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Caledonia Mayor on ethics violation: 'We'll do better next month'

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

CALEDONIA -- The town of Caledonia's mayor and Board of Aldermen could face steep fines after violating the state's Open Meetings Act by failing to post notice of a Sept. 13 meeting.

 

 

Columbus man charged with assault

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office arrested Derrick Ross Williams, 38, of 912 Oswalt Road in Columbus Sunday and charged him with four counts of aggravated assault with a weapon.

 

Salazar, Shelton stump at Exchange Club meeting

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On one side stands experience and tenure. On the other stands youth and energy. Independent Haley Salazar, the incumbent, and Republican Justin Shelton will face off Nov. 8 in the Lowndes County Circuit Clerk election. They spoke at the Columbus Exchange Club Thursday, pitching a portion of their campaign platforms and hoping it will stick with those in attendance.

 

Columbus officers encourage community policing

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are asking residents for one thing: If you see something, say something. A handful of residents attended the Ward 3 community meeting Thursday night at First Christian Church in East Columbus and discussed concerns within their neighborhoods.

 

 

Agents bust two prescription drug rings

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Narcotics agents with the Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics Unit busted two prescription drug rings Thursday, concluding months of undercover investigation and culminating in arrests and/or charges against 21 people.

 

 

Police investigating third fatal shooting in a week

Posted 9/23/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating another possible homicide that occurred late Thursday night on the 500 block of 27th St. N.

 

 

Community members ponder future of downtown post office

Posted 9/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The possible closure of the post office in downtown Columbus has led some community members to think about how to save it and others to ponder what the space could be used for in the future.

 

Pinwheels for Peace: Annunciation Catholic School students demonstrate what peace means to them

Posted 9/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

They have grown up in a decade of conflict. Unlike their parents, they can't remember a time when the United States was not at war. It's intimated in the fraying yellow ribbons that can still be seen in many communities as quiet reminders of those who were called to serve. It is on the news, in the newspaper, on the streets and in the classrooms.

Columbus Police make arrests in felony shoplifting case

Posted 9/22/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested three people Wednesday afternoon for two separate crimes, one a felony shoplifting charge and the other an auto burglary charge.

 

Meetings to inform residents of crime-prevention strategies

Posted 9/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Throughout the next few weeks, Columbus residents will get the chance to offer suggestions and opinions about local law enforcement.

 

Columbus native gives back with character-building workshops

Posted 9/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The arrest reports are dotted with names of people who made poor choices. Increasingly, many of the perpetrators, as well as the victims, are young people. It's an issue that has troubled Columbus native Kanesha Brown McCollum for a while, and eventually, the 1995 New Hope High School graduate decided she had to do something about it.

Church's plans for downtown theater on hold

Posted 9/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Hope Community Church received the go-ahead in June to relocate to the old Varsity Twin Theater in downtown Columbus, but it may be a while before the church -- and the coffee shop they planned to operate -- becomes reality.

 

LCSO deputies respond to fights in Artesia

Posted 9/21/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What started as an argument between two women ended with numerous fist fights in the middle of Front Street in Artesia and two men arrested.

 

 

Columbus hires company to collect fines on outstanding warrants

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council Tuesday unanimously voted to enter into an agreement with American Municipal Services, a Texas-based company, to collect money on outstanding warrants.

 

 

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.

 

 

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