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This week’s top stories from the Ledger-Enquirer

These are the top stories in the Ledger-Enquirer from September 17-23. The stories include former Auburn University tight end Landon Rice being accused of rape; Muscogee County School District transportation director John Lyles resigning the day after he was hired; Northside High School students mourning the death of Justin Patrick “JP” Johanson; gas stations running dry in Columbus, Georgia; and Lisa Brown, a Fort Mitchell, Alabama, woman being accused of killing her husband, Daniel Brown.

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Judge rules against Sheriff John Darr in lawyer fee squabble

Judge Philip Raymond denies Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr’s attorneys’ motion to strike city’s objections to certain legal fees. Darr is one of four elected officials who sued the city, Columbus Council and the city’s top executive leadership over budget issues in late 2014.

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Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference set for this weekend

Columbus area historian and retired Ledger-Enquirer editorial page editor Billy Winn is the keynote speaker. Other award-winning writers will make presentations at the 10th annual Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference on Friday, Sept. 23, beginning at the Rothschild-Pound House Inn, 201 7th St.

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The Oudenk family receives over 30 new books

Matthew Oudenk was recognized as the recipient of the 100,00the book through the Muscogee County chapter of the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. The local chapter was founded in 2012 by Warren Steele and to date has served over 5,000 local children by sending them a new book each month.