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Sunday Q&A: Jontavious Willis

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A Budding Blues Star and the Destiny of Success Baptized into blues stardom two years ago by the legendary Taj Mahal as “my wonderboy,” Greenville, Georgia native Jontavious Willis has already enjoyed a blockbuster 2019. His music drove the Kia “Just a Small  Town in Georgia” commercial aired during the Super Bowl halftime in February. Last week, he dropped the album Sophisticated Class...

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

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to the ArtBeat of Rick McKnight CSU offers free shuttle service on 15-passenger vans tonight for ArtWalk, Rick McKnight explains, however this personal tour of Uptown’s vibrant art scene comes courtesy of the open-air cart driven by Henry Carswell. A popular Uptown Ambassador (aka “the Purple People”), Carswell calmly navigates McKnight’s itinerary. The tour is a fun, frenetic, and free-wheeling...

Start Us Up

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(start us up and we’ll never stop)* Columbus is doubling down on the bet that entrepreneurship is the economic engine that will power the regional economy in the 21st century. In classic Electric City fashion, both private companies and public entities combine to form the full scope of recent local investments cultivating small-business start ups. StartUp Columbus Programs Director Ben...

Sunday Q&A: Mike Jones

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Head of Design / Aflac Co-Founder / Creative South Creative Director / Serve Studios Big and friendly  with genuine warmth, he explains that the Athens brewery commissioned the mural a replica of its Tropicalia can. Mike says he’s going to add “some flair” in homage to Monday night ping-pong league that plays on the table a few feet away. “How does one become Aflac’s Head of Design?”“That’s...

Office Space

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Who could have imagined the seismic shift in the way we live, work, and play that occurred when Steve Jobs caught lightning in a bottle with a flash of LSD-induced genius and created the iPhone? Jobs is dead but his genius lives on. Today, iPhones shape global connection and commerce. One decade after his invention hit the market, one obvious impact of Job’s personal-freedom principle has been...

Sunday Q & A: Brian Anderson, President & CEO, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce

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What’s the biggest asset we have in this region in terms of economic development? I think our secret sauce is a couple of things. Our location, 98 miles to Atlanta airport, which will take you anywhere in the world. Couple hundred miles easy drive to Port of Savannah. Our climate. I have people tell me all the time that if you live anywhere above St. Louis, you’d do anything to live in a place...

Yoyo Ferro to Paint Mural on Pop UPtown

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Yoyo Ferro paints mural at Pop UPtown this weekend. With the growing demand for accessible public art, Uptown Columbus, Inc. and Artbeat of Columbus teamed up to recruit Atlanta-based muralist, Yoyo Ferro, to paint the first facade mural in Uptown Columbus this weekend. The mural will be painted on the facade of the first pop-up shop and event space in the area, Pop UPtown, located at 1234...

Sunday Q&A: Hunter Katich

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What first attracted you to whitewater sports? I grew up canoeing with my dad [Kyle] from even before I could remember. We saw some freestyle kayakers doing it out on the Coosa in Wetumpka. It was us and a big group of people we would canoe with. Everybody said they were going to get into it. We bought kayaks on the way home but then we were the only ones that really got into it. It just stuck...

Ramble On

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Joey Allcorn wondered if he “could live a normal life” three years ago when he moved into his grandparents’ house off River Road. An alt-country troubadour seasoned well past his 38 years, Allcorn made a big splash soon after graduating from Shaw by winning a regional talent contest. He spent 15 years traversing the South form show to show, back and forth to Nashville for studio sessions. “I...

Sunday Q&A with Aimee Copeland

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Survivor’s “evolution” offers a road to resilience to Ft. Benning soldiers Wednesday afternoon Aimee Copeland was 24 years old in May 2012 when her zip-line snapped and changed her life. The Gwinnett County native severely injured her leg in the ensuing tumble into the Little Tallapoosa River. The river’s contaminated water entered through an open wound in her calf. While doctors fought to save...

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