For "Dr. G" fun is the key at Special Olympics Regional Tennis Games
The Columbus Regional Tennis Association(CORTA) hosted around 270 participants Thursday morning for their Special Olympics Regional Tennis Games at Cooper Creek Tennis Center. It takes lots of volunteers to make this annual event successful. We'll introduce you to two in this video.
Mike HaskeyThe Ledger-Enquirer
For "Dr. G" fun is the key at Special Olympics Regional Tennis Games
Holiday tradition of "Cuts for Christmas" helps deserving students, honors educator who started event
Car involved in reported hit-and-run zooms down Broadway sidewalk near Kilwin's
Columbus High JROTC students pitch in to help veteran's widow with home repairs
Raw video: Graduate's "walk" brings cheers and smiles during CSU commencement ceremony
Why they got hooked on crochet
Local "Grinch" and his elf named Bubba bring cheer to sick kids in hospital
Artists join forces with writer to interpret "a love letter to this place we call home"
Know a Grinch? Watch this video to see if their "Grinch Face" makes the grade
Viral video: Columbus High student celebrates acceptance into Harvard
Three plead not guilty in deadly shooting of Kendrick High senior
Burglar dressed as the ‘Grinch’ caught on home security camera
What he did the night before getting a perfect score on the ACT
Family of friends of David Pollard joined Monday with Carver High School to continue Pollard's annual “Cuts for Christmas” tradition. The event was started by Pollard, the Carver High School baseball coach killed in an automobile accident April 18, 2016. Pollard believed that “When you look good, you feel good!” and started the event as a way to reward and encourage students for good behavior and exceeding classroom expectations. It's also an opportunity to help students who might not be able to afford to look good everyday due to financial constraints. Four local barbers provided free haircuts to deserving male students,who also received lunch and a Christmas present. There was no cost for students participating in Cuts for Christmas.
Columbus police are investigating a reported hit-and-run in the 1200 block of Broadway just after 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17, according to surveillance footage from one of the properties in that area. A black sedan can be seen speeding along the sidewalk mid-block at 3:33 p.m. It had just hit two people who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said Maj. J.D. Hawk.
Students in the JROTC program at Columbus High School volunteered Saturday to "Be a Hero for a Hero", pitching in to complete home repairs for Alna Porter of Columbus. Porter is the widow of Sgt. Major Malachi Porter. Porter served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years, According to a press release from House of Heroes, Porter served in both Korea and Vietnam and received the following awards and recognitions: a Bronze Star Medal, a United Nations Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, 7 Good Conduct Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal, a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Unit Palm, the National Defense Service Medal, an Overseas Service Ribbon, and a Korean Service Medal.The effort was part of the Heart of Serving Program coordinated by the Chattahoochee Valley Chapter of the House of Heroes.
Nearly 700 students graduated from Columbus State University Friday and Saturday during CSU’s 115th Commencement. Graduates were presented by their college at three commencement ceremonies on Dec. 15 and 16 at the CSU Lumpkin Center. The College of the Arts and Turner College of Business graduated Friday, the College of Education and Health Professions' ceremony was Saturday morning, and the College of Letters and Sciences graduated Saturday afternoon.
Local entertainer, comedian, and cancer survivor Sam Beman has become known locally for his characterization of the Grinch. Beman and his sidekick Bubba the Elf( Donterrius Ruff) visited Midtown Medical Center Thursday afternoon, bringing smiles to staff and patients. He also got a few startled responses from some of the younger patients.
Isiah Harper, a local author and Northside High School teacher, joined others Friday morning in a reading of his poem "My River Valley" during an 'unveiling' ceremony where Together 2017 announced a $139,000 investment in projects for the Columbus/Phenix City/Fort Benning region. Harper was commissioned to create a poem about the community that will serve as the inspiration for four artists to paint murals based on lines from the poem. Garry Pound, Sally Bradley, Najee Dorsey and Butch Anthony are the artists selected for the project.
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.
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.”
For seventeen years, Wanda Amos has brought gifts and joy to children hospitalized at Columbus Regional's Midtown Medical Center during the holidays. In years past, her elves on these visits were coaches and players from the Columbus Cottonmouths, the hockey team she and husband Shelby Amos owned and operated. The Cottonmouths ceased operations earlier this year. Amos then reached out to Scott Ressmeyer and the Miracle Riders to join her for this year's Christmas visit to the hospital.
Two Springer favorites continue this year what has become a holiday tradition for residents of the Chattahoochee Valley.Actors and comedians Jim Pharr and Ben Redding star in the Springer's 2017 production of "A Tuna Christmas." Pharr and Redding play all 24 citizens of Tuna, Texas, a fictional Texas town that struggles each year with a disastrous production of “A Christmas Carol,” has yard displays vandalized by a mysterious Christmas Phantom, and has a Humane Society filled with iguanas, coyotes, sheep and myna birds. An estimated 60,000 patrons have seen "A Tuna Christmas" at the Springer through the years. This year's run kicks off December 14.
Three and four-year-old children from the St. Paul Preschool at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, escorted by their parents and teachers, made the short walk from the church to Lakebottom Park Monday morning to tie scarves onto the railing of the bridge near the playground during their Second Annual "Hanging Out at the Bridge" event. Nearly 32 children in the classes have been collecting scarves since the fall leave at the bridge. A sign encourages anyone who needs one to simply take one. The school's motto is "If you think that our hands are full, you should see our hearts."
Combat veteran Timothy Tarr recounted how he shot neighbor Alcides Washington, and recalled his bloody experiences while serving overseas, and how that affected his reaction to Washington’s turning toward him with a paintball gun on May 24, 2016, after Tarr ordered him to quit shooting it. After his account, Chief Assistant District Attorney Al Whitaker questioned Tarr's account. This is an excerpt of his questioning.