Last Tuesday was sort of a "George Washington Slept Here'' moment for Columbus when Bill Gates quietly slipped into town and toured the KiOR facilities for a few hours.
The advantage leading has over pushing is that you are a lot less likely to get kicked when you lead. Over the past few months, it has sometimes been hard to determine where the Starkville Board of Aldermen have been in front of the issues or behind them.
If the folk who run the town of Caledonia had divine powers, you suspect they would turn the blind man lame.
It began in April of 1775 as an armed conflict by a small group of Colonists fighting for their rights as subjects to the British crown.
It was the best plan 14 months ago. It remains the best plan today.
There was good news and bad news for Conservatives on Thursday. The Bad News was that the Supreme Court ruled the Obama Administration's health care plan constitutional. The Good News is that the plan covers Conniption Fits.
Public libraries serve many functions. One of those functions, symbolic in nature, is to uphold the traditions and history of its community. For older generations, there is something almost reverential about a library, particularly an old library. It provides a link from present to past. For book lovers, libraries are a comforting place.
It was never the motive, but the method. On Tuesday, Columbus Schools Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell issued a press release that dealt with the controversial early-release program.
The Mississippi Department of Education has decided to put an end to the early-release programs that some of the state's school districts have employed. The State Board of Education made its ruling last week. Friday, they announced there would be a 25-day period in which residents can state their view on the matter.
Columbus is fortunate to have many festivals, events and celebrations sprinkled liberally throughout the calendar year. Each plays a distinct role in helping Columbus develop and enhance a sense of community. We are at our best when we are together on such occasions, when the focus is not on the many things that often divide us, but on the interests and values that we share.
Monday night the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees pulled a fast one on the teachers and parents who came out to hear discussion on Superintendent Martha Liddell's proposal for "early dismissal Wednesdays" during the 2012-2013 school year.
This month, California will actually follow a trend, for once. And for once, it's a trend Mississippi would do well to emulate.
Recently, the Columbus City Council meetings have taken on the aura of theater - theater of the absurd, to be more accurate.
To understand a thing, you must first understand its nature. When a person kills another person it is generally considered a criminal act. But when a cat kills a mouse, no one considers it a crime (aside from the mouse, of course). The cat is not regarded as a murderer. It is simply being true to its cat nature. Allowances are made for that.
This week, seven Mississippi elected officials announced they had switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. As you might imagine, the news was heralded as a triumph among giddy GOP leaders. The Democratic response, just as predictably, was terse. Switching parties six months into a four-year term is not something to be taken lightly.
Tonight, the Columbus Municipal School District will announce a decision on the superintendent position.
People are quick to dismiss the financial troubles of the bankrupt Columbus Country Club. Snobs, fat cats and elitists are terms that get thrown around in conversations about the 89-year-old club.
The CVB currently has a good set of grant application guidelines -- requiring the submission of line-item budgets, as well as the anticipated impact of the festival presented -- but they need to be adhered to.
This week Newsweek magazine released its list of America's Best High Schools for 2012 and one of ours made the grade.
Each spring at Pentecost, Annunciation Catholic Church holds an international food festival.
1. Possumhaw: Corncobs, critters and Catalpa Creek LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Our View: Council should interview school board candidates in public DISPATCH EDITORIALS
3. Tim Kalich: Open government is good government NATIONAL COLUMNS
4. Voice of the people: Anne Freeze LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)
5. Voice of the people: Dianne Rueff LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)