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How One Man’s Integrity Unites Our City While Others Play The Race Card
The city council meeting held on Feb. 28 was filled with divisive falsehoods blaming ‘racism’ for police chief Freddie Blackmon’s leadership failures — though one man’s integrity and courage allowed him to speak up and tell the truth. Explore the full story to see how Mr. Byron Hickey’s 30 years of police experience just showed our city what real leadership looks like.
The city council meeting held on Feb. 28 was filled with divisive falsehoods blaming ‘racism’ for police chief Freddie Blackmon’s leadership failures — though one man’s integrity and courage allowed him to speak up and tell the truth. Explore the full story to see how Mr. Byron Hickey’s 30 years of police experience just showed our city what real leadership looks like.
How City Council Can Avoid A Repeat Of The ‘Blackmon Scenario’
Given the extreme fallout that has occurred in recent months, the initial appointment of police chief Freddie Blackmon was rather obviously quite flawed. When examined, a long pattern of behavior from our city’s elected officials reveals how that came to be. Explore the full story to see how the Columbus City Council can avoid a repeat ‘Blackmon Scenario.’
Given the extreme fallout that has occurred in recent months, the initial appointment of police chief Freddie Blackmon was rather obviously quite flawed. When examined, a long pattern of behavior from our city’s elected officials reveals how that came to be. Explore the full story to see how the Columbus City Council can avoid a repeat ‘Blackmon Scenario.’
Stoney Mathis Nominated For Permanent Police Chief; Council To Vote On Oct. 10
The Columbus Police Department has seen a monumental improvement under the brief yet highly-effective leadership of Interim Chief Stoney Mathis. Now, after months of consideration by an independent board, Mayor Henderson has nominated Mathis to fill the role permanently as CPD’s next Chief of Police, pending a vote by city council on October 10. Explore the full story for the details on what Henderson had to say about the procedure.
The Columbus Police Department has seen a monumental improvement under the brief yet highly-effective leadership of Interim Chief Stoney Mathis. Now, after months of consideration by an independent board, Mayor Henderson has nominated Mathis to fill the role permanently as CPD’s next Chief of Police, pending a vote by city council on October 10. Explore the full story for the details on what Henderson had to say about the procedure.
Local Media Still Silent As Explosion Leaves More Questions Than Answers
It has now been over a week since a massive explosion blew a fireball thousands of feet into the night sky above the Radius Recycling Plant in downtown Columbus, Georgia. However, there have still been a grand total of zero investigative reports into the origin of the blast from media outlets, zero follow-ups on the event whatsoever, and zero statements from local government. Explore the full story to see how loud that silence actually is.
It has now been over a week since a massive explosion blew a fireball thousands of feet into the night sky above the Radius Recycling Plant in downtown Columbus, Georgia. However, there have still been a grand total of zero investigative reports into the origin of the blast from media outlets, zero follow-ups on the event whatsoever, and zero statements from local government. Explore the full story to see how loud that silence actually is.
LEAKED: Hugley Emailed Local News Outlet To Silence Reporter Who Criticized Him
After City Manager Isaiah Hugley’s questionable actions regarding the city’s former police chief in April, a local news reporter did their job and contacted his office looking for answers. However, in response to that reporter asking questions and looking in places Hugley didn’t like, a leaked email shows Hugley contacted that reporter’s employer in an effort to silence the press. Explore the full story to see Hugley’s email in which he bad-mouthed a reporter and weaponized their employment in hopes of shutting them up.
After City Manager Isaiah Hugley’s questionable actions regarding the city’s former police chief in April, a local news reporter did their job and contacted his office looking for answers. However, in response to that reporter asking questions and looking in places Hugley didn’t like, a leaked email shows Hugley contacted that reporter’s employer in an effort to silence the press. Explore the full story to see Hugley’s email in which he bad-mouthed a reporter and weaponized their employment in hopes of shutting them up.
The Weekend Muck: September 24, 2023
From an explosion at a downtown recycling center shooting a fireball thousands of feet into the air as it shook houses throughout the city, to media outlets providing zero follow-up on the blast, to another fire at a separate waste management plant revealing a much larger chain of suspicious and timely events, here’s all the muck that’s fit to print from the Columbus, Georgia area, along with a look at what to expect in the week ahead.
