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Accident in Iraq kills Fort Benning soldier

COLUMBUS, GA. --- An Army soldier from Columbus has died in Iraq.

The U.S. Defense Department said Sgt. Johnny W. Lumpkin, 38, died Friday from wounds sustained in an accident in Taji. Family members told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that Lumpkin was taking apart equipment on a radar tower when the equipment fell on his head.

Lumpkin was stationed at Fort Benning. It was his second tour in Iraq.

He was married with a 19-year-old son and two teenage stepchildren.

Family members said Lumpkin joined the Army at 31 because he was having trouble finding a steady job and wanted to support his family.

Humane society will try online pet matching

ATHENS, GA. --- The Athens Area Humane Society is taking a cue from popular online dating sites.

The shelter is launching a program to pair dogs and cats with owners based on personalities and preferences.

Called "Meet Your Match," the Web site labels pets with color-coded tags such as "leader" or "party animal." Prospective owners will take an online personality test to help them choose a pet.

The program was created by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Studies by the group show programs such as "Meet Your Match" have increased adoptions by 40 percent and decreased euthanasia by 46 percent.

In other news

THE BODY OF A MAN who drowned in the Ocmulgee River in Monroe County was found early Sunday. The 19-year-old had disappeared about 12 hours earlier when he fell off an inner tube and tried to swim to a dock in the river. He wasn't wearing a life preserver.