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Lynn Spruill: Local airports, both a field of dreams and an economic driver

Posted 2/5/2016 in Local Columns

It was where I went when I wanted to be alone; it was where I went when I was frustrated or mad at my parents; it was where I went when I wanted a place to think and dream; it was a place where I saw my future. I occasionally visited during the day, but an airport is magical at night.

 

Lynn Spruill: My STARKVEGAS

Posted 1/29/2016 in Local Columns

During a recent televised MSU men's basketball game something crystallized for me. The camera was focused on the band, which was whipping the crowd into a frenzy -- not too difficult seeing as we were leading Ole Miss.

 

Lynn Spruill: A partnership beneficial to all

Posted 1/22/2016 in Local Columns

It is the 15th year since the creation of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership (GSDP).

 

Lynn Spruill: Public spaces

Posted 1/15/2016 in Local Columns

It seems to be an issue that isn't an issue but is, if you know what I mean.

 

Lynn Spruill: TIFs, hand-out or a legitimate development tool?

Posted 1/8/2016 in Local Columns

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a catchy name for a government give away in the form of a tax break. It's an inducement used to attract new business or a development that might not otherwise happen, a way to prime the pump, if you will.

 

Lynn Spruill: Back at ya, Dak

Posted 1/4/2016 in Local Columns

For some reason I got my bowl game dates mixed up and had us playing on New Year's Eve instead of the 30th.

 

Lynn Spruill: Resolutions

Posted 1/2/2016 in Local Columns

It is that time of year again. Most of us have eaten and spent more than we should. And now what do we do about it? Why, we make a New Year's resolution, of course. There is something appealing about that line between an ending and a new beginning. There is hope and the possibility of better things. If 2015 wasn't your best year, look at the new year as a new opportunity.

 

Lynn Spruill: A safe place

Posted 12/18/2015 in Local Columns

Veering off my usual morning route, instead of Sonic first, for some reason I can't recall, I rounded the corner from South Montgomery to Academy Road here in Starkville and noticed a sign in front of the fire station there. It read "Safe Place."

 

Lynn Spruill: 'Sunday Morning'

Posted 12/14/2015 in Local Columns

There is something special about the TV news magazine "CBS Sunday Morning." I have watched it since Charles Kuralt was the anchor. In fact, I still expect to hear his voice when the baroque styled trumpet theme of Abblasen plays the opening notes. Nothing against the current Charles, but he just isn't Kuralt.

 

Lynn Spruill: Marketing the holidays

Posted 11/27/2015 in Local Columns

It is time for the rollout of a new batch of Christmas and holiday commercials.

 

Lynn Spruill: Scare tactics

Posted 11/20/2015 in Local Columns

Some things just leave you speechless.

 

Lynn Spruill: A bid for the future

Posted 11/13/2015 in Local Columns

In Starkville, Highway 12 is our most active commercial corridor.

 

Lynn Spruill: Saying a grateful good-bye

Posted 11/6/2015 in Local Columns

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Starkville held their last formal meeting in the old location this week.

 

Lynn Spruill: Focused on a solution

Posted 10/30/2015 in Local Columns

One of the overriding challenges facing organizations is how to increase membership and encourage wider involvement.

 

Lynn Spruill: Back to the future

Posted 10/23/2015 in Local Columns

This summer Starkville's city leaders engaged an independent consulting firm to develop a new comprehensive plan.

 

Lynn Spruill: Razor-wire cuts downtown options

Posted 10/16/2015 in Local Columns

We are seeing so much energy and activity in downtown Starkville these days.

 

Lynn Spruill: Our third place

Posted 10/12/2015 in Local Columns

The "Third Place" is a phrase used by professionals studying the process of community building.

 

Lynn Spruill: Apartment moratorium a bad idea

Posted 10/2/2015 in Local Columns

I have on good authority a moratorium prohibiting the building of new apartments was going to be on the agenda of the Board of Aldermen.

 

Lynn Spruill: Budgetary ESP

Posted 9/18/2015 in Local Columns

I don't know what got into the water this year that both the county and the city were secretive about the budget numbers they were developing.

 

Lynn Spruill: Convictions have consequences

Posted 9/11/2015 in Local Columns

This is not a new theme for me, so let me reiterate a core belief.

 

 

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