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Chattahoochee Chatter: Who is this Don Buck?

Columbus Council's appointment of former state Rep. Tom Buck to serve out the late Red McDaniel's term was unanimous but not without a slight hiccup.

After Councilor Judy Thomas made the motion to appoint Buck and Councilor Glenn Davis seconded it, Councilor Mimi Woodson spoke up.

Hold on, she said, let's not move so quickly on this.

"I don't feel comfortable taking a vote on just someone's name that has been brought up when I don't know this person," Woodson said. "I might have seen him, but I don't put the name and the face together."

The look on some of the other councilors' faces was priceless.

There were many sideways glances at each other with classic "huh?" looks exchanged.

After a couple more councilors spoke, Woodson chimed in again, this time contritely.

"I want to apologize to Mr. Tom Buck," Woodson said.

"I thought I heard 'Don.' I want to apologize, but that's what I heard. And that was my concern, 'Who the heck is Don?'"

With that cleared up, moments later councilors voted 9-0 to bring Buck aboard to serve out McDaniel's term.

Retired Chambers County Circuit Court judge Howard Bryan found himself in Phenix City Monday hearing a case that the local judges bailed on due to conflicts of interest.

Bryan was assigned to hear a suit brought by a Phenix City minister, claiming the Board of Education violated the state's Open Meetings law in the hiring of a new superintendent in June.

As the preliminary hearing grinded through the morning and into the lunch hour, Bryan finally called for a break about 12:20 p.m.

You could tell he wanted to get back to work quickly.

"Can we get to all the four-star restaurants in Phenix City and be back by 1?" Bryan asked.

Everyone laughed.

Bryan then said be back in court at 1:30.

"That should give everyone time to have a fine wine with lunch," he joked.

On Oct. 24, around 6:20 p.m., in the L-E parking lot, a Chatterland scout saw a boy climbing the fence to get onto Broadway. A woman wearing a Muscogee County Sheriff's Department shirt watched the boy while standing in the middle of the parking lot.

Our scout watched both of them.

Asked why he was climbing the fence, the woman said it was to take a shortcut. She asked whether our scout knew of a way to get out of the parking lot.

Our scout said, "Yes, ma'am, but you'll have to walk around the block."

She said, "Oh, I thought we could cut through."

Our scout said, "I'm surprised someone from the sheriff's department would say that."

The woman and boy walked away.

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