Messiah's Mansion, a full-scale model of the biblical, Old-Testament Sanctuary, has arrived in the Chattahoochee Valley and is open Aug. 6-14. It's located in Phenix City on Hwy 280, north of the Home Depot and next to Big Mama's Fireworks. Tours are free and conducted daily from 1-7pm but tickets are required. Fore more information go to pcalasanctuary.com or call (706)-530-0111.
Needlework enthusiasts gathered on February 27, 2016 to work on stitching canvases for God’s glory. All are welcomed to join this two-year long project to be a part of this creative journey to show the work of God.
The FOCUS Thrift Store in Hamilton, Georgia, redefines the thrift shop by creating a warm environment where customers feel welcomed. Workers and regular customers have formed friendships spanning generations and consider the people at the store a part of their families.
The Rev. Joel Alvis calls himself a “temporary shepherd,” and currently his flock is at First Presbyterian Church in Columbus. Since 2004, he has made a career serving as an interim pastor at Presbyterian churches, guiding congregations between installed pastors.
The Rev. Rudy Allen Sr. was in the church sanctuary getting ready for a Sunday morning service when he turned and saw his young grandson sitting in a chair behind the pulpit. Smiling, he told the boy, "You can't sit there. Nobody but the preacher sits there." Rudy Allen III responded, "I am a preacher." Many of his family members have followed in the footsteps of Allen Sr. as a preacher, but he never expected Allen III to do the same. Allen III was born with Down syndrome. "My wife calls him a miracle child," Allen Sr. said. "He is an inspiration to this family." Allen III is not a pastor, but leads prayers, preaches and conducts a Bible study at Turning Point Christian Ministries in Columbus, where his father, Rudy Allen Jr., is pastor.
Each week, the House of Mercy fills their parking lot with clothing, furniture, household items and some food so those in need can get needed items. Johanne Harris, the executive director, said this is in addition to those who live at the House of Mercy and are provided food, clothing and shelter.
Comedian and entertainer Sam Beman, dressed as the Grinch, entertained staff and children at the Children's Hospital at Columbus Regional's Midtown Medical Center Thursday afternoon. Beman portrayed The Grinch in Seussical The Musical years ago, and has since played the character outside of theater. Beman shares a few insider tips on how to get a good "Grinch Face."
Columbus police were called to Ballard Way Apartments at 5600 Hunter Road around 2:30 a.m. Nov. 17 to investigate a shooting. They found Javion Shorter on the staircase of Building 14 suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen and left arm. It was his 18th birthday.Police Cpl. Sherman Hayes said the victim gave a statement to police in which he identified the shooter, but authorities declined to release the name. Shorter died two days later at Midtown Medical Center, said Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley.
Susan and John Dixon adopted Marvin about 10 years ago when their son, Alex, was 10 and daughter Cara was 8. They gave him up for adoption soon after. Recently they got a call from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Control after their name was retrieved on Marvin’s chip after someone dropped him off at the shelter. The family decided to re-adopt Marvin and are now happily living together again.
Los Angeles Police are searching for a man who was caught on camera breaking into homes in Studio City between November 28 and December 3, wearing a Santa hat and scarf.
The LAPD press release said the suspect knocked on doors and rang door bells to assess if anyone was home. “When no one answered the door, the suspect would gain entry to the backyards of the homes, smash a rear patio sliding door or back window, then enter the homes,” the press release said. “Once inside, the suspect removed cash, jewelry, safes, and firearms before leaving. A get-a-way driver has been seen in a dark sedan.”
Clemson University coach Dabo Swinney said that any of the four teams in the College Football Playoffs can win the national championship. It's a matter of a few plays, and playing the full four quarters