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Steve Mullen: Two days and counting

Posted 4/1/2009 in Local Columns

It’s D-Day minus two. My wife, Lee, and our two kids are coming in for a visit Friday night, and preparations have begun.

 

We’re glad you’re here

Posted 3/31/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

It’s Pilgrimage time, which means visitors far and wide will descend on the Friendly City, filling up our bed-and-breakfasts and hotels and touring the city to see what we’re all about.

 

 

Child rearing

I grew up in the 1950’s 2-1/2 miles West of Brooksville, and everybody around, black and white, knew every other family’s children, aunts, etc. Even the families who lived in the town here felt a sense of security concerning public safety. Children were allowed to go anywhere in the towns they wanted. Their parents always knew where they were and what they were doing. If we got into mischief our parents knew it before we got home, and appropriate punishment often awaited us. Respect for and fear of the law was much greater in the days of “Leave it to Beaver” and “Andy Griffith”

 

 

School programs cause for optimism

We all have heard of the No-Child-Left-Behind Law introduced during The Bush administration. Unfortunately the program was left behind; children are not getting the early education they need to inspire them to want to learn and enjoy school.

 

 

Supports Matt Cox for Starkville mayor

I was raised in Starkville, attended Starkville Public Schools and also taught Art at Starkville High School during the 2003-2004 school year until budget cuts forced faculty reductions in the art program.

 

 

High school annuals

The Local History Room at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is sending out a call for donations of Lowndes County High School annuals to fill in the gaps in the current collection of Lowndes County yearbooks.

 

 

Other sources of history

The caption on Friday’s cover page read “Discover the Past.”

 

 

Clean sweep

Amazed. That is the best word we can use to describe how The Link’d Young Professionals group feels after our first Clean Sweep Columbus. The weather may not have been perfect but we pushed forward and made the best of our day. We would like to thank everyone who participated. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, we were able to make Columbus shine and look its best. Without the tremendous support we received from our local elected officials, local businesses, and the overwhelming support of you, the community, this event would not have been possible.

 

Roses and thorns 3-29-09

Posted 3/28/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Happy Irby, Columbus Police Department, Jasmine Murray, Starkville, Chris Jenkins and Lenore Prather

Birney Imes: Of ballparks and buffalo

Posted 3/28/2009 in Local Columns

According to Roger Short, the jury’s still out on the site selection for the proposed sportsplex. Someone called earlier in the week to say word on the street is that the decision has been made, that it will be Burns Bottom.

 

Toilet paper roads

Regarding pavement in Columbus: Two of the most traveled roads in Columbus and Lowndes County are Waverley Ferry and Lincoln roads. These are the back roads to Wal-Mart and a short cut to Highway 50 to West Point. There are hundreds of vehicles daily on these roads; now the big Army trucks are traveling both to and from West Point to Waters Truck & Tractor for service on Waverley Ferry Road.

 

 

Cheap shot

The comments of Mark Killebrew in Tuesday’s paper is a cheap shot. At one time he was on the committee for Roast n' Boast, but he is no longer a part.

 

 

Thanks, Harvey

Once again Harvey Myrick and his crew of hard workers have given Columbus another “star.” The event was well planned, certainly well attended, and enjoyed by all ages!

 

 

Spring cleaning

Posted 3/25/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

As Mother Nature does her part to beautify our lovely corner of the world, humans are organizing to do likewise.

 

 

A cautionary tale

 

 

The passing

On March 20th, Mel Brown passed away in Kitchener, Ontario. He had lived in Canada for several years and was considered the "BB King" of Canada.

 

 

Walking lessons

Posted 3/25/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Once upon a time, decades ago, mothers were able to let their elementary-aged children roam free and alone.

 

Steve Mullen: Getting ready for ‘the girls’

Posted 3/25/2009 in Local Columns

If you’ve seen the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” you have an idea of what they look like.

Birney Imes: Good books

Posted 3/24/2009 in Local Columns

Deborah, a friend visiting from New York who loves most things Southern, invoked the spirit of Eudora Welty Friday evening. At issue was whether she should have a dessert made from chocolate, pecans and vanilla ice cream.

 

Sweet weekend, good barbecue

On behalf of the “Grilling on the River ‘09” committee, staff and volunteers, many heartfelt thanks to all of Columbus, Lowndes County, and the Golden Triangle.

 

 

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