From an explosion at a downtown recycling center shooting a fireball thousands of feet into the air as it shook houses throughout the city, to media outlets providing zero follow-up on the blast, to another fire at a separate waste management plant revealing a much larger chain of suspicious and timely events, here’s all the muck that’s fit to print from the Columbus, Georgia area, along with a look at what to expect in the week ahead.
Recycling Plant Exploded Days After Separate Fire At Waste Management Building
On September 17, after a month of debate by officials over the city’s waste management programs, a massive explosion at the Radius Recycling Plant in Columbus, Georgia shot a fireball and mushroom cloud thousands of feet into the air. However, closer inspection reveals that a separate fire also happened at the Waste Management building on Veterans Pkwy just days prior on September 7. Explore the full story to see the questionable details as local media outlets and city officials continue to remain silent on the suspicious issue.
On September 17, after a month of debate by officials over the city’s waste management programs, a massive explosion at the Radius Recycling Plant in Columbus, Georgia shot a fireball and mushroom cloud thousands of feet into the air. However, closer inspection reveals that a separate fire also happened at the Waste Management building on Veterans Pkwy just days prior on September 7. Explore the full story to see the questionable details as local media outlets and city officials continue to remain silent on the suspicious issue.
Here’s How You Can Apply To Speak At A City Council Meeting
As our city remains at a critical political juncture that may well determine the future direction of Columbus, residents can sometimes forget how important it is to voice their concerns to their elected officials. However, the absence of your voice is often more detrimental than anything else. Explore the full story to see how easy it really is to voice your concerns during the public agenda of a city council meeting.
As our city remains at a critical political juncture that may well determine the future direction of Columbus, residents can sometimes forget how important it is to voice their concerns to their elected officials. However, the absence of your voice is often more detrimental than anything else. Explore the full story to see how easy it really is to voice your concerns during the public agenda of a city council meeting.
BUSTED: Columbus Gov’t Deleted Comments & Censored Unwanted Speech
This story from December 2022 is about to become very relevant again, as CCG clearly has not learned how to behave. Despite federal law prohibiting governments from curating speech online, the Columbus Government deleted our comments that challenged their narrative and then banned us from commenting in the future. Explore the full story to see how CCG already has a demonstrated track record of illegally censoring speech in violation of federal law, along with the photographic evidence they can’t avoid.
This story from December 2022 is about to become very relevant again, as CCG clearly has not learned how to behave. Despite federal law prohibiting governments from curating speech online, the Columbus Government deleted our comments that challenged their narrative and then banned us from commenting in the future. Explore the full story to see how CCG already has a demonstrated track record of illegally censoring speech in violation of federal law, along with the photographic evidence they can’t avoid.
Local Media & CCG Silent As Explosion Leaves More Questions Than Answers
It has now been several days since a massive explosion blew a fireball thousands of feet into the night sky above the Radius Recycling Plant in downtown Columbus, Georgia. However, there have been a grand total of zero investigative reports into the origin of the blast from local media outlets, zero follow-ups on the event whatsoever, and zero statements from local government. Explore the full story to see how loud that silence actually is.
It has now been several days since a massive explosion blew a fireball thousands of feet into the night sky above the Radius Recycling Plant in downtown Columbus, Georgia. However, there have been a grand total of zero investigative reports into the origin of the blast from local media outlets, zero follow-ups on the event whatsoever, and zero statements from local government. Explore the full story to see how loud that silence actually is.
CPD Invites Columbus To Annual ‘Faith & Blue Bike Ride’ On October 6
For its third consecutive year, the Columbus Police Department will lead National Faith & Blue Weekend to help build bridges with our community through local faith-based organizations. To kick off the weekend, CPD is inviting the public to a five-mile bike ride around the downtown area for fellowship and fun. Explore the full story for the details along with how your organization can get involved.
For its third consecutive year, the Columbus Police Department will lead National Faith & Blue Weekend to help build bridges with our community through local faith-based organizations. To kick off the weekend, CPD is inviting the public to a five-mile bike ride around the downtown area for fellowship and fun. Explore the full story for the details along with how your organization can get involved.
Explosion Rocks Columbus Recycling Plant Amid City Waste Management Debates
An explosion felt throughout the Chattahoochee Valley shot a bright orange fireball and mushroom-shaped cloud thousands of feet into the air Sunday night over the privately-owned Radius Recycling Plant on 10th Avenue in Columbus, Georgia. However, the explosion happened amid a month-long debate by city officials over the need for city-owned recycling centers and other waste management issues. Explore the full story for the questionable details.
