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Gaming the system: Absentee votes often pivotal in local elections

Posted 6/10/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sara Deloach. Patricia Brooks. Judy Lewis. Candidates who have run for office in Columbus and Lowndes County over the past 40-plus years likely know at least one, if not all, of these women and might have even used their services.


Hood calls on better funding priorities in state

Posted 5/23/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Attorney General Jim Hood forgot to take his blood pressure medicine Monday before taking to the podium to speak at Starkville Country Club.


Councilman invokes race in campaign letter

Posted 5/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus councilman is standing by his decision to mail out campaign material that openly invokes race as an issue for this year's municipal elections.


Son cleared in Robert Smith Jr.'s shooting death

Posted 5/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Davius Smith feared for his life the day he shot his father to death in the family's home.


Home Base: Two strangers in a hospital waiting room

Posted 5/5/2017 in Local Columns

Fresh off a CT scan at the hospital in Starkville on Wednesday, the radiology technician escorted me back to the x-ray waiting area.


Testing time: Starkville-Oktibbeha looks to strengthen rating

Posted 4/14/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Lining the halls of Starkville High School, names emblazon yellow-and-black-painted cinder blocks above the classroom doors.


Testing time: Lowndes schools aim for an A rating

Posted 4/14/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia Elementary Principal Roger Hill saw his school lose something during the 2015-16 school year. Next week, his students have a chance to earn it back -- a fact he hasn't let them forget.


Call him the bus driver: Oktoc dairy farmer fully integrated with MSU athletics through second job

Only one man has taken Mississippi State teams to two Final Fours, eight College World Series appearances and every bowl game the Bulldogs have played since 1983.


'We'll be back'

Posted 4/3/2017 in College Sports

One streak fell on Friday. Another extended on Sunday.


Miracle workers: State fans stunned, elated after historic victory

On the concourse of the American Airlines Center just before midnight Friday, hundreds of Mississippi State fans leaving from their team's Final Four match-up were loudly chanting "Maroon!" A near equal number of others quickly chanted back "White!"


Home Base: A team and its fans

Posted 4/1/2017 in Local Columns

This wasn't last time. It took less than a minute for everyone, most notably the Connecticut Huskies, to figure that out.


Final Four: A tale of two fan bases

Posted 3/31/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Anything is possible.


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.



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