He's been gone for a while, but hardly forgotten. Haley Barbour's second term as governor of Mississippi ended two years ago. Old elected officials never die, of course, they just become lobbyists, which was the reason for Barbour's visit to the Friendly City on Tuesday.
Some numbers command your attention, even if you're not certain what they mean. Take $1 billion, for example. On Monday, during the monthly meeting of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, it was revealed that the county's total assessed value has eclipsed the $1 billion mark for the first time.
The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees held a special meeting Wednesday morning. With just one item on the agenda, extending the contract of interim superintendent Edna McGill, if ever there were a chance for a "five-minute-now-let's-go-get-breakfast" meeting this was it. We pause to chuckle at such a naive notion.
Tuesday night is not generally a big night for ESPN. While the cable sports channel builds itself around college football on the weekends and Monday Night Football, the middle of the week is left to reruns and documentaries and low-profile sporting events.
Monday was a perfect day for an outdoor wedding. That was the day Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi broke ground on the first phase of its $300-million facility in Clay County.
It's been three months since the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees voted to fire superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell.
Can we talk about gun violence now? Of course not. Since details of Monday's murderous attack at the Washington Navy Yard are still emerging, it would be premature to use the tragic event, which took the lives of 12 innocents and the gunman, as the basis for a real conversation about the gun violence problem in the U.S.
Lowndes County is about to have a problem, the sort of problem most other counties and cities would love to have. Over the next five years, the county is going to have more money than it knows what to do with, a happy circumstance created by the boom in industrial development in the county.
Michael Farris Smith sat at a table in the W Room at the Mississippi University for Women student center Tuesday, busily signing copies of his book, "Rivers," as avid readers, MUW officials and students milled about, some standing in line waiting to have their books signed, others mingling over hors d'oeuvres, punch and wine as singer/guitarist Paul Brady provided a musical backdrop.
More than 200 people turned out for Thursday's ceremonial unveiling of the monument at Catfish Alley as the city and its residents paid homage to a bit of the city's history that continues to unite our community.
Don't look now, but it appears the city of Columbus expects to make its portion of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway thick with development. Although we've heard absolutely nothing of the city's grand plans so far, there is good reason to believe that developing the Waterway will be the city's most important priority.
His diplomatic skills are often compared with those of Attila the Hun. He is not always averse to airing personal disputes in the public arena. He can come off as unyielding, even obstinate. But those quirks should not obscure one thing we have come to know about Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders: He gets things done.
There are some laws that aren't worth enforcing. Many are simply relics of an earlier era, laws that have languished on the books because they were rarely, if ever, enforced to begin with and, as such, easy to forget.
Fifty years ago today, a quarter-million people converged on the national mall in Washington, D.C., for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The event provided a seminal moment in America's civil rights movement.
It's been a good year for watermelons, peppers and cucumbers and a not-so-good year for cantaloupes and squash. After a poor early season, tomatoes have rallied.
During Tuesday's regular meeting, the mayor and city council met to iron out the details for the renovation of the Trotter Center. In that meeting, the council hired an architectural firm whose lone experience has been building a gym at a Macon daycare center, arranged a loan to cover the expenses of the project and then heard from a representative from the city's new project manager, which spent most of his time trying to justify his firm's role in the operation.
Monday morning, Judge Lee Coleman presided over the probation revocation hearing of Alan Redden of Columbus at the Lowndes County Courthouse. The hearing, which included testimony from three witnesses and Redden, took about an hour, but it was clear from the get-go that Coleman could hardly wait to make his ruling.
City officials and MDOT and railroad officials held at public meeting Thursday to listen to citizens' views on the proposal to close six Southside railroad crossings while adding safety devices at the remaining six crossings a between First Street and 22nd Street. They got an earful, too.
Columbus Ward 3 councilman Charlie Box admitted he was "tickled to death" to bring the city's FY2014 budget into balance without the need for a tax hike. Certainly, we applaud the mayor, council and city department heads for their fiscal restraint for bringing into balance what began as a projected $860,000 deficit after its first budget workshop a few weeks ago.
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