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Heard challenges Holliman for District 3 supervisor

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Golden Triangle Planning and Development District computer analyst Tim Heard, a Democrat, has qualified to run for District 3 supervisor against incumbent Republican John Holliman.


Petition push: Local Libertarians rallying support for restaurant tax referendum

Posted 2/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As a first- and second-grade teacher, Frieda Hallman doesn't have much time to cook. She eats out pretty much every day, a habit that she believes could cost her more than she's willing to pay when the 2-percent restaurant sales tax takes effect March 1.


Council votes to hire new Trotter manager

Posted 2/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus plans to hire Rogena Bonner as the new director for Trotter Convention Center following current director Mike Anderson's retirement.


Rawle resigns as Columbus CFO

Posted 2/20/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle resigned Tuesday night, a week after he returned from an unpaid suspension for failing to comply with job performance standards.


Three candidates vying for Lowndes chancery clerk

Posted 2/20/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A third Republican candidate has joined the race for Lowndes County chancery clerk.


Harrison joins District 2 supervisor race

Posted 2/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A third Republican candidate has joined the race for Lowndes County District 2 supervisor.


Tax assessor, justice court races competitive

Posted 2/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Longtime county tax assessor/collector Greg Andrews will have an opponent in this year's election.


Restaurant tax set to return on March 1

Posted 2/7/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Helen Karriem will have another bookkeeping task starting March 1 -- one her son helped create for her. Still, she's not fretting about it. Besides, she's known for a while this was probably coming.


Travel items, speed humps debated in 3-hour council meeting

Posted 2/6/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen took the long route in an almost three-hour meeting Tuesday evening approving or ratifying nine travel requests in light of continuing budget concerns.


Area federal workers affected by shutdown share their stories during benefit dinner

Posted 2/1/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An African-American woman, mid-40s, sat at a long table Thursday, cutting into a fresh garden salad.


2-percent bill awaits governor's signature

Posted 2/1/2019 in Area

A long-debated 2-percent restaurant sales tax is a stroke of a pen away from returning to Columbus.


Committees formed in crime prevention task force

Posted 1/29/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Reverend James E. Samuel remembers when Columbus residents sat on their front porches and talked with neighbors and passersby. Now, he said, they can't do that anymore because of a rising perception of crime in the city.


Monday Profile: Ida Smith's tried and true routine at Hardee's has been a customer favorite for three decades

Posted 1/28/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every morning at 4:30, Ida Smith turns on the ovens behind the counter at Hardee's. Then, she starts preparing the first batch of more than 200 biscuits she bakes every day for hungry commuters on their way to work.


City crime task force set to meet

Posted 1/25/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Crime Prevention Task Force, a multifaceted joint effort between Columbus and Lowndes County District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks, will hold its first public meeting Monday, eight months after Columbus City Council voted to collaborate in the task force's creation.


Government shutdown could affect federal grants for nonprofits

Posted 1/24/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every month, Helping Hands director Nancy Guerry sees anywhere from 50 to 200 individuals seeking one-time financial or food assistance come through her doors.


Safely weather the winter

Posted 1/22/2019 in Area

Earlier this year, firefighters with Columbus Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire caused by a portable heater left too close to a baby bed.


CVB approves agreement funding festivals

Posted 1/15/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau has formally agreed to fund seven local festivals this year, pending the renewal of a 2-percent restaurant sales tax.


End of the Younger days: Neese to retire from chancery clerk post after 16 years in office

Posted 1/12/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Lowndes County Chancery Clerk Lisa Younger Neese thinks about her inspiration to seek public office, she looks at a photograph sitting on top of a cabinet in her office. In the frame is the face of her late father, Charles Jerome Younger, who served as the longtime chancery clerk before Neese succeeded him in 2002.



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