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Sallie Mae Jones celebration set for weekend

Posted 9/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A two-day centennial celebration will be held Friday and Saturday to honor the life of the late Sallie Mae Jones, a black businesswoman who owned and operated Jones Restaurant on Fourth Street South.



Supes, DAR honor Lowndes' first responders

Posted 9/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The First Responders' Day observance, presented by the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and Shuk-ho-ta Tom-a-ha Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in front of the Lowndes County Courthouse, honored five departments of county responders: Emergency 911, Emergency Management Agency, Lowndes County Road Department, Lowndes County Volunteer Fire Departments, and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.


FBI arrests Sumrall in child porn case

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Noel Everett Sumrall, 66, was arrested Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sumrall had been out on bond, which had been set at $7,500, before being indicted in federal court on Aug. 30 on child pornography charges.

Committee considers Highway 45 corridor face-lift

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the most traveled roads in Columbus may soon get a much-needed facelift. Highway 45 North, the main entrance to the city and the center for most of its restaurants and shopping, is the subject of a long-discussed beautification project.


Redistricting will mean changes in some poll locations

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Voter registration cards were mailed last month to a select number of Lowndes County voters, notifying them of changes they will experience as a result of countywide redistricting.



Columbus schools sign rental car agreement

Posted 9/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The next time city school employees leave town for training, they may drive away in a rental car. The Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees voted 4-0 Monday night to sign a contract with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which will provide standard-sized cars for $34 per day in-state and $37 per day for out-of-state travel. The rates will include comprehensive and collision insurance coverage.


Popular downtown restaurant gets a reprieve with new owners

Posted 9/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lovers of the Front Door/Back Door's chicken salad need not worry; according to the restaurant's new owners, Steve McLemore and Jim Lewis, Chef Sarah Lapbinsky's recipes are in good hands.

What's not to 'like?': Workplace slow to establish employee rules for use of social media

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a world where everything from breaking news to the picture of an adorable animal seems to be only a Facebook post or Tweet away, the world of technology is constantly changing how we receive and view news.


Section 42 change will boost County's tax revenue

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At the suggestion of tax collector/assessor Greg Andrews, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors have approved a change in the way Section 42 housing will be assessed.



Newell sentenced to 15 years; Lathan sentenced to 40 years

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

James "Chuck" Newell has been sentenced to 15 years for the 2008 murder of Adrian Boyette while Corey Lathan, convicted of seven burglaries before age 18, was sentenced to 40 years for his part in an armed burglary.



Grant helps New Hope start drama program

Posted 9/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Hope High School will soon offer a drama program, thanks to the efforts of Julie Duke, who teaches English, creative writing and public speaking at the school.


Millage rates won't go up, says council

Posted 9/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Millage rates for Columbus residents will not be increased in the next fiscal year.


McElhenney won't face re-trial on fondling charge

Posted 9/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The District Attorney's Office has announced it will not retry Doris "D.R." McElhenney for allegedly fondling his granddaughter.


Road Dept. has eye on Peterbilt location

Posted 9/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Road Department may soon have a new place to call home.


Lathan convicted in armed burglary case

Posted 9/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Corey Lathan was found guilty of burglary and armed robbery in circuit court Thursday.


For Pete's sake ... Horse lover finds answered prayer in rescue horse

Posted 9/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lisa Oswalt was 3 years old, her father bought her a pony. "He always said it was the worst mistake he ever made," says Oswalt, now 46. "Except for maybe about three years, I've had horses ever since."


City will dip into reserves to make budget

Posted 9/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As Columbus' mayor and city council continue to work toward a 2013 budget deadline of Sept. 14, some last-minute financial discoveries have increased the city's deficit by almost $100,000.



CPD: No sidearms at disciplinary hearings

Posted 9/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department issued a memo Wednesday that prohibits officers from wearing their sidearms when appearing before the city council on matters involving disciplinary action.



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