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Watermelons coming, but slow going

Posted 7/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every year, the Gilmer family of Caledonia circles July 4th on the calendar.


Lowndes Co. supes move ahead with E911 expansion

Posted 7/1/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors cleared the final hurdle in its plans to begin work on an expanded E911 Center during Tuesday's regular board meeting, voting unanimously to award the contract for construction.


Slimantics: State flag decision should not be a popularity contest

Posted 6/25/2015 in Local Columns

The debate over whether or not Mississippi should change the state flag to remove the image of the Confederate flag has featured many of the predictable arguments of previous debates on this issue.


Area unemployment rate jumps as summer arrives

Posted 6/25/2015 in Area

One glance at the latest unemployment numbers tells us one thing: School is out for summer.


Howland looks to build on basketball legacy

Posted 6/23/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Three months after being named Mississippi State's men's basketball coach, Ben Howland made his first appearance before the Starkville Rotary Club at its regular meeting Monday at Starkville Country Club.


Slimantics: A graceful exit? Not a chance

Posted 6/20/2015 in Local Columns

Thursday, I spent a couple hours with Uncle Bunky watching him work his wonders at Camp Rising Sun.


Slimantics: Uncle Bunky: Twilight at Camp Rising Sun

Posted 6/19/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

He is unsteady on his feet and the left hand that holds the Sharpie trembles noticeably as he draws his cartoon images. But his spirit remains young.


Slimantics: Second chances and the Scarlet Letter

Posted 6/18/2015 in Local Columns

The email came from a woman who I will call "Anna" for the sake of protecting her identity and her current job.


Lowndes Co. purchases property near courthouse

Posted 6/16/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors agreed Monday to purchase a parking lot and building near the courthouse.


Slimantics: The misery of LLAs

Posted 6/16/2015 in Local Columns

They are Life's Little Annoyances, the inconveniences too small to be considered serious, yet big enough to make us temporarily insane.


Karriem likely heading to Legislature

Posted 6/11/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The death of incumbent state Rep. Esther Harrison early Wednesday leaves one person's name on the ballot in the District 41 election: Kabir Karriem, the Columbus councilman from Ward 5.


CREATE executive: 'We have a massive problem on our hands'

For the past 10 years, Lewis Whitfield has been an executive with CREATE, the Tupelo-based community foundation that has grown to serve 17 counties in northeast Mississippi since it was founded in 1972.


Unemployment rates drop through area

Posted 6/5/2015 in Area

Jobless rates continue to decline throughout the nation, a trend that is true not only of Mississippi as a whole, but of the Golden Triangle, too.


Land-swap means new park for New Hope

Posted 6/4/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Within a few months, New Hope may have a new playground, thanks primarily to a stipulation that jeopardized Lowndes County's ability to secure future grants from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


Slimantics: It's exploitive. It's miserable. It's must-watch TV!

Posted 6/3/2015 in Local Columns

The folks at CBS have a hit series on their hands, if last week's debut of the new "reality" series "The Briefcase" is any indicator.


County proposes land-swap with school district

Posted 6/2/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors voted Monday to approve advertising to solicit public comment on a proposed land swap between the county and its school district.


MDEQ grant helps Lowndes Co. fight illegal dump sites

Posted 5/29/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders recalls a time when illegal dumps were as much a part of the rural landscape as fence posts and hay bales.


Tronox to close one of two facilities

Posted 5/28/2015 in Area

Tronox officials have announced the company will cease production of sodium chlorate at its Hamilton facility at the end of November.


Slimantics: Stennis biography brings legend to life

Posted 5/28/2015 in Local Columns

John C. Stennis, who served as U.S. Senator from Mississippi for 41-plus years, has been dead for 20 years.


While focused on auto industry, MSU's CAVS broadens its scope

Posted 5/27/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Now with a regular staff of 60 full-time employees and 240 professors, faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students, Mississippi State University's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems has grown enormously since it was founded in 2000 as part of the state's efforts to recruit Nissan to the state.



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