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Birney Imes: Lovers of books

Posted 10/9/2010 in Local Columns

Friday night in the center court of Leigh Mall, amid the clutter of empty whiskey boxes and makeshift bookshelves, a score of readers picked through piles of hand-me-downs. Friends of the Library volunteer Doug Blount explained the boxes: "We have a lot of drinkers." And the Friends has a lot of books.

Roses and thorns 10-10-10

Posted 10/9/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Kasandra Fowler, Columbus Municipal Court Judge Curtis Austin, anonymous donors, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle

 

Let's get real about sex education

Posted 10/9/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi leads the nation in teenage pregnancy. Our Legislature is also a leader -- in keeping comprehensive sex education out of public schools. There seems to be a connection here.

 

 

Things abuzz at The W

Posted 10/8/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Despite the down economy and crippling state budget cuts, Mississippi University for Women's interim president, Allegra Brigham, reported there are more than a few rays of sunshine emanating from the Columbus college.

 

 

Carolyn Hennessee: A new appreciation

A week ago, we said goodbye to our military friends as we left our fourth CAFB reunion headed for our homes in Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas. We had decided that this year would be a great time to visit Columbus.

 

 

Editorial: Cadence deal with Texas firm benefits Golden Triangle

Posted 10/7/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Cadence's about-face on Wednesday, agreeing to be scooped up by a private investment firm one week after it had already agreed to be bought by Trustmark, is a positive outcome for the Starkville and Columbus communities.

 

 

The Cadence Bank train wreck

I wanted to thank you for the article on Lewis Mallory and Cadence Bank. I think they are well written and give a good background into problems that lead to the bank failure. Mr. Mallory said he loved the bank, started as an intern and worked his way to the top, so how could he let this good institution go to the dogs.

 

 

Community college still the best deal in higher education

Posted 10/5/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi's community colleges look like a great deal, the more we look at the numbers.

 

Roses and thorns 10-3-10

Posted 10/2/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Organizers of the Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival; organizers of the Fall Tour of Historic Homes; Main Street Columbus and the volunteers; Columbus Police Department; and the Columbus School District

 

'Practice what you preach'

My name is Laura Corley. I am pursuing a degree at Mississippi University for Women in political science with a minor in women's studies. As the mid-term elections quickly approach, I am growing more and more concerned with the current congressional race.

 

 

Let's get real -- there's a difference

Posted 9/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

We've seen interesting discussions on our website regarding the case of the Sulligent, Ala., football coach who is accused of child molestation charges, both in federal court and in courts in Monroe and Itawamba counties.

 

 

Goodbye, Cadence

Posted 9/29/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Many of us can still remember when all the banks in town were either locally owned or closely held -- National Bank of Commerce, First Columbus National Bank, Merchants and Farmers among them.

 

 

We hope this partnership has a pulse

Posted 9/29/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Franklin Academy was awhirl with activity Tuesday morning -- literally. The University of Mississippi Medical Center's MedEvac helicopter landed in the Magnolia Bowl, a strong symbol of the landing of a partnership between the Jackson medical center and the Columbus elementary school.

 

 

Welcome, autumn

Posted 9/28/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It actually felt chilly Monday morning. Fall is here, and we couldn't be more ready.

 

Birney Imes: Tornadoes vs. Yellowjackets

Posted 9/25/2010 in Local Columns

"What do you know about taking pictures at football games?" Daughter Tanner, who was filling in for Dispatch shooter Kelly Tippett last week, had drawn Friday night assignments in Pickens County and New Hope.

 

Serving like apostles

On Sunday, Sept. 19th, Columbus Lowndes Habitat for Humanity had the opportunity to dedicate our 36th home built to the Lang family. This family lost everything in a fire in January.

 

Roses and Thorns 9-26-10

Posted 9/25/2010 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to the city of Columbus, Lowndes County, and the Columbus Lowndes Recreation Authority for the open, public process if has gone through to get public input on the soccer complex and park planned for Burns Bottom.

 

Editorial: Economic tide rolling in to downtown

Posted 9/23/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Economic tides seem to ebb and flow in downtown Columbus, as they do most places. Businesses come and go. Stores and restaurants open, then go dark, and are replaced with something new.

 

 

Editorial: Ground-level policing

Posted 9/22/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus has fielded its first two pedaling patrolmen, who will be policing high-crime areas on mountain bikes. Patrolmen Kenneth Brewer and Dwight Smith are on bikes part-time until they complete their training, which will enable them to train other officers.

 

 

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