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Our View: The search for leaders

Posted 8/26/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We're a community led by interim leaders -- from the Columbus and Starkville school districts to the Columbus Police Department and Mississippi University for Women.

 

 

Cameron Triplett: Schools need changing

I agree with Mr. Wiseman that our school system isn't the best that it could be. For years I have advocated changing from our agrarian-based school year to something more modern and more practical.

 

 

Tina Morgan: Local hero

One of my brothers turned 60 in February. I often think about how age gaps seem to diminish as we get older. Jeff is 14 years older than I, which is almost another generation, but now I don't really think about him as being so much older. There's another brother between us who is 53.

 

 

Our View: Dark horses move to front of the pack

Posted 8/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Locally, the primary election cycle has been as predictable as local elections can be. But there were exceptions. In the Lowndes County school superintendent's race, a seemingly dark-horse candidate trounced a central office insider.

 

 

Carol Littlejohn: Wednesdays at 2 o'clock

Posted 8/24/2011 in Local Columns

I am most sure you all have a good many friends. We all have friends that live down the street, across town and yes, some that have moved. When my friends from the "big" cities come home and ask, "How do you stay here?" I just have to say, "Well, my roots run deep, deep as the tree roots down College Street." I guess I do admire those that have pulled up and moved on to bigger places and I often wonder at the sights they must see and the things they must be doing. However, I am a Columbus girl for some 60 years and in a week, 61 years, so I guess I will just stay and enjoy my old familiar ways.

 

Scott Colom: Improving the government maze

Posted 8/24/2011 in Local Columns

Trying to get information from a government agency can feel like being stuck in a maze that doesn't have an exit. First, there's the struggle to get someone to answer the phone. Even if the agency is supposed to be open, your call may strangely go unanswered.

 

Our View: A reluctant search

Posted 8/24/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

More than a year at the helm, Interim Mississippi University for Women President Allegra Brigham has done what some thought couldn't be done: She has helped unify divided alumni and fostered a renewed sense of optimism.

 

 

Patrick Swartz: A Marine checking in

 

 

Billy Williams: Supports Harris for sheriff

 

 

Carl Lee: Appreciating grandparents

 

 

Saul Vydas: The given up

 

Birney Imes: On turning 60

Posted 8/20/2011 in Local Columns

Last week a photographer emailed me a picture he'd taken of the folk artist L.V. Hull of Kosciusko.

 

Helen Danner: Appreciates assistance

 

 

Our View: The work of good Samaritans

Posted 8/18/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Life flies by at neck-breaking pace. Blink and another five, 10, 15 years have passed. It's easy, especially in today's frenzied society, to get absorbed in your own world.

 

Scott Colom: G.I. Wings, the entrepreneurial spirit in action

Posted 8/17/2011 in Local Columns

Tyrold Weston is about business. After more than 18 years of military service, including stints in the Navy and Army and tours in South Korea, Haiti, and Iraq, Tyrold retired from the military and moved home to start his first business: G.I. Hot Wings.

 

Our View: A community's problem

Posted 8/17/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

You've heard that well-worn adage, "It takes a village to raise a child." It also takes a village to police the community. A recent string of shootings in the city of Columbus has us wondering what's wrong with the village in The Friendly City.

 

Roses and Thorns 8-14-2011

Posted 8/13/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Good Samaritan Medical Clinic, Starkville School District, Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, Courtney Honnoll and Wade Williams, Jane Robbins

 

Rheta Grimsley Johnson: The year of loving Hannah

Posted 8/13/2011 in Local Columns

 

 

Robert Smith: Explaining the dollars-and-cents relationship between city and schools

Posted 8/13/2011 in Local Columns

 

 

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