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Cadence Bank gives $60,000 to Lowndes Habitat for Humanity

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cadence Bank has announced it is investing $60,000 during the next three years in Columbus Lowndes Habitat for Humanity. Cadence Bank will contribute $20,000 per year to help eliminate poverty housing in Lowndes County.

 

 

Columbus Y to host health fair

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Battling childhood obesity and diabetes starts with education, according to the Y. And the Y is trying to educate the public to reduce those rates locally.

 

 

Airport celebrates 40 years; passenger volume up

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday. On hand to celebrate the landmark was previous Executive Director Nick Ardillo, who helped current Executive Director Mike Hainsey give out cake to commemorate the event.

 

Police chief pool narrowed to 25 applicants

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Only 25 names remain in the running for the Columbus police chief position. After receiving 82 applications, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, Chief Operations Officer David Armstrong and Human Resources Director Pat Mitchell spent Thursday afternoon dwindling the pool to 25 qualified applicants.

 

McQueen would have violated Hatch Act, Special Counsel says

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, there is a good chance Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen would have been in violation of the Hatch Act had he stayed in the Lowndes County sheriff's race.

 

 

No suspects in weekend homicides

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was found dead at the 300 block of Eighth Street North early Sunday morning after witnesses reported hearing gunshots.

 

 

Man arrested in knife assault

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested Leonard Benard Cureton, 46, of 313 1/2 13th Ave. S. in Columbus, Monday for allegedly attacking a man with a knife Friday night at M and M Grocery.

 

 

Columbus police investigating second possible homicide

Posted 9/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man was found dead at the 300 block of Eighth Street North in Columbus early Sunday morning after witnesses reported hearing gun shots.

 

The Fair Must Go On: A Family's Commitment

Posted 9/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's Friday afternoon, and the Columbus fairgrounds are both an oasis of calm and a teeming mélange of life. If this was an ordinary year, Bob Burns would be at the center of it all, just as he was for the past 60 years before his death Sept. 8 at the age of 87.

 

Smith: Elected superintendents an 'untenable situation'

Posted 9/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was fall 1997, and the situation was unlike any the Lowndes County School District had ever faced. Halfway through his second term, Superintendent Tommy Smith disappeared. He stopped attending meetings, stopped returning phone calls and left the state.

 

 

Body found at Luxapalila Creek Recreation Area

Posted 9/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police spent Saturday morning scouring the banks of Luxapalila Creek, gathering evidence on the apparent homicide of a 34-year-old Columbus man.

 

 

Lowndes public libraries receive Libri Foundation grant

Posted 9/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Artesia Public Library, Caledonia Public Library and Crawford Public Library, all branches of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System, recently received more than 80 books each from the Libri Foundation.

 

LCSO Chief Deputy: Arrests made in school bomb threats

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Greg Wright, three juveniles were taken into custody in connection to the two bomb threats at local schools.

Bryant stops at steel mill as part of Jobs Tour

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, spoke at Severstal Thursday as part of his Jobs Tour, a multi-city jaunt which has led him from furniture factories to solar panel plants to chemical companies across the state.

Former councilman remembered as a 'friendly, funny guy'

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the words of Ward 4 City Councilman Fred Stewart, you never had a dull day with William "Billy" James. "He was a friendly, funny guy. He kept you laughing," Stewart said.

'A perfect fit': Columbus Red Cross office names Evans new coordinator

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Perneatha Evans moved back to the Golden Triangle from Las Vegas, she knew she wanted to make a difference in the community. What better way to do that than to volunteer with the American Red Cross, she thought.

 

Hatch Act continues to raise questions in sheriff's race

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Hatch Act is rearing its head again the Lowndes County sheriff's election, as officials question whether or not Anthony Nelson is eligible to run under the stipulations of the federal law. Democratic sheriff candidate Selvain McQueen withdrew from the election when the Hatch Act Unit began investigating allegations he might have been in violation of the law.

 

 

Lowndes passes $38M budget; property taxes remain the same

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Residents of Lowndes County who live outside of municipality limits will not see a tax increase this-coming fiscal year.

 

Second school on alert after bomb threat

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second day in a row, local law enforcement and bomb-sniffing canine units were dispatched to a local school after a bomb threat. Shortly before 8 a.m., Columbus Middle School was placed on alert.

 

Board explores ways to keep storms from disrupting 911 computer system

Posted 9/15/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the towers at the Lowndes County Courthouse may be taken down. The E911 board of commissioners met Tuesday and discussed ways to keep lightning from striking towers at the courthouse and disrupting the Columbus-Lowndes County E911 emergency computer system.

 

 

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