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A letter from the chief

To the Citizens of Columbus: I am humbled by the honor to lead one of the best and brightest police departments in the State of Mississippi. Anyone who reads the paper and sees the news shouldn't be surprised that our department has been tested and criticized in recent months.


My take: St. John reappears as political gadfly

Posted 4/25/2012 in Local Columns

I'll admit it. When I first heard St. John was starting a newspaper, I was skeptical.


Our view: School superintendent decision will have lasting impact

Posted 4/25/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tomorrow the Columbus School Board will discuss their search for a superintendent, something they've been doing for more than a year now.



Voice of the people: Ben C. Toledano

Letter to the Editor: Takes issue with columnist's assertions on race



Our view: Earth Day

Posted 4/20/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Sunday is Earth Day, or as the United Nations deemed in 2009, International Mother Earth Day.


My take: My dad's new idea

Posted 4/18/2012 in Local Columns

Anyone who knows my father knows he's a man of ideas.


Our View: The power of the spoken word

Posted 4/17/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Of the courses we wish we had taken in high school and didn't, speech ranks high on the list.


Birney Imes: Street-front gardens offer drive-by delights

Posted 4/14/2012 in Local Columns

Our early spring has gardeners in a feeding frenzy. Go to any garden center and see for yourself. Friday, at a local nursery, I saw a woman wearing a T-shirt that read, "Will Garden for Food."

Starkville to host public meeting on historic register designation

The Starkville Central Neighborhood Foundation is pushing for a National Register of Historic Places nomination for Starkville's downtown district which, if approved, would give property owners in the proposed district access to significant tax incentives for renovations and purchases.


Our View: National register designation would benefit Starkville's downtown

Posted 4/13/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

The city of Starkville is moving forward -- albeit slowly -- in its quest to have its downtown included in the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown Columbus has benefited from the designation -- the evidence is plain to see -- and so will Starkville.


Shannon Bardwell: The way of suffering

Posted 4/9/2012 in Local Columns

By the sixth week of Lent I was totally torqued and twisted into a most uncomfortable frame of mind and body. But by the seventh week, everything became crystal clear. I was meant to be uncomfortable, for discomfort showed who I really was. Ah ... there was the rub.


Brenda Caradine: 'Renaissance man'

Kudos to Jan Swoope. What a wonderful article Wednesday about local author Michael Smith's success in the literary world in New York, publication of his latest book and movie deal in the works.



Our View: Neither responsible nor cool

Posted 4/5/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

Tuesday evening as Aberdeen businessman Jeff Doty was telling Caledonia aldermen he wouldn't be opening Cal-City Grocery because they denied him a variance to sell cold beer, the town was talking about one of its own who had been charged with selling it ... illegally.



Our View: Acts small and large build community

Posted 4/4/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

If, on this past Saturday afternoon, you had hiked to the Riverwalk to enjoy what was a glorious spring day, you might have been at first surprised by the number of people who seemed to have the same idea.


Scott Colom: Death of charter school bill leaves lingering questions

Posted 4/4/2012 in Local Columns

Today's death of the bill to authorize more charter schools in Mississippi means opponents of charter schools may win this year's battle. But, to win the war over education, these opponents must offer a plan to improve public schools in Mississippi. If not, it's only a matter of time before a charter school will be in a school district near them.


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