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Lowndes, other school districts don't expect tax increases

Posted 6/23/2016 in Area

Although its funding request for next year will go up slightly, Lowndes County School District Administrator Kenneth Hughes doesn't expect to see an increase in millage when the district presents its budget for 2017.


CMSD funding request alarms mayor, council

Posted 6/22/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After two days of closed-door discussions with city officials and the county tax assessor, the Columbus Municipal School District appears poised to ask for a significant increase in taxes.


County votes to hire parks consultant

Posted 6/18/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted to hire consulting firm RF Outdoor Consulting, LLC of Clinton to conduct a study of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority.


Tour of duty: Vietnam helicopter pilots find each other during cross-country road trip

Posted 6/18/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Jim Nowicki and Chris Oelerich have retreated to the cool darkness of the bar at The Princess as the shock troops of another Mississippi summer make their first advances. The two men, both retired now, are unwinding after a two-week, 3,000-mile car trip through about half the states to see seven of their old buddies.


County votes to hire parks consultant

Posted 6/17/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted to hire the consulting firm of RF Outdoor Consulting, LLC of Clinton to conduct a study of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority. The move came over the objections of two supervisors and a request from a city representative to delay the choice and allow the city to participate in selecting the consultants.


Retiree wins prize -- a motocross motorcycle

Posted 6/17/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sammie Duck has been retired for six years now after a 39-year career in the U.S. Army. It's probably time to take up a hobby. Motocross racing, maybe?


Slimantics: Muhammad Ali: An American original

Posted 6/15/2016 in Local Columns

In the days since the death of Muhammad Ali, much has been said and written in an attempt to capture the essence of the man.


Lock & Dam repair plan expected soon

Posted 6/13/2016 in Local Columns

Six months after a pair of barges crashed in the dam at the East Bank of the Columbus Lock & Dam, Corps of Engineers Operations Manager Rick Saucer has an idea of the extent of the damage down the one of the dam's five massive gates.


Late collapse ends Bulldogs' College World Series hopes

Posted 6/11/2016 in College Sports

Mississippi State routinely sets attendance records in college baseball. They may have set an attendance record of another sort Saturday night - the quietest gathering of 13,452 people ever assembled to watch a college baseball game.


MSU baseball: The return of the Byrne

In ancient Greek philosophy, it was called "First Cause," the idea that everything seen in the visible world can be linked to one original source or "first cause." Applied in a less cosmic sense, you could make the argument that the "first cause" for the success Mississippi State's football and baseball programs now enjoy can be attributed to the first of three hires made in 2008.


Bulldogs ride pitching, timely bats to sweep

Mississippi State has now played in 35 NCAA baseball regionals and as of Sunday night have won 12 of them. As regionals go, the one that ended Sunday was very, very good for the Bulldogs, but it wasn't a "Super" regional. That comes this weekend.


MSU beats Cal State Fullerton at its game

Posted 6/4/2016 in Local Columns

For much of Saturday's showdown between the top-seeded Mississippi State baseball team and second-seeded Cal State Fullerton, the Bulldog faithful were there, 10,656 of them. They just didn't seem to know what to do. This wasn't what they were accustomed to.


Miley: New radios are 'lifeline' for LCSO

Posted 6/4/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A common assumption is a law enforcement officer's most important tool is his or her weapon.


Area counties remove 'No Guns Allowed' signs

Posted 6/2/2016 in Area

It is still possible to encounter "No Guns Allowed" signs around the area. You just won't see them at any county-owned buildings.


Trust Fund rebound has county cautiously optimistic

Posted 6/1/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors know from recent experience the folly of counting their chickens before they hatch. Even so, the county's "nest egg" in its Hospital Trust Fund is considerably larger than it was at the start of the year.


Slimantics: Is Mississippi on the threshold of an economic death spiral?

Posted 6/1/2016 in Local Columns

Each April, when the Mississippi legislature ends its session, the furor over new legislation generally drifts away and most Mississippians never really feel the consequences of those new laws in any meaningful way.


25 students begin summer job program

Posted 5/31/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For most folks, today means its back to work after the long Memorial Day weekend. But for many of the students participating in the City of Columbus Summer Job program, today marks their introduction into the working world.


Slimantics: On Memorial Day weekend, a slice of Americana

Posted 5/28/2016 in Local Columns

It is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and the campground at DeWayne Hayes Recreation Center is filled to capacity. All 100 campsites are occupied, some elaborately so, with enormous campers, adorned with flags, personalized signs, even satellite dishes.


Hughes makes spirited case for education

Posted 5/27/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Nov. 4, Jay Hughes, a Democrat from Oxford, upset incumbent Brad Mayo, a Republican, in the election for the District 12 House of Representatives seat. Hughes ran on the campaign motto, "It all starts with education."


April jobless rates in Golden Triangle lowest in years

Posted 5/26/2016 in Area

The last time unemployment rates in Lowndes County were this low? 2001.



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