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The departure of Dr. Del Phillips prompted me to think about the obstacles waiting for the next superintendent. First, he or she must overcome the shadow of Dr. Phillips, a man who left with high approval ratings and a state of the art middle school as a monument to his success.
The Democrat Party's historical defeat in Tuesday's election was a long time coming. It started in 1964 when Sen. Barry Goldwater became the first Republican presidential candidate to win Mississippi since Reconstruction. Then, in 1978, Senator Thad Cochran became the first Republican elected statewide in over a century. It took another 13 years for Kirk Fordice to become the first Republican elected Governor.
The only thing missing from Tuesday night's Columbus City Council meeting was the girl in sequins with the elephants.
Gwen Gouveia's earliest childhood memories are of light bulbs darkened with shoe polish, lowered green window shades and the cold dampness of the dirt floor of a bomb shelter. Gouveia -- the name is Portuguese -- was 15 months old and in her high chair when the Japanese surprised her hometown on that Sunday morning in 1941.
On the second floor of the Lowndes courthouse, there is a room where on election night candidates gather with their family and supporters, media and political junkies to watch returns as they come in.
This Tuesday I witnessed the best evidence for early voting.
If Rita Jones ever invites you for dinner, don't even bother checking your calendar; just say yes. In a minute I'll tell you why.
A recent news story in the Clarion Ledger caught my attention; it was titled "Culture change in Mississippi urged." The article focused on a recent presentation given by the state economist, Darrin Webb, at a conference hosted by the Mississippi Economic Policy Center.
Chances are if you've ever heard or seen a news story about some development in the magazine world, you've heard the voice of Samir Husni. And if you work in that field, it's almost certain you know of Mr. Magazine, as he calls himself.
My first phone was a pink "princess" one and my Mother could pick-up on the kitchen phone and know exactly what I was talking about and when.
OK, your first book ("The Perfect Storm") spent three years on the New York Times bestseller list and was made into a motion picture starring George Clooney; you've worked as a war correspondent in Africa and in Afghanistan for Vanity Fair; you wrote a much-acclaimed book ("War") and co-produced an Academy Award nominated documentary ("Restrepo") from the Afghanistan experience. You would think someone with that sort of success and the accompanying fanfare -- scores of book signings, TV appearances, readings, even a turn on Hollywood's red carpet -- might be a little stuffy, a little jaded when dealing with admirers in a far-flung small town in the South.
The early entry deadline is rapidly approaching for the 8th Annual Southern Belle Cotton Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Oct. 27-29. Competitors have until today to file their early entry for the event. The early entry fee is $100. After this date, the entry fee will be $150.
Reading resumes is a bit like reading tea leaves, I would think. The art of telling fortunes by studying the residue in the bottoms of wine glasses and tea and coffee cups is called tasseography. How it's done, I have no idea. Over the years, though, I've read a lot of resumes. Last week I was among 21 Columbians looking at the resumes of 25 people who want to be Columbus' next police chief.
Most local media outlets carried the story of the strong-arm house robbery several weeks ago, but for me it was very personal. While not an immediate member of my family, the victim has worked with my father's law firm for years and is loved by my family as if she were a member.
Democrats and some in the news media have repeatedly criticized my decision to create a study commission to analyze the long-term solvency of the Public Employees' Retirement System. These attacks are aimed at politicizing a well-guided study commission and waging a fear-mongering campaign to scare state employees and retirees into voting Democrat during the 2011 legislative elections.
1. Mississippi Voices: Cochran's tea party challenger NATIONAL COLUMNS
2. Ask Rufus: Stand Fast Mississippians LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Birney Imes: On the road with Louie and Sprocket LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Kathleen Parker: The new SAT don't care 'bout no fancy words NATIONAL COLUMNS
5. Charles Krauthammer: The wages of weakness NATIONAL COLUMNS