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COLUMBUS, GA NAMED TOP 10 PLACES TO RETIRE IN THE U.S.

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Livability.com named Columbus, Georgia as one of the 10 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. in its “2018 – 10 Best Places to Retire” rankings. According to Livability.com, each of these 10 cities offers access to affordable and quality healthcare, an accessible cost of living, retiree-friendly businesses and services, as well as amenities to keep residents active and engaged. See...

Youth Movement Looks to Connect Columbus via Interstate 14

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“We don’t like to dwell on the past,” Frank Lumpkin IV answers when asked why Columbus isn’t connected to I-85. “It was definitely a mistake,” the 20-year-old Columbus native, University of Georgia student and president of the Youth Infrastructure Coalition (YIC) continues during a recent interview at Iron Bank Coffee. “Some of our leaders didn’t want labor unions coming to Columbus and made sure...

Fertile Soil? Columbus’ Entrepreneurial Eco-System

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Hosting her next-to-last “Let’s Talk” community-conversation series inside the Springer Opera House in March, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson was asked by a South Columbus resident what the city was going to do to bring back the banks and retailers where the elderly woman had long deposited and spent her money. Though blunt in stating such big-box operations won’t be coming back—not to South Columbus, not...

Living Like You Love the Planet

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The traveling Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming to Columbus, Georgia this weekend! Their mission is to encourage viewers to get outside, connect with nature, and above all, to leave Earth better than we found it. There will be a screening of the hit documentary, Straws, narrated by actor Tim Robbins, which details how plastics are one of the biggest threats to our planet right now. Thanks...

All Systems Go: The Launch of SlumberPod

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Columbus entrepreneur Lou Childs discusses the launch of SlumberPod—“a patent-pending, portable privacy pod to help babies/toddlers to get a good night’s sleep”—at StartUp  Columbus, a sleek office space in the 1000 block of Broadway that recently opened to serve as an incubator for local start-ups. ECL: You obviously crushed it on the digital launch platform with Kickstarter. [SlumperPod raised...

Unbroken Circle

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A surprising-to-some dash of ethnic and cultural diversity has quietly thrived for decades in Columbus thanks in large part to the cross-pollinating predilections of global commerce and globe-trotting Army soldiers.  Established to cater to international visitors coming to Columbus as host site for the softball competition pf the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, CIRCLE (the Commission for International...

The Magic of Plant Medicine

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*Written by Olivia Hight Does anyone remember the movie Simply Irresistible with Sarah Michelle Gellar? It was a favorite of mine back in 1999. The premise is that Gellar’s character is a chef and her customers experience every emotion she has while making the food. She cries while she makes the appetizer—the customers cry while they eat the appetizer. She laughs while preparing the dessert—the...

Art with a View

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Swinging open the doors from the fourth-floor conference room at Troy University-Phenix City Campus onto its expansive adjacent balcony, Vice Chancellor Dr. David White presents what is perhaps the best view of the Columbus riverfront. Instead of the bird’s-eye perspective on gleaming whitewater and impressive edifices for both home and office, however, White points toward an undeveloped lot that...

Let It Flow

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Supreme Court decision “a step in the right direction” for Columbus and the Chattahoochee River By Frank Etheridge | Photo of henry jackson Asked for response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week in the decades-long “water wars” between Georgia and Florida, Henry Jackson tried to keep it short. However, the Chattahoochee River Conservancy Executive Director writes in an email, “It’s...

A Modern Love Story

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A MODERN LOVE STORY Nearly 50 years ago a love story began between two teenagers at Baker High School. The military took the two Army Brats, Val Webb And Sherry Jackson, around the world and brought them together at Fort Benning, Georgia, where their fathers were stationed as Colonels. Val was an honor student, Sherry was Student Council Secretary; Val was the captain of the wrestling team...

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