Last week, city, county and state officials gathered at the base of the old Highway 82 bridge, heralding the state Department of Transportation’s $2 million grant to renovate the long-shuttered structure into a pedestrian park.
Six days after their brawl at City Hall, Mayor Robert Smith and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem shook hands and made up.
When we first heard about it, we thought it was an April Fools’ joke. In one sense it was; in this case, the tricksters, happened to be Mayor Robert Smith and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem. The joke is on the people and the city of Columbus.
It’s hard to hang on to the good ones. Monday’s news of the departure of Mississippi State University Athletic Director Greg Byrne proved that axiom. Anyone who spent time with Byrne, or heard him speak, knew instantly that he is an up-and-comer destined for great things.
The Domtar Columbus paper mill closing is tragic and a blow to the local economy. The facility, forever known by many as simply “Weyerhaeuser,” has for decades been an economic cornerstone of Lowndes County, and its employees have played a significant role in the civic life of this community. This is sad news, indeed.
That was quick. What appeared to be a political shakeup in the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors ended practically before it started.
In an interview on Page 1 today, outgoing Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders offers a bit of advice for whomever is chosen to lead the body next: “You can’t please everybody. They’re going to have to realize the word ‘no’ is a complete sentence.”
What are we to make of the resignation of Harry Sanders as president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors?
Is this the beginning of the end for The W? As much as we might hope otherwise, it would appear so. The state College Board on Thursday charged Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women to explore consolidating operations.
The last domino has fallen: West Point has joined Starkville and Columbus in the club of Mississippi cities that allow liquor sales on Sunday.
If the actions of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee are any indication, the Legislature won’t pursue a name change for Mississippi University for Women this session. A bill that would give the Institute for Higher Learning authority to rename the school and would likely result in a new gender-neutral name died for lack of a motion late Monday afternoon.
A rose to state Sen. Doug Davis, who we expect Monday to bring the MUW name change to committee, and to local leaders who are going to the Capitol to support the measure.
Maybe they think they’re protecting themselves. Or perhaps they’ve forgotten they’re managing public funds.
Say it ain’t so, Kelvin. It appears that the chairman of the House Universities and Colleges Committee, Rep. Kelvin Buck, has decided to quash any bill recommending a name change for Mississippi University for Women — a school that has been admitting men since 1982 and sees the name as a hindrance to building enough enrollment to survive and thrive.
The community has not had time to recover from the loss of nine people — six of them small children — in an apartment fire in Starkville.
Learnard Dickerson, Tony Montgomery and Lavonne Harris deserve a big round of applause, they and all the Dream 365 volunteers who made possible the just completed four-day-long Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.
Good grief. What is the city thinking? Joe Johnson, the man who would be police chief, but who has been passed over three times, is starting the new decade with a tidy handout courtesy of Columbus taxpayers.
While the Starkville mayor and aldermen rehash past efforts to build a municipal complex, the community likely has lost all faith in the project ever coming to fruition.
The Columbus City Council’s decision in a special meeting Monday, to terminate the employment of a city firefighter who the city says violated its substance abuse policy, has raised questions of fairness in how the council metes out punishment of city workers.
While it was disappointing to see less than a dozen townspeople at a Sunday meeting of Friends of The W, it wasn’t altogether surprising. Most of the seats in the Nissan Auditorium were taken, but they were taken by the school’s students, faculty and alumni.
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