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The Voice Of The Community: Inspirational-Informative-Empowering

Vol. 13 Edition 3 Free Thursday February 1, 2018

Madame Clerk Please Accept Our Apologies

In Our Recent Listing Of The 60 Most Influential Blacks We Inadvertantly Left Off Our Superior Court Clerk Ann Hardman

Greg Davis Inducted Into GAB Hall Of Fame

President of DBI, Inc. Recognized For Excellence In Industry Page 6

Know Your Rights About Your Next Traffic Citation

Pay Your Bond Just By Presenting Your Valid Drivers License Page 9

Hey Frank Where Are You Guys Going? What About Our Deal?

What Are You Talking Ab o ut? I Ke pt M y Promise! You Wanted To Be Chairman And I Needed Help Getting Rid Of Pat Hugley Green. As Far As I’m Concerned We Both Got What We Wanted. Our Deal Is Done! We’re Outta Here!

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THURSDAY February 1, 2018

To Give Or Not To Give? That Is The Question According to the street committee this question has surfaced many times over the years. The street committee also recognizes that there is no question that the United Way has impacted hundreds and thousands of lives in our community over the years. As their website reminds us they have been funding local nonprofit agencies for nearly 70 years.

Try as they might however many of the nonprofit agencies that directly effect our community such as the Community Center and The Urban League often fail to meet their requirements. Unfortunately many of our organizations are faced with the dilemma of “the cart before the horse”. Often in order to

The Street Committee

receive funding agencies must be able to demonstrate a certain organizational structure and a means to maintaining financial stability.

The problem is most of the agencies we rely on have never been able to afford to hire the type of leadership necessary to do so. Like we’ve always done we make do with what we have and by the grace of God we continue to survive. The street committee is not advocating that you stop giving to the United Way but if you have a personal place in your heart for our organizations you might want to consider giving your dollars directly to our organizations.

This is a special request on behalf of the Community Center who recently received word they will not receive any funds from the United Way this year.

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It’s One Thing To Say What You Will Do... see that final nail driven into the coffin that contains the “Negro,” the “Sellout,” the “Traitor.” they are often labeled the same by the ignorant and uninformed, but that doesn’t deter them.

Many of the “talkers” have no problem cheering the actual “walkers” on from a distant sideline or slapping them on the back telling them, “Keep on doing what you’re doing”, but they only do it when they are in private. In fact many of the “talklers” secretly deny the “walkers” and or talk against them in their daily professional circles and corporate environments. And don’t even think about asking them for their financial support. Why is it when those of us who have “arrived” if you will, in corporate America and have the opportunity to hire Black people or at a minimum speak up for other Black employees or Black clients of their company, we feel, instead, compelled to go out of our way not to do so? In most instances we emphasize any and all other races and de-emphasize our own. Are we so constrained by our own fear of appearing “too Black” that even when we are in a position to speak or act strictly on behalf of Black people we feel obligated to include everyone else?

Social media, especially Facebook, has made it real easy for so called “conscious brothers and sisters” to give lip service to Black consciousness. A lot of us will “talk the talk” on facebook and other social

media sites, but when it comes time to “walk the walk” very few of us will show up. It’s not easy being unapologetic and unwavering in your resolve, willing to stand up, speak out, and sacrifice your own resources for

the betterment of Black folks. Those who “talk the talk” and “walk the walk” don’t cower in fear of white opinion or get nervous at the thought of their actions being disapproved by Black people. As they work to

I don’t know why we as Blacks are afraid of anything in this country after what our people have sacrificed and gone through to help us reach the heights we have achieved.

It is irresponsible, it is shameful, it is insulting and it is embarrassing to all Black people, no matter what level you are on,


to mistreat one another the way we do. The work that needs to be done will never be completed as long as there are those who are unwilling to do the work and do not support those that do.

We tend to forget that if it were not for individuals in our pastwho were; unapologetic and unwavering in their resolve, willing to stand up, speak out, and sacrifice their own resources for the betterment of Black folks. We would not be as far along as we are today.

Let me leave you with this story: “An old man, going a lone highway, Came, at the evening, cold and gray, To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim; the sullen stream had no fears for him; but he turned, when safe on the other side, and built a bridge to span the tide. "Old man," said a fellow pilgrim, near, "You are wasting strength with building here; Your journey will end with the ending day; You never again must pass this way; You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide-Why build you a bridge at the eventide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head: "Good friend, in the path I have come," he said, "There followeth after me today, A youth, whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been naught to me, to that fairhaired youth may a pitfall be. He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building the bridge for him." So are you going to talk about it or be about it?

