AuthorFrank Etheridge

Editor of Electric City Life, a nonprofit news and culture outlet created as a positive, progressive outlet for citizens of Columbus, Georgia, and surrounding communities.

Sunday Q&A: Chef Morten Wulff

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How did you end up in Columbus, Georgia? “Ran out of gas. [laughs] No, I came here in 1992; Peter Lambert was the general manager of the [Chattahoochee] River Club,  and he brought me here. I had worked with him in Palm Beach, Florida. I was back in Copenhagen when he called me and asked me if I wanted to work at the River Club. That’s how I ended up in Columbus.  I was about trying to...

“Tremendously Brave”

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Local film-industry executive wins $1.2 million gender-discrimination lawsuit against Carmike Cinemas in landmark legal ruling. A jury in U.S. District Court in Columbus on Wednesday awarded a former Carmike Cinemas employee a statement-making victory in her Title VII wage-discrimination claim against the company where she worked for 18 years. Columbus resident and Fall Line Entertainment founder...

Sunday Q&A: John Greenman

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President & Publisher, Ledger-Enquirer, 1995-2004; Professor and Carter Chair in Journalism emeritus, Henry Grady School, University of Georgia Greenman presents “How to Survive as a Writer in the 21st Century” Masters Class at Columbus Writers Guild Conference on Saturday, Sept. 21 How does a writer survive in the 21st century? “The point I’m going to make, which is on the...

Sunday Q&A: Rachael Nicole White

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Better known as Smiley: Co-founder of SPARK Art—the creative force behind Columbus, Georgia Rocks sensation and Phenix City ArtPark New public park celebrates Grand Opening Saturday, Sept. 14 Why did Columbus, Georgia Rocks become such a fun phenomenon?  “I feel like it became such a big success because it let everyone, whether they are artistic or not, get involved. It was more about...

Sunday Q&A: David Houser

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Team River Runner, Ft. Benning / Warrior on the Water What is Team River Runner?  “Team River Runner is a national 501c3 nonprofit. The goal is to get military veterans and their families out on the water as cheap as possible, if not for free. To promote healing and fellowship with fellow veterans. A lot of the veterans are coming back and wanting something with the adrenaline similar to...

Walking the Walk

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Community Steps Up & Together to End Alzheimer’s  “I think that, presently, almost everyone has a tie to the disease, either by losing a loved one, or as a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s.” Autumn Amos, Development Director for Alzheimer’s Assoc.: Georgia Chapter, said that to ECL in June to explain the personal relationships at the core of the community’s fight to cure this...

Sunday Q&A: Mat Swift

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Retired President & CEO, W..C. Bradley Co. Real Estate; Pioneer of Uptown’s Urban Renewal Looking around us, is the Columbus riverfront today living proof of that old city slogan—’What Progress Has Preserved’? “Yeah, I think so.The re-adaptive use of these old mills just south of here set the stage for the modern style here at the Rapids, which also incorporates aspects of the textile...

Q&A: Mike Bunn, Historian and Author

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How did you choose the years to examine in your new book, Early Alabama: An Illustrated Guide to the Formative Years, 1798–1826? “Prior to statehood, the Mississippi Territory grew to eventually divide both Mississippi, which became a state in 1817, and Alabama, which became one a couple of years later in 1819.  Both states trace their origins to the original formation of the Mississippi...

Sunday Q&A: Karen Ouzts Proprietor, Heritage Art Center

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How did you come up with the name, Heritage Art Center?  “I wanted to pay tribute to my dad, Roger Williamson, who passed away. He always wanted to pursue art but he worked in the mills all his life, putting in lots of hours first at Fieldcrest and then the majority of his career at Swift. My dad loved woodworking. He made incredible furniture; he did phenomenal cabinetry. He always...

Caught Up: The Harlem Renaissance Visits the Horror of Jim Crow Jails

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by Natalia N. Temesgen One summer nearly a century ago, Columbus, Georgia hosted two literary giants for a brief time as they road-tripped through the state. Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, arguably the most significant writers of the Harlem Renaissance, came into Columbus on August 15, 1927 after a week in Tuskegee, Alabama, chugging along in Hurston’s old Nash coupe. Hughes, prolific...