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Shannon Bardwell: Hometown heroes and houses

Posted 3/6/2012 in Local Columns

Every jaw hit the ground, and I felt I had suddenly been zapped naked. I knew I had asked the unthinkable when I had pointed to the charming brick building north of the library and asked, "What building is that?"

 

Birney Imes: Whiskey River don't run dry

Posted 3/3/2012 in Local Columns

Two moonshiners were arrested on Thursday.

 

Roses and thorns 3-4-12

Posted 3/3/2012 in Roses & Thorns

Roses and thorns for 3-4-12

Ask Rufus: The long history of Columbus air bases

Posted 3/3/2012 in Local Columns

This week Columbus Air Force Base will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. The base follows a 199 year tradition of military installations in the Columbus area.

 

Letter to the Editor: Supports Romney

It is very exciting that the presidential primary in Mississippi is important this year. Because the nomination has yet to be decided, we have an opportunity to help elect the next Republican nominee. Mississippi citizens should take this very seriously.

 

 

Our View: The bumpy road to spring

Posted 3/2/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Seems Mother Nature is her most whimsical in the spring. And, not always in a good way. Less than a year ago in April, tornadoes ripped through Smithville and Tuscaloosa, Ala., leaving in their wake death and a swath of destruction still visible.

 

 

Our view: A rudderless ship

Posted 3/1/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

When looking for words to describe recent actions of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board, resolute and rational do not come to mind.

 

Scott Colom: A high speed investment for the future

Posted 3/1/2012 in Local Columns

There is often much talk about how the government can support entrepreneurs and small businesses.

 

Our view: The R-word

Posted 2/29/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

 

Shannon Bardwell: A welcome old coot

Posted 2/28/2012 in Local Columns

It's a strange sight to see a bird swimming through the clear water, a bream -- a small bass, a carp, a turtle, followed by a bird. It all started when Sam hollered out, "There's a bird under the dock." Near the dock a bird suddenly popped up from under the water; the bird was a coot. I wondered why the coot was all alone and suggested he may have lost his mate. Sam said, "Maybe he's just an old coot." Sam's funny like that.

 

Martin M. Pomphrey Jr. M.D.: Concerned season ticket holder

This baseball season at MSU brings a new student entity to campus, The Dudes.

 

 

Our View: The Lenten season

Posted 2/22/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

If you see someone today with what looks to be a cross drawn with ashes on their foreheads, do not be alarmed. Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the observance of Lent. The day derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of worshippers.

 

 

Heath Fisackerly : An open letter to the superintendent

My name is Heath Fisackerly and I am a sophomore at Columbus High School. I am extremely disappointed in the board's decision to terminate the contracts of teachers throughout the district. I was at the board meeting Monday the 12th of February and I couldn't understand a word being said.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Man against beast

Posted 2/21/2012 in Local Columns

The beaver didn't come last night. Sam thought that he would. "The beaver can hear the sound of running water; they know when the dam is broken."

 

Kayla Tew: The people have spoken on personhood

To the members of the Mississippi House Constitution Committee: On Nov. 8, 2011, Mississippi spoke on the issue of personhood. Fifty-eight percent of our great state voted down Initiative 26. Our citizens were well-informed when they voted. We were not mislead or influenced by scare tactics. We knew that personhood is not right for our state, nor is it right for any state.

 

 

Birney Imes: Search for pine tree evokes childhood memories

Posted 2/18/2012 in Local Columns

Got out of bed Saturday morning intending to plant a pine tree. In winter, the orange glow of the security lights in neighbors' backyards makes ours look like a set in a David Lynch movie. Maybe a fast-growing pine could help things.

 

 

Woodrow "Woodie" Howell : School funding

What happened to all the tax money from the casinos that was supposed to go to the school system?

 

 

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