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Our View: Reversal of fortune

Posted 2/10/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The city of Columbus continues to lose population as residents move away or flock to the county to avoid higher taxes.

 

 

Our View: Give 'em hell, Harry

Posted 2/9/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

We think the Columbus City Council has more important issues to worry about than what Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders said in front of a civic club. Speaking to the Columbus Rotary Club last week, Sanders said there were some people appointed to city boards "who couldn't tie their shoes."

 

Birney Imes: Chocolate chip pancakes and homemade sausage

Posted 2/4/2012 in Local Columns

On the day when much of the world was in a lather over social media behemoth Facebook going public, 800 people gathered for a pancake supper in Noxubee County.

 

Our View: Board appointments

Posted 2/3/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Harry Sanders is good at pointing the finger. Tuesday, he turned it toward one of his favorite targets, the city of Columbus.

 

 

Toni Caldwell: Disgraceful behavior

The way that some board members of the CVB, employees and elected officials attending the meetings conduct themselves is a disgrace to Columbus and deserving of chastisement from citizens.

 

 

Jack White: A letter to city judges

Dear Judge Marc Amos and Judge Nicole Clinkscales: More than 60 households in The Northside Neighborhood Watch have realized that citizens must accept responsibility for the quality of life in Columbus.

 

 

Robert A. White: War on drugs a failure

The city is experiencing a increase in crime, and burglary is just one aspect. I attended the Jan. 17 city council meeting. Police Chief McQueen is concerned about the level to which crime in the city has risen.

 

Scott Colom: Help paint the town

Posted 2/1/2012 in Local Columns

As a city planner, Christina Berry knows the importance of keeping up appearances. Since her appointment late last year, Christina has been busy putting together a strategic long term plan for the city. In the meantime, though, she's also been thinking about easy ways to keep Columbus beautiful.

 

Our View: So many reasons to love CAFB

Posted 2/1/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus Air Force Base is Lowndes County's largest employer, providing 3,000 military and civilian jobs. The average salary is more than $41,000, well above $35,000, the approximate state average.

 

 

Selby Parker: Response to column

"Absent fathers: King's Dream?" by Scott Colom was featured in the Clarion-Ledger on Sunday, Jan. 29 and twice referenced Mississippi in regards to absentee fathers.

 

Roses and thorns 1-29-12

Posted 1/28/2012 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to the good Samaritan who saved a Starkville apartment manager's life Friday afternoon when a fire swept through Summer Chase Apartments on Carver Drive. Property manager and resident Lynda Woods said she wasn't aware of the fire until an unnamed convenience store clerk saw the flames and kicked down her door to rescue her.

 

Cameron Triplett: One root cause of crime

Just as there is no one cause for the crime in Columbus, or anywhere else, there is no one solution, either. The economy is surely one, but it is not beyond the control of "the man on the street."

 

Scott Colom: Recent political appointments plus for Lowndes

Posted 1/25/2012 in Local Columns

When Calisolar announced its intention to open a plant in Columbus, people from across the state might have thought: what, them again? Envy is one of the byproducts of success, and when it comes to big industrial projects no other part of the state has been more successful in recent years than Lowndes County.

 

Our View: False alarms a costly distraction for police

Posted 1/25/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus police responded to 229 alarm calls last month, 77 of which were residential. Most of those were false alarms. But false or not, those calls mean money and manpower.

 

 

Jack H. White: Appreciates response of public officials

The Northside Neighborhood Watch has been successful in securing positive and productive resolutions of problems and concerns through Councilman Kabir Karriem, the City Council, Mayor Smith, and numerous officials and department heads.

 

Ask Rufus: The legend of General Hummingbird

Posted 1/21/2012 in Local Columns

Though now little-known, a Choctaw war chief commonly called "General Hummingbird" repeatedly came to the aid of the U.S. in times of trouble. He received military commissions from both George Washington and Andrew Jackson. His life took him through the formation of this country and had him serving with some of America's greatest leaders.

 

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