News Columns & Blogs

Chattahoochee Chatter: Everyone's important at Ranger School

Chatter central sometimes likes to take a little road trip. This week we were at Ranger School in the Florida swamps. You may have heard, there are two women very close to earning Ranger tabs.

But this isn’t about them.

Tuesday morning the Ranger students were slugging their way across Yellow River on Eglin Air Force Base. After the river work was done, soldiers were loaded into trucks and hauled back to camp.

Since the women joined the school in April, the Army has allowed selected media to follow the course. Reporters and photographers show up, and it has hard not to notice them standing on the side of the mountain or a swamp. The rules have been clear: no engagement with the students.

Which brings us back to Tuesday morning. One male Ranger School student said to another, “What do I do if the media approaches me?”

The other male student shot back, “You’re not that important.”


Chattahoochee Chatter is a compilation of notable tidbits that don’t warrant separate stories but still are worthy of being reported. Those items usually are based on something someone said or wrote. But here’s something Chatterlicious based on a beautiful silent tribute:

Bravo to a creative way the Springer Opera House family mourned the death of benefactor Dorothy “Dot” McClure last week. During the Springer Theatre Academy summer camp for youth, paper dots were sprinkled throughout the historic building she helped save from demolition 51 years ago, symbolizing the countless number of people she positively impacted with her generosity.


A Muscogee County Board of Elections and Registration public hearing has been called for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room on the ground floor of the City Services Center to discuss and seek public input on possible Sunday voting in Columbus.

Last October, local Democrats urged the board to set one early voting day on a Sunday, but because the General Election day was only a month away, the board declined to act.

In 2010, the board reduced the number of precincts in the city from 48 to 28 to cut costs. It received some criticism for doing so without public input, so they held public hearings on poll consolidation before approving the reduction.

Some members felt the board should take a similar approach to adding a Sunday to the early voting schedule.

The board held a similar meeting in early April.


We close out Chattahoochee Chatter with a mission accomplished.

Southeastern Grocers, parent company of the Winn-Dixie supermarket chain, as well as the brands BI-LO and Harveys, said it has raised and donated $3,044,091 to the Wounded Warrior Project in support of the organization’s Independence Program.

The money came from a recent campaign in which Winn-Dixie pledged 100 percent of profits generated at its stores, including those in Columbus and Phenix City, on the Fourth of July to support the organization.

Considering that there are so many soldiers who have served at Fort Benning and others who have rotated through the post on the way to deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots around the globe, this is welcome news. The Wounded Warrior Project Independence Program works to help warriors live life fully, on their own terms.

So we in Chatterland humbly salute those who have sacrificed life and limb and even their peace of mind for their country, as well as those in the business community supporting their recovery now and in the future.