An explosion felt throughout the Chattahoochee Valley shot a bright orange fireball and mushroom-shaped cloud thousands of feet into the air Sunday night over the privately-owned Radius Recycling Plant on 10th Avenue in Columbus, Georgia. However, the explosion happened amid a month-long debate by city officials over the need for city-owned recycling centers and other waste management issues. Explore the full story for the questionable details.
The Weekend Muck: September 17, 2023
From CPD’s Family Fun Day highlighting the strength and unity of our city’s police force, to officials declaring the week leading up to 9/11 as Public Safety Week in honor of our nation’s first responders, to the Fountain City’s ‘Favorite Nephew’ having his crime reporting Facebook page temporarily shut by Big Tech, here’s all the muck that’s fit to print from the Columbus, Georgia area, along with a look at what to expect in the week ahead.
From CPD’s Family Fun Day highlighting the strength and unity of our city’s police force, to officials declaring the week leading up to 9/11 as Public Safety Week in honor of our nation’s first responders, to the Fountain City’s ‘Favorite Nephew’ having his crime reporting Facebook page temporarily shut by Big Tech, here’s all the muck that’s fit to print from the Columbus, Georgia area, along with a look at what to expect in the week ahead.
Colin Scroggins CNAW Facebook Page Locked Up By Big Tech Trouble
Colin Scroggins of CNAW News 2 has been dubbed by many as ‘Columbus, Georgia’s Favorite Nephew’ for his work as the region’s youngest and arguably most successful crime reporter. However, the acclaimed CNAW Facebook page suffered serious technical issues on September 15. Explore the full story for the details on what was allegedly preventing you from finding his content on Facebook.
Colin Scroggins of CNAW News 2 has been dubbed by many as ‘Columbus, Georgia’s Favorite Nephew’ for his work as the region’s youngest and arguably most successful crime reporter. However, the acclaimed CNAW Facebook page suffered serious technical issues on September 15. Explore the full story for the details on what was allegedly preventing you from finding his content on Facebook.
LEAKED: Documents Prove United Way Is Forcing Orgs To Ask Local Kids About Sexuality Or Lose Funding
A few weeks ago, we revealed that the local United Way is forcing Columbus nonprofits to ask local kids about their sexuality or lose their funding. Now, leaked documents including funding contracts obtained by the Muckraker undeniably prove it. Explore the full story to see the documents for yourself, along with how the United Way knowingly lied to City Councilors’ faces in an effort to cover it up.
A few weeks ago, we revealed that the local United Way is forcing Columbus nonprofits to ask local kids about their sexuality or lose their funding. Now, leaked documents including funding contracts obtained by the Muckraker undeniably prove it. Explore the full story to see the documents for yourself, along with how the United Way knowingly lied to City Councilors’ faces in an effort to cover it up.
City Honors Heroes: Week of 9/11 Recognized As ‘Public Safety Week’
The opening moments of the September 12 city council meeting were solemn as city officials reflected upon the anniversary of September 11, 2001. In recognition of the 1% of our population that bravely protects the other 99%, CCG has dedicated the week preceding that somber date as Public Safety Week. Explore the full story to see the entire proclamation, along with what transpired.
The opening moments of the September 12 city council meeting were solemn as city officials reflected upon the anniversary of September 11, 2001. In recognition of the 1% of our population that bravely protects the other 99%, CCG has dedicated the week preceding that somber date as Public Safety Week. Explore the full story to see the entire proclamation, along with what transpired.
What Is The Biggest Problem Columbus Faces As A City?
It isn’t a secret that the Fountain City is facing a plethora of challenges on many different fronts. We’re really curious to know more about your perspective on it, so we’re running a simple one-question poll: What do you think is the biggest problem that Columbus faces as a city? Explore the full story to take the poll and let others know what you think in the comments.
It isn’t a secret that the Fountain City is facing a plethora of challenges on many different fronts. We’re really curious to know more about your perspective on it, so we’re running a simple one-question poll: What do you think is the biggest problem that Columbus faces as a city? Explore the full story to take the poll and let others know what you think in the comments.
QUITTING TIME: Columbus Employment Rate Declined For 23 Years
The percentage of Columbusites who are gainfully employed has consistently fallen for the past 23 years to a rate far below the rest of the nation. Now, data shows fewer Columbusites are willing to go to work as the city faces serious staffing challenges. Explore the full story to see the data yourself.
