The city of Starkville is moving forward -- albeit slowly -- in its quest to have its downtown included in the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown Columbus has benefited from the designation -- the evidence is plain to see -- and so will Starkville.
By the sixth week of Lent I was totally torqued and twisted into a most uncomfortable frame of mind and body. But by the seventh week, everything became crystal clear. I was meant to be uncomfortable, for discomfort showed who I really was. Ah ... there was the rub.
Kudos to Jan Swoope. What a wonderful article Wednesday about local author Michael Smith's success in the literary world in New York, publication of his latest book and movie deal in the works.
Tuesday evening as Aberdeen businessman Jeff Doty was telling Caledonia aldermen he wouldn't be opening Cal-City Grocery because they denied him a variance to sell cold beer, the town was talking about one of its own who had been charged with selling it ... illegally.
If, on this past Saturday afternoon, you had hiked to the Riverwalk to enjoy what was a glorious spring day, you might have been at first surprised by the number of people who seemed to have the same idea.
Today's death of the bill to authorize more charter schools in Mississippi means opponents of charter schools may win this year's battle. But, to win the war over education, these opponents must offer a plan to improve public schools in Mississippi. If not, it's only a matter of time before a charter school will be in a school district near them.
In Monday's paper, there was an article by Jim Kuhnhenn of the AP pushing for higher taxes on millionaires.
Bill Fruth's visit last week sparked a lot of conversation, and that's usually a good thing. Columbus and Starkville seem to both be great in growing- but in two different ways. Perhaps we can each learn something from the other.
It's hard to fool a Prairie woman about some things.
I am often asked: "What is the oldest house in the Columbus area?" That of course is an easy question for it is the Cedars, the oldest part of which was probably built around 1818 or 1819.
It is said that clothes make the man. If so, does it also follow that clothing can be a man's undoing?
Tuesday in his presentation to Columbus-Lowndes Development Link Trust members economic development guru Bill Fruth said something that gave us pause. Fruth was talking about how community attitudes and laws can be a deterrent for new business.
Celebrate Starkville public schools.
Bill Fruth is an economic forecaster, statistician and consultant, who analyzes local economies. He is in town this week talking to us about ours. His numbers tell us one thing we already know: By any measure, Joe Higgins, in his eight years as head of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, has amassed an impressive string of economic successes.
It was spring and I decided to throw a Prairie block party. It is very difficult in the Prairie to know where your block begins and ends so I depended on Sam to identify the neighbors. Regrettably, a few got left out.
It was inevitable comparisons would be made. After Saturday's shooting of Mississippi State student John Sanderson, reportedly by one of three black males, local and national commentators immediately began drawing comparisons with the February shooting in Florida of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager. Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a white neighborhood watch captain.
MUW opened as the Industrial Institute and College in 1885. However, it was not a totally new school as it evolved out of the 1847 Columbus Female Institute which closed in 1884 so that it could be transferred to the state and reopen as a state "girls college" the next year. That would make The W a year older than Ole Miss.
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