March is National Poetry Month!
April 2012
In This Issue
Parks & Recreation Newest CPRP
Never the Same Poem
New Hires,Promotions and Retirees
Georgia Cities Week
Municipal Court's Service Marathon
Rising Stars
Stadium to the Sea
Watch out for that Pollen
Healthy Recipe
Upcoming Events
Quick Links
Parks & Recreation Newest CPRP
Travis Landrum 

Congratulations to Assistant Director Travis Landrum for achieving The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification. The CPRP certification is only granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services profession who meet high standards of performance. Achieving the CPRP certification provides proof of Travis' ability to meet or exceed national standards and a new level of commitment to the parks and recreation field. The National Certification Board governs the National Recreation and Park Association certification program. NRPA's Certified Park and Recreation Professional certification is one of the most sought-after certifications in the park and recreation profession. Travis is now one of three Certified Park and Recreation Professionals in the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. Kudos!!!


Never the Same Poem

No two mornings are ever the same

I have the best laid plans and am mentally prepared to tackle each in a systematic, organized and tenacious manner.

And then, somewhere from nowhere, I cannot explain

Something human beckons my call

I cannot let go of it, I do not have a choice, I must concede to do it and even become a part of it.

Although I know now, I cannot go back to my best laid plan and be mentally prepared to tackle each in a systematic, organized and tenacious manner.

Something has changed. My internal operating mechanisms have been re-directed.

Without my knowledge or my permission

Yet I yield to it, I give in because I know my path has been forever changed.


By Reather D. Hollowell


Welcome and Congrats to Our New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
February 2012

New Hires
Elections & Registration

Willie L Jones

Savannah T Dent

Cheryl B Raines



Jokisha M George

David Knapp

Horace Watts


Probate Judge

Mary E Boyle


Parks & Recreation

Jennifer D Edwards

Veronica K Lisane

Cody S McCarson

Portia S Norris

Richard A Rodgers

Ebonee E Scott

Rachel Ferstead

Jeffrey A Stansell

Emilie R Willis

Jason A Mann

Katina Reeves

Dustin E Rivera

Daren Whittaker


Police Department

Adam M Cook

Corey L Foy

Joshua R Bailey

Judson R Kelly


Public Services

Shalonnica K Arrington


Sheriff's Office

Kendall W Barbour

Willie M Brown

Shawn A Crane

Daniel A Haden

Joshua A Smith

Kimberly A Webb

Edward D Ball

Ava Todd

Laverne M Warren



Luquan Bowens


Clerk of Superior Court

Jalisa Hayes Deputy Clerk II


Parks & Recreations

Cathy M Dean Custodian


Police Department

Amelia C Allen
Emergency Commo. Tech II

Ashley Sort
Emergency Commo. Tech II


Public Services

Nicholas S Bell
Equipment Operator III


Tax Assessor's Office

Larry Wesley
Appraiser II Real Property

Inspections & Code Enforcement

William "Bill" Duck


33 Years


Newsletter Archives
Check out our archive section for previous editions here


Newsletter Staff

Vickie Armstrong

Norma Ausburn

Sherry Garcia

Jackie Goodwin 

Reather Hollowell

Rosana Juestel

Donnie Kent

Jenni McDonald

Sheila Risper

Jenny Teague

Sofia White


Suggestion Box
How Can We Improve City Government.
Send your suggestions

Join Our Mailing List
Georgia Cities Week

April 22-28, 2012

During the week of April 22-28, the City of Columbus will join other cities acrossGeorgia Cities

Georgia in celebrating Georgia Cities Week. This week has been set aside to recognize the many services city governments provide and their contribution to a better quality of life in Georgia. Our theme, "The Magic of Cities" highlights the transformational quality of cities in providing services to individuals and businesses that help each attain their individual goals.


City government is truly government of, by and for the people - the people who are making the decisions about our community are your neighbors, business owners and community leaders. City government is administered for and by its citizens and is dependent upon public commitment to carry out its responsibilities.


During this week, we want to recognize the role city government plays in our lives: from historic preservation to trash collection to public safety to promoting the area's culture and recreation. We hope you will join us in this celebration and learn more about your city and how it operates for you.





Municipal Court's Service Marathon

Municipal Court continuously strives to provide better

Municipal Court
Municipal Court's Website

service. Their many responsibilities include jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases that don't exceed $15,000, recordkeeping of all monies and costs to litigants, processing of warrants issued by the Marshal's and Sheriff's Offices, GBI, GA State Patrol, Parks and Recreation, Fish and Game and Railroad including CSU, and signing of warrants for the police department on a 24 hour basis, including weekends and holidays.  


The need for longer hours of operation were addressed to better serve the citizens in October 2009 by extending the office hours of the Clerk of Municipal Court, Monday-Friday from 8:15am until 5:15pm. Prior to that time, the office was open to the public from 9:00am until 5:00pm. On July 11, 2011 the hours were again extended to 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.


Internet Services recently introduced allow for the filing of civil documents from home or office, using the Ncourt Internet system. This has allowed citizens and businesses to reduce the time and cost of going to the office to prepare and file their documents. The Ncourt system can be viewed at


Currently, more ways to better serve the citizens are underway: a user friendly web site that will explain the procedures for all filings and offer forms that can be prepared online and downloaded, mailed, or if required taken to the office of the Clerk of Municipal Court.


Rising Stars

The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office would like to honor children in our community who distinguish themselves by their exemplary behavior. We need your help. If you know a child whose accomplishment, attitude, or outstanding effort makes them a positive role model for their peers, please complete this form and return it to the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office. Spring Nominations are due by May 2, 2012. The ceremony will be June 1, 2012.

