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CVB pitches in $21K for sidewalk connector lights

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Members of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors voted to provide $21,136 for supplies that will be used to install ornamental lighting on the connecting sidewalk between the Riverwalk and the Columbus Soccer Complex.

Local church hopes to start food backpack program

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local church group is hoping to feed 40 elementary students who would otherwise go without meals on the weekends.

 

Permits granted for New Hope sewer expansion

Posted 7/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors have approved utility permits for Columbus Light and Water on several county roads that will allow the utility company to install a pressure sewer main connecting the New Hope School District to the city's sewer system.

 

Severstal plant sold to Indiana company

Posted 7/21/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Severstal Columbus will be formally sold by the end of the year. Steel Dynamics Inc., an Indiana-based steel producer and metal recycler, announced this morning that it has agreed to purchase the Lowndes County steel plant from Severstal.

Lowndes voters to decide school bond issue

Posted 7/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County voters outside Columbus city limits will head to the polls next month to vote "Yes" or "No" on a $47 million school bond issue. The proposed bond is part of a Lowndes County School District master plan that overhauls campuses in Caledonia, New Hope and West Lowndes.

Columbus sales tax collections up nearly $100K

Posted 7/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sales tax revenue in Columbus from May saw a gain of more than $91,000 over May 2013 thanks to out-of-town traffic generated by events held in the city, including the President's Cup soccer tournament and Market Street Festival.

 

Grant could bring netbooks to Crawford Center

Posted 7/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Crawford Center could have netbook computers soon. Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority is applying for $12,000-to-$15,000 in grant funding from Toyota that would fund 25 Samsung Chromebooks and a storage cart for the wireless devices.

 

Port authority moves toward finding new director

Posted 7/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority will advertise in a maritime industry publication and work with a professional staffing agency to find the port's next director.

Columbus man charged with molestation

Posted 7/18/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man has been arrested and charged with molestation, touching a child for lustful purposes.

 

Social Security office back open in Columbus

Posted 7/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Social Security Administration office in Columbus is back open after closing for repairs in the wake of the April 28 tornadoes that struck Lowndes County.

 

No resurrection imminent for theater-turned-church

Posted 7/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The skeleton of the Varsity Twin theater lies at the corner of Fourth and Main streets in downtown Columbus. The red brick is chipped and faded; the black shingles hang jagged, like rotten teeth on the verge of falling out. The white boxes holding the black letters reading "Varsity Twin" remain; the "R" and the "W" are slightly askew.

Police dept. searching for assistant chief

Posted 7/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is searching for a new assistant chief. The department went from two assistant chiefs to none when Chief Tony Carleton, who was serving as assistant chief, was promoted and Assistant Chief Joe Johnson retired in June.

New mill values could shape priorities

Posted 7/17/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It will be September before millage rates for the 2014-15 fiscal year are set in Lowndes County and Columbus, but preliminary tax roll values indicate what the value of each mill will be worth.

Thieves steal from local non-profit

Posted 7/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Operation Ukraine was broken into just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to Columbus Police Department Investigations Commander Captain Brett Swan. Four bicycles were stolen from the organization's warehouse. Operation Ukraine is located at 803 Ninth St. S.

 

Council moves forward with 15th Street repairs

Posted 7/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen approved bids from APAC to repave and repair 15th Street South during their meeting Tuesday. The project will cost approximately $122,800.

 

New Hope couple arrested for cyberstalking

Posted 7/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jennifer Henderson Andrews, 41, and Scott Douglas Andrews, 44, of 220 Andrews Road, were arrested by investigators with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department last week after posting disparaging comments about Andrews' ex-wife on the couple's Facebook pages.

Former co-workers raise money for murder victim's family

Posted 7/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a time of tragedy, local restaurateurs have banded together to help one of their own. Two weeks ago, 31-year-old Quinton Hill died after being shot during what police say was a robbery attempt at his Columbus home. On Monday, former Front Door/Back Door Restaurant owner Sarah Labensky and her staff gathered at Zachary's restaurant to raise money for Hill's family, which includes Hill's infant daughter.

 

Unusually cool nighttime temps slated

Posted 7/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When was the last time you remember temperatures dipping below 60 degrees in the middle of July? If you were born after 1967 your answer is "never," but that could change this week.

 

Supes agree to provide $10M for Communiversity

Posted 7/15/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors have agreed to a new three-year contract with the Golden Triangle Development LINK to represent the county's industrial development interests.

 

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