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Parents need savvy approach to social media and kids

Posted 5/8/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two weeks ago, the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted more than 128 points within seconds. The reason? The Associated Press had sent a message to nearly 2 million followers on its Twitter account, stating that two explosions had rocked the White House, injuring President Barack Obama.

Trio of council spots on ballot today

Posted 5/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Months of campaigning from candidates vying to lead Wards 4, 5 and 6 has come down to this. Columbus' municipal primary election officially began at 7 a.m., and at the very least, who will take the latter two seats will be known tonight after votes are tallied.


Supes hear complaints on unsightly properties

Posted 5/7/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Monday, Lowndes County supervisors agreed to hold a public hearing on a property complaint during their May 15 meeting while they approved ordering another property owner to clean his land within 30 days.


Deadline approaches for CVB grant requests

Posted 5/6/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter said she encourages people interested in organizing festivals that would bring visitor traffic to Columbus to apply before the May 10 deadline to be considered for grant funding during the second half of Fiscal Year 2013.

Thousands flock to Market Street Festival

Posted 5/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With cooler morning temperatures that led into a sunny afternoon, thousands turned out for Saturday's 17th annual Market Street Festival in downtown Columbus. First-time festival goers joined loyal attendees for a mixture of food, entertainment, crafts and children's activities.

Candidates share views on helping city's children

Posted 5/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mayor's Youth Council. The Boys and Girls Club. These two groups are among several in Columbus designed to engage young people in the community and involve them in productive activities that can serve as a strong foundation for future success as adults.

Hughes fired as Columbus schools CFO

Posted 5/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Hughes has been fired. CMSD Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell declined to comment on Hughes' firing when contacted Friday, citing the termination as a personnel matter.

The absentee superintendent: Liddell defends being out of district for a third of the school year

Posted 5/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If you have tried to reach Columbus Schools Superintendent Martha Liddell at her office this school year, there's a one-in-three chance you were told she was not in the office. In fact, there's a one-in-three chance that Liddell wasn't even in town.

Two Columbus men arrested on drug charges

Posted 5/4/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Charles Christopher Moody Jr, 20, of 437 18th Ave. S., was arrested on Wednesday and charged with one count felony possession of a controlled substance and one count misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Replica ships weigh anchor in city until Monday

Posted 5/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The work is hard but the life is enviable. They wake to greet the dawn and fall asleep by the light of the stars. They have seen Nicaragua, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal. They are assured three meals a day and the adventure of a lifetime.

Columbus gathers to mourn, celebrate Pratt

Posted 5/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Among the many roles Mike Pratt performed in his 44 years, was that of a Navy Seabee. It was fitting, then, that the "Seabees Prayer" would be part of the memorial service for Pratt, the city's public works director, who died Saturday.

Candidates grapple with housing issues at forum

Posted 5/3/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Columbus council and mayoral hopefuls squaring off in Tuesday's primary, Thursday night's forum was one last chance to distinguish themselves in front of voters.

Karriem, Turner lead in campaign contributions

Posted 5/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A look at the campaign finance reports from the Columbus primary election next Tuesday shows a noticeable disparity in contributions made to candidates.

Bush to serve as acting public works director

Posted 5/2/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After the sudden death of City of Columbus Public Works Director Mike Pratt, Casey Bush will serve as the acting public works director.

Alabama man arrested minutes after robbery

Posted 5/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A mother and son were taken into custody Thursday morning after the son robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy on Highway 45 in Columbus.

Market Street Festival begins Friday

Posted 5/1/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Downtown Columbus will be a mecca for arts and entertainment Friday evening and all day Saturday during the 18th Market Street Festival.


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