In September, Link CEO Joe Max Higgins took the podium at a large gathering East Mississippi Community College to announce that a steering committee had been formed to examine the possibility of Starkville/Oktibbeha County joining West Point/Clay County and Columbus/Lowndes County in what became the Golden Triangle Development Link.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant believes in the rule of law and the will of the people. Unless, of course, it's a law he doesn't like or the will of the people turns out to be at odds with his own views.
Normally, this editorial page does not concern itself with the weighty subject of NFL football games and certainly not games that will be played in so distant a clime as Green Bay, Wis. But we make an exception this week as the NFL playoffs get underway with four games this weekend. And we are particularly interested in how the playoff game in Wisconsin will unfold.
There is an old adage in sports that goes, "Lose the loss, but don't lose the lesson.'' On Wednesday, Golden Triangle Development Link CEO Joe Max Higgins confirmed what had been obvious since the start of the week: The grand, $600 million, 971-job Silicor project will not be coming to Lowndes County.
In a few hours, we will be finished with 2012. For better or worse, we will need a rear-view mirror to see 2012. As the old year passes, a new year stretches out before us. That's the way it is with years: No sooner are you finished with one than another shows up to deal with. Without a doubt, 2013 is certain to bring its share of challenges, but with those challenges come opportunities as well.
Politicians' reliance on CVB funding for their neighborhood festivals is a conflict of interest and an abuse of power
If you are reading this editorial, one of two things can be assumed: First, the world has not yet come to an end, as some people who embraced Maya mythology had predicted. Second, if the end is indeed imminent, you have chosen an pretty unimaginative way to spend your last remaining hours.
With Mike Bernsen's departure the city loses an able and responsive manager; we hope the mayor and council will be deliberate in choosing his replacement.
Near the end of Monday's Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board meeting Monday, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks approached the podium to address the board. Patting his right suit pocket, Brooks told the board that he would not speak from the text he prepared. Instead, he spoke off the cuff. In retrospect, sticking to the prepared text probably would have been a better idea. The message Brooks did deliver was a regrettable hodge-podge -- at times racially-charged, at times conciliatory and at times conspiratorial.
For the superstitious, Wednesday's calendar date was either a compelling reason to stay in bed or a can't-miss chance to court Lady Luck.
It has been a tragic couple of weeks for the National Football League.
Last week, the Caledonia Board of Aldermen took on one of the most controversial issues in the field of energy. You might have expected a very long debate, given the board's history. Remember, this is the same body that took more than a year to resolve a dispute between a town employee and his boss for a $1-per-hour raise.
This evening, downtown Columbus will be the site of the ninth annual Wassail Fest. While there many events on the calendar, Wassail Fest stands apart as something of a marvel.
Dissolution of narcotics unit indicates troubling failure to communicate, cooperate.
Nadia Dale is the sort of person you want for just about any committee or board. Bright, conscientious and community-minded, Dale is just the kind of dynamic young leader Columbus desperately needs.
During his successful campaign to retain his seat in Congress, Alan Nunnelee (R, Tupelo) put much emphasis on the 32 "no'' votes he cast against Obamacare during his first term in office.
Happy Thanksgiving or -- as it will soon be called -- Thanksmas.
It is doubtful that Josie Shumake was chosen to speak at Tuesday's meeting of the Columbus Rotary Club in deference to Thanksgiving.
In a Dispatch online poll a few days ago, we asked readers where they would likely do their Black Friday shopping. Although we make no claim of scientific accuracy, the poll results do at least provide some insight into the attitudes of our community.
The H.L. Hunt Museum and Cultural Center held a grand-opening ceremony Thursday at the old high school, which served as Columbus' black high school until integration.
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