September is "Responsible Dog Ownership Month"
September 2012
In This Issue
New Hires, Promotions, & Retirees
How to Be A Responsible Dog Owner
100 Volunteers
Grant Awarded 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Parks and Recreation Receives NACo Award
MCP Excellent Success
CCG Annual Open Enrollment & Wellness Week
Employee Recognition Program Winners
2012 CCG Cookbook
Healthy Food Quiz
Healthy Recipe
Upcoming Events
Quick Links
Parks & Recreation Director
Receives CPRE

Columbus Parks and Recreation Director, Dr. James Worsley, has achieved the highest level of credentialing in the field of parks and recreation. The Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative and executive parks and recreation professionals. This mastery-level credential focuses on the practical knowledge and current real-world skills necessary in today's changing park and recreation environment.


Our hats are off to Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology Departments for their flawless execution of the recent payroll and pension contribution changes. The process went well and without a hitch. This was a very involved process with countless details and a very narrow timeframe to complete all operations. Special recognition to Jody Davis, Debra Sellers, Shirley Mathis, Jeff Sharpe, and Jackie Holland. This special recognition, acknowledgement and heartfelt thanks come from Mayor Tomlinson, City Manager Hugley and respective Department Directors Pam Hodge, Tom Barron and Charles Tate.


High 5--------  Kudos-------    A+ Work


Mayor Frank Martin

Memorial Tribute

F. Martin  

Frank Kieffer Martin (November 4, 1938 - August 12, 2012) was an American defense attorney and a former mayor of Columbus, Georgia. Martin was born in Columbus in 1938. He was elected as the 64th mayor in 1990. During Martin's tenure as mayor, he championed a new 1-percent sales tax that went on to fund a new civic center, public safety building, and recreational facilities. Under Martin's leadership Columbus also won a bid to host the 1996 Olympic softball competition. Martin served as mayor of Columbus from 1991 to 1994. He passed away on August 12, 2012 at the age of 73.

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

New Hires

Bull Creek Golf Course

Elizabeth Brown


Cooperative Extension

Carla Hightower


Fire Department

Philip Martinez


Inspections & Codes

Remoh Thompson



Christopher Clark


Muscogee County Prison

Lashonda Douglass-Griffin

Jamie Johnson

Taneshia Thornton-Lyles


Parks & Recreation

Johnmichea Ferstead

Mario Jones

Nahir Roman

Darlene Broadnax

Sade Griggs

Deborah Neely


Police Department

Jeffrey C Robinson

Maria Blondet

Tobias Boisvert

Cody Boyd


Public Services

Ciji Noble


Sheriff's Office

Frederick Howard

David Ryan

Brittany Simmons

John Aprill

Mary Pointer


Superior Court

Courtney Peters


Tax Commissioner

Ayonia Shipp



Aaron R Richmond

Alvin Shaw

Gary Jeffries




Sheriff's Office

Tyler Adams  

Deputy Sheriff

James E Betsill  

Deputy Sheriff

Bradford Brundage  

Sergeant BD

Jimmy Coe  

Deputy Sheriff

Glenda Hall  

Deputy Sheriff Lieutenant BD

Gilbert Johnson  

Deputy Sheriff Field Training Officer

Howard Johnson  

Sergeant BD

Susan Patrick  

Sergeant BD

James Rich  

Sergeant BD

Adrian D Santiago  

Deputy Sheriff

Rick Sparks  

Deputy Sheriff AD

David Williamson  

Deputy Sheriff




Fire Department

David Dumas


30.5 Years


David "Rickey" Weeks




Probate Court

Lucas A Pino

Deputy Clerk II/G12

12 Years


Superior Court

Bobby L Russell

Court Reporter/G21

25 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


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How to Be A Responsible Dog Owner

Here are some helpful tips on being a responsible dog owner:

  • Commit for the long haul
  • Make time for your dog
  • Provide proper identification for your dog
  • Do not be a backyard breeder
  • Keep your dog healthy
  • Train your dog

For more information other helpful tips, please log on to  


Remember: **CCG employees may adopt for FREE at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Center** ($50 charge for spay/neuter voucher applies)

 Phone 706.653.4512


100 Volunteers
Community Service Work Done in the Cemeteries

volunteers It takes commitment to become an officer. Volunteers from Unit 3-11 IN (OCS) Charlie Company have displayed this commitment. Despite required studies and other activities, they voluntarily performed community service work in the cemeteries.


