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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...

2008-08-04 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 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....

2008-07-26 15:00:23

By Allison Kennedy, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Jul. 26--A group of members from First Baptist Church of Phenix City failed to get a court injunction Friday to block a possible vote Sunday on its pastor's continued employment. Judge Steve Perryman of Tallapoosa County heard the case Friday in Circuit Court at the Russell County Courthouse. At their most recent meeting, the church's 14 active deacons voted 9-5 to recommend the dismissal of the Rev. Gene Langner, the church's pastor...

2008-07-21 03:00:34

By Sara Pauff, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Jul. 21--The Muscogee County School Board will vote on contracts and salaries for the school district's two interim superintendents, John Phillips and Peggy Connell, at a 6:30 p.m. meeting today. Phillips, the current superintendent, retires Aug. 1, but he has been hired by the district to serve as an interim superintendent for 90 days beginning in September, while the district looks for a new leader. Connell, the district's chief academic...

2008-07-17 03:00:17

By Alan Riquelmy, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Jul. 17--HAMILTON -- The four defendants accused of a Waverly Hall double homicide pretended to need gas money when they knocked on Jerry Church's door June 28, an investigator said Wednesday. The plan was hatched earlier that night after the two men and two boys already had stolen beer from one of Church's properties, Harris County Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Lewis testified in Harris County Magistrate Court. The stories differed slightly, though...

2008-07-04 03:00:16

By Brad Barnes, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Jul. 4-- It's a strange world, of late. How strange? Let's count the ways. It's strange enough that milk is now coming in cubes. Seriously. Sam's Club has begun selling milk in squarish jugs -- to cut shipping costs and be more environmentally friendly. See, by squaring off the plastic jugs, companies can ship the milk stacked up, jugs on top of jugs, saving the plastic forms that used to go between two layers. Columbus has the...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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