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Problem solver: LINK intern spends summer developing research-based guide for Golden Triangle

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Liz Hartmann has a bachelor's degree in international studies and sustainability from Miami University in Ohio. She has worked four years with the "Big Four" accounting firm Deloitte's strategy and operations division, helping with mergers and acquisitions in the health care and pharmaceutical industries.


After fierce debate, county agrees to help fund city parks

Posted 8/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to provide $200,000 to the city of Columbus for use on its parks and recreation for Fiscal Year 2018-19 with no strings attached.


City to reconsider using BMG clinic

Posted 8/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Upon further review, the city of Columbus may not be pulling out of Baptist Medical Group's primary care clinic after all.


Two weeks in Tanzania: Wildlife photographer recounts following 'Great Migration' in Serengeti

Posted 8/14/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Steve Brandon has shot wildlife on all seven continents, but aside from some pesky insects, he hasn't killed anything.


Laundry Love: There's a lot more going on here than detergent and quarters

Posted 8/11/2018 in Community

It was in the spring of 2017 and a group of women from First United Methodist Church in Starkville were participating in a Bible study group when the women began to sense there was something more they should be doing.


For love of the run: Columbus couple host Possum Town Triathlon for competitive athletes, novice runners

Posted 8/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There is probably no couple in the Golden Triangle whose names are more associated with running than Brad and Melissa Atkins.


Second-generation commander: New Columbus Salvation Army leader follows in parents' footsteps

Posted 8/10/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What Lt. Christian Smith lacks in experience as the new commander for the Columbus Salvation Army, he makes up for, well, in experience.


Last call for CHS senior: Stokes-Beard teacher makes encouraging call to same student on the first days of school for 13 years

Posted 8/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Early Monday morning, Columbus High School senior Kayla Carter got a phone call from her teacher wishing her good luck on the first day of school. That would be unusual enough in its own right.


Slimantics: I heart teachers

Posted 8/7/2018 in Local Columns

Beginning Monday, thousands of students throughout Mississippi will return to the classroom for another school year.


'A different way of doing high school': GTECHS will have full slate of students this fall

Posted 8/4/2018 in Area

Alexis Turner and Eli Box have a lot in common. They are both focused and goal-oriented. Both are thoughtful, articulate teens with definite plans what they want to do with their lives.


Slimantics: Reeves, Hood show their hand at Neshoba County Fair

Posted 8/2/2018 in Local Columns

The men who are expected to face off next year in the Mississippi Governor's race shared a stage for the first time Wednesday.


Income-depleted CVB slashes budget for 2019

Posted 7/31/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau isn't dead, but it is in intensive care, CVB Board of Trustees president DeWitt Hicks said Monday.


Longtime state legislator, veterinarian passes away at 87

Posted 7/30/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Are there cigars in heaven? There probably are now. It's hard to imagine Bill "Doc" Canon, who passed away this weekend at age 87, without the stub of a cigar clenched in his jaw as he went about his business.


Caledonia mayor confident soccer complex will secure funding

Posted 7/28/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It might be a stretch, but Caledonia could be playing night soccer by the time the town's recreation season begins in late November.


Cups Up: Malvaney shares his journey from Klansman, coup conspirator to lead man in BP clean-up effort

Posted 7/25/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the spring of 2010, George Malvaney was on the coast as the man in charge of part of what would be the biggest environmental clean-up in U.S. history.


Unemployment rates spike in June

Posted 7/25/2018 in Area

Unemployment rates jumped over the past month, according to data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.


Slimantics: White privilege and prison

Posted 7/25/2018 in Local Columns

I arrived a little early at the Columbus Rotary Club meeting at Lion Hills Center Tuesday and struck up a conversation with the guest speaker.


CVB hopes possible special session will include restaurant tax

Posted 7/23/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The fate of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau beyond the end of the year may depend on whether Gov. Phil Bryant calls a special session of the Legislature.


LCES director discusses emergency notification system costs

Posted 7/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Emergency Services Director Cindy Lawrence packed a lot of information into her 30-minute appearance at Thursday's Columbus Exchange Club meeting at Lion Hills Center, detailing the work of the LCES, informing the audience how to prepare for emergencies and outlining how her agency operates.


Slimantics: Special session could be a Hail Mary pass for restaurant tax

Posted 7/19/2018 in Local Columns

Since March, when the Lowndes County 2-percent restaurant tax was reduced to ashes, local people -- even Jeff Smith, the man most responsible for killing the tax -- pinned their hopes of saving the tax that supports tourism on a special session of the legislature.



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