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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

Americus PD on manhunt for suspect involved in officer shootings

Police Chief Mark Scott gave an update on the shooting and killing of Americus police officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr – giving the name of the suspect, 32-year-old Minguell K. Lembrick, he asked the community to contact the police department if they have any details on Lembrick’s whereabouts. He cautioned the community not to approach Lembrick as he is “armed and dangerous.”

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.

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.

Videos

Signs of the season help hearing-impaired children enjoy Christmas

The Columbus Optimist Club hosted Wednesday its annual Signing Santa Christmas party for deaf and hearing-impaired elementary school children. The children had lunch, presents, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus....both of whom are fluent in sign language.
Mike Haskey The Ledger-Enquirer
Signs of the season help hearing-impaired children enjoy Christmas 1:57

Signs of the season help hearing-impaired children enjoy Christmas

Americus PD on manhunt for suspect involved in officer shootings 1:59

Americus PD on manhunt for suspect involved in officer shootings

Man pleads guilty to murder of Columbus woman 0:36

Man pleads guilty to murder of Columbus woman

Family of Peggy Gamble reacts to guilty plea 0:53

Family of Peggy Gamble reacts to guilty plea