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MSU Hunger Banquet raises awareness of area food insecurity

Posted 10/22/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

There was a banquet Friday afternoon at the Bost Extension Center on the Mississippi State University campus. Ninety normally ravenous MSU students, mostly freshmen, gathered for the meal. But for once, nobody seemed to have much of an appetite.


MUW will name buildings after Turner, Summer

Posted 10/21/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women has been given the approval to name two buildings in honor of a pair of educators who devoted almost 60 years of combined experience in shaping the lives of students from age 6 to their 20s.


MSU graduate student happy to be chosen as marrow donor

Posted 10/20/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

After six years at Mississippi State, Martin Kinsey's next few months are all about tying up some loose ends.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Awareness provides dividends in treatment of breast cancer

Posted 10/14/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In his 19-plus years as an oncologist, Dr. Wail Alnas has seen steady advancements in breast cancer treatment.


Dickie Scruggs, son advocate for stronger workforce training

Posted 10/12/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

His fame is eclipsed by his infamy.


Slimantics: Dickie Scruggs and second chances

Posted 10/12/2016 in Local Columns

Dickie Scruggs' visit to Columbus Tuesday -- he spoke at the Rotary Club to make his pitch for his non-profit designed to provide support for adult literacy/job training -- captured my attention as soon as his visit was announced.


Tesla charging stations in Columbus hint at arrival of innovative electric car

Posted 10/11/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Teslas are still a rare sight in Mississippi. The state's first and, to date only, Tesla -- a Model S -- was registered to an owner in Jackson in 2014.


After debacle, it's audition time at MSU

Posted 10/8/2016 in Local Columns

It was supposed to be the biggest football weekend of the season at Mississippi State. A Friday night concert set the stage for MSU's game Saturday against Auburn. Talk about your lost weekends, huh?


Companies hope to have KiOR site cleared by end of year

Posted 10/8/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A year after Georgia Renewable Power and Renewable Energy Group purchased the equipment that belonged to KiOR on The Island, much of the equipment remains on the 22-acre parcel.


Atmos to invest $16.7M in area industrial sites

Posted 10/7/2016 in Area

Tuesday afternoon, the upstairs board room at the Golden Triangle Development LINK was crowded with city and county officials, state legislators, economic development leaders and Atmos Energy executives.


Voter registration booming as deadline approaches

Posted 10/7/2016 in Area

Just 31 days before the Nov. 8 election, circuit clerks are reporting surges in voter registrations.


New emergency services center should be complete Friday

Posted 10/6/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By the end of the week, work on Lowndes County's new Emergency Services Center will be complete.


United Way kicks off annual fundraising campaign

Posted 10/5/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

About a year ago, Todd Davis and Patricia Brock got a phone call asking them to come out to the PACCAR plant.


Slimantics: Coming soon: The Columbus-Lowndes Parks and Ruin Authority

Posted 10/4/2016 in Local Columns

Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors met with city of Columbus and members of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority to dig deep into the issues facing the parks system.


Jobless rate dips as students return to school

Posted 10/3/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Unemployment in the Golden Triangle fell in August, but that dip is more a reflection of the start of the school year than a rebound in the economy.


Miss. Black Caucus to meet Saturday in Starkville

Posted 9/30/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus will hold a town hall meeting Saturday at the Starkville Sportsplex, one of a series of town halls the group has been holding throughout the state since the end of the legislative session in April.


Slimantics: Ban a book, rob a mind

Posted 9/30/2016 in Local Columns

This week is Banned Books Week, a week the American Library Association (ALA) sets aside each year to call attention to what, in the minds of literate people, is the one of the most frustrating, wrong-headed, counter-productive practices in civilized society.


Crop outlook rated fair to middlin': Cotton, soybeans and corn rally after poor planting season

Posted 9/27/2016 in Area

Rodney McGill sat in the office at the Bogue Chitto Cotton Gin on Monday, calmly assessing this year's crops.


Slimantics: When cotton was king

Posted 9/27/2016 in Local Columns

It is the time of year in Mississippi where, at some unsuspected turn in the road, the landscape turns a bright white.


Absentee voting begins today

Posted 9/26/2016 in Area

Although the 2016 election is 42 days away, some voters will begin casting their ballots today as absentee voters.



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