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Columbus schools' new crown jewel

Posted 1/12/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

From the outside, the architecture of the new, $19.1-million Columbus Middle School is classic yet modern. You're more impressed when you enter the rotunda, the hub at the school's center, with its halls jutting off in each direction. But once you hit the carpet, you know this school is truly different from anything else in the Columbus School District.

 

 

Mother Nature declares a holiday

Posted 1/11/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

The yankees among us might snicker at our reaction to what are typical spring days in many places north of Tennessee. But understand, we're not used to this.

 

Birney Imes: Leave Huck Finn alone

Posted 1/8/2011 in Local Columns

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 'Huckleberry Finn.' There was nothing before. And there has been nothing as good since." Ernest Hemingway in 1935 Mark Twain, dead for a 100 years, is still causing a ruckus. No doubt he would have something quotable to say about this latest business.

Jay Lacklen: OK, what's with the hats?

Posted 1/8/2011 in Local Columns

I must ask a question, why do men wear their baseball hats while dining in restaurants? I admit I might be a bit of a prig on such things since, in the Air Force, I'd have been pounced upon and severely upbraided if, while in uniform, I didn't take off my hat immediately when coming indoors, or immediately put it on when going outdoors.

Roses and Thorns 1-9-11

Posted 1/8/2011 in Roses & Thorns

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman; Leslie Frazier; Columbus police officers; current and prospective county office-holders.

 

Saul Vydas: Corporate welfare

A recent edition of the Dispatch had an article by Alan Sayre about competition among the Southern states to attract businesses.

 

 

Too few hats in this ring

Posted 1/7/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

"We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate," humorist Kin Hubbard said a century ago. His words still ring true today, perhaps nowhere more so than in Lowndes County.

 

Scott Colom: Wells Cleaners -- bigger than a person

Posted 1/5/2011 in Local Columns

When I walked in to Wells Cleaners one recent afternoon, I thought it was still owned by Floyd Wells. In fact, I associate Wells Cleaners with the Wells family so much I briefly mistook the new owner, Oscar Lang, to be a member of the Wells family. During our conversation, I began to suspect Mr. Lang might like it this way.

 

Third circuit judge should help ensure speedy trials

Posted 1/5/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

Circuit judges are more used to watching people get sworn in than doing the swearing themselves, but judges' hands were on Bibles across the state on Tuesday as they took the oath of office for new four-year terms.

 

 

Some more resolutions to consider

Posted 1/5/2011 in Dispatch Editorials

We're several days into the new year, enough time for many of us to have already broken whatever resolution we settled on last week. But we'd like to suggest a few resolutions of our own, beyond the typical commitments.

 

 

Eulalie Davis: Notable omission

I was mortified when I read "The Year in Review--Notable Deaths" and did not see any reference to Chebie Bateman. I read the article three times thinking that I had surely missed something.

 

Birney Imes: Meaningful conversation

Posted 1/1/2011 in Local Columns

If you're not one to submit to the discipline of a New Year's resolution, but you would like to make improvements, December's "Psychology Today" may have your answer: Talk more. Not just any talk, thoughtful conversation.

 

Carl A. Lee : Wants to see more African-Americans in leadership positions

In recent days, I have been thinking about our "Friendly City" and considering our progress and collective problems. Moreover, we have lately through the leadership of the Mayor and City Council made significant progress in clearing dilapidated houses throughout the city. However, while removing these eyesores is a positive, we have some significant problems festering.

 

 

Hold your fire

Posted 12/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The beginning of a new year is cause for reflection and celebration. Some welcome the calendar change quietly, others will greet 2011 with all the noise they can muster. For a misguided few, this means the discharging of firearms.

 

 

Sherman Meadows: Never famous

Posted 12/29/2010 in Local Columns

The CBS news had a recap tonight of the famous people that died this year. They included Congressmen, Senator, Artist, Composers; men and women of power if politics and entertainment.

 

Scott Colom: The journey home

Posted 12/29/2010 in Local Columns

My journey home has led me to many experiences I never imagined when I graduated from Columbus High school 10 years ago. I had no clue what I would study at Millsaps College.

 

Marty Wiseman: We have a brief truce?

Posted 12/28/2010 in Local Columns

Many will remember the almost unbelievable story of perhaps the most famous Christmas truce ever. It was during World War I on the battlefields of Flanders. In that winter of 1914 what has been described as one of the most unusual events in human history occurred.

 

 

Frances Barham: Our Christmas eve story

It was mid afternoon on Christmas Eve, 2010. I needed to run an errand in town.

 

Roses and thorns 12-26-10

Posted 12/26/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Givers; Oktibbeha County Humane Society; Annie McDaniel; Francis Thomas Troskey

Birney Imes: Snow on a Christmas morn

Posted 12/26/2010 in Local Columns

As I write this on Christmas morning, the snow is quickly disappearing. In the next room someone is playing the soundtrack from "Love Actually," the movie that for us has become a family Christmas tradition.

 

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