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Slimantics: Winners all

Posted 3/27/2015 in Local Columns

In roughly 25 years as a sports journalist, I've covered all sorts of basketball games - from Final Fours to the NBA Playoffs to innumerable high school and college games from Florida to California. But I never covered a game quite like the one staged Thursday at the Columbus High gym.

 

Unemployment dips, but experts say students skew numbers

Posted 3/26/2015 in Area

The Golden Triangle saw an impressive dip in unemployment rates over the past month, but the numbers, while generally encouraging, can be a bit deceiving.

 

Columbus doctors disappointed with Jones' dismissal

Posted 3/25/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The furor over the forced departure of Dan Jones as Chancellor at the University of Mississippi has reached into almost every corner of the state, including Columbus.

 

Slimantics: Carryin' on ...

Posted 3/23/2015 in Local Columns

One of the unintended consequences of the technological age, we are told, is a homogenization of American culture. Through technology, our world has become much smaller, mainly because we can communicate instantly with people everywhere, sharing our ideas, beliefs and opinions.

 

Lowndes Co. schools working toward leaving 'sewer business'

Posted 3/17/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees goes along with a pair of proposals presented during a board meeting Monday, the district may soon find itself all but out of the "sewer business."

 

Supes vote to fund small Riverwalk extension

Posted 3/14/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Riverwalk extension will likely get another extension.

 

Lowndes unemployment rate above 9 percent

Posted 3/12/2015 in Area

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security released its monthly labor report Wednesday, but unlike previous months, the most recent unemployment statistics do not include comparisons to the previous month or year statistics.

 

Fed official to Kiwanis: Economic outlook good

Posted 3/12/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Martha Perine Beard went out on a high note Wednesday.

 

Ruling could have major impact on state's insured

Posted 3/11/2015 in State

When the U.S. Supreme Court announces its ruling on the legality of federal subsides for Americans who enrolled for health care through the federal health care marketplace, the decision could have a direct impact on roughly 100,000 Mississippians.

 

State treasurer: Unemployment, revenue numbers remain strong

Posted 3/11/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When state treasurer Lynn Fitch visited Columbus Tuesday to speak at the monthly meeting of the Lowndes County Republican Women, she had some good news to report but also shared concerns.

 

Slimantics: Legislature should reject special needs education bills

Posted 3/10/2015 in Local Columns

Today, the Mississippi Senate and House will vote on a pair of bills previously passed by the other chambers that would establish a voucher system to allow parents of special-needs students to enroll children in private schools where, at least theoretically, those students to have a better chance at earning a high school diploma.

 

Local homeless coalition continues push

Posted 3/6/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle Regional Homeless Coalition has reached a significant milestone in its mission to establish the area's only homeless shelter.

 

Slimantics: Memo to the Mayor: You break it, you own it

Posted 3/4/2015 in Local Columns

Tuesday evening, the Columbus City Council appointed two members to the Columbus Municipal School District - Stephen Jones and Currie Fisher.

 

Cold temps, ice potential on the way

Posted 3/4/2015 in Area

Precisely a week after a winter storm dumped four-to-eight inches of snow in the Golden Triangle, another storm will move into the area late this evening.

 

Caledonia, Crawford to get new fire stations

Posted 3/4/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors approved loans for a total of $172,000 to allow for two new fire stations in the county while deferring action on a third substation during Monday's regular meeting.

 

Mullen: Change in beliefs leads to gridiron success

Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen might have been forgiven for basking in the moment during Monday's appearance at the Starkville Rotary Club.

 

Search process in place for next MUW president

Posted 3/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If all goes smoothly, Mississippi University for Women should have a new president as early as this fall.

 

Slimantics: Mullen raises the bar of expectations

Posted 3/3/2015 in Local Columns

Dan Mullen breezed into the Starkville Country Club 15 minutes late for his speaking engagement at the Starkville Rotary Club.

 

The Mill: 'It's really coming together'

For long-time developer Mark Castleberry, The Mill at Mississippi State University represents the most challenging project of his career.

 

Slimantics: Proposed tax cut a cynical ploy

Posted 2/26/2015 in Local Columns

My grandfather was a share-cropper in Tippah County, a widower trying to raise six daughters in the height of The Great Depression.

 

 

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