AuthorFrank Etheridge

Native son and veteran journalist Frank Etheridge is Editor of Electric City Life, a digital-media outlet documenting the news and culture of Columbus, Georgia.

Sunday Q&A: Olivia Amos, Director of The Food Mill

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How would you describe the concept of Food Is Medicine? “It should be our first line of defense. What we put into our bodies is so important as far as nutrition and nourishment. The concept of Food Is Medicine is around that — just putting the right things, like fresh fruits and vegetables, into your body. Nothing that’s processed, no GMOs, so there’s no  chemicals — things that are not good for...

Get on the Bus

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“There’s something about driving a bus that’s very empowering, very freeing,” says Candice Crooke, owner of mobile boutique Fountain City Mystic. “It’s really cool to be able to incorporate that feeling , that vine, into your business.”Watch and learn how Candice parlayed her family tradition of vintage-clothing retail, frustration with working in corporate fashion, a quarter-life crisis, and a...

Sunday Q&A: Ed Wolverton, CEO of Uptown, Inc.

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What are the odds that a part of Uptown will be designated by the city as an ‘entertainment’ zone and allows open-containers of alcoholic beverages?“That was something that was being actively investigated prior to COVID.Obviously, discussion got derailed. Once restrictions are lifted, we’ll examine the opportunity to carry beverages from one place to the next. There are communities that have done...

Scattershot: Low-Blow Screenshots

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Social-Media Algorithms Strike Again Dang it, y’all. Despite recent upgrades in my personal life, the Almighty Social-Media Algorithm still thinks I got a drug problem. The Omniscient One continues to market me as a lonesome, lone wolf on the prowl for love. “Maybe everyday is Saturday morning.”—Drive-By Truckers** Both of which I understand, given my history. But all this mess...

Sunday Q&A: Julian Singer

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Executive Director, Historic Westville Was moving Westville from Stewart County to Columbus the right decision?“I think it was the right decision. I do. Although it was a very difficult decision, I certainly was not involved in that process  at that time. As a native of Stewart County, I have complicated feelings about it, due to the development of Westville in Lumpkin and the amount of time...

The Music Maker

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Local musician — as well as producer, audio engineer and educator — Jesse Shelby talks about the inspiration he finds by continuing family traditions, playing with personal heroes, and finding hidden gems in the Chattahoochee Valley’s deep pool of talent.#columbusga

Sunday Q&A: Paul Pierce

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Part 2 with the Producing Artistic Director of the Springer Opera House Read Part 1 here. How would you describe your response, and the response of your staff, to COVID? “It has not been easy.  Fortunately, I have a staff of very smart, very innovative people.Just like everyone at the beginning, we didn’t know how long this was going to last. The idea was: Everybody was going to go home for...

Sunday Q&A: Paul Pierce

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Part 1 of 2 with the Producing Artistic Director of the Springer Opera House What qualities make for a great theater?“Of course, there is the excellence of the work itself.But one of the things I’ve learned over my career is authenticity in terms of leadership and direction of the organization, but also of service. It’s relatively easy, once you know how to do it, to do great plays and put great...

Gratitude is the Attitude

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This year for Thanksgiving, we at Electric City Life are grateful for the vibrant blossom of public-art projects that have cast our city in a new light. We’re thankful for all the visionary civic leaders, business owners, artists, art patrons and art lovers who together have applied this primer coat on the transformation of Columbus, Georgia.And local artist Ralph Frank? He’s thankful...