Phenix City Beautiful opens HQ

Phenix City Beautiful opened their new headquarters on 21st Avenue Thursday with a standing-room only crowd witnessing the ribbon cutting.

Georgia Laningham, the director of the 2-year old organization, said the crowd was more than anticipated, but she was very grateful.

"I appreciate the support from the community. We have a lot of people who have helped us over the years," she said.

Phenix City Mayor Jeff Hardin gave a brief speech during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new building. Lakewood Elementary School's Problem Solving team presented their recycling project. The team, which is made up of third- , fourth- and fifth-grade students, is teaming up with other schools in the community and organizations to encourage the recycling of plastic milk containers.

Laningham's brother, Jerry Brooks, was responsible for the extensive remodeling of the building, located in the shadow of Phenix City's now closed Cobb Memorial Hospital.

Since that time, it has become an active and vocal community action group supporting clean up efforts throughout the community and Columbus.

Phenix City Beautiful Inc. is applying for 501C (3) status. They are in the process of raising funds, educating children and increasing public support for a litter-free environment.

'It's not just about litter," Laningham said recently. "We want to beautify the gateways from Georgia into Alabama by planting trees and shrubbery."