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Heated reaction: Area schools react to high temperatures to ensure safety of students

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As children in Lowndes County returned to school Thursday to begin the 2011-2012 year, high temperatures and a heat advisory on the area caused concern for child safety.


Victory Christian senior has renewed faith after a near-fatal wreck

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you look close enough, you can almost see Him in his eyes. Maybe that is wishful thinking. Maybe that is the calming effect Marcus Sims' words have on you as you discuss his fight to regain normalcy.

Profile: St. John to start private investigation, marketing businesses

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

He may be fired, but former Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John is nowhere near gone. When the City Council voted 5-1 to oust him July 18 for reportedly missing a Civil Service Commission hearing because of alcohol use, his supporters packed the meeting.

Smiley, West to visit Habitat families

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West may not quite find the story of poverty they are looking for in Columbus.

Columbus officials: Riverwalk cameras ineffective at night

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Months after installing costly surveillance cameras along the downtown Riverwalk, Columbus officials said they've recently discovered some of the cameras don't work at night.

CAFB re-opens gate after bomb scare

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Air Force Base reopened the front gate to thru-traffic yesterday at approximately 2:57 p.m. after receiving the all-clear following a morning bomb scare. Staff Sgt. Tom Burns said the base went on alert at 11:25 a.m. Thursday when a Security Forces canine handler's dog gave an alert while performing a routine search of a delivery truck.


Columbus fire department responds to three small overnight fires

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Fire and Rescue was busy Wednesday night and early this morning, putting out three minor fires. Capt. Randy Rhodes, of Station 1, said at approximately 11:03 p.m. last night, the department responded to a call of an ice machine on fire outside a structure at 1202 Fourth St. S.



Columbus to examine driveway valley work

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After receiving numerous complaints, Columbus city councilmen voted Tuesday to take a closer look at how the Public Works Department decides which driveways get new street connections.



Parents, truants face steep penalties for kids missing school

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's the first day of school. Do you know where your child is? City and county students returned to school today -- or at least they should have, according to the state's Compulsory School Attendance Law.



Columbus police investigate third shooting in a week

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A gunman walking through the parking lot of Medical Arts Pharmacy in Columbus fired upon a motorist early Wednesday morning as the driver attempted to turn off Fifth Avenue North onto Military Road.



Lowndes Sheriff's runoff confirmed

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

So close but so far away. About a hundred affidavit ballots brought Mike Arledge up to 49.69 percent of the vote (4,339 votes) for Lowndes County sheriff, still not quite enough to keep from heading into a runoff with Bo Harris.



Columbus businessman sued for defaulting on loan

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Bank of Vernon has filed a lawsuit against Columbus businessman and Light and Water board member David Shelton, claiming he defaulted on an $887,734.84 promissory note.



Chick-fil-A to open January in Columbus

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's a rumor that's been traveling the grapevine in Columbus for years. But Kenny Wiegel, building official for the city of Columbus has confirmed it: Chick-fil-A is opening a location in The Friendly City.


Columbus schools pilot teacher evaluations, incentives

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During Monday's welcome convocation for Columbus city school teachers, educators had the opportunity to learn more about changes on the horizon.


Preservation board member pushes to save post office

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Historic Preservation Commission member Joe Boggess Monday urged his fellow commissioners to try to stop the closure of the historic downtown post office on Main Street.



Republican runoff to decide who'll face McQueen in Lowndes sheriff's race

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It looks like Mike Arledge and Bo Harris are headed to a runoff on Aug. 23, to determine who will face Selvain McQueen in the general election, to become the next Lowndes County sheriff. Arledge and Harris narrowed Republican field of four, garnering 49.66 percent (4,317 and 36.06 percent (3,135 votes) of the vote, respectively.



Clay boasts largest voter turnout in Tuesday primary elections

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Of Golden Triangle counties, Clay had the largest percent of voters head to the polls for the primaries.


Wright and McGill to meet in Lowndes superintendent runoff

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was hard to tell who was happier, Lynn Wright or his campaign managers, following Tuesday night's primary election. Wright, a former New Hope principal, will face Edna McGill, assistant superintendent of the Lowndes County School District, in an Aug. 23 runoff to become the Republican candidate for superintendent of education.


Jeff Smith reclaims House of Representatives seat against Jack Larmour

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County


Lowndes County District 2 has new supervisor

Posted 8/3/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At about 11 o'clock Tuesday night, Bill Brigham was rounding up the last of his large campaign signs. For Brigham, who outseated incumbent Lowndes County District 2 Supervisor Frank Ferguson, the anticipation is over. Brigham beat out Ferguson, who is finishing his first term as supervisor, 1,404 (59.97 percent) to 936 (39.98 percent), in the Republican primary, to secure a seat at the Board of Supervisors' table in January.


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