A Mississippi summer is like a hungry dog that's been scolded away from the dinner table: It sort of inches up on us, hoping we won't notice until one day we feel its hot, wet breath and know it's here.
Less than a day after the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees made the decision to fire superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell, the board met again Tuesday to officially begin the process of finding an interim superintendent. The board also set in motion a search for a new chief financial officer to replace Kenneth Hughes, who was fired by Liddell on May 3.
The storm is over. Now the clean-up begins. The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees fired superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell Monday, whose bid to retain her seat by the only means apparently available -- turning the issue into a matter of race and gender -- failed in light of the facts that demonstrated clear examples of misconduct.
Sunday is Father's Day or, as the nation's florists like to call it, "vacation." If Father's Day does not typically produce the depth of emotion that always accompanies Mother's Day, it should not be taken as proof that moms are more loved or more important than dads.
Tuesday's special meeting of the Columbus Municipal School Board ended in much the same fashion as the special meeting held last week: Nothing was done. But much happened.
In college athletics, when evidence emerges that a coach has committed serious offenses, the NCAA (the governing body of college athletics) focuses its attention not only on the coach and the athletic department, but on the university's administration as well. The most serious finding that can result in these cases is something the NCAA calls "lack of institutional control," a charge that ensures the harshest of penalties.
When the increasingly infamous sequester officially began in March, the sky did not fall. Well, it didn't fall right away.
Brandon Presley has a ceiling he will never break through: He will never be Lee County's MPP (Most Popular Presley).
Three months ago, when Angela Verdell was appointed to the Columbus Municipal School Board to replace Tommy Prude, there was a feeling the dynamic of the school board would change -- and for the better.
Some day, when the perspective of time permits a dispassionate view of what is now called the Gay Rights Movement, May 23, 2013, will stand as one of its milestone moments.
At Tuesday night's Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting, Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins expressed frustration with local media over coverage of the Starkville Parks Commission's recent budget woes. A recent audit found the SPC's maintenance budget of $180,000 had only $12.35 left in it, with six months left to go in the year.
Is there anything that's not been said about the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau and its policy of funding festivals organized and orchestrated by elected officials and board members?
On Tuesday, the remaining city council and alderman seats will be decided in Columbus and Starkville.
The defining moment in Dr. Martha Liddell's first year as superintendent for the Columbus Municipal School District came Monday during the district's regular board meeting.
There is probably no animal more easily frightened than the starling, for whom the slightest unexpected noise can send the flock flying away in a panic. The Lowndes County School Board is beginning to rival that timid breed, however.
Sunday, as you had better know by now, is Mother's Day. Although motherhood has been celebrated throughout the world in some form or fashion since the beginning of humanity, the American version of the holiday is a relatively recent development.
In Leroy Brooks' version of the history of Juneteenth, in June of 1865, two months after the end of the Civil War, Union forces notified a group of slaves in Texas that they were free men, women and children. Upon learning this, the slaves in question went before the town council to secure funding for a spontaneous celebration.
Elections are like muscles: They're not much use unless you exercise them. Today across the Golden Triangle, voters have the opportunity to exercise one of our most fundamental rights as Americans.
A Tuesday incident involving a suspect who refused to yield to blue lights during a traffic stop ended with an arrest. But it did not end speculation about how the Columbus Police Department handles pursuits or whether its policy on pursuits should be a matter of public knowledge.
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