The best of American democracy does not always begin with visionary leaders on a national scale.
On Monday, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith confirmed that police chief Oscar Lewis has given notice he will be retiring at the end of the year.
Monday evening, the Columbus Municipal School board will listen to presentations from firms to conduct a search for the district's fourth superintendent since 2011.
On Dec. 10, 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state in the union. The year-long observance of the state's bi-centennial will culminate Saturday with the opening of not one, but two museums dedicated to the state's long, often troubled, history.
Thursday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus City Council will meet at the Trotter Center at 9:30 a.m. in an effort to agree on a joint resolution to submit to the Legislature to extend the 2-percent restaurant tax.
Christmas is a fixed date on the calendar, but while we all recognize Dec. 25 as the day, there is no agreement on when the Christmas season begins.
On Thursday, Mississippi State held a grand-opening ceremony for the Grant Presidential Library, a $10-million, 21,000 square-foot addition to the university's Mitchell Memorial Library.
In October, when Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins and Columbus Lowndes Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter appeared before the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and The Columbus City Council at their respective regular meetings, it seemed simply a procedural matter that could be easily addressed.
Today is Black Friday, traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.
Long before Abe Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday in 1863 and long before the Pilgrims' 1621 feast that inspired it, a guy in Rome best expressed the idea behind what we recognize today as Thanksgiving:
Tuesday night, the Columbus City Council held it regular meeting, breezing through a light agenda in a shade under 15 minutes.
In Sunday's Dispatch, Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins pulled no punches in his criticism of state leadership on the issue of economic development.
Like hundreds of thousands of high school seniors, Robert Woodard II has decided where he will attend college next year.
Monday, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees voted for a change in leadership.
Tuesday was not a good day to be a Falcon.
The elected officials of Columbus have many obligations, among them the responsibility to promote public safety, often through policy decisions.
The people have spoken. Now it's time to listen to what they said.
Over the past few weeks, as we have watched county and city officials squabble over the details of a renewal of the two-percent restaurant tax, our attitude has devolved from disappointment to consternation and now borders on disgust.
Special elections generally feature low voter turnout.
It will take some time for us to know the full story of the officer-involved shooting death during the early morning hours Saturday.
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