Alva James-Johnson

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Missing my hurricane days? Not really

Hurricane Matthew is scheduled to hit South Florida on Thursday night. It stirs up memories of 2005, which was the most prolific Hurricane season in recorded history. Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma became household names.

Alva James-Johnson

Bike giveaway program continues despite theft

Chester Jackson, of East Coast Body Shop on Farr Road, gave away 1,000 bikes for Christmas last year despite having some of his bikes stolen. This summer, a youth he was mentoring broke into the shop and stole some money. Jackson is now collecting more bikes for this year’s bike give-away.

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Jails are a costly psychiatric solution

A National Press Foundation fellowship program trained 20 journalists on the complexities of covering mental health issues. Dr. Norris Turner, a representative from Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Inc., cited a study conducted by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, which found that 64 percent of local jail inmates, 56 percent of state prison inmates and 45 percent of federal prison inmates had symptoms of mental illness. He said incarceration costs twice as much as preventive measures, yet many people lack access to mental health treatment.

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Junior League donates 33,000 diapers to local agencies that help families in need

The Junior League of Columbus distributed Friday about 33,000 diapers that were collected by its members during a yearlong diaper drive. The Crisis Center of Russell County, Hope Harbour, Open Door Community House and Damascus Way were the four local charities selected to receive diapers. Many of the diapers were collected during the organization's Little Black Dress Initiative in March.
Mike Haskey The Ledger-Enquirer
Junior League donates 33,000 diapers to local agencies that help families in need 1:48

Junior League donates 33,000 diapers to local agencies that help families in need

Fort Mitchell National Cemetery spotlight 3:00

Fort Mitchell National Cemetery spotlight

Columbus, Phenix City weather for May 27 from WRBL's Bob Jeswald 3:09

Columbus, Phenix City weather for May 27 from WRBL's Bob Jeswald

Ranger Aid station named for Sgt. Jon Peney in 2011 2:52

Ranger Aid station named for Sgt. Jon Peney in 2011