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Newell again found guilty of manslaughter in 'Slab House' murder

Posted 8/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second time in three years, James "Chuck" Newell was found guilty of manslaughter in the 2008 shooting death of Adrian Boyette.

 

 

Lowndes Health Dept. closed Wednesday

Posted 8/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Health Department, located at 801 N. Lehmberg Road, will be closed Wednesday for staff training.

 

Shelton sentenced to 7 years

Posted 8/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local businessman Benny Shelton has been found guilty of one count of sexual assault against a minor and will serve seven years in prison for the offense. Shelton was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison, with five years suspended.

Delinquent tax deadline today

Posted 8/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County property owners who haven't paid their 2011 ad valorem taxes have until 5 p.m. today to do so before the tax liens are sold Monday at the Trotter Convention Center. As of this morning, around 2,000 properties remained on the delinquent tax roll, totaling around $1.8 million in back taxes.

 

Proposed garbage rate hike comparable to area cities

Posted 8/24/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is looking to increase garbage rates by $2 beginning Oct. 1. The increase would raise the rate from $15 to $17 and it would be the third increase in the service in three years -- two by the council and one by the city's garbage contractor, Golden Triangle Cooperative Service District. But at $17, are Columbus residents still getting a bargain?

 

Houses for Africa: Colom's vision on display in prototype

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It quickly became apparent why Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chose to ride with Wil Colom rather than go to New Hope alone Wednesday. Even with the address in hand and a rough idea of what he would find on Lauren Road, Wicker still might have driven past his destination, assuming the tidy houses on the pine-strewn lot were an ordinary subdivision.

Alleged victim testifies in Shelton trial

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The key witness for the state's sexual assault case against local businessman Benny Shelton took the stand yesterday to testify against his alleged abuser.

City budget includes rise in garbage rates

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will move forward with a public hearing on its Fiscal Year 2013 budget, a budget that will ask for more out-of-pocket money from the city's residents.

Heritage Academy's GATE program taps into each student's potential

Posted 8/23/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For decades, schools have offered gifted programs, with test scores dictating academic placement. At Heritage Elementary, Pathfinders served that purpose. But this year, the school has launched a new program and a new way of thinking, busting the gates of gifted education wide open to all first through sixth-graders -- no test required.

 

City disputes CVB's resolution on hotel tax usage

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A resolution passed by the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors is being criticized by some Columbus city officials. The CVB Board on Monday voted to ask the city to stop placing the funds from a two-percent hotel tax into the city's general fund and to start using the money to "promote tourism by expanding the Trotter Convention Center."

 

 

No millage increase expected for Caledonia

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia residents incensed over recent sewer rate increases and the threat of higher water bills heard a bit of good news Tuesday night during the Board of Aldermen's budget discussions.

 

Two charged with equine abuse in Lowndes County

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In separate incidents, two Lowndes County men have been charged with animal cruelty for their recent neglect of nearly two dozen equines.

Nunnelee visits

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rep. Alan Nunnelee talks to the media Tuesday after spending the day visiting local industries and businesses. Nunnelee made stops at Weyerhauser, Columbus Marble Works and the Columbus-Lowndes Economic Development Link during his tour of Lowndes County.

 

Jury hears testimony in Newell murder trial

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Testimony began in Lowndes County Circuit Court Tuesday in the murder trial for James Chuck Newell. Newell, of Vernon, Ala., was arrested in May 2008 and charged with the shooting death of Adrian Boyette, 31, at the Slab House bar near Caledonia.

 

 

City council votes to consider private bus service

Posted 8/22/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents may soon have another way to travel around the Friendly City. Columbus Federal Programs Director Travis Jones told city council members Tuesday about the possibility of a private bus service coming to Columbus.

 

Funding, open meeting debate dominate CVB meeting

Posted 8/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Festival organizers seeking grant money from the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will have a new set of guidelines in 2013. The CVB Board of Directors voted in two separate motions to define quality of life events versus tourism events.

 

Murder, sex crimes trials set for Circuit Court

Posted 8/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A murder trial and a pair of sex-related crimes are scheduled for today in the 16th Circuit Court in Lowndes County.

 

 

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