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2008-08-07 03:00:23

By Andrea V. Hernandez, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Aug. 7--Wish you could get away for a weekend? Donna Comer thinks it's still possible -- even during the economic downturn. Comer is owner of Travels by Donna, a 25-year-old travel agency in Columbus' Historic District. She said the office has been busy booking cruise packages, honeymoon getaways and corporate trips for both business and leisure travellers. Comer sat down with the Ledger-Enquirer to talk about travel industry...

2008-08-06 03:00:47

By Larry Gierer, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Aug. 6--"Our whole purpose for living." That's how Susan Andrews describes her excitement about the school year beginning. She is the superintendent of Harris County Schools, which begin classes today. Students will also be hearing the home room bell in Russell County, Lee County and Phenix City in Alabama. "I think it's going to be an exciting and busy year," Andrews said. Tuesday, she said she was anticipating about 5,100 students...

2008-08-06 03:00:29

By Ben Wright, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Aug. 6--Some residents are concerned the city of Columbus will seek a $1 increase in the monthly garbage collection fee, a Columbus Councilor said Tuesday. "That is just one suggestion," Councilor Wayne Anthony said. The comments have come from several residents who are concerned the city will seek an increase in the $14 a month garbage collection fee as the city faces increasing costs for fuel and setting aside millions of dollars to close...

2008-08-05 03:00:39

By Mick Walsh, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Aug. 5--Many of Fort Benning's 2,167 school children were able to visit their new classrooms and meet their new teachers before today's start of the 2008-09 school year. "Almost every school had something planned beforehand for the students and their parents," said the school system's public affairs spokesperson Gail LaFramboise. Students enrolled at Faith Middle School, White Elementary School and Wilson Elementary School were able to...

2008-08-05 03:00:30

By Brad Barnes, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Aug. 5--Scratches are the bane of records and compact discs. Yet Columbus music store The Flip Side has managed to scratch out a living in the past couple of years, even while people aren't buying music from traditional record stores. The place may be the oldest independent record store in Georgia. It predates Atlanta's venerable Wax 'n Facts and Athens' storied Wuxtry Records by five years. That it's still open at all seems miraculous in...

2008-08-04 03:00:15

By Tim Chitwood, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Aug. 4-- Human society sustains itself by transforming nature into garbage, and it's Monday Mail. More garbage. Don't forget that this week the city's holding the first of two public hearings on its proposal to cut trash pickup to once from twice a week, to save money on fuel. Both hearings will be at 6 p.m. in the Columbus Council chambers on the Government Center's plaza level. The first will be Thursday and the next will be Tuesday,...

2008-08-01 03:00:17

By Larry Gierer, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Aug. 1--Just four months ago, Gregory Zairis survived his second liver transplant. Wednesday, he and fiancee Laurie Lovett drowned in the Gulf of Mexico while visiting Panama City Beach, Fla. "He loved the beach," said one of his two daughters, Melanie Zairis, Thursday afternoon. She lives in Atlanta and got the shocking news while on a business trip to New York. "I never heard a bad word said about him," she said of her father, a...

2008-07-28 03:00:22

By Allison Kennedy, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Jul. 28--Members of First Baptist Church of Phenix City voted 112-98 Sunday to keep their pastor, the Rev. Gene Langner, after a move to oust him proved unsuccessful. Church deacons had voted 9-5 earlier in the month to remove Langner, who has led the congregation for nearly 25 years. Some have complained of dwindling attendance and resources as the primary reasons the pastor needed to go, while supporters said he can't shoulder all of...

2008-07-27 15:00:14

By Allison Kennedy, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Jul. 27--When Cookie Aftergut was treated for breast cancer five years ago, she didn't have ready access to information outside of her drug and radiation therapies -- information such as sound nutrition, exercise, makeup and scalp care for when her hair fell out. "The doctors, unfortunately, are most interested in giving you chemo and their mission is to get you well. Until you have lost your hair, it's hard to relate to someone who has...

2008-07-27 06:00:28

By Sara Pauff, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Jul. 27--Based on sheer numbers, Jason Yohn has a challenging year ahead of him. He's the new principal at Smiths Station High School, the biggest school in the Lee County system and one of the largest in the state of Alabama. Enrollment topped 1,600 students last year and is expected to reach 1,800 this year. The school employs about 175 faculty and staff. The campus stretches over 200,000 square feet, not counting 18 portable classrooms....


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.