"We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate," humorist Kin Hubbard said a century ago. His words still ring true today, perhaps nowhere more so than in Lowndes County.
Circuit judges are more used to watching people get sworn in than doing the swearing themselves, but judges' hands were on Bibles across the state on Tuesday as they took the oath of office for new four-year terms.
We're several days into the new year, enough time for many of us to have already broken whatever resolution we settled on last week. But we'd like to suggest a few resolutions of our own, beyond the typical commitments.
The beginning of a new year is cause for reflection and celebration. Some welcome the calendar change quietly, others will greet 2011 with all the noise they can muster. For a misguided few, this means the discharging of firearms.
We thought all we had to worry about were Columbus policemen in Ghille suits. It turns out there are even more people with lethal weapons lurking in the woods along the Riverwalk.
Odds are that Santa's going to bring us an unwelcome present this Christmas: $3 a gallon gas. Thursday in Columbus, prices were ranging from $2.81 to $2.99 for a gallon of regular gas, according to gasbuddy.com.
Two Columbus elementary schools are part of a new teacher-pay model the state Department of Education is touting as new and innovative. And the fact that the program is considered new and innovative speaks volumes about Mississippi schools.
The season of giving is upon us. Unfortunately, in a nation wracked by recession and many of us struggling just to make our own ends meet, charitable giving is down.
Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director and CEO James Tsismanakis is leaving for bigger things, moving on to the DeKalb County, Ga., Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Bids for the proposed soccer park in Burns Bottom show that quality isn't cheap. But as the county forges ahead with the project, we urge them to keep their focus on quality -- and to explore every available funding o
The shopping season is in full swing, and with it comes an inevitable uptick in thefts and scams.
New drama erupted around the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau this past week, with Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders proposing that the county vacate its four board appointments to the board, and make new ones.
Is it Christmas already? It's getting there. New evidence will come marching down local streets over the next few days, as Christmas parades bring our communities out.
When it comes to annexation, the city of Columbus is caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock is the heavy costs associated with providing services to new city areas.
The all-out war that erupted several weeks ago between the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau appears to have moved into a period of cold war.
Few things are less predictable than college football. In Mississippi, the home team historically wins the Egg Bowl, the annual battle between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. This year, the game was played in Oxford. Yet the Golden Egg is still in Starkville.
Say "Thanksgiving" and the traditional Norman Rockwell painting comes to mind, with the family gathered in anticipation around a bountiful table as Dad prepares to carve the turkey. Others may think of the first Thanksgiving, with English settlers and American Indians coming together to break bread.
Local school kids are out today for the Thanksgiving break. Families are either making plans to travel, or stocking up for visitors, or preparing for a quiet celebration of the holidays at home. Now is also the time that many of us are also looking, in earnest, beyond our own needs.
If Lowndes County's teachers were to emit a warm glow, the Mississippi University for Women campus would have been bright as the sun Wednesday afternoon.
Many of us who saw or read recent news reports about a Jackson high school basketball coach who whipped players with a weightlifting belt were shocked, but few of us should be surprised. Mississippi allows corporal punishment in its schools -- an outdated practice that needs to come to an end.
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