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Under-appreciated

I want to shine some light on the workers that most of us take for granted. You know, the policemen, the postal workers, the security guards, doctors, nurses; we all see these people daily and admire them and their profession. They provide protection, care for the ill, deliver babies and bring our mail. We really love these services.

 

Steve Mullen: On catfish

Posted 7/29/2009 in Local Columns

My uncle has a lake on his land near Canton, stocked with bass and bluegill; he loves to fish, and my kids, in turn, are learning to love it too.

Bert Montgomery: Shall we gather at the tavern?

Posted 7/29/2009 in Local Columns

A funny thing happened during church one night: We were invited to participate in karaoke, with the promise that everyone who sings gets a free shot of whatever liquor they want.

 

A misunderstanding

Dear Commercial Dispatch Readers, Recently, some of you might have received a letter from our circulation department. The correspondence was a result of a misunderstanding on our part about The Commercial Dispatch’s plans to expand into the Starkville market.

 

 

In defense of the defenseless

We are writing to you to enlist your support and participation in an effort that we believe is vital to the future welfare of many defenseless animals in Lowndes County.

 

Roses and thorns 7/26/09

Posted 7/25/2009 in Roses & Thorns

  • A rose to Joe Higgins and Melissa Cook and staff of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, who organized a visit this week of about 50 visitors from the Guntersville, Ala., area.

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    Curious sports item

    Under the strange and very curious heading of "Major League Baseball,” The Commercial Dispatch has seen fit to publish a story entitled " Mattingly's son arraigned after spitting on mom" about the 24-year-old son of former major league player Don Mattingly.

     

    Birney Imes: Words, plain and fancy

    Posted 7/25/2009 in Local Columns

    As a rule, I try to get going on this column by Friday night. I can sleep easier knowing it’s at least underway. This past Friday, though, I succumbed to the siren call of a rented movie and went to bed without having written a word.

     

    ‘$7 million fiasco’

    Given the abundance of national news about health care reform, Mississippians may have failed to notice Governor Barbour’s “reform” in their own backyard. He vetoed $7 million that the state would normally provide to community mental health centers to match federal Medicaid funds.

     

     

    Can’t see reason not to consider Burns Bottom

    I may have missed something but I have yet to see any real reason to not consider Burns Bottom for the location of the sportsplex. I have seen flooding as a reason. The problem with that idea is, I have lived here in Burns Bottom since 1992 and have never had my home here on Third Street threatened by flood waters.

     

     

    ‘For women and men’

    Sixty years ago MSCW’s Class of ‘49 graduated in early June. As freshmen in September ‘45, we were the largest class ever—over 500 strong.

     

    Bert Montgomery: Football players and law breakers

    Posted 7/24/2009 in Local Columns

    Dr. Kent Sills (“Doc Sills” everybody called him) was the director of bands at Mississippi State when I was a student here back in the mid-80s. I played trombone in the Maroon Band. Doc used to say – especially during football season, and especially when we went to road games – that if any of us got arrested, he wouldn't claim us.

     

    Pathetic positions

    Last night’s front page featured our supervisors giving their various positions on the Burns Bottom location for the development of soccer fields. The strongest in favor of the site came from Mr. Sanders whose opinion was that he could think of “no better use for the land.”

     

     

    Out-of-town guests

    Posted 7/23/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

    A visit yesterday from a delegation from Guntersville, Ala., only served to remind us of the many assets of this place many of us call home. The group, comprised of public officials and involved citizens, spent a day in Columbus on a fact-finding exchange.

     

     

    ‘$7 million fiasco’

    Given the abundance of national news about health care reform, Mississippians may have failed to notice Governor Barbour’s “reform” in their own backyard. He vetoed $7 million that the state would normally provide to community mental health centers to match federal Medicaid funds.

     

    Steve Mullen: Tax holiday not perfect, but it’s a start

    Posted 7/22/2009 in Local Columns

    Happy holiday! The Second Most Wonderful Time of the Year — the Legislature-imposed sales tax holiday — will be upon us in nine short days, and yes, like an eager little kid, I’m counting the days. From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 31, to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 1, I’ll be able to waltz into any five-and-dime or mega-mart in the state and buy some school supplies without having to pony up a single penny to the state Tax Commission.

    Birney Imes: Prickly ash bark, bear traps and Martha Stewart

    Posted 7/18/2009 in Local Columns

    Years ago, on a walk in the woods with Kerry Pittman, we came upon a tree with spikey knotty bark. Kerry pulled out a large folding knife, expertly cut a piece of the bark and handed it to me.  ”Here, chew this,” he said. As I did, I felt my mouth go numb. “Toothache tree,” he said.

    Roses and thorns 7-19-09

    Posted 7/18/2009 in Roses & Thorns

    Columbus Federal Program and Inspections Director George Irby, person or persons who have been passing fake $100 bills throughout the Golden Triangle, Columbus Municipal School District, and organizers of the Columbus War Museum.

     

    Scottie D.: Remembering Donna

    Posted 7/16/2009 in Local Columns

    As a former Radio and TV journalist I thought I had become inured to the tragedies that befall us as humans; with the death of Donna Blakney, I learned otherwise.

     

     

    Supervisor appointments

    The Lowndes County Supervisor board meeting, July 7, 2009, was the first supervisor board meeting I have ever watched. As a citizen of Lowndes county, I guess I need a “thorn” for not keeping up with current affairs. Never the less, I find myself in disagreement with many of the assessments of various commentators on this meeting and the state of affairs related to our supervisors.

     

     

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