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First African Baptist Church 901 5th Avenue

Columbus, Georgia

Sunday Worship Sunday School 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship 11A.M. Transportation Provided

Call 706-323-3367

Sr. Pastor Roderick Green

St. James Missionary Baptist Church

“Put God First”

5214 St. James Street Columbus, Georgia

Church 706.687.6420 Residence 706.563.3256 Cell 706.315.5749 Dr. Ralph W. Huling Senior Pastor

Metropolitan Baptist Church 1635 5th Avenue . Columbus, Georgia


Pastor Curtis Crocker, Jr.

Service Sunday School 9:30 A.M Monday Night Tuesday Bible Study

Schedule Sunday Worship 11:00 A.M Prayer 6:00 P.M 12:00 P.M & 5:30 P.M

Mission Statement A growing church for growing Christians attempting to grow the Kingdom, one soul at a time.

Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church Corner of 3rd Avenue and 5th Street Rev. Dr. J.H. Flakes Jr. Way Columbus, Georgia 31901 706.324.2055 Rev. J.H. Flakes, III -Pastor Rev. Dr. J.H. Flakes, Jr. - Pastor Emeritus


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So Let’s See What We Can Predict Will Happen Next votes wins. That’s the democracy at its best. No harm, no foul. The problem I have, and it appears I’m not alone, is how she did it. It’s the secrecy, behind closed doors meetings, attempting to play both sides of the fence and worst of all teaming up with an individual known for manipulating Black folks. All this while smiling in folks faces as though nothings going on.

By Wane A. Hailes The Courier

Just as a recap, in our June 22, 2017 issue we published a cartoon that implied MCSD board member, Frank Myers was manipulating Kia Chambers. The caption that accompanied the cartoon speaks to that: “Kia You’re Doing Great! No Need To Worry About What They Say, You’re Part Of The Team Now! Keep Voting The Way I Tell You And Remember You’ll Be Chairman of The Board Come January. I Promise”.

Now I’m not saying I’m a soothsayer, but all I know is on January 16, 2018 Kia Chambers was elected Chairman of the Muscogee County School Board. Those voting in her favor were: Frank Myers, John Thomas, Vanessa Jackson, Mark Cantrell and of course Kia Chambers.

For the record my argument has never been whether Kia has the right to be the chairperson or should be the chairperson. She has every right. The chairman is elected by the members of the school board and like any other election the one who gets the most

As we all know, however, just like the saying goes “what you do in the dark will always come to light”. Here is an interesting tidbit we learned. The plan was for Kia to be Chairman and Mark Cantrell to be Vice Chair. On Monday January 15, 2018 school board member Mark Cantrell sent a text to Pat Hugley Green congratulating her stating it looks like you’ll be the chairman again. This implied that he and Kia didn’t have the necessary votes. Sometime late Monday evening Cantrell received a call from John Thomas allegedly saying, “It’s ok, Kia is on board now”. We have no idea what that meant but we do know how the vote went.

Here’s another interesting tidbit. Notice how Frank Myers kept his hands clean from all of this. Who nominated Kia? Frank, John, Mark? No he made sure someone Black did Vanessa Jackson. Who nominated Mark? another Black person, Kia. That’s what Frank does, he is good at getting Black people to do his dirty work so.

Bottom line-What’s done is done. Once Frank Myers and John Thomas are gone here’s what we think will happen.

Va n e s s a J a c k s o n : There is no way she will run for re-election. Without Frank around to guide her she won’t know what to do, what to say or how to vote.

Mark Cantrell: With their absence and the fear of Frank less threatening we anticipate Mark will grow some “cojones” and make his own decisions. Kia Chambers: Unless someone in this community steps up realizing that anyone who is this easy to be manipulated for personal gain is really not for the kids, and runs against her, she will

the seat.

probably run unopposed and win re-election. In any case I predict she will be a “one and done” chairman of the board. By next January I see Cathy Williams regaining

Again I’m not a soothsayer but my record to date has been pretty much spot on. Check with me next January.

“Sometime late Monday evening something changed. Cantrell received a call from John Thomas allegedly saying, “It’s ok, Kia is on board now”. We have no idea what went on behind closed doors but we do know how the vote went.”


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Greg Davis Inducted In The 2018 Georgia Association Of Broadcasters Hall of Fame man and 2013 hall of fame inductee Lee Brantley. Operating out of Columbus, Ga., Davis Broadcasting has stations throughout the Southeast. Davis’s stations have had a track record of dominant ratings and revenue generation throughout. Davis, who believes in radio that is live and local, has employed hundreds of local employees over his 32 years of ownership.

By Wane A. Hailes The Courier

Greg Davis, the CEO and president of Davis Broadcasting, Inc., has been selected to be one of the 2018 Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductees.

