Economic tides seem to ebb and flow in downtown Columbus, as they do most places. Businesses come and go. Stores and restaurants open, then go dark, and are replaced with something new.
Columbus has fielded its first two pedaling patrolmen, who will be policing high-crime areas on mountain bikes. Patrolmen Kenneth Brewer and Dwight Smith are on bikes part-time until they complete their training, which will enable them to train other officers.
Over the past week, many readers and writers have weighed in about the now infamous anonymous contribution in an ad ran by the campaign of Travis Childers. Was this a mistake? Yes. Was this the first or last time this will happen in politics? No. What has happened is a great opportunity to discuss the merits of a "fair tax" has started to slip away.
A local high school student's death in a tragic hunting accident has brought out the best in many of those who knew him -- and many who didn't.
As a rule I am anything but valiant. However, when writing an opinion to the newspaper, it is a point of honor to put on my big-girl pants and sign my name.
Travis Childers, our Congressman from the 1st District, says in his TV ad, "I've done what I said I'd do."
At the beginning of a workshop on small newspapers last week, everyone was asked to stand, introduce themselves, say where they were born, where they are now and what would be the job of their dreams, if not newspapering.
Spencer Perkins; local teachers; Columbus City Council; and U.S. Rep. Travis Childers
One of the joys of the newspaper business is we're inundated with spam e-mail on a daily basis -- and during a heated election season, much of it is political.
I read with interest the comments made by District Attorney Forrest Allgood regarding the testimony given by Jim Kitchens at the sentencing hearing of Quintez Hodges. I know nothing about the case of Quintez Hodges. According to what I have read in the paper, Quintez Hodges is most likely a dangerous man, and he deserves punishment for his crimes.
I have been appalled by the number of reckless comments that have been attached to the story about Quintez Hodges' appeal. Some comments border on the hysterical. Some may have been uttered in ignorance. I suspect that more than a few were the product of malice. The comments call for an immediate response.
As we pause today in honor of POW/MIA Remembrance Day, I would like to focus your thoughts on this ostentatious gathering.
A year ago, Kaila Morris' room was adorned with clouds and carousels and all things girly. Two weeks later, as Kaila's family talked to the media about her disappearance, her room remained just as she left it.
I have been appalled by the number of reckless comments that have been attached to the story about Quintez Hodges appeal. Some comments border on the hysterical. Some may have been uttered in ignorance. I suspect that more than a few were the product of malice. The comments call for an immediate response.
The economy may have slowed things down, but the PACCAR engine plant -- the newest and one of the biggest feathers in the region's industrial cap -- is suddenly humming along. The company, which has typically remained guarded about what's happening inside its Lowndes County plant, said Monday it has already produced more than 1,000 engines at the facility.
I miss the old ways. I really do.
How many hometowns does Tennessee Williams have? Clarksdale, New Orleans, Provincetown, Mass., and Columbus all have a claim on the playwright and all hold literary events in his honor.
My predecessor once told me that "you can go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows." He was oh so right with that statement. It's just something about getting into a person's pocketbook that brings out a different side of them that you've never met before.
On behalf of United Way of Lowndes County, we would like to say a huge thank you to all the companies and volunteers who made our "Day to Care" possible on Sept. 9.
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