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Supports Nunnelee

Travis Childers, our Congressman from the 1st District, says in his TV ad, "I've done what I said I'd do."

 

Birney Imes: Back roads and small towns

Posted 9/18/2010 in Local Columns

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.

Roses and thorns 9-19-10

Posted 9/18/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Spencer Perkins; local teachers; Columbus City Council; and U.S. Rep. Travis Childers

 

Childers' unfair attribution

Posted 9/17/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

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.

 

 

A need for more compassion

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.

 

 

DA takes issue with online comments

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.

 

 

Remembering POWs and MIAs

As we pause today in honor of POW/MIA Remembrance Day, I would like to focus your thoughts on this ostentatious gathering.

 

Garthia Elena Burnett: Where is Kaila Morris? A year later, still a mystery

Posted 9/17/2010 in Local Columns

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.

 

Letter: DA takes issue with online comments

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.

 

 

Editorial: PACCAR's engine that could

Posted 9/15/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

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.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Hand over your paper, ma'am

Posted 9/15/2010 in Local Columns

I miss the old ways. I really do.

 

Celebrating Tennessee

Posted 9/14/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

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.

 

 

Explaining a 'necessary evil'

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.

 

 

Appreciates support

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.

 

 

Letter: Appreciates kindness from an 'angel of mercy'

On Aug. 21, I was a passenger on Delta Flight 174 from Atlanta to Amsterdam with my final destination being Berlin where I was to visit my son for two weeks.

 

 

Editorial: Inmate GED program can pay dividends

Posted 9/13/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

As ironic as it sounds, some local inmates can thank getting locked up for giving them a jump start on their education.

 

 

Letter: In defense of Oktibbeha County schools

I think that it is unfair to state that Starkville schools rank better than Oktibbeha in scores that compare schools nationwide.

 

Roses and thorns 9-12-2010

Posted 9/12/2010 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to the Lowndes County jail for resuming its GED program for inmates after a 10-year hiatus.

Birney Imes: Literary notes

Posted 9/12/2010 in Local Columns

About the new color scheme for Tennessee Williams' Welcome Center one of our readers wrote, "I think the colors are hideous and have yet to hear anybody else say otherwise." At this writing 38 percent of respondents to our online poll have said otherwise while 54 percent don't like it. The rest are on the fence.

Jay Lacklen: Starship troopers

Posted 9/12/2010 in Local Columns

In 1970, soon after pilot training equipment issue, I took my helmet into the bathroom and locked the door.

 

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