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New Hope men charged in drugs-for-guns ring

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men have been charged with a string of Lowndes County burglaries that targeted guns, which they allegedly traded for marijuana.

Woman charged with statutory rape after taking children from New Hope school

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 33-year-old married mother faces two counts of statutory rape today against two 15-year-old New Hope High School students, who were released to the woman from school without parents' permission.

 

Straight talk from Columbus students, and teachers, at WakeUp forum

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Straight talk about real issues was the theme Thursday night as students, parents and educators gathered at Lee Middle School to discuss ways to bridge the gap between personal potential and academic achievement, particularly among African-American youth.

 

 

PetSmart joining T.J. Maxx in Columbus shopping center

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

T.J. Maxx and PetSmart will be neighbors in Columbus this fall. Both are slated to open in the old Goody's shopping strip, where Burlington Shoes and Old Navy still are located.

 

 

Severstal resumes operations at Columbus steel plant

Posted 5/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal has resumed operations at its Columbus steel plant following a power outage caused by last week's severe storms, the company said Friday.

 

The prom will go on: Local students donate dresses, shoes to Smithville

Posted 5/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the children of Smithville, in Monroe County, the blow from last week's tornado has been particularly hard. Many have lost homes. Some have lost parents, family, friends. Enter the power of the tiara.

 

Arrest report 5-5-11

Posted 5/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported these felony arrests.

 

 

Business Briefcase 5-5-11

Posted 5/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dennis J. Erby; Brandt Galloway and Kevin Stafford; Robyn Crossley East.

 

 

Columbus schools to hire firm for superintendent search

Posted 5/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The search continues for a new superintendent to lead the Columbus Municipal School District following the resignation of former superintendent Dr. Del Phillips last month.

 

Columbus' Old Navy, Belk stores get renovations

Posted 5/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two local retailers are under renovations, in an attempt to make the stores more shopper friendly and merchandise more accessible.

 

Columbus-based Sanderson closes Butler, Ala., plant

Posted 5/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sanderson Plumbing Products is closing its plant in Butler and laying off the plant's 50 remaining employees.

 

 

Caledonia OKs water, sewer improvements

Posted 5/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Town of Caledonia continued to work towards improving its water and sewer system at Tuesday night's monthly meeting, moving forward with a $1.6 million multi-phase plan to run a pipe from the water treatment plant to the Buttahatchie River in order to meet environmental standards.

 

 

Columbus man shoots girlfriend during fight

Posted 5/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 19-year-old man allegedly shot at and grazed the head of his ex-girlfriend Tuesday as he tried to move out of a North Columbus house.

 

 

DUI suspect answers nature's call -- in police trash can

Posted 5/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When nature called Monday, O'Dell Stevenson Carter Jr. answered it -- in the trash can of the room where police were testing him for drunken driving.

 

New Hope family caught in path of deadly Tuscaloosa tornado

Posted 5/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If it had been an average Wednesday afternoon, Danny Stephens and his family wouldn't have even been in Tuscaloosa. But April 27, 2011 will never again be remembered as an average Wednesday.

 

Lowndes supervisor Smith reports campaign signs stolen

Posted 5/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith reported 25 campaign signs, worth $500, missing today in two neighborhoods off of Highway 45 South.

 

 

Columbus Riverwalk concert to benefit storm victims

Posted 5/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to allow a May 15 concert at the Riverwalk to benefit Smithville tornado victims.

 

Ruben's 'Miss Helen,' wife of restaurant's founder, dies at 92

Posted 5/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a familiar smile and a wry sense of humor, "Miss Helen" Prescott greeted customers and friends to Ruben's Fish and Steakhouse for 56 years.

 

County to close road Thursday

Posted 5/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Road Department will be closing Pleasant Hill Road from Highway 50 to Tabernacle Road on Thursday for culvert installation, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

 

 

Columbus council reinstates changes to budget

Posted 5/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City Council reinstated 24 budget amendments Tuesday, ending a drawn-out discussion about whether councilmen can approve non-emergency budget changes.

 

 

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