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Cameron Triplett: Doesn't understand church's attitude

 

 

Our opinion: Let's learn our lessons from New Hope

Posted 5/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

What's in the water in New Hope? The unincorporated community east of Columbus in Lowndes County has had its share of controversy in recent weeks.

 

Jay Lacklen: 13-year cicadas emerge

Posted 5/13/2011 in Local Columns

What is that noise outside?, Several days ago I heard a constant background hum in the distance but couldn't figure out what it was.

 

Our view: A historic treasure gone, with little explanation

Posted 5/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The Friendship House belongs to the ages. The home, built in 1890, was razed to the ground Wednesday by its owner, First Baptist Church. Back hoes and dump trucks were on the property mere hours after a deadline expired set by the church, which was offering the home for $1 to anyone who would move it.

 

 

Tom Locke Mayfield: A piece of family history gone

I hope you write a story about my great grandfather who built Friendship House. He died in the house. My grandfather, Thomas J. Locke Jr., was born in this house.

 

 

R.T. "Bob" Wilbur: A church downtown

The prospect of Hope Community Church having a presence in downtown Columbus is indeed an exciting one.

 

 

Cheryl Williams: Overtime pay for police officers

Hooray for Cpl. Donnie Elkin and whatever he makes working for the City of Columbus. He earns every dime he makes, whether it is on straight time or overtime.

 

 

Cameron Triplett: Think before you toss

Today I saw on TV a story about two sisters, 8 and 7, who wanted to help the victims of the recent tornadoes that hit the Golden Triangle area.

 

Birney Imes: 'Love is a cattlefield'

Posted 5/12/2011 in Local Columns

I felt like a stray dog sniffing empty streets on a walk through Southside early this morning. A flattened turtle just down the street from (supervisor) Jeff Smith's mother's house I did not sniff. Nor did I the remains of a chicken dinner in styrofoam the ants were polishing off on Eighth, just this side of the tracks.

Scott Colom: Making smart cool

Posted 5/11/2011 in Local Columns

Last Thursday and Friday, LeShawn Orr, Nadia Dale, and Shakia Sullivan, young employees of Columbus High, coordinated an event focused on the cultural challenges facing high school students.

 

Our opinion: Give an audience to this church's theater plan

Posted 5/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The Varsity Theater is an eyesore. The empty cinema, abandoned by Malco when it opened its new multiplex on Highway 45 near Kmart, has sat dormant for years.

 

 

Pickett Wilson: School district handled Couey resignation properly

The recent decision of the Starkville School District Board of Trustees to direct Superintendent Judy Couey to take administrative leave and her subsequent resignation due to health reasons has created quite the debate about the board's release of information following an executive session about her departure.

 

 

Al Moody: appreciates encouragement

I am writing to express my appreciation to The Commercial Dispatch and Frank Phillips YMCA for sponsoring the Possum Town Mile-A-Day Marathon that started on May 1st.

 

 

David L. Perry: Drop for donations

Just wanted to drop a note and let everyone know about a semi trailer set up in front of Southern Family Market in east Columbus taking donations for the tornado victims.

 

 

Our opinion: A picture-perfect market Street Festival

Posted 5/10/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Laughter, friendship, reconnecting with family and old friends -- and a party atmosphere. Those are emotional, intangible benefits of the festival.

 

Ask Rufus: Capt. SamKaye's 'Acrobatic Easter Egg'

Posted 5/7/2011 in Local Columns

On June 15, 1919, The Columbus Dispatch reported that Capt. Sam Kaye had arrived home from France; "Decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, bestowed on him by his own government for bravery in action, and with the Croix de Guerre, bestowed by the French government for exceptional prowess in the air."

 

Columbus leaders: End the volunteer overtime system

Posted 5/7/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The city of Columbus is halfway through its 2011 fiscal year, and voted this week to nearly double the amount of overtime it pays its police officers -- adding $150,000 to the $200,000 it already had budgeted.

 

 

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