Articles by Garthia Elena Burnett
Sixteenth Circuit Court judges have processed several cases during the current session of court in Lowndes County. The session began on last Monday and continues through Sept. 2.
The case of a Lowndes County math teacher accused of sexual battery has been continued until the next session of Lowndes County Circuit Court in December.
The Bank of Vernon, Ala., dropped its lawsuit against Columbus businessman David Shelton. The parties have agreed to settle, according to documents filed in Lowndes County Circuit Court. In its suit, the Bank of Vernon claimed Shelton defaulted on a $887,734.84 loan.
Leading up to the primary runoff, Lowndes County sheriff’s candidate Bo Harris was banking on getting voters to return to the polls.
The story unfolded like a bad made-for-TV movie. The neighbors heard gunshots. George Strickland went running across their front yard, retreating into a local body shop.
In Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, just more than a third of the voters cast ballots in the Aug. 2 primaries. Clay County boasted more than half of its registered voters turning out to the polls.
But this Tuesday likely will be a different story.
The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board went into a half-hour executive session Thursday, during a specially called meeting, to discuss potential litigation.
The city of Columbus has seen a flurry of retail activity, and the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link says there is more to come. There have been several inquiries, and letters of intent signed, but the Link is keeping the projects hush until the companies either give the Link the green light to publicize them or release the openings themselves.
The Columbus City Council spent much of their budget meeting Tuesday scrutinizing the police department, in an attempt to make a dent in the $1.58 million they needed to cut to balance the city’s budget.
The Columbus City Council is holding budget workshops today and Thursday, as board members continue to work out the particulars on the $22.55 million budget.
The city of Columbus and Lowndes County are closer to securing funding for a bridge to connect the Columbus Riverwalk to a downtown soccer complex, currently under construction.
The ladies at the Lowndes County circuit clerk’s office haven’t had much of a break — finalizing results from the Aug. 2 primaries and now gearing up for next Tuesday’s runoff elections.
Columbus Municipal School District’s search for a new superintendent officially begins on Sept. 13.
The Columbus City Council doesn’t want to raise taxes this year, and they are working out a series of cuts to help them meet that goal.
Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West may not quite find the story of poverty they are looking for in Columbus.
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.
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.
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.
Of Golden Triangle counties, Clay had the largest percent of voters head to the polls for the primaries.
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.