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.
Columbus police responded to 229 alarm calls last month, 77 of which were residential. Most of those were false alarms. But false or not, those calls mean money and manpower.
The Columbus Police Department has its hands full trying to police a city of near 24,000 with 68 officers. When you also consider that most of the force has five years of experience or less and nine veteran supervising officers who can retire at any moment, the situation is more critical.
Columbus elementary schools have been welcoming visitors for more than a week, introducing prospective students and their parents to their magnet themes -- technology and communication, medical sciences and wellness, fine arts, international studies and aerospace and science.
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