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Mixed news for Muscogee County School District’s finances

While local property tax revenue continues to increase, the Muscogee County School District must dip into its reserves to balance this year’s budget. Chief financial officer Theresa Thornton president the information during the Muscogee County School Board’s annual planning retreat Saturday.

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Glenwood School expanding to accommodate enrollment growth

Glenwood School will expand its facilities and reconfigure its grade structure to accommodate its enrollment growth. In the past five years, the Phenix City private school’s enrollment in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade has grown 31 percent, from 485 to 636 students, headmaster Frankie Mitchum told the Ledger-Enquirer on Friday. The expansion project will give the school space for 100 more students, he said.

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Big Read lecture about Carson McCullers postponed

The lecture about author and Columbus native Carson McCullers by New Yorker magazine staff writer Hilton Als that was scheduled for next week at the Columbus Museum has been postponed. The Jan. 25 lecture was supposed to start the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries’ series of events for the 2017 Big Read, which will celebrate and analyze McCullers’ classic debut novel, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” published in 1940.

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Peaceful protest

They came from all over -- California, Illinois, South Carolina, Texas -- but with a single purpose, to demonstrate their support for women's rights in the first D.C. protest of the new Donald Trump era. Hundreds of thousands crowded on to Pennsylvania Avenue not far from the U.S. Capitol for a rally. So many people came that there couldn't be a march; they filled the march route. But the rally offered a catharsis for the many who worry that a Trump administration will roll back important gains for women.

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One area marcher says ‘The pendulum is ready to swing back’

Patricia Lassiter said being surrounded by an estimated 500,000 people Saturday at the Women’s March on Washington gave her “a feeling of safety” as she fulfilled a personal mission to march on behalf of the many Columbus residents to send a crucial message to President Donald Trump. Lassiter was among 10 Columbus residents who rode a bus 700 miles to Washington to be a part of the resistance to Trump’s presidency.

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Columbus residents at inauguration express belief in Trump

People from Columbus attending the inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday said the new president’s inaugural speech shows he is ready to unify the country and bring jobs to Georgia and coast to coast. Alton Russell, Joseph Brannan and Emily Brannan made the trip to attend the ceremony.