Articles by Tess Vrbin
Two more candidates qualify for municipal elections
Two new candidates qualified in Columbus City Council races before Friday’s filing deadline, an independent candidate in Ward 3 and a Republican challenger in Ward 6.
Five candidates running for West Point mayor
The race to succeed outgoing West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson, who is retiring, grew to five candidates before Friday’s qualifying deadline, and all but one member of the board of selectmen will face a challenger.
Supe proposes $15/hour wage for Lowndes employees
During a discussion about road maintenance at Monday’s Lowndes County supervisors meeting, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks mentioned disparities in wages between some road department employees.
Coburn enters Columbus mayoral race
Montrell Coburn will again challenge incumbent Robert Smith in the mayor’s race.
CMSD alumni at TVA upgrade lights at Franklin Academy
Standing outside Franklin Academy on Wednesday, almost 50 years after attending, Vince Britton felt like he had come full circle.
“Coming back to a place like this and being able to provide this service … it’s kind of hard to put words to it,” said Britton, a Tennessee Valley Authority foreman.
Britton was one of 17 TVA representatives who upgraded 60 light fixtures at Franklin Academy on Wednesday at no cost to the Columbus Municipal School District.
2019 audit reveals unbalanced accounts, untracked assets
The audit of Columbus’ finances for Fiscal Year 2019 showed issues with the city budget that went beyond the misdeeds of the former chief financial officer charged with embezzlement, certified public accountant Wanda Holley told the city council at its Tuesday meeting.
North Atlantic ends security contract with Lowndes County Justice Court
Lowndes County is looking for full-time security for the Justice Court building after North Atlantic Security ended its contract with the county in January.
Beard running for re-election in Ward 4
Columbus Ward 4 Councilman Pierre Beard qualified Monday to run for re-election as an independent candidate.
Monday Profile: Davenport brings passion for unity, spiritual growth to church leadership, community activism
Barbara Williams put all 10 of her children and several of her grandchildren through music school. They all learned to play piano, but none of them were truly passionate about it.
But one grandson, Le’Roy Davenport, turned out to be “the one” with both the talent and the passion for music, he said.
Third candidate running for West Point mayor
A third candidate has entered the race to succeed outgoing West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson, who announced in January that he will retire instead of run for a third term.