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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.

 

 

Man arrested in knife assault

Posted 9/20/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested Leonard Benard Cureton, 46, of 313 1/2 13th Ave. S. in Columbus, Monday for allegedly attacking a man with a knife Friday night at M and M Grocery.

 

 

Columbus police investigating second possible homicide

Posted 9/18/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man was found dead at the 300 block of Eighth Street North in Columbus early Sunday morning after witnesses reported hearing gun shots.

 

The Fair Must Go On: A Family's Commitment

Posted 9/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's Friday afternoon, and the Columbus fairgrounds are both an oasis of calm and a teeming mélange of life. If this was an ordinary year, Bob Burns would be at the center of it all, just as he was for the past 60 years before his death Sept. 8 at the age of 87.

 

Smith: Elected superintendents an 'untenable situation'

Posted 9/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was fall 1997, and the situation was unlike any the Lowndes County School District had ever faced. Halfway through his second term, Superintendent Tommy Smith disappeared. He stopped attending meetings, stopped returning phone calls and left the state.

 

 

Body found at Luxapalila Creek Recreation Area

Posted 9/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police spent Saturday morning scouring the banks of Luxapalila Creek, gathering evidence on the apparent homicide of a 34-year-old Columbus man.

 

 

Lowndes public libraries receive Libri Foundation grant

Posted 9/17/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Artesia Public Library, Caledonia Public Library and Crawford Public Library, all branches of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System, recently received more than 80 books each from the Libri Foundation.

 

LCSO Chief Deputy: Arrests made in school bomb threats

Posted 9/16/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

According to Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Greg Wright, three juveniles were taken into custody in connection to the two bomb threats at local schools.

 

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