Monetarily speaking, Lowndes County is the seventh most valuable county in the state of Mississippi. It's not by accident.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who had a part in conducting our primary elections in Lowndes County.
As most people are aware, the citizens of this community on Sept. 27 are being provided an opportunity to support an issue that is absolutely vital to the continued growth of Starkville.
We're a community led by interim leaders -- from the Columbus and Starkville school districts to the Columbus Police Department and Mississippi University for Women.
I agree with Mr. Wiseman that our school system isn't the best that it could be. For years I have advocated changing from our agrarian-based school year to something more modern and more practical.
One of my brothers turned 60 in February. I often think about how age gaps seem to diminish as we get older. Jeff is 14 years older than I, which is almost another generation, but now I don't really think about him as being so much older. There's another brother between us who is 53.
Locally, the primary election cycle has been as predictable as local elections can be. But there were exceptions. In the Lowndes County school superintendent's race, a seemingly dark-horse candidate trounced a central office insider.
I am most sure you all have a good many friends. We all have friends that live down the street, across town and yes, some that have moved. When my friends from the "big" cities come home and ask, "How do you stay here?" I just have to say, "Well, my roots run deep, deep as the tree roots down College Street." I guess I do admire those that have pulled up and moved on to bigger places and I often wonder at the sights they must see and the things they must be doing. However, I am a Columbus girl for some 60 years and in a week, 61 years, so I guess I will just stay and enjoy my old familiar ways.
Trying to get information from a government agency can feel like being stuck in a maze that doesn't have an exit. First, there's the struggle to get someone to answer the phone. Even if the agency is supposed to be open, your call may strangely go unanswered.
More than a year at the helm, Interim Mississippi University for Women President Allegra Brigham has done what some thought couldn't be done: She has helped unify divided alumni and fostered a renewed sense of optimism.
Last week a photographer emailed me a picture he'd taken of the folk artist L.V. Hull of Kosciusko.
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