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Bill Ballou's baseball notes: Winning 100 would add to Red Sox accomplishments


Date: 4/21/2018 6:32:00 PM

The Red Sox have crossed many things off their to-do list since John Henry and friends bought the team in 2002. Beating the Yankees in the historic 2004 ALCS comeback, winning three World Series, winning back-to-back division titles, selling out 820

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‘My vote’s going to be no’: Horace King bridge removed from Mott’s Green project


Date: 4/10/2018 3:39:00 PM

I mean, we have bathrooms that are being locked up at night. We have bathrooms that are being destroyed. We had the Lake Oliver bathroom burn down. We had the Mott house burn down.” Local historian Virginia Causey has said she considers it an odd place

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Twins had big dreams — but those plans were shattered after brother killed in Easter shooting


Date: 4/7/2018 3:30:00 PM

“That let’s you know he’s protecting himself. ... He does work security.” Eric told his story at the Lake Oliver Marina, a place he visits regularly to enjoy nature. He said he brought his brother there on occasion to discuss their dreams for the

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4-year-old recovered in Bibb Pond on 10th day of search efforts


Date: 4/6/2018 5:15:00 PM

The Rabon family spent their days waiting at Lake Oliver Marina, praying for a miracle. "Every day, me and Jeremy would go down and talk to this family- three, four, five times a day. They would wait for us to leave at night, knowing we were going to come

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Missing 4-year-old boy was found in debris pool at Bibb Pond


Date: 4/6/2018 2:34:00 PM

The boy’s body was located about 250 yards south of Lake Oliver dam in a debris pool in Bibb Pond, the deputy coroner said. The body of the 27-year-old father was recovered in the same area on Easter Sunday. Divers, DNR rangers and a team from Columbia

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• River: Chattahoochee River
• Length: 40 Miles
• Surface Area: 2,150 Acres
• Maximum Depth: 50 feet
Lake Oliver is a 2,150-acre (8.7 km2) reservoir on the Chattahoochee River, which lies south of Goat Rock Dam (Goat Rock Lake). The lake is created by the Oliver Dam and Generating Plant, which was completed in 1959 by Georgia Power.

The lake was named for James McCoy Oliver, an executive of Georgia Power at the time. Oliver Dam has four turbine units, and the dam itself is 70 feet tall and 2,150 feet (660 m) long. At the southern end of the reservoir, Lake Oliver is relatively wide but quickly narrows and becomes almost riverine at the northern end of the lake, at the foot of the Goat Rock Dam upstream.

Public access to the lake is limited to one marina owned by the City of Columbus and one boat ramp near Goat Rock Dam on the Alabama side. Since Lake Oliver is entirely within the city limits of Columbus, Georgia, the shore is densely settled on both the Georgia and Alabama sides. Green Island Hills, an upscale development, is located on the lake at the mouth of Standing Boy Creek. Given the amount of settlement, there are many private access points to the lake.

In the summer, the lake is very crowded with recreational activity. The other three seasons usually see anglers fishing for bream. Lake Oliver also serves as the municipal water supply for Columbus.

The location of Oliver Dam is approximately at the Fall Line of the Chattahoochee River. Between Oliver Dam and the downtown Columbus, a few miles downstream, the river drops nearly 100 feet (30 m) in elevation.

Lake Oliver is the northernmost point of the Chattahoochee Riverwalk a fifteen mile long bicycle pathway that extends southward to Fort Benning.
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