Tibetan Buddhist monks with the Mystical Arts of Tibet spent a week in residency at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts building a mandala sand painting dedicated to conflict resolution and world harmony. About 100 onlookers watched the ritual dismantling, then walked with the monks to the Chattahoochee River where the sand was poured into the water
It's been 10 years since John Greenman first reported about Agent Orange's impact on Vietnamese citizens. Greenman recently returned to see what, if anything , has changed. Greenman says what struck him then, and still resonates today, is that Agent Orange is the cruelest remnant of the Vietnam War. This is a video excerpt from his full report. You can read it in the Sunday print edition of the Ledger-Enquirer or online at www.ledger-enquirer.com.
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson answered Friday afternoon several questions during the State of the City event at Columbus State University's Cunningham Conference Center. This is an excerpt from her comments about the issue of crime in Columbus.
The management and catering services at RiverMill Event Center in Bibb City recently changed hands. Columbus-based Valley Hospitality Services through It’s Your Day Catering has assumed management and food service responsibilities. Since taking over Feb. 1, they've been busy getting the facility ready. We dropped by earlier this week as workers were busy finishing renovations and preparing for weekend events.
After 13 hours of deliberations in the triple murder trial of Rufus Leonard Burks, jurors Thursday had reached unanimous agreement on only three of the 10 counts against the 17-year-old, the judge announced before the jury was dismissed at 4:45 p.m.Those counts are burglary, kidnapping and auto theft. Burks also faces these charges: three counts of malice or intentional murder; three counts of felony murder for allegedly killing the three victims while committing the felony of aggravated assault; and a second count of auto theft.
Jack Pezold, president of Pezold Management, says the new Hampton Inn his company will build at the corner of Broadway and 12th Street in downtown Columbus will have 88 hotel rooms, an indoor pool, and feature Hampton's newest exterior design.
A Columbus private school has decided to start drug-testing its oldest students. Brookstone School announced Wednesday that the drug-testing of students in grades 8-12 will be voluntary next school year then mandatory in succeeding years. This is an excerpt from Mark Rice's interview with Jason Branch, president of the Brookstone School board of trustees, and Marty Lester, the head of school for Brookstone.
Closing arguments began Tuesday morning in the trial of Rufus Leonard Burks IV. Burkes is one of three men police charged in the slayings of Gloria Short,54; her son Caleb Short, 17; and grandaughter Gianna Lindsey, 10, in January 2016 in Columbus' Upatoi neighborhood. This is an excerpt of the closing argument from Assistant District Attorney Chris Williams.
Closing arguments began Tuesday morning in the trial of Rufus Leonard Burks IV. Burkes is one of three men police charged in the slayings of Gloria Short,54; her son Caleb Short, 17; and grandaughter Gianna Lindsey, 10, in January 2016 in Columbus' Upatoi neighborhood. This is an excerpt of the closing argument from Jennifer Curry, the defense attorney representing Burks.
Carl McClendon, 34, turned himself in following the Jan. 24 murder on Wickham Drive. A second suspect, DeWayne Jones, fled to Mexico and told police over the phone that McClendon had a gun. Jones is to be extradited from Texas
East Columbus Magnet Academy principal Tamura Magwood explains why the Columbus middle school wants the Muscogee County School Board to name its football field after John "Pepper" Spurlock Jr., who was the assistant principal when he died in October at 42.
Dr. Natasha Grandhi, associate medical examiner with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, testified Monday morning that Gianna Lindsey,the 10-year-old girl slain with her uncle and grandmother in Columbus’ Upatoi area in 2016, had 23 stab wounds in addition to massive head trauma. Grandhi testified Monday in the triple-murder trial of Rufus Leonard Burks IV. This video includes excerpts from Grandhi's testimony.
This is the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War's deadliest year- 1968. Even today,the problem of unexploded ordnance remains a significant, persistent problem. Former Ledger-Enquirer publisher John Greenman traveled to Vietnam to tell the story of not only the Vietnamese impacted by the decades-old ordnance, but that of an organization founded by a United States Army veteran that helps clear the unexploded ordnance, teaches children about the risks, and assists victims. You can read Greenman's full account in the Sunday print edition of the Ledger-Enquirer or online at www.ledger-enquirer.com