Chattahoochee Chatter: After the flood comes the rainbow

January 16, 2013 

Now, that the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce has overcome the "Great Flood" that filled the basement in its historic Sixth Avenue office with 6 feet of water, they were able to joke about it this week.

Operations returned to normal hours before the start of the Chamber's annual meeting at the RiverCenter for Performing Arts. A Jan. 9 waterline rupture flooded the building and knocked out power to the old train depot. Generators have been used for the past week.

Outgoing Chamber Board Chairman Jay Alexander, president of Alexander Electric Company, and incoming Chairperson Jacki Lowe, regional vice president for Georgia Power Company, were getting ready to pass the torch when Alexander cracked a joke.

"Even with the current chairman and the incoming chair being in the electric business, we couldn't keep the lights on," Alexander said.

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They are words to live by. Last week, one of our reporters was interviewing David Lucus, a state senator from Macon who has been in the General Assembly almost four decades.

Lucus was talking about the dean of the General Assembly, Columbus Rep. Calvin Smyre and Smyre's longtime job with Synovus.

Lucus then made his point on why it is important for lawmakers to have good full-time jobs.

"If you have to make a living being in the General Assembly, you are going to jail," Lucus observed.

Amen.

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It is so wet outside that it reminds us that Muscogee Moms LLC has awarded the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries a 2012 Mom's Choice for best place to go on a rainy day.

The voting by readers took place on the organization's website (www.muscogeemoms.com) between Oct. 1 and Nov. 12 last year.

The goal of the survey is to help area parents and caregivers make informed decisions about which businesses and events are best for their children.

There were many different categories with a winner, runner up and honorable mention for each.

Just a few of the other winners were Cuts by Us for best children's haircut, Kiddie Shoppe for best children's clothing store, Gymnastics Unlimited for best local kids sports program, Columbus Corner Bakery as best bakery for birthday cakes, Gigi's Cupcakes as best place for dessert, Country's Barbecue as best caterer, The Cherry Zebra as best local gift shop, Dr. Blake Lane as best orthodontist, and Dr. Mark Oliver as best pediatrician.

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During the Muscogee County School Board's work session Monday, the discussion turned to the bewildering history of water seeping through concrete slabs in some of its buildings.

Board member John Wells of District 2 cracked up the crowd when he said, "We've had a drought in the past 15 years, so I can't understand why we have a moisture problem in Columbus, Georgia."

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