It is not quite as sinister as George Orwell's "1984," but we now live in a world where the expectation of privacy can hardly be taken for granted. From the National Security Agency's controversial data mining operations to surveillance cameras to the ubiquitous cell phone cameras, we are generally being watched.
It is here. If you are a college football fan, that is all that is necessary to distinguish what makes this week exceptional.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Sunday's early-morning shooting at Buffalo Wild Wings that left one woman dead and another facing a murder charge created a different perception among some in the community, primarily because of where it happened.
The kids are back in school. Summer vacations have been taken. Play time is over, right? Perish the thought.
The financial landscape of the city of Columbus has been the topic of concern since last week's special meeting of the council, which was held to make adjustments to the proposed budget.
Last week, as the city council and mayor were engaged in a discussion of the city's grim financial outlook, councilman Bill Gavin pushed back when the city's chief operations officer, David Armstrong, suggested that a tax increase was inevitable. Gavin's position was the city should explore all possible options of reducing expenses before taking that step.
Monday afternoon, Philip Hickman, the new superintendent of schools in Columbus, met with The Dispatch editorial board. We left that meeting with a guarded sense of optimism.
It has been a week since Columbus Mayor Robert Smith broke a 3-3 tie to award himself a $10,000 pay raise during a special budget meeting that painted a grim picture of the city's financial picture.
At first blush, the situation might appear counterintuitive: The Lowndes County School District will soon be awash in revenue, yet on Aug. 26 the district will ask voters to go to the polls to support a proposal to issue $47 million in bonds to be used to build, renovate or replace facilities on all three of the district's campuses.
Sometimes, it must appear that the media demonstrates a particular zeal in delivering what is rightfully considered "bad news."
The legend is told that in 1789, when informed that her French subjects had no bread, Marie-Antoinette (bride of France's King Louis XVI) supposedly sniffed, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche"--"Let them eat cake." In the subsequent centuries that callous remark has been considered the standard by which all examples of a tone-deaf leader is measured.
Today is the first day of school in Starkville, Oktibbeha County and West Point. Students in Columbus and Lowndes County begin classes Thursday while some private schools will not begin classes until next week.
The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority board of directors meet monthly in a small conference room at Propst Park. These are generally low-profile meetings. There are eight chairs for visitors placed along two walls of the small room, but they are usually unoccupied. There is rarely any media at these meetings.
There is a video that has gone viral that shows a Copperhead snake that has just been decapitated. The snake's body continues to writhe and wriggle as the head lays motionless near its body. The snake's body makes contact with its head several times, then -- and this is what made the video viral -- the snake's head suddenly sinks its fangs deep into its own body.
Oktibbeha County supervisors and Starkville aldermen both have something in common: They recently tended to business outside the constraints of their published agendas.
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