After the nominations are sent in, one will be picked to represent elementary, middle, and high school. Anyone may nominate a child.

Rising Stars Website 

Stadium to the Sea
Running a marathon was the most difficult and rewarding thing I've ever done. I wanted to do one all my life and decided I'd do it when I turn 30. I spent close to half a year training with the Jeff Galloway program through Big Dog Running Company and raising money to fund my trip out to my home town of Los Angeles where I ran 26.2 miles with 23,000 runners. Despite a sinus and respiratory infection, threats of rain, and a repeat plantar fasciitis injury 13 miles in, I still gave it my all and completed the race before the cut off time and got my medal. It was wonderful to run past places I remembered going to growing up. Of the 23,000 runners registered, only a little more than 18,000 finished. The route was called Stadium to the Sea as it started at the Los Angeles Dodger Stadium and traveled through varioius cultural districts of Los Angeles, recreational districts like Hollywood Blvd, the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, and spent the last 1.2 miles along the beach ending at the Santa Monica Pier. It was definitely worth all the hard work physically and mentally and I look forward to going back in 5 years to beat my time and hopefully bring my husband along for company.
Jenny Teague, IT Department
Watch out for that Pollen... Tree...Plant!

Mild winters can cause trees to pollinate earlier and bring on an early start toPollen the allergy season. Mild and warm weather that continues in the spring can also increase pollen counts. That appears to be happening in Columbus this year. Rain helps clear pollen out of the air but if it is very dry pollen tends to stay in circulation--especially during severe drought conditions. During these droughts, some plants become stressed and produce more pollen in order to perpetuate themselves. Tree pollen can be one of the worst causes for allergies. In the South, trees start releasing pollen as early as January. They produce light, dry pollen that can be carried by the wind for miles. Common examples of these trees are elm, sycamore, hickory, walnut and pecan.


A few tips to help with pollen allergies are: drive with your windows up; leave your shoes outside after walking on grass; shower or bathe at night to remove any traces of pollen; keep your grass cut short (be sure to wear a mask when mowing); check your local pollen count on days when you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors; take a non-drowsy antihistamine, drink plenty of water and avoid foods/drinks heavy with sugar.



Healthy Recipe
Tarragon Chicken Salad 
Tarragon Chicken Salad

2 lbs chicken breast

1 cup low-salt chicken broth

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup reduced fat sour cream

1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise

1 1/2 cups celery, chopped

1 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced

salt, pepper, tarragon

Preheat oven to 450°. Arrange chicken in single layer in glass baking dish. Pour broth over chicken and bake until done. When cool, chop into cubes.   Toast walnuts until lightly golden then let cool. In large bowl mix together 1 tbsp dried tarragon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, sour cream and mayonnaise. Then, add the chopped celery, grapes, chicken and walnuts.   Chill 1 hour. Serve over mixed greens or on whole grain bread. Per serving: 219 calories, 1g fat, 10g carbs, 372mg sodium. 


Upcoming Community Events


Spring Fling
April 1
- 1:00 -10:00 pm This year's Spring Fling features an exciting carnival with spectacular rides for adults and children.

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit


Motorcycle Poker Run

April 7

Registration 9:30 am

Help send a local athletes to the games. All proceeds go to benefit Georgia Special Olympics. Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson off of Williams Road

For more information, please call 706-653-3173 or 706-324-4294 or visit

Sponsored by the Columbus Police Department


8th Annual City Wide Easter Egg Hunt

April 7 - Noon - 2:00 pm

Over 2,000 eggs!! FREE candy, prizes, and food for the kids.

South Commons (Softball Fields)

For more information, please contact 706-653-4483

Sponsored by Columbus Parks & Recreation, the Fourth Masonic District and Clear Channel Media & Entertainment


Mike Epps I'm Still Standing Tour

April 13 - 8:00 pm
One of the top comics in the biz for over a decade, Mike Epps is back on tour with a new show with new laughs - I'm Still Standing Tour. Hot off the set of his new feature film "Sparkle" with Whitney Houston, Epps is ready to show fans, once again, why he remains one of the only Hollywood funnymen with the ability to make 'em laugh live on stage.  

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit


Columbus Lions Arena Football Game

vs. Louisiana Swashbucklers

April 14 - 7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit


Bass Tournament

April 21  

Safe light - 3:00 pm

Benefit Tournament for Charity & Events

Lake Harding

For more information, please contact Neil Grant at 706-888-0122, Shawn Riley at 706-225-3347, or Bill Jessee at 706-225-3339

Sponsored by the Musocgee County Sheriff's Office


Disney on Ice presents Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey

April 26-29 - 7:00 pm  Make imagination your destination! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a journey into the magical worlds of Disney's The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Peter Pan, and Lilo & Stitch. You'll be captivated by the music, beauty and laughter in a journey so magical, you'll never want to go home.

Columbus Civic Center

For more information, call 706-653-4482 or visit


Protect Local Waterways

April 28 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Come join us in the pharmaceutical collection event of prescription, over-the-counter and veterinary medications.

Columbus Public Library & Wal-Mart Parking Lot on Airport Thruway

For more information, please contact 706-649-3410

Sponsored by the Muscogee Sheriff's Office, Columbus Water Works, Keep Columbus Beautiful and the Columbus Public Library


Truck & Car Show

April 28

Registration: 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Car Show: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

This is charity event that will benefit Georgia Special Olympics.

Uptown Columbus on Bay Avenue at 10th Street

For more information, please call 706-3173

Sponsored by the Columbus Police Department


| 100 10th Street | Columbus | Georgia | 31901