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Swift Mill still smoldering
Columbus firefighters were called to the scene of the Swift Mill again last night. A small fire was quickly put out around 11 Monday. A patrol officer on duty noticed the fire and called it in. Demolition began last week despite the building continuing to smolder. Reaves Wrecking says it's tearing down dangerous walls that could pose a safety hazard. The work is expected to last through next week. Meanwhile, fire investigators are still searching for two people of interest who are not suspects, but could have helpful information about the fire.
MCSD votes against Bill Mill property
The Muscogee County School District has voted against purchasing the Bibb Mill property. The board was split between the cost of buying it and living up to the commitments of the 2009 SPLOST. Several board members who voted against the plan say they were in favor of a local arts academy, but argued it would be "too costly" to buy the 14.3 acres at the Bibb Mill site.
Baby dolls say explicit word
A set of baby dolls sold in stores across the country is causing a major controversy. The "You and Me Interactive Triplets" pack store shelves and are considered a popular item according to an employee at one Toys R Us. But customers were never warned about explicit language that would come with the purchase. The dolls are geared for children ages two and older. Some parents say they're afraid kids who get the dolls will be repeating what they hear. There was no comment from Toys R Us or the manufacturer.
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