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Slimantics: Democratic run-off will be test of re-tooled state party

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Thursday afternoon, David Baria arrived in Columbus for a campaign event at the Lowndes County Courthouse.


Area unemployment spikes, still lower than last year

Posted 6/21/2018 in Area

Although unemployment rates spiked in Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties in May -- increases of anywhere from 1 percent to 1.7 percent compared to April -- data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security suggests that the unemployment rates have flattened after a steady increase over the past year.


Slimantics: Is this what America has become?

Posted 6/21/2018 in Local Columns

You've probably been hearing a lot about the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration, either from Trump and his surrogates or from every Mississippi Republican currently holding office in D.C. or campaigning for one of those seats.


CVB board delays budget discussions

Posted 6/19/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On the same day the City of Columbus issued a reminder to restaurants they should not collect a 2-percent restaurant sales tax after June 30, the body most affected by that change delayed discussion plans for dealing with it.


A patient pastime: Columbus resident styles 'trees in a pot' in ancient horticultural art

Posted 6/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When John Weathers retired and moved to Columbus in 2007, he looked around for something to fill his time. After remodeling his home for about a year, he tried his hand at fishing. After a year of that, he was bored.


Slimantics: It ain't easy bein' Blue

Posted 6/14/2018 in Local Columns

There is one immutable truth for Democrats in Mississippi: Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, comes easy.


Making a splash: Caledonia mulls building splash pad while other area cities praise value of theirs

Posted 6/13/2018 in Area

The town of Caledonia hopes to make a big splash at a one-acre parcel located next to the YMCA.


Slimantics: A lesson for losers

Posted 6/12/2018 in Local Columns

As surely as the sun rose today, there are people in our community whose lives seem irreparably broken.


Church group surveys Pecan Acres residents about possible relocation

Posted 6/11/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Kay Brocato called it "serendipitous." Bishop Lawrence White considered it a small act of providence. Whichever term you prefer, the result was the same. For residents of Starkville's Pecan Acres, it meant another opportunity to have their voices heard.


Holistic health coach shares personal stories of battling addiction

Posted 6/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kristi Porter Carrico has done her research, obtained certifications, read volumes and learned from some of the pioneers of holistic medicine.


Slimantics: Second Amendment jumps the shark

Posted 6/8/2018 in Local Columns

Good sense took a beating Thursday in the Mississippi Supreme Court.


Gas prices up from last year but expected to stabilize

Posted 6/6/2018 in Area

If you are looking for a way to remain optimistic about gasoline prices, the best thing to note is that it could be worse, said Don Redman of AAA, which monitors gas prices.


Supes hear proposal for county baseball fields

Posted 6/5/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Funding recreation in the county was the topic of the day during Monday's meeting of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.


Trade war could affect Steel Dynamics

Posted 6/4/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus may find itself in the crosshairs of an international trade war after the Trump Administration said Thursday it would impose steep tariffs on metals imported from its North America trade partners, and Mexico retaliated with its own tariffs.


Escape on the water: Second-place winner in Paddle Fest escaped Cuba on homemade raft in 1994

Posted 6/2/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Saturday's Island Paddle Fest drew participants from several states, but nobody paddled farther than Roberto Vazquez Ferie.


Low turn-out expected for Tuesday's primary votes

Posted 6/1/2018 in Area

Local circuit clerks expect low turn-out for Tuesday's primary elections.


CPD chief lauds Task Force efforts for reducing gang activity

Posted 5/30/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's not as simple as red and blue anymore.


Slimantics: Buses, food, tea and the National Anthem

Posted 5/26/2018 in Local Columns

Rosa Parks was not opposed to buses. Gandhi harbored no ill will against food. As far as we know, our Forefathers liked tea just fine.


The Running Man: Columbus cardiologist fled Uganda death squads as a teen

Posted 5/26/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Dr. Julius Kato was just a boy of 14 he began running. He hasn't stopped running since.


OCH could decide on affiliation by June

Posted 5/25/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The OCH Regional Medical Center's Board of Trustees held the last of three meetings Thursday to evaluate proposals from three health care systems vying for an affiliation with the hospital.



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