Latest News

Crime

Recap: Americus police shooting news conference

A news conference is being held in Americus following the death of a man wanted for killing an Americus police officer and critically wounding another. Minquell Lembrick was dead inside a house that was the scene of a SWAT standoff Thursday morning. Lembrick, 32, is accused of shooting of Americus police officer Nicholas Smarr and the wounding of Georgia Southwestern campus police officer Jody Smith.

Education

Muscogee County School District produces its highest CCRPI score

While MCSD closed the gap with the state average on the College and Career Ready Performance Index, it continued to outperform the school districts in Georgia’s other second-tier cities. Unlike previous years since its inception in 2012, the formula to calculate the CCRPI didn’t change from 2015 to 2016, Georgia Department of Education chief communications officer Matt Cardoza told the Ledger-Enquirer.

Local

At Gamble’s funeral, pastor says ‘God’s going to make sure justice is done’

Mourners jumped to their feet, clapped and danced to music performed by the church choir, which sang old favorites such as “Every day will be Sunday By and By” and “Going Up a Yonder.” The funeral was held just hours after Angelo Short pleaded guilty in Columbus Recorder’s Court in the fatal stabbing of Gamble, who was found dead Nov. 28 in her Eighth Street home.

Dimon Kendrick-Holmes

You’ve heard of fly-over states, but what about drive-thru towns?

There’s been a lot of talk in the past month or so about “fly-over” states, the places off the radar of the national consciousness where real people struggling with real problems don’t feel like the powerful people in big cities respect them and want to help them. It seems like small towns like Valley are full of these real people trying to catch a break. These are drive-thru towns, really, where people zooming down interstates between big cities take an exit ramp and grab a quick meal from a window, unaware of the people inside.

Local

Get ready for a deep freeze in Columbus

A bone-chilling freeze in a Deep South town unaccustomed to such conditions can be a significant health hazard, as not everyone’s closet is stocked with down jackets and long underwear, and not everyone has a closet.