JTM Corp., which operates the Piggly Wiggly supermarkets in the Columbus-Phenix City area, has pulled the plug on its second struggling store in less than six months. The first was on Victory Drive in south Columbus in early February. On Wednesday, Phenix City-based JTM closed its 3745 U.S. 80 store in Ladonia Square shopping center. That location opened in 1977.
A Columbus woman left nine children between the ages of 2 and 12 alone in a Forrest Road residence with no food or water, according to testimony Wednesday in Recorder’s Court. Alisha Evonnye McGhee, 26, pleaded not guilty to nine counts of second-degree child cruelty. She was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $9,000.
After a three-day search, rescuers recovered the body of a 23-year-old Fort Benning soldier, Pvt. 1st Class Michael Ferreira, who went missing Monday afternoon in the Chattahoochee River. Officials said the body was found 3 miles south of the Bulldog Bait and Tackle.
The final Kmart store in the Columbus-Phenix City market will be closing its doors, owner Sears Holdings said Friday. A liquidation sale will begin as soon as next Thursday at the 2500 Airport Thruway Kmart location, which was the 55-year-old chain’s lone surviving Columbus-area location after a round of closures earlier this year.
A Columbus woman has accused a longtime local minister of years of sexual abuse that started in 2002 when she was 15, according to a lawsuit filed in Muscogee County Superior Court last month. The civil suit was filed against Pastor Lewis Clemons, Church of God in Christ Inc., Wynnton Road Ministries Church of God in Christ, Inc., and five other parties that were not named. Clemons is currently senior pastor at Kingdom Awareness Ministries, where his title is apostle.