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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.

 

 

Our opinion: Trouble in Hazzard County

Posted 5/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We know that in the real world, police work is serious business. Accidents happen. But sometimes, considering recent events, we wonder if we're living in Hazzard County.

 

 

Our opinion: Starkville's school board has lost credibility

Posted 5/6/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Here's what we know: Starkville School Superintendent Judy Couey has resigned, effective June 30.

 

 

Liza Morgan: Memories of Smithville close to my heart

A man travels the world over searching for what he needs, then travels home to find it..... I'm writing this on my phone, running on very little sleep & little light...please excuse..

 

 

Our View: It's our Katrina, and it isn't

Posted 5/4/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We commented last week that this would be remembered as north Mississippi and Alabama's Katrina. It is, and it isn't.

 

Scott Colom: Why the YMCA stays relevant

Posted 5/4/2011 in Local Columns

Every year thousands of people start non-profits and other charity groups. Most begin with good intentions and idealistic hopes of tackling some endemic problem. And these groups usually make a difference for a year or two, or, at best, a lifetime.

 

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