Davis, who founded Davis Broadcasting in 1986, has spent 39 years in broadcasting, most of those in Georgia. He was nominated by former GAB chair-

Request for Bids RFB No. 18-0033 Field Marking Paint (Annual Contract) Due: February 14, 2018 2:30 PM Kevin Robertson, Buyer

Sealed responses must be received and time/date stamped by the due date shown above, by the Finance Department/Purchasing Division of Columbus Consolidated Government, 100 Tenth Street, Columbus, GA 31901. To obtain specifications, visit the City's website at purchasing/docs/opportunities/Bid_O pportunities.htm, notify the Buyer via email, fax 706.225.3033 or telephone 706.653.4105.

Andrea J. McCorvey Purchasing Manager

and a masters from Eastern Michigan University. He is an Army veteran.

Davis began his career as a community school director in Michigan before moving to television, where he spent 12 years in marketing and sales management. He joined the

ABC Television national sales team in Detroit. He later moved to Cincinnati as general sales manager of multimedia broadcasting before starting his own company in Columbus and Augusta, Ga. by acquiring multiple radio stations in each market.

In 2004, Davis became the first broadcaster to include a Hispanic formatted radio station on FM in Atlanta. In addition to numerous community events, his WLKQ La Raza and La Mega stations have raised more than $1.9 million for the Children’s Miracle Network.

He also believes in giving back to the community by serving on boards across the area including the GAB board, United Way, Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Black Owned Broadcasting. He currently serves as the chairman of the board for Columbus State University.

A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Davis received his bachelor of arts degree in Biology from Lane College in Jackson, Tenn.,






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January 18, 2018

RIVERS LOGIC | Living Your Purpose Through Personal Development

By Wane A. Hailes The Courier Jonathan Rivers, a contributing columnist to this publication recently completed his first book. He sat down with the Courier to discuss it.

Courier: What inspired you to write your book? Rivers: I am a believer in living a purpose driven life. I feel it is imperative that everyone works to become better than they were yesterday by being intentional and acting in a specific manner to achieve their goals. My purpose is to encourage, enlighten and help people in this world realize why they're here and who God has called them to be.

Courier: What are some lessons others will learn when reading Rivers Logic? Eliminating the desire to procrastinate, embracing adversity and building a solid personal foundation are some of the aspects that are covered in the book. River: I have taken lessons I've learned in life and shared them to demonstrate how one's story can be a positive influence to others. The problems we face can be solutions for someone else, which is what inspires me to speak and motivate.

Courier: What would you like your book to accomplish? Rivers: The desire to change one's lifestyle to cross the bridge from where they are to where they want to be. It is my goals to provide positive and transformational messages to the world and I know this will aid in that process. The link to pre-order to book is


Local Barber A. J. Dodson Places 2nd in Bronner Brothers Competition

February 1, 2018

Notice of Public Comment Period

Columbus Consolidated Government will hold a public comment period from January 14, 2018, through February 12, 2018, regarding proposed changes to the follow-

ing bus routes operated by METRA: Route 1 – East Wynnton; Route 3 – St. Mary’s Road / Buena Vista Road / Schatulga Road; Route 4 – Fort Benning; Route 5 – North Highland / Columbus State / Peachtree Mall; Route 6 – Columbus

State / Milgen Road; Route 7 – Columbus South; Route 8 – UpTown / Civic

Commons; Route 9 – Bradley Park / Columbus Park Crossing; Route 10 – Airport Thruway / Veterans Parkway; Route 11 – Warm Springs / Weems Road; Route

12 – Veterans Parkway / Civic Center / Victory Drive. Written comments on the proposed service changes will be accepted at two public hearings. A court reporter will be available at the public hearings if citizens prefer to give comments ver-

bally. The public hearings will be held on January 30, 2018 with an information

session from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm and public comment session from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm and on February 1, 2018 with an information session from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm and public comment session from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Both public hear-

ings will be held at the METRA Transit Main Office in the Training Room, 814

By Wane A. Hailes The Courier

A. J. Dodson, a graduate of Rivertown school of Beauty took 2nd Place in the Student Barbering Competion during the Annual Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show which was held August 19-21 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dodson is the son of local business woman Chris Cha Granville-Scott owner of Supreme Fast Tax located at 2450 Wynnton Rod in Columbus, Georgia

Linwood Boulevard, Columbus, GA. Comments may also be submitted throughout the public comment period by mail to METRA Transit System, Attention: Proposed Service Change Comments, P.O. Box 1340, Columbus, GA 31902-1340; by email

to; by fax to (706) 653-4420; or by calling METRA’s

customer comment line at (706) 225-4590 (English) or (706) 225-4606 (Spanish). Comments submitted by means of email, fax or phone must be received by 5:00

pm, February 12, 2018; mailed comments must be postmarked by February 12, 2018. For more information, visit the METRA website at or call (706) 225-4581 (English) or (706) 225-4606 (Spanish).

