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Birney Imes: Tripping the light fantastic in the world of magazines

Posted 10/29/2011 in Local Columns

Chances are if you've ever heard or seen a news story about some development in the magazine world, you've heard the voice of Samir Husni. And if you work in that field, it's almost certain you know of Mr. Magazine, as he calls himself.

 

Robert Ford: A bold plan for a new police station

Starkville is literally at a crossroads. It is time for fresh, creative and rational thinking followed by decisive action by the mayor and aldermen.

 

 

Fred Bell: Red Kettle Campaign

 

 

Carol Littlejohn: Report cards for 4-year-olds and tattooed Barbies

Posted 10/28/2011 in Local Columns

My first phone was a pink "princess" one and my Mother could pick-up on the kitchen phone and know exactly what I was talking about and when. 

 

 

Nancy Hanks Springfield: Those who serve

It was shortly before 5:30 Friday morning, October 21, when I was awakened by the telephone ringing. My daughter, Scoti Diane Springfield Domeij originally from Columbus, in Colorado Springs, Col., called to say that she had been awakened about 11:30 Thursday night by a loud knocking on her door.

 

 

OUR VIEW: Stay calm, stay the course

Posted 10/26/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Contrary to what Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box would have you believe, the sky is not falling. At least not as far as the Columbus police chief search is concerned. During a special- called council meeting on Tuesday Box referred to some of the candidates as "losers."

 

 

OUR VIEW: Behind the scenes in the search for a police chief

Posted 10/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Several weeks ago when the mayor asked me to serve on the committee to help with the police chief selection, I asked him to let me think it over. As a newspaper publisher, my first responsibility is to see the public gets a fair, accurate and unvarnished report through every step of the process. Would my involvement compromise our ability to do that or the public's perception of the impartiality of our reporting?

 

 

Dennis Nordin: Silly proposition

Supporters of Proposition 26 do not know much about life's origins.

 

 

Clinton H. Graves: An appeal for honesty regarding alcohol and alcoholic beverages

Several news organizations have invited comments on issues deemed important for consideration in choosing among candidates for public offices in this election year.

 

Birney Imes: Talking chain saws with Sebastian Junger

Posted 10/22/2011 in Local Columns

OK, your first book ("The Perfect Storm") spent three years on the New York Times bestseller list and was made into a motion picture starring George Clooney; you've worked as a war correspondent in Africa and in Afghanistan for Vanity Fair; you wrote a much-acclaimed book ("War") and co-produced an Academy Award nominated documentary ("Restrepo") from the Afghanistan experience. You would think someone with that sort of success and the accompanying fanfare -- scores of book signings, TV appearances, readings, even a turn on Hollywood's red carpet -- might be a little stuffy, a little jaded when dealing with admirers in a far-flung small town in the South.

 

Shannon Wallace: Supports Amendment 26

The controversy surrounding the proposed Amendment 26 to the Mississippi Constitution is overwhelming, or at least it was until I had an epiphany of sorts yesterday.

 

 

Eighth Annual Southern Belle Cotton Pickin' 100 early entry deadline approaching

Posted 10/22/2011 in Local Columns

The early entry deadline is rapidly approaching for the 8th Annual Southern Belle Cotton Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Oct. 27-29. Competitors have until today to file their early entry for the event. The early entry fee is $100. After this date, the entry fee will be $150.

 

 

Sandra Cathey: One woman's answer to Amendment 26

I am frightened at the loss of women's rights. Amendment 26 will take away women's liberties, freedom, and control over their bodies. This amendment is against the Constitution of the United States of America.

 

 

Our view: Lowndes schools reaching for the stars

Posted 10/20/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Last year, Lowndes County School District was considered successful based on its state test scores and other measures. This year, the district moved up in ranking to high performing, which means the district outperformed averages on the national report card.

 

 

Mayor George Gerhart: Celebrate Caledonia

On behalf of the Town of Caledonia I would like to thank the vendors, all volunteers, performers, people from all over the countryside who attended both Friday and Saturday activities, organizations that donated, friends, churches, and those that I might not have mentioned.

 

 

Alderman Steve Honnoll: A blemish on an otherwise successful Caledonia Day

I would like to say a big thank you, to everyone who had a part in Caledonia Day 2011. This event could not have been possible without the vendors, sponsors and people who attended Friday night and Saturday.

 

 

Susan T. Bell: Takes offense to thorn

I personally take offense to the "Thorn" you gave to the Caledonia Board of Alderman. You published your opinion about something you had no idea about. Yes, the board may have given a "cool" reception to the mayor's suggestion that he be chairman of the Christmas parade.

 

 

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