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Our View: Search far and wide, not just close to home

Posted 5/25/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Change is afoot, and Columbus is facing some critical decisions that promise to shape the city, for better or worse, for years to come.

 

 

Pickett Wilson: Feels criticism is misplaced

In recent weeks, I have been the focus of criticism from the public and by the media regarding certain actions taken by the full membership of the Starkville School District Board of Trustees regarding leadership changes for our school system.

 

 

Our View: It's about time: The CVB needs an official attorney

Posted 5/24/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

They're not there yet. But they took a step in the right direction.

 

 

Ask Rufus: Turkish corners

Posted 5/21/2011 in Local Columns

When talking to people in the decorative arts field, I have been surprised at how little is known about Turkish corners.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Annie, get your guns

Posted 5/21/2011 in Local Columns

Sometimes I wonder what the neighbors might think, but not much. I needed Sam quick while he was mowing the dam on the other side of the lake, so I ran to the house and grabbed two guns, a .22 and a .30-06.

 

Our opinion: What was the tourism board thinking?

Posted 5/20/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We're not attorneys. But it doesn't take one to see that recent actions by the board were unethical, if not illegal. State law agrees.

 

Scott Colom: Redistricting questions still unanswered

Posted 5/18/2011 in Local Columns

After months of endless debate, newspaper stories, partisan bickering and lawsuits, the United States District Courts were suppose to resolve the redistricting battle for the 2011 elections.

Jay Lacklen: Education's misdirected mission

Posted 5/18/2011 in Local Columns

Since the 1970s America has doubled its per capita education spending yet gained no increase in standardized test scores.

 

Our opinion: Tourism board's open meetings violations disturbing

Posted 5/18/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Where are our heroes in Lowndes County? We know there is a shortage of heroes on the board of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has made what appear to be some clear-cut violations of the state's Open Meetings Act.

 

 

Claude Simpson: Impressed with Liddell

I had the opportunity and pleasure to attend the presentation of Dr. Martha Liddell mentioned in your article today.

 

 

Pat Kaye: Goodbye, Friendship House

In the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday May 10th, stealthily taking place at 317 Seventh Street N. was destruction and demolition of a National Register Victorian gem, Friendship House.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Presentation is everything

Posted 5/16/2011 in Local Columns

I've been thinking about writing a cookbook called "Cheater Cooking." The idea came to me when I was explaining to the girl at the Shell station why I wanted six chicken nuggets.

 

Cameron Triplett: Doesn't understand church's attitude

 

 

Our opinion: Let's learn our lessons from New Hope

Posted 5/13/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

What's in the water in New Hope? The unincorporated community east of Columbus in Lowndes County has had its share of controversy in recent weeks.

 

Jay Lacklen: 13-year cicadas emerge

Posted 5/13/2011 in Local Columns

What is that noise outside?, Several days ago I heard a constant background hum in the distance but couldn't figure out what it was.

 

Our view: A historic treasure gone, with little explanation

Posted 5/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The Friendship House belongs to the ages. The home, built in 1890, was razed to the ground Wednesday by its owner, First Baptist Church. Back hoes and dump trucks were on the property mere hours after a deadline expired set by the church, which was offering the home for $1 to anyone who would move it.

 

 

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.

 

 

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