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New Columbus City Council Wards map

Posted 3/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

High-resolution pdf file of the new council wards for the city of Columbus.

 

Furloughs looming for CAFB

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As furloughs loom for 800,000 of the nation's government contract workers, one Columbus man is bracing himself for the financial hit. Carmine Muscarella, a life coach at Columbus Air Force Base, said he expects the furlough notices to begin this week. For Muscarella and the other 472 contract workers employed through CAFB, that means a 20 percent reduction per pay period due to sequestration.

Backlash prompts Heritage Academy to keep its old name

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy has rescinded its decision to change its name. The school announced earlier this week that it intended to rename Heritage Academy to Columbus Heritage Academy.

Alleged postal shooter in custody

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Michigan teenager is in custody after allegedly shooting a local United States Postal worker in the course of a robbery.

Spears resigns from Link'd Young Professionals

Posted 3/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jason Spears, vice-president of the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees, announced Friday that he is resigning as board president of Link'd Young Professionals. He sent a letter to the Chamber of Commerce Thursday, informing them of his decision.

BREAKING: [UPDATE] Suspected shooter of postal worker captured

Posted 3/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The man suspected of shooting a United States Postal worker has been caught. Authur Lee "Slim" Whitfield, 17, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was taken into custody just after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon by deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department. He will be formally charged Monday with aggravated assault and armed robbery. 

Postal worker shot: Suspect still at large after robbery in New Hope housing development

Posted 3/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The United States Postal Service is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting of a rural mail carrier Thursday afternoon.

Mayoral hopefuls make their pitches at Exchange Club

Posted 3/22/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city's three mayoral candidates spoke Thursday at Lion Hills Golf Club, outlining their campaign platforms and visions for the city of Columbus. Incumbent mayor Robert Smith is being challenged by Republican Glenn Lautzenhiser and Independent Bo Jarrett in the June 4 municipal election.

Fire consumes Corps of Engineers' facility

Posted 3/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They came from church, from work, from supper with their families. One by one, they spilled out into the chill night air, silhouettes back-lit by the raging inferno as they put on their turnout gear and faced the fire.

Bigelow hits ground running as Main Street director

Posted 3/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Barbara Bigelow absolutely exudes high energy, from her bright eyes and quick smile to the hands that can't help but get involved in the conversation when she gets excited and wants to emphasize her point.

Heritage Academy changes name

Posted 3/21/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy will soon be changing its name. A little.

Council considers dispute over gas tanks

Posted 3/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A currently defunct gas station is at the center of a dispute between the City of Columbus and the station operator, who contends he is not responsible for removing four free-standing fuel tanks which city fire officials have declared a hazard.

 

Trotter Center ready for her facelift

Posted 3/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Trotter Convention Center's long-awaited renovations will soon be underway, with $2 million in improvements planned for the aging facility.

 

Noon Tunes 'springs' into action with Thursday concert

Posted 3/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Today marks the advent of spring, ushering in warmer temperatures and a growing Columbus tradition. Noon Tunes kicks off Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Trotter Convention Center courtyard, with live music from light rock favorite Paul Brady.

 

Kitchens dismisses company's suit against city

Posted 3/20/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A lawsuit against the City of Columbus has been dismissed.

 

Verdell moves into school board post

Posted 3/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School Board began its March meeting with the swearing in of a new school board member. Angela Verdell was greeted with a hug and a kiss on the cheek by Mayor Robert Smith as she officially joined the board, replacing former board president Tommy Prude, whose term ended March 2.

Fugitive felony suspect out on bond

Posted 3/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After six months on the run, a Columbus fugitive was arrested in Iowa and brought back to Columbus. Within 24 hours of his arrest, Orlando Guyton was back on the streets.

CVB reaches no decision on Juneteenth grant

Posted 3/19/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Juneteenth festival organizers will have to wait another month to find out if they will receive their request for an $8,000 quality of life grant from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

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