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Birney Imes: A word from Coach Dillon

Posted 5/31/2009 in Local Columns

Years ago one of our children had the good fortune to play summer baseball for Joe Dillon. In the 27 years he coached at Propst Park, Dillon became a legend among legends. They’ve since named a field for him. When he coached our son, Dillon was at the helm of a crew of 11-12 year olds called “The Pats,” so named for Pat Patterson, the team’s sponsor.

Roses and thorns 5/24/09

Posted 5/23/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Robert McAllister, who “dedicated his life” to helping others and to his family members, many of whom were on hand Thursday, as the Columbus Air Force Base fire station was named in his honor.

 

Disappointed by columns

I write this as a Roman Catholic Christian, a Roman Catholic Priest, and a citizen of the Columbus, Lowndes County community. Also, may I say that to my recollection, I have never written a public letter of a critical or condemning nature. I do not brag about that, but state it so that you are aware that I have no ax to grind or agenda to advance.

 

 

Vicksburg matter offers opportunity to get better

I appreciate the sentiments expressed in your May 21 editorial. The dialogue created by this incident, while at times painful, has been valuable both to the department and the community.

 

 

Steve Rogers: The Vicksburg 4: Anatomy of a witch hunt

Posted 5/23/2009 in Local Columns

Fifteen days is too long. That’s right, the Columbus City Council went to far when it suspended the Vicksburg 4 — the four Columbus police officers at the center of a misunderstanding at the Vicksburg National Military Park — for 15 days.

 

Birney Imes: Developing a shared vision

Posted 5/23/2009 in Local Columns

“A vision without a plan is a hallucination.” —Thomas Edison On Friday about 15 people spent the afternoon dreaming about the future of Columbus. Leading the conversation was Randy Wilson, who in September will lead the community in something called a charrette.

 

A new mayor for Starkville

Posted 5/22/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

With city-funded curbside recycling pickup, a “green” city building ordinance, bike and walking paths (and plans for more) and a smoking ordinance, Starkville leads the Golden Triangle in innovative movements.

 

Garthia Elena Burnett: Rebuilding Caledonia school

Posted 5/22/2009 in Local Columns

I can remember riding in the back of a pickup to get to campus. From Main Street, the wreckage already could be seen. Rubble. Twisted metal. Broken glass.

 

Case closed (we hope): CPD’s handling of Vicksburg episode less than professional

Posted 5/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

With the punishment of four Columbus police officers Tuesday for their juvenile behavior May 5 at Vicksburg National Military Park, and an apology from the Columbus Police Department, we are hoping all parties can move on.

 

 

A religion unto itself

Man yea, those boys came back relaxed, refreshed, and alert. Fourteen days without pay is enough punishment. That old field will grow back. Maybe they can invite that state park ranger up here to drive through one of our fields.

 

 

Gangs in Columbus

Since the beginning of the 1990’s, gang culture has been a way of life for so many young people in Columbus. Gang members in Columbus have been involved with a number of shootings in this city, as well as in West Point and Starkville.

 

Steve Mullen: No phone calls, please

Posted 5/20/2009 in Local Columns

They muscle their way in — uninvited, unwelcome, and downright annoying. They’re the unending cascade of automated phone calls — in particular, those that play a recording warning you that your car warranty is about to expire.

 

Thanks to letter carriers

On Saturday, May 9, the National Association of Letter Carriers and United Way of Lowndes County partnered to conduct our 17th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive to help stock shelves at local food pantries and shelters.

 

 

Comments on Catholic commentary

I read with great fascination and interest two recently excerpted articles in our Commercial Dispatch: one in Friday’s edition by Susan Jacoby, “an atheist and an ex-Catholic,” and one in Sunday’s edition by David Gibson “Is this the new Catholicism? Yes.”

 

 

Carol Littlejohn: Gerald

Posted 5/18/2009 in Local Columns

I do not know what to say or really what to write in this story but I am going to try to tell you my feelings about Gerald. You see, Gerald was my first love back in the “good old days” as we all like to say. I began to date him in my senior year at S. D. Lee High School in 1968. We dated each other for four years. I was at “The W,” and his parents sent him off to “Southern.” He hitched a ride home most every weekend, and on those sad Sundays, I would take him over to Bob’s Place to catch his ride back down to Hattiesburg. I cried many a tear at his leaving.

 

Roses and thorns 5-17-09

Posted 5/17/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Community members who contributed to last week’s National Association of Letter Carriers food drive, Sandfield Horizon Committee, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science history teacher Chuck Yarborough and parents and teachers at Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School and Stokes-Beard Communication and Technology Magnet School

Garthia Elena Burnett: Back to the drawing board on health department site selection

Posted 5/17/2009 in Local Columns

Ever notice how too many choices sometimes can turn into paralysis? It’s a problem the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors seems to have run into with building a new health department.

Birney Imes: Bill and Virginia’s whirlwind romance

Posted 5/17/2009 in Local Columns

They say you can hear all sorts of things in a beauty salon. Here’s a story I heard while getting my hair cut Wednesday.

 

Steve Rogers: Starkville candidates have abdicated responsibility, voters shouldn’t

Posted 5/16/2009 in Local Columns

In one narcissistic moment, Parker Wiseman may have given away a promising chance to be mayor of Starkville.

 

 

Steve Rogers: Health department may divide traditional factions

Posted 5/15/2009 in Local Columns

Doubts about whether the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors is two factions or five individual members may be dispelled soon. Earlier this week, the Columbus Planning Commission approved the Tommy Lott family’s request to rezone two acres on the northwest corner of Lehmberg and Warpath roads from residential to professional offices. The site is an alternative for a new Lowndes County Health Department.

 

 

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