Saturday, August 11, the first group worked at Riverdale uncovering and leveling markers and removing trash. Saturday, August 18, the second group devoted their efforts to Porterdale, where they also trimmed hedges and bushes. They witnessed the conditions of these cemeteries, and wanted to become involved particularly due to the military population at both: the American Legion section at Riverdale and African American WWII Veterans at Porterdale.


They have been involved in other community service projects such as work with Habitat for Humanity. The volunteers were in agreement that it was a worthwhile project. They enjoyed giving back to the community.


Grant Awarded 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Support Academic Development Through Arts and Tutoring
Grant A few months ago our department gained permission from city council to apply for the 21st "Century Community" Learning Centers Grant in collaboration with Columbus State University Empowered Youth program. We recently received notification that we were selected to receive grant funds. What does this mean for us? It means that the Parks and Recreation Department (Community Schools Division) will be able to offer more services to the community. Specifically, Downtown, Dawson, Hannan, Lonnie Jackson, and St. Mary's Elementary Schools will yield the benefits of this grant. The department will receive $97,740 per year for a total of 5 years. The scope of the grant focuses on academic development through the Arts and Tutoring. This is extraordinary news for our department and we are excited about the children that will benefit from this grant, and we look forward to our partnership with Columbus State University Empowered Youth Program. 


Parks and Recreation Receives NACo Award
Empty Bowl and Princess within Programs
Mr. Travis Landrum went to Pittsburg, PA to accept awards and recognition from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for the Empty Bowl and Princess Within programs on behalf of the Parks and Recreation Department.  Mr. Landrum attended an awards luncheon on July 15th for both programs and a special dinner on July 16th for the Empty Bowl.  The Empty Bowl program received a beautiful plaque as recognition for the top Arts and Culture program by NACo.  



MCP Excellent Success
Muscogee County Prison supports Forrest Road Elementary School

Back To School with Book Bags for 2012-2013

This community service project was a great success. Our goal was twenty (20) book bags for students assigned first through fifth grades. I'm proud to say we reached our goal plus seven book bags more. We raised $256, and the Muscogee County Prison employees purchased pencils, erasers, glue, book bags and other essentials to enhance the students' growth & development as education is the cornerstone for life rewards. The First Shift First Key at Muscogee County Prison thanks everyone for their hard work and monetary donations. Without your help this community project would not have been a success.


CCG Annual Open Enrollment & Wellness Week
Need to Make Changes to Your Health Insurance?


Open Enrollment CCG Annual Open Enrollment

October 1-31, 2012

*No Open Enrollment sessions will be scheduled the week of October 15-19, 2012.


CCG Open Enrollment is an opportunity for covered employees to make changes to their health insurance coverage. Benefit Enrollment Counselors will be available at various work locations throughout the city.

CCG Wellness Week

October 15-19, 2012

Activities will be announced soon!!


CCG Supplemental Benefits Fair & Health Fair

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trade Center-North Hall


City Government Employees only.  

Employee Recognition Program Winners
2nd Quarter 2012 Winners

These employees have shown dedication and a commitment to excellence in supporting the City's mission. Please join Columbus City Council, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, and City Manager Isaiah Hugley in congratulating these employees.

  Awards picture

2012 CCG Cookbook
Participate to Win a Gift Basket 

Cookbook The Cookbook Committee is collecting recipes for a new CCG cookbook. Please submit your favorite recipe or ones that have been passed down in your family for generations. You may add a brief history of the recipe, but please make it teaspoon size.


The deadline for submitting your recipe is Wednesday, September 15. The cookbook will be ready for print in October and will go on sale before Thanksgiving. As with the last cookbook, all proceeds will go to CCG employee events/activities.


Please send recipes via interoffice or email to:

Norma Ausburn - Engineering Department or

Call for more information: 706-225-3966.


On September 20, 2012the CCG Cookbook Committee will hold a drawing for a gift basket valued at approximately $50.00. This drawing is for employees who have submitted a recipe(s). To be included in this drawing, you must submit a recipe by September 15th. The gift basket will contain awesome cooking related items. 
Healthy Food Quiz
Test your Diet IQ and Enter in for a Chance to Win a Prize

Test your Diet IQ and Enter in for a Chance to Win a Prize. All questions have to be correct to be eligible for the drawing. Please send answers to by September 15, 2012.   
CCG Employees Only


Test 1. Which is an excellent super-food for pregnant women?

 a. Sweet potatoes; b. Red Potatoes


2. Antioxidants are substances that:  

    a. Reduce damage caused by oxygen; b. are obtained from diets rich in fruits and vegetables; c. Are a great way to boost the immune    


3. Which can be considered a super-drink?  

     a. Green tea; b. Orange pekoe tea; c. Black tea, d: A and C only


4. Super-foods for the bones include:  

     a. Vitamin D; b. Calcium; c. Vitamin D & Vitamin C; d. None of the previous


5. Which can lower blood pressure:  

     a. Dark chocolate or b. Milk chocolate


Winner of August's 2012 Health Foods Quiz- Michael Daniel, Inspection & Codes Department / Printing Division. 

