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Lynn Spruill: Summer has come and gone

Posted 8/15/2014 in Local Columns

Each season has its own special character. Summer always was and I guess to me it always will be June, July and August, the months when school was out.

 

Lynn Spruill: A turning point for downtown?

Posted 8/8/2014 in Local Columns

One of our aldermen has expressed a troublesome and sad view of the future of our downtown. He believes that downtown is doomed to mundane daytime activity and total nighttime irrelevance. That view, while certainly possible, if not probable, is a challenge this board should meet head-on.

 

Lynn Spruill: Lest we forget

Posted 8/1/2014 in Local Columns

As part of my active (as opposed to financial) volunteer pledge this year I have chosen to work with the Alzheimer's Walk scheduled for Oct. 12. Medical literature distinguishes between the types of dementia, but the details of the ravages of this ever more common disease are astounding.

 

Lynn Spruill: A practice that's got to stop

Posted 7/25/2014 in Local Columns

On the agenda of Tuesday, July 22, 2014, was a payment for Carver Drive. Alderman Perkins voted against paying for that work already accomplished on his ward's most significant project. Joining him was Alderman Vaughn. Why?

 

Lynn Spruill: City shouldn't bank on this bad idea

Posted 7/14/2014 in Local Columns

A late-developing plan to put the police department into the Cadence Bank building seems to be a fait accompli. Not only has this train left the station, it's so far down the line, it is almost out of sight. And most likely it won't be stalled no matter what counterproposals might be offered, but I can't help myself. I have to stand on the track and wave a red flag.

 

Lynn Spruill: Yes, the city is in the county

Posted 7/7/2014 in Local Columns

When I was a city employee it was always extremely frustrating to hear a resident complain about the high taxes that citizens of Starkville paid.

 

Lynn Spruill: Carole's joie de vivre

Posted 6/20/2014 in Local Columns

There have already been tributes written to Carole and I'm sure there will be more. Each of us has our own stories about this loving and exuberant woman.

 

Lynn Spruill: Rivals, yes, but fellow Mississippians, too

Posted 6/13/2014 in Local Columns

Some aspects of the rivalry between Ole Miss and State leaves me baffled. Don't misunderstand; as long as MSU is playing Ole Miss, there is no contest. MSU is the choice over Ole Miss hands down.

 

Lynn Spruill: Exercise is for the mind

Posted 6/6/2014 in National Columns

There was a jogger the other day trotting down Starkville's Main Street and he conjured up a dreadful case of jealousy that lingers even now.

 

Lynn Spruill: The apprentice system

Posted 5/30/2014 in Local Columns

The concept of an apprenticeship has always made absolute sense to me. I can actually remember when such skills as blacksmithing or carpentry came from a history of family work.

 

Lynn Spruill: Office politics

Posted 5/23/2014 in Local Columns

We get along like cats and dogs. Literally.

 

Lynn Spruill: What do we want to be?

Posted 5/16/2014 in Local Columns

The most recent study done on behalf of the Golden Triangle Development Link by POLICOM Corporation was presented on Tuesday morning at EMCC. The Dispatch offered an insightful editorial on the critical finding about education and the opportunities this requires from the people who care deeply about our region and our future.

 

Lynn Spruill: Choosing motherhood

Posted 5/9/2014 in Local Columns

It is the role of a lifetime, literally. Nothing comes close to the facets of life this role touches.

 

Lynn Spruill: Turnover time

Posted 5/5/2014 in Local Columns

A large number of the Starkville property owners are girding their loins for battle. It is the collective gearing up for the turnover of college kids for our landlord population.

 

Local voices: A better process

Posted 4/26/2014 in Local Columns

As of Tuesday evening, the City of Starkville has now hired its new Community Development Director. I commend the Board of Aldermen for using an improved process.

 

Lynn Spruill: Annexation and growth

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

As of the last formal census of 2010, Starkville has a population of 23,888. The most recent figure from 2012 is an official estimate of 24,360. So, in the past two years we have grown by roughly 472 people. If we project that rate of growth over the next eight years by 2020 we should have about 26,248 as our population base.

 

Lynn Spruill: Bricklee and the Horse Park

Posted 4/11/2014 in Local Columns

Sounds like a cool little novel title like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone or maybe Nancy Drew and the Crooked Banister. Though Bricklee Miller may not have the financial impact that J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter does, or the international name recognition of Nancy Drew, she definitely has the magic touch for the Golden Triangle.

 

Lynn Spruill: Litter begets litter

Posted 4/4/2014 in Local Columns

I confess that I do not understand littering. It is inconceivable to me that anyone thinks that it is quite acceptable to leave their garbage behind in locations that are clearly not garbage sites, such as parking lots, streets, sidewalks, and any other areas not intended to be a resting place for garbage.

 

Lynn Spruill: Lessons from law school

Posted 3/28/2014 in Local Columns

Unlike a good number of my friends and acquaintances, I truly enjoyed my law school classes. My plan when I graduated from Mississippi State University was to go to law school at Ole Miss. I had been accepted and scheduled to start classes there when the Navy made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

 

Lynn Spruill: Last minute agenda changes not in public's interest

Posted 3/21/2014 in Local Columns

What do we mean by Sunshine Week, anyway? Sunshine is refers to lighting up the inner workings of government. Who knew?

 

 

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