville teen suspected of robbing a Columbus convenience store is behind bars.


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