Answers the August 2012 Healthy Foods Quiz- 1. A; 2. D; 3. B; 4. B; 5. A

Healthy Recipe

Lite Chicken Paprikash


Lite Chicken Parprikash
Lite Chicken Parprikash

2 tsp canola oil

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

1 tbsp paprika

¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

4 chicken breasts, skinned & deboned

½ cup chicken broth, fat-free, low-sodium

1 8-oz can tomato sauce, no salt

1/3 cup sour cream, reduced fat


In a large skillet over medium high heat, sauté onion until softened. Sprinkle paprika (use Hungarian, if you can find it) and cayenne over onion and stir. Add chicken and cook 5 minutes each side, until no longer pink. Add chicken broth and tomato sauce. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in sour cream and cook for two minutes more. Serve over noodles or rice. Serves 4.

PER SERVING: 227 calories; 6.8g fat; 90mg cholesterol; 113mg sodium, 7.1g carbohydrates.

Upcoming Community Events
September 2012   

Columbus Animal Care & Control Adoption Event

September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Uptown Columbus on Broadway in front of Ride on Bikes

Each Saturday in the month of September the Columbus Animal Care & Control Center will have an adoption event in front of Ride on Bikes to bring adoptable animals into the community in hopes of finding them forever homes.

For more information, please contact Sally Gowin 706-225-4666.


Salsa Extravaganza at the Columbus Ice Rink Salsa

September 1 - 9:00 pm

Columbus Civic Center

Come to the Columbus Ice Rink for Salsa Extravaganza featuring Rafi Santana, Atlanta Showband, and a tribute to Hector Lavoe!

For more information, call 1-800-745-3000.


Korean Folk Art

September 3, 10, 17, and 24 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Northside Recreation Center

Classes will be held every Monday in September at the Northside Recreation Center. Haeng Ja Kim will be the instructor and all classes are free to the public.

For more information, please contact Haeng Ja Kim at 706-888-6373 or


Music Festival Timeless Music Festival

September 7 - 7:30 pm

Civic Center

Finally-all your favorite groups performing those Classic songs from a time when music was Real music!! What more can we say...Everyone Is Coming!! Glenn Jones, The Barkays, A Taste of Honey, Sugarfoots Ohio Players, The Dazz Band, Yarbrough and People Slave, and ConFunkShun

For more information, call 1-800-745-3000.







Beginner West Coast Swing Dance

September 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 12

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Northside Recreation Center

Beginner West Coast Swing Dane Class will be held every Friday for six weeks at the Northside Recreation Center. Beth Badger will be the dance instructor and all classes are free to the public.

For more information, please contact Beth Badger at 706-610-4482 or


Madea Tyler Perry's Madea Gets a Job

September 20 - 7:30 pm

Columbus Civic Center

Tyler Perry is known for the outrageous escapades of his Madea character... Madea has had "One Big Happy Family," Madea has "Gone to Jail" and now the sassy grandma is getting a job! Don't miss your chance to see Madea and her latest slapstick adventure at the Columbus Civic Center.

For more information, call 1-800-745-3000.


  RascalRascal Flats

September 27 - 7:00 pm

Columbus Civic Center

Rascal Flatts will be performing at the Columbus Civic Center on Thursday, September 27th for one night only! Special guests will be Little Big Town and Eli Young Band.

For more information, call 1-800-745-3000.






Fall Into Gardening

Are you new to gardening and unsure where to begin? Don't worry too much; unbeknownst to many people starting an ornamental or vegetable garden in not as difficult as it seems. You only need to follow a few simple guidelines in order to become successful with your gardening efforts! Sponsored by Cooperative Extension.

Cost: $40 for entire series

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Columbus Botanical Gardens on Weems Road

Registration is required. Hurry sessions fill up quickly!!

September 6    Grass 101

September 13 Veggies 101

September 20  Bugs 101

September 27  Flowers 101

For more information, please contact 706-327-8400

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