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'Legacy' of pine plantations falls short of projections

Posted 9/26/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the uninitiated, it might be assumed the terms "timber" and "lumber" are interchangeable, different words to describe the same segment of the forestry industry.

LCSD lets students switch from virtual to in-person learning mid-semester

Posted 9/26/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Roughly 20 percent of students who originally signed up for virtual learning at Lowndes County School District will be back in their classrooms by Oct. 12, Superintendent Sam Allison said Friday

Police seek suspects in drug store burglaries

Posted 9/26/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are seeking two suspects from a pair of Friday morning drug store burglaries.

Art Council goes 'outside the walls' during pandemic

Posted 9/25/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Over the summer, after Kalyn Fuller agreed to be the art teacher for all 1,600 elementary students at Columbus Municipal School District for the upcoming school year, she told her husband she was concerned about how the students would obtain art supplies -- or school supplies in general.

New pumpkin patch prepares to open in Caledonia

Posted 9/24/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In Caledonia, 2019 was known as "the year without a pumpkin patch," something the town had not experienced in almost two decades. It was no trivial matter in the community.

Base commander: Space Force formed to protect American satellites, other interests in space

Posted 9/23/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Rotarians asked Col. Seth Graham to speak to their club about the newly launched Space Force, Graham -- whose specialty as commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base is training pilots how to fly airplanes -- decided he had some research to do.

Community leaders discuss workplace racism in second 'Let's Talk Columbus' meeting

Posted 9/23/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton said there have been times in his 30-plus year career as a police officer when he's responded to a call and had the complainant say, "I didn't want a Black police officer."

CHS committee hopes to register 125 eligible students for November election

Posted 9/22/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jake Bandock has been something of a political junkie since seventh grade.

Airline consultant predicts business travel will help GTRA rebound quickly from pandemic

Posted 9/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been a tough year for airlines, and the Golden Triangle Regional Airport is certainly no exception as the industry struggles with the continuing effects of COVID-19.

Air Force veteran recalls time as POW in Vietnam

Posted 9/19/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gene Smith had just released two bombs in the sky over North Vietnam on Oct. 25, 1967, and was pulling out of a dive in his F-105 Thunderchief aircraft when the plane was hit by enemy fire.

Lowndes EMA to distribute free masks Saturday

Posted 9/18/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency will give face masks the public Saturday in hopes of helping curb the spread of COVID-19.

Columbus man charged with molesting child under 14

Posted 9/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus man was arrested last week for allegedly molesting a child.

Two men rob, beat New Hope resident at gunpoint in home invasion

Posted 9/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two men were arrested Tuesday for an assault and armed robbery at a New Hope home last week

City moves forward on series of project developments

Posted 9/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council voted Tuesday to approve a series of project developments, including a grant application for pedestrian access improvements, bid advertisement for the city's latest series of street paving and construction work on Lee Park.

Supervisors reject LCSD tax request, reduce overall tax rate by 2 mills

Posted 9/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In a unanimous vote Tuesday morning, Lowndes County Board of Supervisors rejected the county school district's request for $27.4 million in local property tax funds for Fiscal Year 2021 and instead agreed to allocate roughly $3.5 million less than the requested figure.

Crawford man dies in Tuesday night wreck

Posted 9/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Crawford man died in a single-vehicle accident in south Lowndes County Tuesday night.

County disputes with school district over tax request

Posted 9/12/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District is standing by a local property tax request that could hike the tax rate by almost 10 percent. But Lowndes County Board of Supervisors may sue the district to keep that from happening.

4-County changes charter to offer broadband

Posted 9/12/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As of this week, it is not a question of if 4-County Electric Power Association will offer broadband internet service, but when.

Columbus volunteer surprised with Book of Golden Deeds Award

Posted 9/11/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Betty Clyde Sharp almost didn't make it to the Columbus Exchange Club's weekly meeting on Thursday. She had an early morning doctor's appointment in Birmingham. On her way back, she received a text saying Exchange Club President Jerry Fortenberry would be speaking at the meeting, which was at noon at Lion Hills Center.

Two injured in East Columbus shooting

Posted 9/10/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two people were injured and Columbus police are searching for at least one suspect after a shooting in East Columbus Tuesday night.

CMSD plans to reveal new logo, branding by year's end

Posted 9/10/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Last year, when Columbus Municipal School District began making plans for the 200th anniversary of Franklin Academy, the state's first public school, $5,000 was set aside for a rebrand of the district to coincide with the anniversary.

 

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