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Memphis BBQ event promises big boost to Columbus

Posted 2/15/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new barbecue cooking championship could bring both national exposure and tourism dollars to the Friendly City. The Memphis BBQ Network will be hosting the MBN Invitational March 8-9 at the Columbus Fairgrounds. The event is being sponsored by Roast-n-Boast of Columbus.

Colom trial ends in another hung jury

Posted 2/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the second time in five years, the trial of a Columbus man ended in a hung jury. Charlton Aaron Colom, 35, on trial in Lowndes County Municipal Court for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, was free Wednesday after the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Be mine! Browns celebrate 67th anniversary on Valentine's Day

Posted 2/14/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They are easy in the spaces between words, no need to rush, no rush to be. They have -- have had -- a lifetime together. And it turned out fine, Willie Brown says, gazing at his wife, Hazel. It turned out fine.

CVB, festival organizers remain at impasse

Posted 2/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The debate over the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's festival grant guidelines continued Tuesday with a special meeting with festival organizers. But the only decision to come out of the meeting was to schedule yet another meeting.

Colom trial begins with officers' testimony

Posted 2/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The trial of a man from a prominent Columbus family is underway in Lowndes County Circuit Court. Charlton Aaron Colom, 35, is charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. After a motion hearing Tuesday morning Judge Jim Kitchens moved that Colom be tried as a habitual offender.

Insurance Commission spokesman lays blame on Governor

Posted 2/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although state insurance commissioner Mike Chaney was unable to attend a Tuesday meeting with the Columbus Rotary Club, his proxy, former Commercial Dispatch editor and current insurance department spokesperson, Joseph Ammerman had some harsh words for Gov. Phil Bryant for his role in the federal government's decision to reject Chaney's state-run health insurance exchange.

 

Matthews says church wants to buy, not lease Lee Middle School

Posted 2/13/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kingdom Vision International pastor R.J. Matthews said Tuesday that his church wants to purchase the vacant Lee Middle School property rather than lease it.

 

New suitor emerges in Lee Middle School talks

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new prospective tenant has shown interest in the much-debated Lee Middle School property, but the future of the vacant school remains uncertain.

 

CVB festival funding debate set for tonight

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau's festival grants committee will meet with festival organizers tonight to discuss festival grant guidelines put in place August 2012. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the CVB board room.

 

Ballard leaves United Way, joins city schools

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One agency's loss is another agency's gain as Jan Ballard, executive director of United Way of Lowndes County, heads over to the Columbus Municipal School District, where she will serve as school board clerk, assisting deputy superintendent Craig Shannon and streamlining responsibilities with the administrative assistant for the office of the superintendent.

CAFB passes inspection with flying colors

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of hard work, the men and women of Columbus Air Force Base were finally able to stand at ease Monday, enjoying a base-wide picnic and celebration following the conclusion of their biennial unit inspection.

 

Murder suspect faces gun charge

Posted 2/12/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man accused of murder is scheduled to appear in Circuit today to face a charge of possession of a weapon by a felon.

 

Heritage system gives parents real-time link to grades

Posted 2/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Heritage Academy is taking strides to stay up to date with technology while fostering a relationship between parents and teachers. The private school is entering its second year of utilizing the Power School program, a web-based system that allows parents to check on their child's academic progress in real time.

From trauma to triumph: Smart says there is hope even in the worst of circumstances

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart lay in the dirt, sobbing after being brutalized by a man who had abducted her from her family's upscale Salt Lake City home hours earlier. The memories of that night remain vivid.

Riverwalk expansion project begins

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By the end of the year, visitors to the Riverwalk and the Columbus Soccer Complex will be able to walk from one to the other with ease as plans continue to move forward on connecting the two venues.

VISTA workers making a difference as

Posted 2/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In nearly two years as executive director of the Columbus Arts Council, Tina Sweeten has revolutionized the way the organization operates. Known for her grant writing skills, Sweeten garnered enough grant money to fund 10 Volunteers In Service In America (VISTA) workers. VISTA not only helps the Columbus Arts Council but other local agencies as well.

Bigelow picked for Main Street post

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Main Street Columbus has a familiar face as its new director. Barbara Bigelow, who already serves on the organization's board of directors, will begin her new duties as director on Feb. 25. Announced via press release Wednesday afternoon, the decision comes less than a week after former director Nickie Nicholson was fired.

 

Six arrested on meth charges, second bust in two days

Posted 2/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Wednesday afternoon traffic stop resulted in the arrest of nine people, six on methamphetamine charges. Agents with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit pulled over a vehicle driven by Stephen Knight in front of Country Mart on Hwy. 82 in New Hope. A search of the vehicle produced a quarter-ounce of crystal meth and various drug paraphernalia.

 

 

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