Eighty people died in fires in Mississippi last year. Only in two of those incidents were there smoke detectors. In one of those cases, it is unknown whether the detector was working.
The move is decidedly Mississippian, done in a Mississippi way: Boxes and belongings lashed to the back of a borrowed pickup snaking down two-lane highways, passing Una and Egypt and Okolona, dodging slow-moving tractors and roadkill.
It's questionable when any elected official says he made a weighty decision simply because someone asked him nicely.
A May vacation to Spain via military space-available transportation presented two revelations I had not anticipated or sought. I thought relaxation and sightseeing would be my most stringent tasks, yet events impinged.
By 8:30 Saturday morning Beth and I were coffeed up and headed east on 82. Our destination: Gordo, AL, for the town's annual celebration of the mule and the chicken, Mule Day Chicken Fest.
Over in Starkville, they've got the knives out. The city was rocked by two stabbings on Tuesday. The one that caught everyone's attention was the 6 a.m. attempted robbery at Shipley Donuts, which is nestled in a popular, busy strip mall along Highway 12.
Summer is here. Inevitably, some of our kids will experience a slide -- and we're not talking about the Slip 'n' Dip.
Scrolling through the homepage for my Facebook account this morning, a post by Judge Nicole Clinkscales caught my attention.
I was a little surprised The Dispatch would publish such an obvious false political statement about Congressman Ryan's proposal to save our Medicare. I'm referring to the Mike Luckovich cartoon, (Thursday, May 26, "Hangover II,") that appeared on the opinion page.
It seems that rules and by-laws are changed often here in Columbus when it is going to work to a favored person's advantage. If I am correct, then why does this happen?
Each year the U.S. Air Force gathers its best and brightest mid-level officers and sends them to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL., for what is called War College. There for 10 months these future military leaders, most of whom are seasoned warriors, turn their attention from suicide bombers, laser-guided missiles and helicopter rescues to matters of policy.
The death of Dr. William E. Sykes and the love of his family played a major role in the origins of Memorial Day.
I just wanted to thank all of the people who made the Newcomers' Orientation such a success.
But before we set off on our Memorial Day weekend, we should all pause to remember this number: 1,344,000.
I saw the article in the paper about the bankruptcy of the Country Club. I had some ideas to cook up some revenue for the club. Right now you are offering $35 for golfing fees.
A row of cages along a wall; Above ground coffins for them all.
A new crop of college graduates is entering the workforce. On their heels are a fresh crop of college freshmen.
Last week, Circuit Court Judge Lee Howard presented plans for a drug court in Judicial District 16, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee and Clay counties. Drug court allows drug addicts and abusers (not dealers) to receive rehabilitative services instead of prison time.
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