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Slimantics: There are no one-week solutions to poverty

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Columns

When I arrived at the scene of the last week's World Changers project in Steens, my first thought was that no licensed contractor would touch it. It was simply too far gone for human habitation.


The Book of Joe: LINK CEO Higgins enlists ghostwriter to work on book project

Posted 6/24/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It has been six months since the CBS News program "60 Minutes" told the Joe Max Higgins story of how the colorful, homespun economic development CEO brought manufacturing jobs to the Golden Triangle at a time when the industry was stagnant at best.


Slimantics: When a win is really a loss

Posted 6/23/2017 in Local Columns

When The 5th District Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling against Mississippi's HB1523, also known as "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act," on Thursday, a lot of folks didn't know whether to shrug their shoulders or set their hair on fire and run down the street.


Unemployment continues to drop in Golden Triangle

Posted 6/22/2017 in Area

School is out ... and it shows.


Building hope: World Changers mission takes on 14 projects in Lowndes Co.

Posted 6/22/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One look at Lexi Moon and you know exactly what she's been up to. The boot on her left foot has a large splatter of white paint and her jeans and T-shirt are smeared with paint, too. Her hands are covered in it.


Childhood home of noted Disney animator, painter Joshua Meador is on the market

Posted 6/21/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The house on the corner Sixth Avenue North and Ninth Street in Columbus has been for sale for about a month.


Columbus summer job program to start Tuesday

Posted 6/17/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus' summer job program will begin Tuesday, three weeks later than normal and after a mad scramble to put the program together.


Legal path cleared for Caledonia election

Posted 6/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia will hold its second municipal election of this cycle on July 18 as planned as concerns about whether the town would have the requisite number of election commissioners to stage it have presumably been alleviated.


Rep. Kelly confirms he was first target of Virginia shooter

Posted 6/15/2017 in Area

Mississippi Rep. Trent Kelly was the first intended victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball park, where members of Congress were practicing for a charity baseball game.


Slimantics: The lost art of the lawn mower

Posted 6/15/2017 in Local Columns

We have reached the time of year where most of us will spend our time outside looking for something to stand under. It's all shelter or shade until October now.


Candidate's aunt steps down from Caledonia election commission

Posted 6/14/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia's ability to hold its municipal election on July 18 may depend on a work schedule.


Caledonia sets new election for July 18

Posted 6/13/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia voters will return to the polls on July 18 to select the town's mayor and aldermen.


Artist's 'Stark Vegas' design steps into spotlight

Posted 6/10/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Sports Center has a little -- and in some cases a lot of -- just about everything when it comes to sports apparel.


Caledonia tosses out election results; calls for new vote

Posted 6/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia's election commission announced Thursday it would ask voters to return to the polls to elect the mayor and board of aldermen in the wake of ballot mishandling that led the commission chair to resign.


Willis provided a teacher's sense of order to Caledonia board

Posted 6/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Brenda Willis attended her last meeting as a Caledonia alderman Tuesday evening. After two decades on the board, she did not run for re-election this year.


Caledonia mayor's race still undecided

Posted 6/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The effort to confirm the election result of the mayor of Caledonia will stretch into two days -- and possibly longer -- after three separate counts of the votes has produced three different vote tallies in a razor-thin race between incumbent Bill Lawrence and challenger Mitch Wiggins.


Slimantics: The Count of Caledonia

Posted 6/8/2017 in Local Columns

Question: Who won the Caledonia mayor's race? Answer: We don't know.


Caledonia mayor's race too close to call

Posted 6/7/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While the town of Caledonia has chosen four members of its board of aldermen, the mayor's race and the final alderman's position are still too close to call.


Caledonia candidates make final push

Posted 6/6/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Less than 24 hours before today's Caledonia municipal elections, not all the hay was in the barn, said the two men vying for mayor.


Mayor, three council seats on the line Tuesday

Posted 6/3/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city government of Columbus will have at least one new face when the next four-year cycle begins on July 1 after Frederick Jackson defeated incumbent Marty Turner in the Ward 4 Democratic primary runoff on May 16.



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