Each year, the Mississippi Legislature produces a handful of education bills. Once in a great while, the group actually includes a good idea.
During Monday's uniformly contentious and often ridiculous meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees, the board finally got around to interviewing candidates for the search firm that will be charged with identifying candidates for a permanent schools superintendent.
Like the recent warm weather, the hope of harmony on the Columbus Municipal School District has proven to be fleeting. It's back to chaos as usual for the CMSD, a dispiriting blow to the community whose fortunes are closely tied to the success of its schools.
Starkville aldermen should reorganize the city's three-person audit and budget committee to include any and all representatives willing to participate in financial discussions, and any foot dragging should be perceived as an attempt to deny at least one alderman's right to represent his constituents.
On Thursday, the Columbus City Council held a public forum to discuss the idea of raising taxes to secure a $5 million capital improvement loan to repair, replace and improve city infrastructure, primarily road repair and repaving, drainage and sidewalk improvements.
Thursday, the city council will hold a public hearing on issuing bonds to finance improvements to Columbus' roads, drainage and sidewalks. Those $5 million worth of bonds, which will be paid back over the next 20 years, will be funded by a 2-mill tax increase.
If ever there was a "no-brainer," this was it. During the recently-ended 2014 Mississippi legislative session, Columbus Rep. Gary Chism proposed a bill that would make texting and driving illegal.
Officially, the date is March 20, but it is our opinion that the first day of Spring does not arrive until you get off the sofa, out of the house and enjoy some outdoor fun. With that in mind, Saturday is looking a lot like the first day of Spring here in the Golden Triangle.
Last night, the Columbus City Council considered plans for development of the portion of an area called "The Island" that lies adjacent to the Columbus Riverwalk and Columbus Soccer Complex, two county/city joint efforts that have proven to be welcomed additions to the city.
Any organization -- be it a business, school system or government -- is only as good as its management and employees. The ability to hire competent workers along with a clear path to remove ineffective ones, as unpleasant as that can be, is critical to the success of any organization.
Earlier this week, The Dispatch was the first to report on Columbus Light & Water's refusal to process KiOR's wastewater. The news was the latest in a string of bad news for the Texas-based public company, which has invested over $200 million in its Columbus plant.
To describe Tuesday's meeting at Lion Hills Golf Club as a pep rally is not an attempt to be dismissive of the event.
The gunfire that interrupted the quiet of a modest New Hope neighborhood on Tuesday should serve as a reminder to us all on two points: First, this kind of incident can happen anywhere. Second, the potential sacrifices that our law enforcement officer face can happen anytime.
A newcomer to Columbus would likely have viewed Monday's meeting of the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees as tediously long, but ultimately uneventful.
While state lawmakers in Jackson guide Starkville-Oktibbeha County school merger legislation, one very important issue is sure to re-emerge, the early appointment of Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway as Oktibbeha County School District conservator.
A few months ago, we paused to reflect on the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which included the inspiring line: "...this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
If you were to poll our state legislators, you would find that the vast majority embrace the conservative tenets of small, less-intrusive government based on a strong belief in individual liberty.
There was likely nothing sinister involved in the series of four non-quorum meetings the city council has held over the past month. The meetings, divided into two separate meetings with different council members attending each, allow the city to meet without advising the public and without either the public or media present.
Columbus City officials and LINK officials agreed Wednesday to work together in bringing retail development to the city, a partnership that can best be described an "off again, on again" relationship.
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