Mark Rice, The Ledger-Enquirer

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Past articles by Mark:

After complaints of overcrowded school buses, Muscogee County says this year will be different

Muscogee County School District in Georgia showed the Muscogee County School Board how it has improved bus transportation service. MCSD has reduced its bus driver shortage from more than two dozen to four. → Read More

Are Columbus area teachers, staff are getting raises passed by the Georgia Legislature?

Georgia’s fiscal year 2020 budget signed by Gov. Brian Kemp includes a $3,000 raise for teachers and other certificated staff as well as a 2 percent raise for other school employees. → Read More

After a child drowned, this Columbus mom made a free life jacket station near dangerous rapids

Tina Peavey of Columbus has erected a life jacket station at Waveshaper Island along the Riverwalk in downtown Columbus to help prevent a drowning like the one that killed a 6-year-old boy June 30, 2019, in the Chattahoochee River. → Read More

‘It’s brought the world to Columbus.’ This 82-year-old is making sure the softball event shines.

The Columbus Sports Council is hosting the USA Softball International Cup from July 1-7 at the South Commons Softball Complex. The U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. U-19 team are competing against Japan, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chinese Taipei, China, Philippines, Peru and Scrap Yard. → Read More

USA Softball International Cup has 2 players in front of ‘hometown’ crowd in Columbus

The USA Softball International Cup is being played July 1-7, 2019, at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus. The city hosted the inaugural Women’s Olympic Softball tournament in 1996 at Golden Park. → Read More

This Columbus teen is now a gold medalist for Team USA after World Cup victory

After leading Carver High School to its first girls basketball Georgia state championship in March, Olivia Cochran became the top scorer for Team USA as it won the FIBA 3x3 U18 Women’s World Cup this month in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. → Read More

Which Columbus public schools are the cleanest and dirtiest? Here are the 2018-19 ratings.

A look at the inspection scores of the cleanest and dirtiest schools in the Muscogee County School District in Georgia. Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy was ranked the cleanest in the report. → Read More

MCSD board makes surprise decision on proposed change to school start, end times

After postponing a vote on change the times for elementary, middle and high students, the Muscogee County School Board in Columbus GA has reached a decision for the 2019-2020 year. → Read More

Settlement reached with 1 defendant in Montravious Thomas $25 million lawsuit vs. MCSD

Settlement has been reached with a defendant in the Montravious Thomas case against the Muscogee County School District in Georgia. Thomas had a confrontation with a Mentoring and Behavioral Services employee. → Read More

See one of the Apollo 13 astronauts for free this week in Columbus

Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center in Columbus, Georgia will host Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haiseto in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. → Read More

This Columbus principal is retiring, and here’s who is likely to take her place

Principal Renee Tharp at Dawson Elementary School in Columbus, Georgia is retiring. Muscogee County School District is recommending Cheryl Hampel from Renee Road Leadership Academy to become the new principal. → Read More

Columbus State University hires a new women’s basketball head coach

Columbus State University a hired a new women’s basketball head coach to fill the vacancy created two months ago, when Anita Howard left the NCAA Division II program to become head coach at Georgia Southern. → Read More

Ledger-Enquirer announces 2019 All-Bi-City Baseball Team, players, coaches of the year

State championships are the most common factor among the top four honorees on the Ledger-Enquirer’s 2019 All-Bi-City Baseball Team. Muscogee County School District athletics director Jeff Battles coordinated the selection process. → Read More

Ledger-Enquirer announces 2019 All-Bi-City Soccer Teams, players, coaches of the year

Three schools share the six top honors on the Ledger-Enquirer’s 2019 All-Bi-City Boys and Girls Soccer Teams. Muscogee County School District athletics director Jeff Battles coordinated the selection process, with nominations and votes from coaches. → Read More

Here are the 2019 All-Bi-City tennis, golf, rifle, track and spring softball teams

The Ledger-Enquirer announces its 2019 All-Bi-City tennis, golf, rifle, track & field and spring softball teams. The 2019 All-Bi-City soccer and baseball teams will be announced in separate stories this week. → Read More

After he ‘got his life back,’ Columbus CEO is on a mission to climb world’s 7 highest mountains

Todd Ammerman, the founder and CEO of River City Contracting in Columbus, climbed to the top of Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North American. It’s the second of the Seven Summits he has reached. → Read More

All the 2019 Georgia coaches Hall of Fame members coached in Chattahoochee Valley

The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association inducted its 2019 Hall of Fame class on June 1 at the Dalton Convention Center. Each of the five new members coached in the Chattahoochee Valley. → Read More

Whistleblower who leaked video of student’s injury settles lawsuit with Muscogee County schools

Muscogee County schools assistant principal Eddie Powell’s lawsuit has reached a settlement. Powell leaked video in the Montravious Thomas incident and says MCSD discriminated and retaliated against him. → Read More

2 Columbus-area principals moving up in leadership, 1 to another local district

Principals from Fort Middle School and Russell County High School get promotions. Sonja Coaxum will work for Muscogee County Schools, in Columbus, GA. Shelia Baker will work for Harris County Schools. → Read More

These Columbus-area schools have free summer meals for kids. Here’s more.

Columbus, Georgia children can eat meals for free at local schools in June and July through the federal Seamless Summer Option program. Here are the dates, times and locations for each school. → Read More