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City passes on grant to replace dilapidated homes

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With city departments adjusting to budget cuts recommended by the Columbus City Council, Travis Jones, director of federal programs, said the tight Fiscal Year 2013 budget means a change in some of the grants his office will pursue.

 

CPD helps end Clay County standoff

Posted 8/29/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department's Special Response Team responded to a hostage situation late Tuesday at Apostolic Drive in Clay County.

 

Small fire extinguished at Cook Elementary

Posted 8/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Emergency responders rushed to the scene of a small fire at Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School this morning, but the fire was out upon arrival, and no students had to be evacuated.

 

 

2012 Legends concert canceled, future of event uncertain

Posted 8/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Organizers of the Legends Concert announced Monday they will not hold the event this year because of a lack of funds.

 

Cantrell: Isaac not much of a factor at Convention

Posted 8/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Tropical Storm Isaac advances through the Gulf, attendees of the Republic National Convention in Tampa, Fla. continue to move forward with planned activities.

Monday profile: Vet Bounds retires after 47 years

Posted 8/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

All is hushed at Animal Medical Center. The Saturday morning patients have been examined and the animals are snug in their kennels, without so much as a woof or a whimper as Dr. Louis Bounds makes his way through the darkened labyrinth.

 

Funding cuts part of city's efforts to make budget

Posted 8/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Columbus City Council moves towards approving its Fiscal Year 2103 budget, organizations across the area will also be facing some tough decisions.

 

 

Councils approves proposal for one-way traffic on 11th Ave.

Posted 8/27/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A north Columbus street will soon become a one-way street following approval from the Columbus City Council last week.

 

Columbus goes to Conventions: First-timer Cantrell, veteran Brooks both eager to be 'part of history'

Posted 8/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pair of Lowndes County residents will soon occupy a tiny piece of the two largest political stages in the United States as delegates to their national party conventions.

Columbus schools begin work on 'new vision'

Posted 8/25/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 65 teachers, administrators and community members gathered at the Columbus Municipal School District's Brandon Central Services on Saturday to begin drafting a new vision plan for the district.

 

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.

 

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