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Steve Rogers: Burns Bottom ideal location for soccer complex

Posted 6/13/2009 in Local Columns

Birney, in response to your column in Friday's Dispatch, I did what you suggested. I drove through Burns Bottom Friday night. It was about 10:30 p.m., long after the early evening storms blew through. I got out and walked in the bucolic, rain-cooled night air.


Birney Imes: Harry, this is a terrible idea

Posted 6/12/2009 in Local Columns

Soccer moms and dads, before itís too late ó and it might already be too late ó drive down to Burns Bottom. Thatís the area just down the hill from Riverhill Chevron, the gas station/convenience store operated by Sanders Oil. At the station, turn off Main Street and go down the hill in the direction of the Hitching Lot, site of the Farmersí Market.


Shocked by antics of Vicksburg 4

Please print this in your paper. A friend of mine sent me an article that was in your paper a few weeks ago. It so shocked me that I must write you.




Mary Talent throws me our Commercial Dispatch each afternoon as I sit swinging in my great-grandaddyís old white swing on the front porch. We exchange, "Hey, how's it going, how are ya?í


Birney Imes: Burns Bottom, come hell or high water

Posted 6/11/2009 in Local Columns

Ever know anyone who when they make up their mind, itís all over? End of discussion. Donít confuse the issue with facts or logical arguments. Iíve made up my mind and thatís that.

Steve Mullen: Taking the long way home

Posted 6/10/2009 in Local Columns

Itís tough to decide who is happier ó me or the grandparents. Itís me, of course. Try being apart from your family for five months, a decision we made when I was hired by The Dispatch. I moved over, while Lee and the girls stayed behind to finish school in California.

Birney Imes: Opening day

Posted 6/9/2009 in Local Columns

Itís not every day one has the opportunity to take part in the launch of a new newspaper. Such was the case Monday when, after a three-month gestation, the first issue of The Starkville Dispatch became a reality shortly after 10 a.m.


A new newspaper for Starkville

Posted 6/8/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

On March 12, 1922, the occasion of the merger of Columbusí two papers into The Commercial Dispatch, publisher Birney Imes Sr. offered an editorial, much of it relevant today.



Giving Starkville our best

Dear Starkville, My wife Lindsey and I will forever remember Tuesday, June 2, 2009, as a special day. After months of work delivering a vision we believe in for Starkville, you, the people of this community, gave me the opportunity to represent you over the next four years as mayor. We are humbled by your support.



Appreciates support

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the voters and citizens of Columbus for your vote and support this past Tuesday, and for reelecting me to another 4-year term as your mayor.


Birney Imes: Harry and Susan and the playing fields

Posted 6/7/2009 in Local Columns

With less than a month to go in office, Susan Mackay desperately wants to see the realization of one of her political goals, the siting of a recreation complex on the 156 acres of Army Corps of Engineers land adjacent to the Riverwalk and just south of Highway 82.


Lutherans and abortion

The recent and unfortunate murder of Dr. George Tiller, an abortionist, who provided late-term abortions in Wichita, Kansas, prompts the writing of this letter.



Steve Rogers: Campaign postmortem:Failure to reach across color line reflected in Jordan and Mackay defeats

Posted 6/4/2009 in Local Columns

Tuesday nightís results in the Columbus city election raised a few eyebrows. Most thought Republican Jay Jordan would lose his Ward 5 council seat to Democrat Kabir Karriem. But more than a few were surprised that Republican Susan Mackay was unseated by Democrat Joseph Mickens in Ward 2.



A new day: Columbus voters cast out two more incumbents bringing a total of four new council members

Posted 6/3/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Voters on Tuesday handed pink slips to two incumbents giving the Columbus City Council four new faces. In Ward 5 political activist and restaurant owner Kabir Karriem trounced Republican incumbent Jay Jordan with over 62 percent of the vote. Political newcomer Joseph Mickens ousted Susan Mackay in Ward 2 with a 52-percent margin.



Voters in all three Golden Triangle communities will elect mayors on Tuesday; we urge you to be part of the process

Posted 6/1/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

If you live in the city of Columbus, Starkville or West Point, you have a right and a responsibility to fulfill tomorrow; that is to vote.


Roses and thorns 5-31-09

Posted 5/31/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, West Point/Clay County Arts Council, Camgian Microsystems Corp., Wilford and Mary Patterson, Frank Phillips YMCA and the Columbus Kiwanis Club, and Holly Travis

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. Theyíve 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 ďThe Pats,Ē so named for Pat Patterson, the teamís sponsor.

Roses and thorns 5/24/09

Posted 5/23/2009 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Robert McAllister, who ďdedicated his lifeĒ 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.



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