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.
For too long, sex education has been a four-letter word in the state of Mississippi.
The formula is simple: Cut 54 teachers; save $2.1 million. And with personnel accounting for 76 percent of the Columbus schools' budget, it's an easy target for cost savings.
The city of Columbus continues to lose population as residents move away or flock to the county to avoid higher taxes.
We think the Columbus City Council has more important issues to worry about than what Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders said in front of a civic club. Speaking to the Columbus Rotary Club last week, Sanders said there were some people appointed to city boards "who couldn't tie their shoes."
Harry Sanders is good at pointing the finger. Tuesday, he turned it toward one of his favorite targets, the city of Columbus.
Columbus Air Force Base is Lowndes County's largest employer, providing 3,000 military and civilian jobs. The average salary is more than $41,000, well above $35,000, the approximate state average.
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