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Claude Simpson: Dismayed by behavior of supervisor

Posted 3/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

I am enlightened but dismayed after having attended a Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday. It was my first since returning to Columbus, my hometown. I had heard and read in the newspaper about rowdy and disruptive meetings and the concern that at times no progress could be made because of it, even on important issues. So I decided to attend a meeting to see for myself; they are open to the public.

 

Roses and thorns 3-13-11

Posted 3/12/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Election candidates; Columbus Middle School Principal Cindy Wamble; Lowndes Supervisors Leroy Brooks and Harry Sanders; Rotary Club speakers; comprehensive planning crowd;

 

David Owen: Magby Creek problems blamed on Corps projects

I read your "Taming Magby Creek too Costly" editorial in the March 11, paper. It stated that this North Columbus creek, which is actually in East Columbus, is not worth fixing.

 

Birney Imes: Remembering Ralph

Posted 3/12/2011 in Local Columns

If you frequented the McDonald's on Highway 45 as I did with our kids in the mid-80s, chances are you would have seen there a tall, stooped man with a spectacularly wrinkled shirt and a twisted necktie drinking coffee.

 

Bridget Pieschel: Report from Tokyo

Posted 3/12/2011 in Local Columns

I was really glad to hear Will's voice when he called at about six p.m. this evening. It was about 8 a.m. in Tokyo, and he was still at his desk in the Price Waterhouse Cooper Building in the "Government District" in central Tokyo.

 

 

Saul Vydas: A limerick

Some beliefs are better others

 

 

Wallace Dabbs: The Old South

A recent thoughtful column by Columbus editor Birney Imes, which appeared in The Commercial Dispatch and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, contained a reference to Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and President Abraham Lincoln.

 

 

Our View: Taming Magby Creek too costly

Posted 3/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Heavy rains swept through Columbus and west Alabama earlier this week, which led to the inevitable. Magby Creek in North Columbus overflowed. Runoff ditches along Tuscaloosa Road weren't able to hold all the water. Fields and streets filled with water. Roads and homes in the Masonic subdivision flooded.

 

 

Our View: Build a more attractive Columbus

Posted 3/10/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

On the demographic surveys that retailers use to build new stores and restaurants, Columbus looks surprisingly similar to other Mississippi cities.

 

 

Raymond Gross: Gas prices

Over the past few years I've read many letters to the editor about how gas prices are always higher in Columbus than anywhere else in the state. I think all this concern is good, and I appreciate the paper publishing all those letters so others may be encouraged to join in the song of complaints.

 

Scott Colom: Fighting teen pregnancy

Posted 3/9/2011 in Local Columns

Recently, both houses of the Mississippi legislature passed bills requiring school districts to either teach abstinence-only sex education or abstinence-plus. Teaching students about contraceptives has long been controversial in Mississippi.

 

Ricky Bishop: Opposes redistricting plan for Starkville

An open letter to the citizens of Starkville and the Starkville Mayor and Board of Aldermen: This past Friday, March 4, 2011, the Mississippi House passed Joint Resolution 1, a plan to redistrict the Mississippi state House based on population shifts.

 

 

Our View: Cadence's best possible option

Posted 3/8/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Cadence Bank began its new life as a private concern this week. Its sale to investment firm Community Bancorp is officially inked, its stock pulled from the market, and its board reshuffled and stacked with Texas-based CBC officers.

 

 

W.R. Bill Taylor: Setting the record straight

Ms. Bardwell (Home, home on the Prairie, March 7) was incorrect about the Taylors and Thurstons. It was a Taylor boy that married a Thurston girl. I should know. They were my grandparents. William R. Taylor married Stella Thurston.

 

 

Harry Sanders: Response to editorial

 

Ask Rufus: Turkey hunting and the settlement of Columbus 

Posted 3/5/2011 in Local Columns

Turkey season will soon open, and hunters wearing the latest camo while carrying their favorite turkey calls will venture into the woods. The tradition of turkey hunting in the Tombigbee Valley goes back to the early Native Americans who were here even before the Historic Period Choctaws and Chickasaws.

 

Our view: A building with a shaky foundation

Posted 3/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The fate of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau office in the almost-finished new building behind the Tennessee Williams Home is apparently in limbo, with the county balking at the price tag.

 

 

Our view: A West Point boy that could

Posted 3/3/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Gray Swoope's successes in Mississippi have been noticed nationwide, and that's bad news for us, but great news for him.

 

 

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