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Hotels see steady growth in Golden Triangle

Posted yesterday in Area

Last week, when the cities of Columbus and Starkville released their sales tax income for July, they showed healthy increases in retail and restaurant tax revenue compared to July 2015.


McConnell: MSMS remains great investment in education

Posted 9/23/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Germain McConnell, executive director at the Mississippi School for Math & Science, freely admits the two-year residential high school located on the MUW campus isn't for everyone.


YMCA renovations nearing completion

Posted 9/20/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Longtime visitors to the Frank Phillips YMCA in downtown Columbus are convinced the renovations of the 86-year-old facility included an expansion.


Leigh Mall parking lot repaving project begins

Posted 9/19/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Work has begun on a long-awaited repaving project in the Leigh Mall parking area.


West Point man represents US in World Water Ski Championships

Posted 9/12/2016 in Area

Last Wednesday afternoon, John Burris of West Point got in his final practice session before leaving for Sesena, Spain, for the World Water Ski Championships, which begin this week.


MSU offers signs of how good it can be

Posted 9/11/2016 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE Raise you hand if you saw this coming. Two games into the 2016 football season, it's still hard to know what to make of the Mississippi State football team. For now, the Bulldogs reside in that murky zone between awful and awesome. Most likely, Bulldog fans are fine with that uncertainty.


Ricky Ball Shooting: Citizens react to ex-officer's indictment

Posted 9/10/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At a little before 11 a.m. Friday, a group of about a dozen people gathered at the back entrance at the Lowndes County Courthouse.


Slimantics: State's budget crisis requires the people's attention

Posted 9/9/2016 in Local Columns

It is easy, often tempting, to ignore the machinations of our state government.


Slimantics: A highly questionable debut for Bulldogs

Posted 9/3/2016 in Local Columns

Saturday, Mississippi State fans were reminded of the memorable words from our Founding Document: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal -- except in football. We're definitely not saying that."


Embracing the 'Game-Day experience'

Mississippi State will open its 2016 football season Saturday at home against South Alabama and most Bulldog fans will be watching on TV -- even those at Davis Wade Stadium.


Slimantics: Gator hunters miss the 'larger' point

Posted 9/2/2016 in Local Columns

It's alligator season in Mississippi and I have a "large" problem with that.


MUW: Flag removal will be permanent

Posted 8/31/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi flag has been taken down at Mississippi University for Women, but the timing of its removal may have had more to do with construction than Reconstruction.


Property re-appraisals show stability in real estate market

Posted 8/27/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although you probably have not realized it, Greg Andrews or a member of his staff has been to your house or business and driven past your property three other times in the last four years.


Holloway convicted on simple assault charges

Posted 8/26/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway was found guilty of two counts of simple assault Friday after he admitted to firing a handgun into the air during a confrontation with his neighbor last year.


Design, fundraising underway for children's museum

Posted 8/24/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This month, the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board selected an architecture and a design firm to transform the old Elks Building into a children's discovery center and museum.


Slimantics: Country Mouse vs. City Mouse

Posted 8/24/2016 in Local Columns

Maybe I'm just getting old, but more and more as of late, current events stir the echoes of my childhood.


Slimantics: Pappy 0'Bryant and his 'brain trust'

Posted 8/23/2016 in Local Columns

This month, the people who run the state -- Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn -- announced their intentions to "reform" the state's tax structure as a means of a reviving a state economy that appears to be poised on the edge of the abyss.


Rio Olympics boosts local interest in swimming, gymnastics

Posted 8/20/2016 in Area

Every year about this time, Swim Columbus coach Chris Chain is a busy man, even though his swimmers are in the middle of a two-week break.


County's solar farms meeting expectations

Posted 8/19/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Imagine a farm that requires no workers and where every day is harvest.


Slimantics: Mississippi: The Free State of ALEC

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

Here's how it is supposed to work: Every four years, Mississippians go to the polls to elect fellow Mississippians to serve our interests by crafting legislation to address the state's unique issues.



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