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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...

Sunday Q & A

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with Demetri Lopez University lecturer, logistics consultant for activism worldwide & “conscious lifestyle” entrepreneur How did Roots & Wings come to be? “I’ve dreamt of Roots & Wings and had it as a vision for probably 20 years. I left Phenix City in 1997 when I graduated high school and went to the Middle East to have a gap year that turned into a gap few years. This started my...

Breakfast of Champions

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Emotions ran high early this morning at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center during the 34th annual Black History Month Observance Breakfast. After previously announced recipients of the Emerging Leader (Lauren Chambers) and Unsung Hero (Ronzell Buckner, proprietor of Skipper’s Seafood and creator of a Civil Rights history trail in Carver Heights), the top-secret 2019 Legacy of Leadership...

Sunday Q&A: Mayor Skip Henderson

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Sworn in Jan. 7 to serve as the 70th mayor of Columbus, Georgia, Mayor B.H. “Skip” Henderson III sat down with with Electric City Life recently to share his thoughts on the best path forward for the Government Center, crime in the community as a problem of perception and reality, and how to stem the brain drain’s outgoing flow. What is the biggest challenge facing Columbus, Georgia right now? It...

Youth Movement

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“The kids decided they weren’t going to put up with it anymore.” Ibrahim Mumin (left) with Chattahoochee Valley Libraries Director Alan Harkness. “How happy I was to come here and not have a seat!” Ibrahim Mumin exclaimed to an overflow audience at Mildred Terry Library in the Liberty District last night. Special guest for the free community event featuring Wayne Wiegard, author...

Arts on Parade

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Morning fog had lifted from Georgia’s gold-domed state capitol yesterday by the time Cameron Bean addressed at its front steps the group he assembled on behalf of the Columbus Cultural Arts Alliance. “Our trip here has a three-fold purpose, Bean, executive director of development at CSU, said of Arts Day activities: “Big” check presentation in the rotundaLunch & Learn tourism industry meet...

Role of a Lifetime

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Big Daddy’s plantation comes to Paul Pierce’s farm “I can really relate to Big Daddy,” Paul Pierce says of the first leading role to lure him back on the Springer Opera House in decades. Sitting in the Springer’s lobby Tuesday afternoon, he then explains the parallel he discovered between Big Daddy, the central character in Tennessee Williams’ superb Southern Gothic dark comedy Cat on a Hot Tin...

New Year, New Leader, New Vision

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Sunday Q & A with Stefan Bloodworth Executive Director, Columbus Botanical Garden What led you to a life working in gardens?“It really started for me with being fixated on ecology, natural history and conservation in high school. I took a detour: Got an English degree—writing is another passion. To pay the bills I started a landscaping and design contracting business. That grew into the...

Old Times Not Forgotten

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Columbus historical attractions& America’s cultural reckoning There used to be a joke told around here that went something like this: “Westville: Where It’s Always 1850. And Columbus—where it’s still 1950. Today, that joke no longer applies. For one, Historic Westville, an antebellum living-history attraction in Stewart County for 90 years, has moved to Columbus and since dropped that...

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