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Steve Mullen: The Y pool experience, without the Nehi

Posted 6/2/2010 in Local Columns

A kid shouldn't be forced to make it through summer without access to a body of water. In "Caddyshack," Chevy Chase said he had pool and a pond. Either would be good for the kids. But we have neither, so we had to go looking.

 

Get out and vote Tuesday

Posted 5/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

There's only one race on Tuesday's Republican primary ballot -- but its outcome could be felt in north Mississippi for years to come.

 

 

A mother remembers

To many, Memorial Day is just another day off from work, a time to have a picnic with family and friends and a time to enjoy a long weekend. What lies behind Memorial Day is another thing, though. The holiday is a time for us to commemorate the lives of those who died in military service, protecting our American freedom.

 

 

Allegra Brigham, the right choice for MUW

Posted 5/29/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It would be hard to find someone better suited than Allegra Brigham to serve as interim president of Mississippi University for Women.

 

Roses and Thorns 5-30-10

Posted 5/29/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Michael Carr and Jameika Hoskins; Dr. Claudia Limbert; Stephen Cunetto

 

Setting the record straight

Last Sunday's Commercial Dispatch contained an article regarding the disposition of cases in the Lowndes County Circuit Court, wherein a Carl A. Lee was listed as having been sentenced for false pretense. This

 

 

Remembering Lee High

I felt a pang of sadness or regret -- or perhaps nostalgia -- when I read that Lee High School is going to be shuttered. I was a member of the class of 1992, the final class to graduate from the school before its consolidation with Caldwell.

 

Birney Imes: Blues travelers

Posted 5/29/2010 in Local Columns

"Much obliged." It was an expression I heard my father often use. Friday afternoon I heard the term directed toward Andrew Murphy, a barista at Kudo's coffee shop. It came from a bent, elderly gentleman nattily attired in seersucker pants, a white knit polo shirt and gray New Balance running shoes.

 

A town with much to celebrate

The following e-mail comes from Jim Neely of Columbus. Neely's daughter, Paula Krantz, who lives in Los Angeles, sent to friends and relatives. Most of you know I am from Mississippi, but not all of you know I am from the city of Columbus. I want to share with you some historical information about my hometown and its relation to this upcoming holiday, Memorial Day.

 

Jay Lacklen: Vietnam veterans

Posted 5/28/2010 in Local Columns

I recently attended a book signing in Oxford by Karl Marlantes, author of current Vietnam novel "Matterhorn" that graphically displays the personal horror and uncomfortable ennui of that war, a war we both sought out.

 

Peter Imes: Be a Google power user

Posted 5/27/2010 in Local Columns

When creating a website, designers typically create features for regular users and for what we call power users. Power users are Internet-savvy people who know how to use advanced features of a website.

 

Steve Mullen: A tragic lesson, not learned

Posted 5/26/2010 in Local Columns

Graduation parties should be a time for celebration. But parties are ending in gunfire, and death, all too often.

Roses and thorn 5-23-2010

Posted 5/23/2010 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Lee Brand Jr., who recently was sworn as a Starkville School District board of trustees member.

 

Recovery Act opportunities

For the past three years, I've worked as an estimator and project manager for a commercial roofing contractor in Fort Worth, Texas. During this time, I've had the opportunity to participate in and oversee several construction projects that fall under the highly publicized and hotly debated Recovery Act.

 

 

Peter Imes: E-mail marketing for small businesses can be cheap, effective

Posted 5/20/2010 in Local Columns

Whether you want to tell your customers about new specials, contact new potential customers or simply send the occasional newsletter, e-mail is a relatively inexpensive and very easy way to get your message out

 

 

Letters: A name for sports park

We feel serious consideration should be given to naming the complex in honor of Leslie Frazier.

 

Steve Mullen: The oil isn't here ... yet

Posted 5/19/2010 in Local Columns

The massive oil spill about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, which by energy giant BP's own estimate has been growing by 5,000 barrels each day since April 20, still hasn't reached Mississippi's shores. Yet.

 

Wings all over Columbus: Base is economy's jet engine

Posted 5/18/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Some would argue (and we are among them) that Columbus Air Force Base's impact on the area gets too little notice or appreciation. But, that was not the case this weekend.

 

Jay Lacklen: Book readers

Posted 5/17/2010 in Local Columns

There are two types of people in the world, those who read books, and those who do not.

 

A few things

Due to a recent reporting of a rash of disciplinary action(s) being taken on students in the USA because of various displays of our American Flag, I am enclosing copies of my Great Grandfather Frederick Brandt and my Grandfather Johan Frederick Holtmann's citizenship papers.

 

 

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