When voters in the Lowndes County School District rejected a $47 million bond proposal for major additions and renovations Tuesday, the initial reaction in some quarters was in despair. While a small majority of voters approved what could have amounted to a self-imposed tax increase by a small margin (52 percent), the measure fell well short of the 60-percent vote required for approval.
You've probably never heard of Claudette Colvin. And yet, had history twisted in a slightly different direction, she might loom as large in American memory as Rosa Parks does now while Parks herself would be a little-remembered seamstress.
Having once served a president, I don't begrudge any president a vacation.
If, while driving around Lowndes County, you've noticed a different sort of billboard advertising, thank an artist. Better yet, visit an art show, museum or art gallery.
The school funds lawsuit former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is spearheading isn't complicated. It's simple litigation -- a petition for a declaratory judgment.
As I have mentioned before, I am not a huge Facebook user. I have a page, but I always thought the best use for Facebook is getting "Happy Birthday" wishes from long-lost friends and being able to say thank you for them en masse.
It was time to glean leftover hay and stuff it in a black garbage bag. I always wear black rubber boots, summer or winter. You never know what you might encounter in the fields, and I feel safer with the rubber boots rather than, say, flip flops.
During the first years of Columbus' growth and expansion, some early settlers tried to bring a little of the refinement of the east coast to the new town.
Wednesday in the aisles of Kroger I ran into a high school friend I had not seen in years, Joey Hendrix. As a civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, Joey's career included postings in Vicksburg, Baghdad and New Orleans. He is now retired and has come home to take care of his mother, who lives in New Hope.
Tuesday, registered voters who live in the Lowndes County School District will go to the polls to vote on a $47 million bond issue to build, replace and renovate school facilities.
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. -- I've met some brave people in my life: survivors of war, politics, natural disasters -- and one heroic woman in the Mississippi Delta who lived most of her life in an iron lung. I'm not sure I've ever met anyone braver than the beautiful and elegant Anne Butler of this enchanting Louisiana river town.
A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not terrible. Perry is caught somewhere between a tight smile and an outright grimace, his mien taut with confidence and seriousness of purpose.
WASHINGTON -- Responding to the horrifying murder of photojournalist James Foley, Secretary of State John Kerry declared, "ISIL [the Islamic State] and the wickedness it represents must be destroyed." President Obama said, "people like this ultimately fail."
At last month's Neshoba County Fair, Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves wowed the crowd by saying, "We think it's time to look at a pay raise for taxpayers."
What next? That's what should concern us now.
Dr. Jonathan Speegle, pastor at Covenant United Methodist Church in Columbus, spoke to the Columbus Kiwanis Club Wednesday. His topic: Comprehensive immigration reform. Given his position, it was hardly unexpected that Speegle would consider this issue in theological terms.
Soon the cameras, protesters, gawkers and tweeters will depart Ferguson, Missouri, leaving the question: What will be left of this embattled city when the smoke clears?
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