Christmas has arrived. We know this not by a simple glance at the calendar, of course.
Generally, Columbus city council meetings are attended by familiar faces, a small group of citizens who regularly monitor the meetings and, on occasion, speak during the citizens' input portion.
On some issues, there is no avoiding controversy and the inevitable wounds that go with them.
There was a time, not too long ago, when employee benefits were almost always taken for granted.
Tuesday the Starkville-Oktibbeha School District Board of Trustees and representatives of the consulting firm it hired in November hashed out a game plan for finding a new school superintendent.
It's been a tough year for music lovers. We have lost some many of the artists who provided the soundtrack to our lives.
It was standing room only at the Chancery Courthouse Tuesday in Starkville as residents turned out for a public hearing on the fate of Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center.
In the days leading up to Sunday's "60 Minutes" broadcast, folks in the Golden Triangle were understandably apprehensive.
Thursday afternoon, Columbus city and police department officials held a press conference at the municipal complex to address the crime situation in the city, most notably a surge in homicides this year.
While Christmas itself is a fixed date on the calendar, there is no real consensus no when the "Christmas Season" begins.
The first weather sirens split the air in our area early in the afternoon Tuesday and continued intermittently into the evening as a series of storms, some of which spawned tornadoes, moved through the state, the Golden Triangle and into Alabama.
For too long, bringing economic development to our state has been a one-side negotiation.
It was during the Dallas Cowboys game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 13 as a television camera focused to a shot of Cowboys' rookie quarterback Dak Prescott sitting on a bench as the Dallas defense was on the field.
Today is Thanksgiving and, if we are entirely honest with ourselves, we will admit that aligning our attitude with the spirit of the holiday sometimes requires some real effort.
The news that a pair of local developers have purchased two historic downtown buildings is a promising sign for Columbus and proof that the transformation of one of our city's greatest asset will continue to build on the progress we have seen in recent years.
Parker Wiseman is an anomaly.
Monday's Unified Egg Bowl reminds us of how far we have come in our understanding of the disabled, particularly those who suffer from mental disabilities.
In the United States, we observe two holidays to honor those who have served our nation through military service.
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes. But in the case of our criminal justice system, it may also be the mother of compassion.
The death of Janet Reno on the eve of the presidential election is particularly poignant.
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