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.

Scattershot: No Place In My Home

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“Fables of the Reconstruction / Reconstruction of the Fables,” part 2 Part 1 is here.Part 3 will finish the series in next Saturday’s Scattershot. “Maybe everyday is Saturday morning.”—Drive-By Truckers ** I started my search for a buyer with the local Chapter of Confederate Veterans.I had interviewed a couple of them for an article about how the aforementioned...

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...

Get Up, Stand Up: Photographer Sammie Saxon on Being a Black Artist Today

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Taking part in a exhibition that opens MLK Day at Vertigo’s High Room, local photographer Sammie Saxon says on how that reflects Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy: “Just the fact that a group of Black men can put on a show like this shows how much progress has been made.” HOWEVER … “The events of the past year have awakened people to the fact that our rights are...

One City, Two Rallies: Red and Blue Work to Win a Purple Peach State

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Politicians, party loyalists, and people looking just to pass a good time showed up in strong numbers for two events last Saturday. Not just any sunny Deep South winter’s day, Saturday also marked the first day for early voting in two U.S.Senate run-off contests that have cast Georgia in the national spotlight. Held just a couple of miles and a couple hours apart, one rally had nearly all...

“Citizen’s Arrest: Subpoena Powers & Police Accountability”

Tapped to be part of the commission examining the long-simmering controversy over subpoenaing Columbus Police Dept. officers, Rev. Adrian J. Chester says he has “a Biblical mandate” to take a stand. The Greater Beallwood Baptist Church pastor shares his insight into the history of the Public Safety Advisory Commission, its political shortcomings, the need for police accountability...

Sunday Q&A: Donald L. Jordan

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Real Estate Developer, Writer, Literary Philanthropist You have stated that, with the endowment that you established at Columbus State, your wish is to do for the literary arts what the university has done for visual arts and performing arts in recent years. How do you see that vision taking shape?“Actually, I was planning  to do something like this half my life, once I could afford to do it. I...

Scattershot: No Place in My Home

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“Fables of the Reconstruction / Reconstruction of the Fables,” part 1 “Maybe everyday is Saturday morning.”—Drive-By Truckers ** My first move after becoming man of the house was to take down “Hope of the Confederacy.”Daddy bought the painting — a limited-edition print, rather, of a work the National Archives commissioned artist G. Harvey to do in 1991 — when he and mama...

Sunday Q&A: Rabbi Beth Schwartz of Temple Israel

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What does International Holocaust Memorial Day every January mean to you and the congregation here at Temple Israel? “In the spring, within the Jewish world, there is an observance called Yom HaShoah, That is timed to coincide with the uprising at the Warsaw ghetto uprising. That’s mostly observed within the Jewish world, but World Holocaust Memorial Day makes everyone stop and think about their...