The percentage of Columbusites who are gainfully employed has consistently fallen for the past 23 years to a rate far below the rest of the nation. Now, data shows fewer Columbusites are willing to go to work as the city faces serious staffing challenges. Explore the full story to see the data yourself.
CPD’s Family Fun Day Success Shows Dept’s Strength & Unity
When Interim Chief Stoney Mathis announced the new annual event for our city’s police force, our city showed huge support. Placing the department’s unity on full display, CPD’s Family Fun Day was a massive success. Explore the full story to see how a little leadership goes a long way in uniting people together for a common purpose.
When Interim Chief Stoney Mathis announced the new annual event for our city’s police force, our city showed huge support. Placing the department’s unity on full display, CPD’s Family Fun Day was a massive success. Explore the full story to see how a little leadership goes a long way in uniting people together for a common purpose.
The Weekend Muck: September 10, 2023
From local elected officials praising each other for doing the bare minimum required after years of negligence left a man dead, to a local news outlet falsely claiming that homicides made up 40% of all deaths in Georgia, to our city’s police force exceeding recruitment goals after only a few months of solid leadership, here’s all the muck that’s fit to print from the Columbus, Georgia area, along with a look at what to expect in the week ahead.
From local elected officials praising each other for doing the bare minimum required after years of negligence left a man dead, to a local news outlet falsely claiming that homicides made up 40% of all deaths in Georgia, to our city’s police force exceeding recruitment goals after only a few months of solid leadership, here’s all the muck that’s fit to print from the Columbus, Georgia area, along with a look at what to expect in the week ahead.
City Manager Still Hasn’t Delivered Annual Business Licenses; Revenue Down
Each year, the city manager’s office is responsible for issuing business licenses and collecting occupational tax. However, despite it now being the ninth month of the year, Isaiah Hugley still has not delivered this year’s licenses to local businesses. Explore the full story to see how staggeringly low the city’s occupational tax has fallen on Hugley’s watch, along with how officials called him out.
Each year, the city manager’s office is responsible for issuing business licenses and collecting occupational tax. However, despite it now being the ninth month of the year, Isaiah Hugley still has not delivered this year’s licenses to local businesses. Explore the full story to see how staggeringly low the city’s occupational tax has fallen on Hugley’s watch, along with how officials called him out.
Still No Project Manager For $225M Judicial Center; Councilors Demand Update
Back in August, city councilors began questioning City Manager Isaiah Hugley as to why the city’s new $225M judicial center doesn’t have a professional project manager. Now, councilors have demanded that Hugley provide them with a full presentation on the status of the project. Explore the full story to see what officials had to say about the most expensive project in the history of our city.
Back in August, city councilors began questioning City Manager Isaiah Hugley as to why the city’s new $225M judicial center doesn’t have a professional project manager. Now, councilors have demanded that Hugley provide them with a full presentation on the status of the project. Explore the full story to see what officials had to say about the most expensive project in the history of our city.
CPD Exceeds Recruitment Goals; Seeks 30 More For Next Police Academy Class
There isn’t a headline we would be more pleased to write than this. After only a few months of effective leadership, the Columbus Police Department saw an uptick in recruitment that exceeded goals for the current academy class. Now, CPD is seeking motivated candidates for the next class. Explore the full story for the details on how your skills and dedication are in high demand to protect our community.
There isn’t a headline we would be more pleased to write than this. After only a few months of effective leadership, the Columbus Police Department saw an uptick in recruitment that exceeded goals for the current academy class. Now, CPD is seeking motivated candidates for the next class. Explore the full story for the details on how your skills and dedication are in high demand to protect our community.
WTVM Falsely Claims ‘40% Of All Deaths’ In Georgia Are Homicides
Things are bad, but not *that* bad. In a wildly-misleading article, news outlet WTVM published that ‘40% of all deaths’ in Georgia are homicides. However, homicides accounted for a mere 1% of all deaths in Georgia last year, despite WTVM claiming it was 40x worse. Explore the full story to see the data yourself, along with how your local ‘news leader’ didn’t correct the claim after we exposed it.
Things are bad, but not *that* bad. In a wildly-misleading article, news outlet WTVM published that ‘40% of all deaths’ in Georgia are homicides. However, homicides accounted for a mere 1% of all deaths in Georgia last year, despite WTVM claiming it was 40x worse. Explore the full story to see the data yourself, along with how your local ‘news leader’ didn’t correct the claim after we exposed it.
