The saga to find a new name for Mississippi University for Women enters a new phase today. With this morning's announcement by MUW President Claudia Limbert that the campus choice is Reneau University, the rough and tumble business of selling it to the IHL Board, Legislature and alumni begins.
A visit yesterday from a delegation from Guntersville, Ala., only served to remind us of the many assets of this place many of us call home. The group, comprised of public officials and involved citizens, spent a day in Columbus on a fact-finding exchange.
If you’re planning to watch the broadcast of the Lowndes County Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting, let us warn you; it’s not a pretty sight. In a production that more resembles a badly acted high school drama than a meeting of elected officials, Harry Sanders plays the role of a school-yard bully; a wronged Leroy Brooks becomes the class loudmouth; Frank Ferguson and John Holliman are spineless turncoats and Jeff Smith is the well-meaning but unsuccessful peacemaker.
Back when he was selling a package of school improvements that included a new middle school, magnet schools and most recently an extended school year, Superintendent Del Phillips often invoked a Stephen Covey chestnut: “The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing.”
It is disappointing, though not surprising that the Lowndes Supervisors are charging ahead with the Burns Bottom site for a soccer complex. At their Monday meeting, the supervisors announced plans to begin acquiring options to purchase land for that purpose. Joe Higgins of the Link has been activated for the task.
On March 12, 1922, the occasion of the merger of Columbus’ two papers into The Commercial Dispatch, publisher Birney Imes Sr. offered an editorial, much of it relevant today.
Voters on Tuesday handed pink slips to two incumbents giving the Columbus City Council four new faces. In Ward 5 political activist and restaurant owner Kabir Karriem trounced Republican incumbent Jay Jordan with over 62 percent of the vote. Political newcomer Joseph Mickens ousted Susan Mackay in Ward 2 with a 52-percent margin.
If you live in the city of Columbus, Starkville or West Point, you have a right and a responsibility to fulfill tomorrow; that is to vote.
With city-funded curbside recycling pickup, a “green” city building ordinance, bike and walking paths (and plans for more) and a smoking ordinance, Starkville leads the Golden Triangle in innovative movements.
With the punishment of four Columbus police officers Tuesday for their juvenile behavior May 5 at Vicksburg National Military Park, and an apology from the Columbus Police Department, we are hoping all parties can move on.
A state of limbo. That’s the best description of the effect of the Mississippi’s Legislature’s failure to agree on a state budget has on education, health care and other essential services. The House and Senate need to get over their differences and pass the budget. They need to do it when they resume their protracted annual session May 26.
So a few guys are riding through the military park in a police cruiser, one in the driver’s seat, one in the passenger’s seat. Another two are seated in the popped trunk.
If you take a look around downtown, you’ll notice the well-preserved historic buildings, beautiful landscaping, complete with flowers placed with care.
Well, so much for Reneau and Waverley as names for Mississippi University for Women. In the case of Reneau, it’s a shame. We’re not sure how Waverley, the name of a Sir Walter Scott novel and, subsequently, the Clay County antebellum mansion, made the cut other than it begins with a “W,” a pet name some want to preserve.
The state Legislature shouldn’t be faulted for delaying adoption of the state budget as it awaits more information about how to spend the federal economic stimulus money Mississippi is getting. But, to say the least, it’s alarming the House and Senate have been unable to agree on how much to raise the cigarette tax.
It’s Pilgrimage time, which means visitors far and wide will descend on the Friendly City, filling up our bed-and-breakfasts and hotels and touring the city to see what we’re all about.
As Mother Nature does her part to beautify our lovely corner of the world, humans are organizing to do likewise.
Once upon a time, decades ago, mothers were able to let their elementary-aged children roam free and alone.
Starting today, readers will see a slimmed-down Commercial Dispatch with a fresh, new look.
1. Our view: Sistrunk is the obvious choice in Starkville DISPATCH EDITORIALS
2. Leonard Pitts: What was the IRS thinking? NATIONAL COLUMNS
3. Voice of the people: Gary Holtman LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)
4. Susan Estrich: An exciting gateway NATIONAL COLUMNS