Strother Martin's character in the movie, "Cool Hand Luke" said it best: "What we have here is failure to communicate.''
One of the universal criticism of a free press is that bad news seems to dominate its pages. Although that claim is more imagined than real, it is a charge that newspapers cannot dismiss out of hand.
Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn brought his "Mississippi Solutions -- An Ideas Tour" to Columbus on Tuesday. About 75 citizens, a third of them 10th-graders from Lowndes County Young Leaders group, packed themselves into the old municipal courtroom at City Hall.
In the movie version of John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row," the central characters of the story -- a motley group of malingerers, derelicts and misfits -- are confronted with a problem.
Welcome to third grade, or as we say in Columbus and Lowndes County, local politics. During Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting, Kabir said he didn't want to play with little Harry anymore because Harry called Kabir and his playmates a "bad word."
It is hard to imagine a better fit for Starkville's CottonMill project than Columbus developer Mark Castleberry.
When he was running for Lowndes County Superintendent of Education, Lynn Wright made a personal visit to the offices of The Dispatch, assuring the newspaper's editorial board that, as superintendent, he would be accessible and available.
As duly noted in Sunday's edition of The Dispatch, there is much to like about the Columbus Soccer Complex, which had its grand opening on Saturday.
Certainly, parts of the recently-proposed Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority -- especially the amount and methods of funding for the new organization -- need to be explored further, but the plan will almost certainly come to fruition.
Certainly, parts of the recently-proposed Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority-especially the amount and methods of funding for the new organization-need to be explored further, but the plan will almost certainly come to fruition.
Monday's meeting of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau was a circumspect affair. The board did its business at a brisk pace, adjourning in about an hour. There were no wild allegations, no shouting matches, no flagrant flaunting of any rules.
Friday afternoon the seven-member steering committee assigned the task of exploring a tri-county economic development coalition unveiled their findings before a large and generally supportive crowd at the East Mississippi Community College campus in Mayhew.
Brandon Presley's visit to Columbus on Wednesday included a stop at The Dispatch. Presley is the Northern District Public Service Commissioner.
Realtors call it curb appeal, and they will tell you that without it, selling a property is a difficult task.
During Tuesday's meeting, the Columbus City Council approved recommended 30-day suspensions of two firefighters and a police officer for "liking" a controversial Facebook post made by another Columbus firefighter, who has since resigned in the wake of the incident.
Columbus Municipal School District officials released a series of "zero tolerance'' rules concerning fan behavior this week in response to some altercations that occurred during Columbus High's Aug. 17 home game against Aberdeen.
Last week, a Lowndes County jury found Columbus businessman Benny Shelton guilty of sexual assault of a minor. The details of the case are -- quite naturally -- disturbing. And so was the conduct of Junior Eads, pastor of Eastview Baptist Church.
Tonight marks the beginning of the high school football season, and it appears as though the weather will conspire to dampen, quite literally, the enthusiasm that generally adorns the occasion.
Wednesday was the first day of classes at Mississippi University for Women, but unless your travels brought you in close proximity to the picturesque campus down on College Street, the event likely escaped your notice.
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