Of the courses we wish we had taken in high school and didn't, speech ranks high on the list.
The city of Starkville is moving forward -- albeit slowly -- in its quest to have its downtown included in the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown Columbus has benefited from the designation -- the evidence is plain to see -- and so will Starkville.
Tuesday evening as Aberdeen businessman Jeff Doty was telling Caledonia aldermen he wouldn't be opening Cal-City Grocery because they denied him a variance to sell cold beer, the town was talking about one of its own who had been charged with selling it ... illegally.
If, on this past Saturday afternoon, you had hiked to the Riverwalk to enjoy what was a glorious spring day, you might have been at first surprised by the number of people who seemed to have the same idea.
Bill Fruth's visit last week sparked a lot of conversation, and that's usually a good thing. Columbus and Starkville seem to both be great in growing- but in two different ways. Perhaps we can each learn something from the other.
Tuesday in his presentation to Columbus-Lowndes Development Link Trust members economic development guru Bill Fruth said something that gave us pause. Fruth was talking about how community attitudes and laws can be a deterrent for new business.
Bill Fruth is an economic forecaster, statistician and consultant, who analyzes local economies. He is in town this week talking to us about ours. His numbers tell us one thing we already know: By any measure, Joe Higgins, in his eight years as head of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, has amassed an impressive string of economic successes.
It was inevitable comparisons would be made. After Saturday's shooting of Mississippi State student John Sanderson, reportedly by one of three black males, local and national commentators immediately began drawing comparisons with the February shooting in Florida of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager. Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a white neighborhood watch captain.
While we don't condone Pratt's action -- it was illegal, after all -- we agree with the majority of the council, that firing is too harsh a punishment.
On the first day of spring we watched a man in blue suspenders standing in a bed of pink azaleas roll brown paint on The Old Homestead, the house Rufus and Karen Ward are restoring next to the Episcopal Church.
In this time of neighborhood watches and heightened sensitivity about domestic crime, the Feb. 26 killing of a teenager in Florida offers a cautionary tale for us in the Golden Triangle.
It will be sad to see this American icon disappear from the local landscape.
Three bills working their way through the Mississippi Senate offer encouraging news for Mississippi schools and school children.
Sadly, Mark Twain's famous quote about the weather -- "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it" -- too often applies to local litter control and beautification efforts.
As we wrote here two weeks ago in response to the third incident this year at Columbus High (the sixth in the county), bomb threats are a drag on the system.
Last week an acquaintance received in the mail a notice from the city about unpaid fines. In her case, it was $20 in parking tickets. The letter said she had until March 15 to pay the fine. We were encouraged to see the city moving aggressively to collect unpaid fines. No doubt it, like most municipalities, can use the money.
Seems Mother Nature is her most whimsical in the spring. And, not always in a good way. Less than a year ago in April, tornadoes ripped through Smithville and Tuscaloosa, Ala., leaving in their wake death and a swath of destruction still visible.
When looking for words to describe recent actions of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board, resolute and rational do not come to mind.
If you see someone today with what looks to be a cross drawn with ashes on their foreheads, do not be alarmed. Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the observance of Lent. The day derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of worshippers.
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