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Home Base: Not just any small town

Posted 3/20/2017 in Local Columns

Growing up in a small town in Arkansas, one far too small for even a Walmart to sniff its borders, the idea of seeing a college basketball game in person was a pipe dream.


Under water: Overstreet Elementary, surrounding neighborhood suffers from poor drainage

Emmett Smitherman is a third-generation resident of his home on South Jackson Street, right next door to Overstreet Elementary School where local public school fifth graders attend.


Home Base: Group of 'special' athletes remain just that

Posted 2/27/2017 in Local Columns

Most of the time, the fans start filing out of a basketball arena when the home team goes down 20 late in the second half. At the very least, the visitors' efforts would have silenced the crowd to the point where they could finish the job in relative peace.


Starkville aldermen appoint longtime volunteer to school board

Posted 2/22/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mayor Parker Wiseman twice cast tie-breaking votes Tuesday that ultimately decided who would become the newest member of the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District board.


No one charged after child left alone at hotel

Posted 2/21/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Neither Columbus police nor the Mississippi Department of Human Services plan to press charges against two adults who left a 6-year-old child unattended Monday at a Columbus hotel.


CPD seeks suspects in armed robbery, shot into dwelling cases

Posted 1/13/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are seeking suspects in two Thursday night incidents that occurred about 90 minutes apart.


Home Base: The many languages of an 8-year-old

Posted 1/12/2017 in Local Columns

At some point next Friday afternoon, my 8-year-old daughter Zayley will be singing a Chinese song somewhere in public with her class. Or maybe it's Japanese. We're not entirely sure.


James named Chamber president

Posted 1/4/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lisa James is the new president of the Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.


Home Base: Making that resolution

Posted 1/4/2017 in Local Columns

An editor for whom I worked at Mississippi State University told me this day would come.


Police ID suspect in Wednesday chase

Posted 12/29/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities have identified a suspect who wrecked his vehicle early Wednesday morning while attempting to evade Columbus police.


Man wrecks during morning police chase

Posted 12/28/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Authorities have identified a suspect who wrecked his vehicle early Wednesday morning while attempting to evade Columbus police.


Hope lives for Walmart Neighborhood Market

Posted 12/21/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A Walmart Neighborhood Market may be coming to east Starkville after all.


BOA narrowly passes comprehensive plan

Posted 12/21/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A new comprehensive plan the city has spent more than $150,000 and nearly 18 months to develop narrowly survived a Starkville Board of Aldermen vote Tuesday evening at City Hall.


Two supervisors knock Trainer on transparency

Posted 12/20/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Two Oktibbeha County supervisors called out the board's president for what they called a lack of transparency during a public meeting Monday evening.


Oktibbeha public defenders ask for raise

Posted 12/20/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County public defenders want a raise.


Lynn Spruill to run for mayor in Starkville in 2017

Posted 12/19/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A former Starkville chief administrative officer is running for mayor in 2017.


Aldermen to mull additional street funds

Posted 12/19/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville aldermen on Tuesday will consider adding up to $245,000 to its street overlay budget this fiscal year.


Mayor's grandson arrested for murdering father

Posted 12/17/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus murder suspect is claiming through his attorney that he shot his father in self-defense.


Aldermen to consider billboard moratorium

Posted 12/16/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A citizen complaint has compelled Ward 3 Alderman David Little to seek a resolution to temporarily prohibit new billboards from popping up in Starkville.


Perkins won't run for mayor in 2017

Posted 12/13/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The longest-tenured Starkville alderman announced through a press release Monday night he will not seek the office of mayor in 2017.



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