Tonight, a group of high school juniors from Mississippi School for Math and Science will have their dress rehearsal for their Tales from the Crypt tour at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus.
It is has been said the essential role of a journalist is to shine light into dark places.
In January, when asked about the increase in violent crime in the city, Columbus Police Chief Oscar Lewis suggested that end times prophecy was being fulfilled.
There are any number of indicators that spring has arrived.
Mike Hurst visited Columbus Tuesday in his new role as the head of the Mississippi Justice Institute.
Sunday's early morning shooting incident near the Princess Theater has put local residents and business owners on edge.
Over the past couple of years, as tensions between law enforcement and the communities they serve have grown, there have been concerted efforts by law enforcement agencies throughout the country to strengthen those relationships.
Sometimes, finding the answer is not the solution. In fact, the answer often leads to more questions.
There are few occupations that invite public scrutiny more than law enforcement. People generally don't form firm opinions on factory workers, accountants or waitresses.
Public speaking is routinely listed among the top three fears for humans. It's right up there with death, and typically ranks higher than snakes and grizzly bears.
Starkville Community Theatre took home a bouquet of top honors last weekend at the 68th Annual Southeastern Theatre Conference in Lexington, Kentucky -- among them, Best Production, Best Actor and a handful of others.
When the Mississippi Legislature convened in January, the general consensus held there were two issues which must be addressed above all others: the state budget crisis and funding for our deteriorating roads/bridges.
In the United States, the majority of people in prison will someday return to society. For many, a "second chance" is good not only for the prison, but also for the larger community.
On Thursday, the Magnolia Independent Film Festival, aka The Mag, begins at Hollywood Cinemas in Starkville. Always a much-anticipated event, this year's festival celebrates a significant milestone -- its 20th anniversary.
At some point, our elected officials in Jackson must accept reality and make some tough, and likely, unpopular decisions about our state budget.
If, as the saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, it seems fair to say that, of all the city of Columbus departments, Columbus Fire & Rescue most closely resembles a well-oiled machine.
During the course of our lifetimes, all of us will make decisions and choices that will greatly impact our financial futures -- from decisions about higher education, training, changing jobs, investments and savings to the countless number of things we buy or don't buy.
Roughly half way through the 2017 session, the Mississippi Legislature's performance is, as usual, subject to mixed reviews.
The foster care system in Mississippi has been a source of shame and embarrassment for years, if not decades. That's the bad news.
Monday evening, consultant K.B. Turner held the second of six planned ward meetings to discuss how the Columbus Police Department can better serve its residents and what residents can do to assist those efforts.
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5. Patrick Buchanan: The continuing decline of Congress NATIONAL COLUMNS