Halbert Out of Mayor’s Race?

BY STEVE ROGERS The Packet As expected, a would-be Republican candidate for mayor in Columbus isn’t certified for the ballot. But the almost-sad tale of Garthia Halbert’s efforts to run and related personal issues may not be over. During its meeting Monday, the  Columbus Republican Municipal Executive Committee refused to place Halbert on the May 2 Republican primary ballot for mayor because she has provided no proof she lives at 809 Second Avenue North, the address she listed on qualifying papers. That’s also the address she listed on her voter registration when she filled it out Feb. 6. But the Packet first reported two weeks ago the address is a vacant house and Riverhill Property Management, which man Halbert originally told The Packet she planned to move there and was told by a Columbus city employee to list that address on her qualifying papers. City workers denied that claim The Executive Committee’s decision leaves no Republican in the mayor’s race. The 33-year-old Halbert, a former newspaper reporter who says she now sells vacuum cleaners and cosmetics to support herself, has refused to disclose an address where she claims she lives on the city’s Southside. In an interview with The Packet last week, she said she planned to clear up the issue with city election officials prior to the Friday, March 3, qualifying deadline, but she didn’t. In video obtained...

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Mom Hides Meth in Kid’s Dresser

BY STEVE ROGERS The Packet What investigators think may have been a drug-induced attack of paranoia lands a Lowndes County mother in jail. Morgan Putt was charged with possession of crystal meth and child endangerment after deputies found the illegal drug hidden in her 7-year-old son’s clothes in a dresser at their home on Ben Christopher Road in eastern Lowndes County. According to Lowndes County Drug Task Force Director Archie Williams, deputies went to Putt’s home at about 1:30 a.m. Friday when she called saying she feared she was being poisoned. When they arrived, they found her on the porch...

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Halbert Will Not Be Certified, Says Republican Municipal Executive Committee

BY STEVE ROGERS/The Packet The would-be Republican candidate for mayor in Columbus skips out on another chance to prove her veracity. On March 6, the Republican Municipal Executive Committee denied Garthia Halbert’s effort to run for mayor in the May 2 Republican primary because she did not prove she lived in the city. After that meeting, she contacted the committee and asked for a meeting to discuss the ruling and her residence. The committee set a meeting for this morning. She failed to attend. Barring some kind of successful legal challenge, Halbert’s efforts are over. “The meeting was held Friday...

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Mother-Son Banquet at The Trotter

Hope Harrington Oakes Staff Writer hopeharringtonoakes@gmail.com Coleman Headstart in Columbus hosted a Mother-Son Banquet on Thursday, March 2nd at the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus.  Guest speaker at the event was Dr. Samuel Jones of Life Changing Services.  Door prizes were given away, and a photo booth provided attendees with mementos of the...

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Chevron Bandit at Large

Big Mike Livingston/The Packet Columbus police are searching for a man who robbed the East Side Chevron last Thursday night. About 8 p.m. a man with a pink towel over his face entered the convenience store, brandished a gun and demanded that the clerk empty the register. He was last seen fleeing east on foot. CPD officers, including a K-9, flooded the area but were unable to find him. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151  or the Columbus Reward Line at 1-877-273-4552. Information that leads to a conviction could...

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