We are a community of interims. Columbus has an interim police chief, university president and school superintendent. Starkville also has an interim superintendent of education. Today, we expect Mississippi University for Women to be the first of these ships to name a full-time captain.
Pizza is a vegetable. (Thank you, Congress.) And if your child gets too fat, he or she might end up a ward of the state. (Thank you, state of Ohio.)
What if there were four guests invited to this party, and three of them had to travel long distances at their own expense? Not to run this analogy into the ground, but what if only one of the guests can be assured of having a good time at this party?
Her eyes were nothing like the sun. The roses had faded from her cheeks. But for time and place, two years ago, Mississippi University for Women could have been the not-so-fair maiden of a Shakespearean sonnet.
Over the past several months, dark clouds have loomed over the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau. We've taken the board to task on multiple occasions, questioning their transparency, the manner in which they selected their director and the lack of a clearly articulated mission.
It was what every parent would want a school to be.
On Nov. 7, an American hero died. In the heyday of The Greatest Generation, we knew what heroes were. We knew what service was. Priorities were different. Times were simpler. Choices were clear.
People have often asked me where I find some of the little known events of history that I have written about. The answer is easy: The newspaper. Accounts of the settlement of what is now Mississippi have been published since articles on the French colony at Biloxi first appeared in French and English papers in 1699.
Caledonia, the little town that could, can at times be a fractious place. At least that's the case where the board of aldermen and its sometimes contentious mayor, George Gerhart, are concerned.
On Thursday Sam Lathrop, of late the police chief of Beloit, Wis., sent an email to Columbus HR Director Pat Mitchell asking her to remove his name from the list of those under consideration for the the city's police chief.
Contrary to what Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box would have you believe, the sky is not falling. At least not as far as the Columbus police chief search is concerned. During a special- called council meeting on Tuesday Box referred to some of the candidates as "losers."
Several weeks ago when the mayor asked me to serve on the committee to help with the police chief selection, I asked him to let me think it over. As a newspaper publisher, my first responsibility is to see the public gets a fair, accurate and unvarnished report through every step of the process. Would my involvement compromise our ability to do that or the public's perception of the impartiality of our reporting?
Last year, Lowndes County School District was considered successful based on its state test scores and other measures. This year, the district moved up in ranking to high performing, which means the district outperformed averages on the national report card.
Tuesday evening the names of the top five candidates for the Columbus Police Chief were announced at the city council meeting. One of the five was interim chief Selvain McQueen. The name of another, Nathaniel Clark of Albany, Ga., may ring a bell with some. Clark was a finalist in the 2007 search that resulted in Joe St. John being named chief.
There are signs. A welcome cool ushers away the summer heat as crisp mornings and evenings call for sweaters. The first leaves begin to brighten. And suddenly fall has tip-toed in
It's important for us to feel safe in our communities. A big part of that is knowing we have an effective police force with capable leadership. Lt. Selvain McQueen has been heading the Columbus Police Department on an interim basis since July.
Local law enforcement seems to be at a loss on how to handle the recent surge in crime. Or at least how to communicate effectively enough to make us feel safe in our own backyard. The several shooting deaths in the past weeks already had us on edge.
Generation after generation, Mississippi, as a law, has preached abstinence only. For all its preaching, the state still is No. 3 in the nation (behind New Mexico and Texas) in mothers ages 15-19 and has woeful numbers of teens contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
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