Ralston Towers: Gov't Praises Gov't For Ending Decades Of Gov't Neglect That Killed Man
Having Ralston Towers up to code isn’t some magical thing — it's the absolute bare minimum required. However, after standing idly by for decades without bothering to fix it until a man died from the atrocious conditions, local officials are now abhorrently applauding one another for solving a problem their offices perpetuated in the first place. Explore the full story to see why having local officials do the bare minimum required isn’t worthy of an ‘attaboy.’
Having Ralston Towers up to code isn’t some magical thing — it's the absolute bare minimum required. However, after standing idly by for decades without bothering to fix it until a man died from the atrocious conditions, local officials are now abhorrently applauding one another for solving a problem their offices perpetuated in the first place. Explore the full story to see why having local officials do the bare minimum required isn’t worthy of an ‘attaboy.’
The Weekend Muck: September 3, 2023
From two local Army veterans moving city policy to improve the lives of many, to city council hiring the nation’s premiere investigatory firm to audit a ‘series of events’ that have ‘surfaced concerns,’ to a relook at the city manager nepotistically providing opportunities for ‘like minded’ employees but not others, here’s all the muck that’s fit to print from the Columbus, Georgia area, along with a look at what to expect in the week ahead.
From two local Army veterans moving city policy to improve the lives of many, to city council hiring the nation’s premiere investigatory firm to audit a ‘series of events’ that have ‘surfaced concerns,’ to a relook at the city manager nepotistically providing opportunities for ‘like minded’ employees but not others, here’s all the muck that’s fit to print from the Columbus, Georgia area, along with a look at what to expect in the week ahead.
Here’s How You Can Apply To Speak At A City Council Meeting
As our city remains at a critical political juncture that may well determine the future direction of Columbus, residents can sometimes forget how important it is to voice their concerns to their elected officials. However, the absence of your voice is often more detrimental than anything else. Explore the full story to see how easy it really is to voice your concerns during the public agenda of a city council meeting.
As our city remains at a critical political juncture that may well determine the future direction of Columbus, residents can sometimes forget how important it is to voice their concerns to their elected officials. However, the absence of your voice is often more detrimental than anything else. Explore the full story to see how easy it really is to voice your concerns during the public agenda of a city council meeting.
DOING AMAZING: The Columbus Logo Story
Have you ever wondered why Columbus, Georgia’s logo and branding are so amazingly pathetic? There’s a story to it, and boy does it not disappoint. Explore the full story for the details of what actually happened, as alleged by those who were there and tried frivolously to stop the inevitable aMaZiNgNeSs from ironically depicting the true brand of the city.
Have you ever wondered why Columbus, Georgia’s logo and branding are so amazingly pathetic? There’s a story to it, and boy does it not disappoint. Explore the full story for the details of what actually happened, as alleged by those who were there and tried frivolously to stop the inevitable aMaZiNgNeSs from ironically depicting the true brand of the city.
City Manager Favored Female Worker; 'Like Minded' Beliefs Fueled Nepotism
Back in September of last year, a Columbus city employee described how getting unethically close to City Manager Isaiah Hugley opened doors for her career. In light of recent events, the incident is worth revisiting. Explore the full story to see how Hugley’s nepotism towards ‘like minded’ people gave her special opportunities to advance while others with different beliefs were left behind.
Back in September of last year, a Columbus city employee described how getting unethically close to City Manager Isaiah Hugley opened doors for her career. In light of recent events, the incident is worth revisiting. Explore the full story to see how Hugley’s nepotism towards ‘like minded’ people gave her special opportunities to advance while others with different beliefs were left behind.
COGLE INITIATES POWERS: Council Hires Gov’t Investigator To Audit ‘Series Of Events’ That Have ‘Surfaced Concerns’
Back in July, city council approved a ‘top-down’ audit schedule of the city’s most influential offices, with the city manager at the top of the list. Now, after ‘a series of events’ have ‘surfaced concerns,’ Joanne Cogle moved to hire the nation’s premiere governmental investigative firm to accompany that audit. Explore the full story to see how Cogle initiated city council’s investigative powers, along with the full text of her approved motion.
Back in July, city council approved a ‘top-down’ audit schedule of the city’s most influential offices, with the city manager at the top of the list. Now, after ‘a series of events’ have ‘surfaced concerns,’ Joanne Cogle moved to hire the nation’s premiere governmental investigative firm to accompany that audit. Explore the full story to see how Cogle initiated city council’s investigative powers, along with the full text of her approved motion.
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