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Oglen pleads guilty in armed robbery case

Posted 8/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Lowndes County teenager was sentenced to prison Wednesday after pleading guilty for his part in an armed robbery and burglary of a Columbus woman.

J5/Broaddus owner stands behind Smith

Posted 8/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jabari Edwards, owner of project managing firm J5/Broaddus said Thursday he stands behind one of his employees, Orlando Rendall Smith, son of Columbus Mayor Robert Smith. The younger Smith was arrested Saturday.

Two Columbus post offices go to shorter 'summer hours'

Posted 8/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two of the three post offices in Columbus have reduced their hours. The shorter retail window hours of operation at the U.S. Postal Service's locations on Alabama Street and Main Street began Monday. The windows are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Mayor's son arrested for DUI

Posted 8/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Robert Earl Smith Jr. was arrested Friday night and charged with driving under the influence. The 36-year-old son of Mayor Robert Smith was arrested after he was observed driving recklessly in front of Club Heidiho in East Columbus, according to witnesses that were at the scene.

 

Council reinstates Neel-Schaffer firm as city engineer

Posted 8/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council clarified how it intends to handle engineering services during Tuesday's regular meeting. After a month-long period of ambiguity regarding the future of Neel-Schaffer as the city's engineering services provider, the council voted 4-0 to reappoint the firm on as "as-needed" basis.

Johnson gets life for murder of game-room owner

Posted 8/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Monroe County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to the robbery and murder of a Lowndes County business owner.

School district to open Lee Middle School doors

Posted 8/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fate of the vacant Lee Middle School property is a step closer to being decided. The Columbus Municipal School District will host two open houses at the end of September.

Laine to headline 10th annual Caledonia Days festival

Posted 8/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 10th annual Caledonia Days is a little more than two months away and organizers say plans for the two-day fall festival are falling into place.

County to repay Weyerhaeuser after tax flap

Posted 8/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Between Lowndes County school and board of supervisors funds, $402,330 will have to be repaid to Weyerhaeuser, a wood manufacturer with an area plant, as a result of an inaccurate tax rendition by the company's recently acquired tax firm.

Mayor to discuss engineering change

Posted 8/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith is set to discuss the city's engineering services during tonight's city council meeting at the municipal complex.

MDOT begins removal of roadside memorials

Posted 8/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kirk Sudduth gets them himself. That way, he knows it is done right. "I live here. I was born here. I was raised here," said Sudduth, the superintendent for the Mississippi Department of Transportation in Lowndes County. "So I'm sympathetic to them."

City officials must balance wishes, needs

Posted 8/5/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As city officials prepare to meet for a second special workshop to set the city's Fiscal Year 2014 budget, one thing department heads will have to consider from the previous meeting is reality.

 

Project manager idea has its share of critics

Posted 8/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The creation of a project manager position for the city of Columbus and subsequent hiring of J5 Broaddus for the position has produced mixed reaction from residents who are unaware of what a project manager does.

 

Longtime Columbus coach Bourland dead at 81

Posted 8/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

J.D. "Tuffy" Bourland, a longtime Columbus coach and educator, died Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. He was 81.

 

Columbus man arrested after head-on collision

Posted 8/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police arrested Junior Guyton, 75, of 913 16th St., Columbus, after the vehicle he was driving struck another car in a head-on collision near the intersection of Miss. Highway 82 and Miss. Highway 69 Friday near noon, CPD Sgt. Bill Smith said.

 

 

Woman drowns at Gilmer Inn

Posted 8/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 21-year-old woman has died after apparently drowning at the Gilmer Inn pool Thursday evening.

 

Rave reviews of 'Rivers' putting Smith at ease

Posted 8/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Michael Farris Smith, wearing sandals, a white T-shirt and shorts, opened his Columbus front door Thursday afternoon looking laid back and calm. He admitted, though, that on the inside, his emotional state is quite different.

City begins work of FY2014 budget

Posted 8/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen and the mayor held their first budget workshop Thursday at City Hall and learned the value of a mill is expected to remain at $170,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.

 

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