THURSDAY February 1, 2018



Do You Know Your Rights When It Comes To Paying Traffic Citations? license in lieu of posting a state court bond.

Judge Hunter recently explained that in order to comply with the existing law, Recorder’s Court will no longer require a defendant to pay or use a bonding company to transfer most traffic citations to State Court.

By Wane A. Hailes The Courier

According to Recorders Court Senior Recorder, Judge Julius Hunter there has been some misunderstanding regarding posting bond for traffic citations. According to GA Code Ann. 40-13-23 a defendant may post bond for most traffic citations by presenting their

Why is this important? Because the only way you can plead your case with an opportunity for it not to appear on your record is in State Court. What that means is you should always have your traffic citation bound over to State Court. Please note that the following charges are exceptions to this rule. Anytime an individual has one or more of these charges in their case they must post a State Court bond in the traditional way of paying a cash security bond or using a bonding company.

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La Capacidad Financiera ENGLISH Financial Capability Financial capability is the combination of attitude, knowledge, skills, and selfefficacy needed to make and exercise money management decisions that best fit the circumstances of one's life, within an enabling environment that includes, but is not limited to, access to appropriate financial services. It is the internal capacity to act in one’s best financial interest. In can be measured by assessing people’s financial knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior.

By Kathy Rosado Neighborworks Columbus Eco Latino La capacidad financiera es la combinación de actitud, conocimiento, habilidades y autoeficacia necesaria para tomar y ejercitar las decisiones de administración del dinero que mejor se ajustan a las circunstancias de la vida, dentro de un entorno propicio que incluye, pero no se limita a, acceso a servicios. ¿Sabía que la capacidad financiera crece día a día y se está convirtiendo en una prioridad en muchos estados? La capacidad financiera afecta a todos. Hoy en día, las personas son alentadas o incluso se les exige que asuman más responsabilidad en el manejo de sus finanzas. Las personas que toman buenas decisiones financieras e interactúan de manera efectiva con el proveedor de servicios financieros tienen más probabilidades de lograr sus objetivos financieros, mejorar el bienestar de sus hogares, protegerse contra los riesgos financieros y los impactos negativos, y respaldar el crecimiento económico. Piénselo, un mayor conocimiento

financiero que lo ayudaría a lograr sus objetivos. La capacidad de estructurar sus ingresos, mejorar sus hábitos de gasto, ahorrar lo suficiente para la universidad o un automóvil nuevo o incluso para el pago inicial de la casa de sus sueños. NeighborWorks Columbus ofrece talleres mensuales de capacidad financiera directamente relacionados con el propósito de aumentar sus conocimientos financieros. Imagínese lo que puede hacer con su reembolso de impuestos, ¿cómo lo usaría para beneficiarlo a usted y a su familia? Para el mes de febrero, Creative Ways of Savings (Maneras Creativas de Ahorrar) será nuestro siguiente tema. Tener los conocimientos necesarios para mejorar su conocimiento financiero en el comienzo. Como dice Mark Twain, "el secreto para salir adelante es comenzar". Entonces, ¿por qué esperar? ¡Comienza hoy! Llámenos hoy para obtener más información sobre cómo puede comenzar a mejorar sus conocimientos financieros. NeighborWorks Columbus en 706-3244663 o visite nuestro sitio web:

Did you know that financial capability is growing each day and is becoming a priority in many states? Financial capability affects everyone. Today, people are encouraged or even required to be take more responsibility in managing their finances. People who make good financial decisions and interact effectively with provider of financial services, are more likely to achieve their financial goals, improve their household’s welfare, hedge against financial risks and negative shocks, and support economic growth.

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Think about it, increased financial knowledge that would help you achieve your goals. The capacity to structure your income, improve your spending habits, saving sufficient for college or a new car or even for the down payment of your dream house. NeighborWorks Columbus provides monthly financial capability workshops directly related to improving your financial knowledge. Imagine what you can do with your tax refund, how would you use it to benefit you and your family? For the month of February, Creative Ways of Savings is our next topic. Having the necessary knowledge to improve your financial knowledge in only the beginning. As Mark Twain says, “the secret of getting ahead is getting started.” So why wait? Start today! Call us today for more information on how you can get started on improving your financial knowledge. NeighborWorks Columbus at 706-324-4663 or visit our website:

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La voz de la comunidad hispana

La Capacidad Financiera

Join the Courier Eco Latino Newspaper as we initiate the “OUR VOTE COUNTS” Campaign. With the use of ads depicting diverse groups of voters in our community it is our goal that not only will you identify with one or more of them, it will inspire you to exercise your basic right as a citizen in this country and specifically Muscogee County.

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