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Columbus climbs in Policom industry rankings

Posted 6/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The City of Columbus continues to gain strength on a nationally published economic analysis poll.


Monday profile: Dream began in diapers for CPD rookie

Posted 6/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Canyon Boykin, becoming a police officer has been a "life-long dream." Boykin's dream came to fruition recently when he was sworn in as an officer with the Columbus Police Department by Mayor Robert Smith.


Caledonia employee files grievance

Posted 6/11/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An employee with the Town of Caledonia's water and sewer department has filed a grievance against Water Superintendent Benny Coleman, alleging blackmail, ethics violations, discrimination and a violation of his constitutional rights.


A promise kept: Columbus native returns home to honor parents

Posted 6/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first time Joe LaNier II left Columbus, he was 17. There weren't many options for the young black man deep in the heart of the 1940s South. His mother was dead, his father was out of work, his little sisters were hungry and he had just been fired from his job as a dishwasher because he'd asked for a raise from $3.50 to $5 a week.

Liddell to propose 'early release Wednesdays'

Posted 6/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Martha Liddell will preside Monday night over her first school board meeting since being selected as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District. She plans to update the board on details of her "Believe and Achieve" strategic plan, which she unveiled during her interview last month.


Drug testing considered for Lowndes County Schools

Posted 6/9/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Randomly drug testing students is preventative, not punitive, Jerome Nettles, of Advanced Screening Solutions, said Friday, asking the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees to consider on-site drug testing at schools.


Southside preservation district is history for now

Posted 6/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A proposed ordinance to protect and preserve the historic integrity of Southside has been scuttled due to a lack of funds.

Columbus drug dealers indicted in federal court

Posted 6/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two high-level Columbus drug dealers have been indicted on federal drug charges. Antonio Brooks, 25, of 396 Swedenburg Circle and Steven Douglas Jennings, 41, of 163 Swedenburg Circle, have been indicted on two counts each of intent to sell or distribute narcotics and one count each of aiding and abetting.


Armed robbers steal $12K in home invasion

Posted 6/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office is investigating the armed robbery of an occupied trailer in northern Lowndes County.



Lowndes County schools discuss drug testing and security

Posted 6/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An upgraded security camera system and random drug testing will be considered by the county school system during Friday's board meeting.



Columbus and Lowndes renew Metro drug unit

Posted 6/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An agreement between the City of Columbus and Lowndes County could be bad news for those associated with illegal drugs.



Thousands of ducks to float the Tombigbee River Saturday

Posted 6/7/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus residents beware: A major duck invasion will take place Saturday at the Columbus Riverwalk.



Columbus City Council debates use of paving funds

Posted 6/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several public parking lots this summer will be getting a facelift. With $1.4 million in leftover general obligation bond money, the Columbus City Council Tuesday voted to complete paving projects in individual wards.



Caledonia citizens protest new water bills

Posted 6/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia residents are likely to feel the sting of the rate hike affecting water and sewer now that the weather has heated up. Resident Charles Underhill expressed his displeasure with the rate hike during Tuesday's regular Board of Aldermen meeting.



City Council sticks by its redistricting plan

Posted 6/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council is one step closer to submitting its redistricting plan to the Department of Justice after hosting as public hearing Monday night.


Brooks, Sanders feud dominates supes meeting

Posted 6/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of adhering to a proverbial peace treaty, tensions again mounted and tempers flared Monday between Board President and District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders and District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks.

Fighting a car fire

Posted 6/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

District 1 Fire Department volunteers extinguished a car fire Friday night in Caledonia.

Monday profile: Camp Rising Sun close to heart for Jess Stanford

Posted 6/4/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jess Stanford is a bit of a hybrid. There is a playfulness in her sly smile and her eyes flash mischief. And yet, the set of her jaw speaks to her confidence and there is a firmness in her speech that tells you she has big plans.


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