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.
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.
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.
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.
It actually felt chilly Monday morning. Fall is here, and we couldn't be more ready.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the past week, many readers and writers have weighed in about the now infamous anonymous contribution in an ad ran by the campaign of Travis Childers. Was this a mistake? Yes. Was this the first or last time this will happen in politics? No. What has happened is a great opportunity to discuss the merits of a "fair tax" has started to slip away.
A local high school student's death in a tragic hunting accident has brought out the best in many of those who knew him -- and many who didn't.
Spencer Perkins; local teachers; Columbus City Council; and U.S. Rep. Travis Childers
As a rule I am anything but valiant. However, when writing an opinion to the newspaper, it is a point of honor to put on my big-girl pants and sign my name.
Travis Childers, our Congressman from the 1st District, says in his TV ad, "I've done what I said I'd do."
At the beginning of a workshop on small newspapers last week, everyone was asked to stand, introduce themselves, say where they were born, where they are now and what would be the job of their dreams, if not newspapering.
One of the joys of the newspaper business is we're inundated with spam e-mail on a daily basis -- and during a heated election season, much of it is political.
I read with interest the comments made by District Attorney Forrest Allgood regarding the testimony given by Jim Kitchens at the sentencing hearing of Quintez Hodges. I know nothing about the case of Quintez Hodges. According to what I have read in the paper, Quintez Hodges is most likely a dangerous man, and he deserves punishment for his crimes.
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