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Slimantics: Phil Bryant's Hunger Games

Posted 2/4/2016 in Local Columns

It was November, and the people who run things in Mississippi, including those not working out of the offices of ALEC in D.C., were breathing a collective sigh of relief.


Tagert: Time is now for road/bridge repairs

Posted 2/3/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mike Tagert likened the current condition of Mississippi's highway and bridges to a leaking roof during his visit Tuesday to the Columbus Rotary Club at Lion Hills Center.


Lowndes supervisors approve county road plan

Posted 2/2/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

While the Mississippi legislature debates a proposed $375 million project to repair the state's bridges and highways, Lowndes County will have to wait only until late spring to begin its work on improving county roads.


Roberson jumps into spotlight with committee assignments

The Mississippi House of Representatives completed its committee assignments on Friday. For most legislators, the assignments figure to be low-key tasks not likely to draw much public scrutiny.


Local legislators land committee assignments

Posted 2/1/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although the Legislature has been in session for two weeks, the real work begins today.


Slimantics: Tupelo owes an enduring debt to Jack Reed Sr.

Posted 1/30/2016 in Local Columns

In Tupelo, Elvis is king. In fact, he is more prominent in death than he ever was in life. Up until his death in 1977, the only homage paid to the entertainer in the town of his birth was a small park in East Tupelo, which was home to a swimming pool, youth center and the small two-room shotgun house where he was born in 1935. There were no celebrations or festivals in the city to celebrate him.


Higher jobless rate may mean more in workforce

Posted 1/28/2016 in Area

The unemployment rate in Mississippi and in each of the four Golden Triangle counties is higher than it was a month ago, according to labor market statistics released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.


Slimantics: Two meetings, two perceptions of police

Posted 1/27/2016 in Local Columns

On Tuesday, Columbus interim police chief Fred Shelton spoke at the Columbus Rotary Club at Lion Hills Center. Although he has made numerous public appearances in the roughly three months he has served as interim chief, this was just the second time I had heard him speak.


Colorful canoeist left his mark along the rivers

Posted 1/22/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In February 2010, Mickey Brislin was walking along the Columbus Riverwalk when he was approached by two men near the small boat dock. At first, Brislin was wary.


Slimantics: The new police chief: a bewildering choice

Posted 1/20/2016 in Local Columns

Eighteenth Century British essayist Samuel Johnson once observed of a friend who was planning to re-marry a few years after his first marriage ended badly, "It is a triumph of hope over experience."


Brooks, Smith abstain from voting during supes meeting

Posted 1/16/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors held their regular board meeting Friday. All five supervisors were present, but just three voted.


Karriem: First weeks in Legislature have been about learning

Posted 1/15/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been almost two weeks since Kabir Karriem was sworn into the Mississippi House of Representatives.


Solar farms up and running in Lowndes Co.

Posted 1/15/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The juice is flowing.


Barge removal complete at Lock & Dam

Posted 1/14/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

About 2 p.m. Wednesday, the towboat James Garrett moved the second barge away from the John C. Stennis Lock & Dam, pushing it against the west bank of the Tombigbee River approximately 19 days after the barge and another became lodged against the dam, creating a brief tourist attraction.


Barge removal underway

Posted 1/13/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One down, one to go. Work began Tuesday on salvage operations at the east bank of the John C. Stennis Lock & Dam in Columbus, where two run-away barges came to rest after colliding with the dam on Dec. 26.


Slimantics: Salvage operations are the talk of the Tombigbee

Posted 1/13/2016 in Local Columns

It began with a trickle of spectators braving the frosty early morning Tuesday to watch as the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based River Salvage Co. arrived at the John C. Stennis Lock & Dam to start work on removing two barges that had lodged against the dam, one half-submerged, the other resting tranquilly atop it.


Hickman addresses CMSD's poor test results

Posted 1/12/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On a night when it faced the grim results of state testing for math and English in grades 3-8, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees were presented with some more encouraging news on several other fronts during its regular board meeting Monday.


LCSD elects new officers, considers food service proposal

Posted 1/11/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first meeting of the year for the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees was held Friday, with board members hearing updates on various projects, recognizing administrators and students and hearing a proposal from a food service management company.


As executive air travel explodes, GTRA finds a balance

Posted 1/9/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been almost a year since Golden Triangle Regional Airport Executive Director Mike Hainsey secured the local matching funds for a $1.5 million federal grant to be used to secure west-bound commercial passenger service for the airport.


More funds expected for Riverwalk, horse park

Posted 1/8/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

State revenue is down by $53 million from projections for the first four months of the fiscal year, but two local projects which are relying on more state funding should be able to move forward as planned.



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