When was the last time you had a conversation with a cop? Too often, our interactions with law enforcement are limited to "business-related" exchanges.
It has been less than two months since voters in the Lowndes County School District rejected a $47 million bond proposal that would have funded a variety of capital improvements, including $14 million for a centralized career-tech center. Even so, district officials have not moth-balled those capital improvement plans.
When the Mississippi Department of Education released its school accountability ratings for 2013-14 today, it only served to confirm what we have known for quite some time: Our city's schools are struggling.
It was once said that art, like morality, consists of drawing a line somewhere.
With the emergence of enhanced technology such as GPS and satellite tracking, today's weather forecasters can provide far more specific and timely information on storms.
Bad policies make for bad outcomes.
With the $2 million Trotter Center renovation set to be completed by the end of the year, the Columbus City Council voted at its Tuesday meeting to raise rates for the facility by 20-to-25 percent, depending on which facilities are booked.
Fifth Street in Columbus was not only an interesting place; it was downright dangerous.
Attendance was sparse and it still takes some effort to get to West Point. Yet the 2014 IPSI Handa Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition that features 24 of the world's best senior women golfers competing in a U.S. vs. World format, was pronounced a rousing success, especially among those who matter most - the players.
Is it Saturday yet? When Mississippi State and Ole Miss play home games Saturday, it will mark something that has not happened in more than 60 years.
The chase is on. Columbus Police Department Chief Tony Carleton has established a new policy that applies to police pursuits of fleeing suspects. It is more accurate to say Carleton is actually implementing the department's existing policy rather than establishing a new one.
Tuesday evening marked the end of a battle that should never have been fought. Among the casualties were the credibility of a few Starkville aldermen and lots and lots of hurt feelings on both sides of this minor, irrelevant and unnecessary skirmish of The Culture Wars.
So far, so very good. Although it hardly rates as "breaking news," Mississippi State's 34-29 win over eighth-ranked LSU Saturday night in Baton Rouge is certain to remain a hot topic in these parts for at least another week.
MSU's win over LSU Saturday was both historical and meaningful.
When the Columbus City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a new ordinance to address public safety issues at privately-held events in the city, no one could argue with the motives.
In recent weeks, The National Football League has stimulated many conversations around the county, none of them involving football.
Last week, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (better known as the state college board) released its enrollment figures for this fall.
During his decidedly low-profile campaign swings across the state, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers has repeatedly called on Thad Cochran, Mississippi's six-term incumbent senator, to meet him in a series of debates before the Nov. 4 general election.
Awkward. Embarrassing. Uncomfortable. Familiar. Any of these words could be used to describe the moment during Monday's Columbus Municipal School Board meeting when assistant superintendent Craig Shannon, in his one and only act as the district's temporary personnel director, recommended the hiring of the wife of schools superintendent Philip Hickman for a teaching position.
In the city of Starkville's last regular meeting, the board of aldermen voted to implement a "plus-one" insurance plan which, among other things, allows a city employee to add another adult to their health insurance policy.
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