In Leroy Brooks' version of the history of Juneteenth, in June of 1865, two months after the end of the Civil War, Union forces notified a group of slaves in Texas that they were free men, women and children. Upon learning this, the slaves in question went before the town council to secure funding for a spontaneous celebration.
Elections are like muscles: They're not much use unless you exercise them. Today across the Golden Triangle, voters have the opportunity to exercise one of our most fundamental rights as Americans.
A Tuesday incident involving a suspect who refused to yield to blue lights during a traffic stop ended with an arrest. But it did not end speculation about how the Columbus Police Department handles pursuits or whether its policy on pursuits should be a matter of public knowledge.
For almost six years, West Point has displayed a remarkable resiliency. The city has survived, if not thrived, since the closing of the Bryan Foods plant in 2007.
It wasn't all that long ago that the idea of posting surveillance cameras in public places was considered as some sort of Orwellian nightmare come true as fears emerged of an ubiquitous "Big Brother" spying on the activities of law-abiding citizens.
The Lowndes County School District's decision to make uniforms mandatory district-wide beginning next year has met vocal resistance from some quarters.
The Columbus-Lowndes League of Voters is to be commended for Thursday's candidates forum for the city's municipal elections at the Columbus Municipal Complex. Moderators Steve Rogers of WCBI-TV and attorney Scott Colom performed credibly in asking interesting questions and making sure that candidates stayed "on point."
This week, voters will get a chance to hear candidates for the Columbus municipal elections. Unfortunately, the candidates won't have the opportunity to hear the voters. This will be the first time that candidates for mayor and four contested council positions will assemble at the same time in the same venue. It may also be the last.
Sometime soon, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will sign into law the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools (MCOPS) grant program, which will allow the state's school districts to apply for money to hire armed resource officers.
We have it from somewhat reliable sources that Saturday will be an "S and S" day -- sunny and 70s. Finally, huh? If the forces that determine the weather hold up their end, the city of Columbus will certainly make good on its part of the bargain.
Monday night, the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library announced their decision to name their endowment fund to enhance the library's childhood reading program for Edwina Williams, who is far better known as Mother Goose. This had to be the easiest choice in the whole history of choosing.
Monday's announcement that Columbus Air Force Base is bringing back its Fourth of July fireworks show is something everyone can agree is a good thing.
Barring a change of heart among organizers, there will be no Juneteenth Festival in Columbus this year. The Columbus Juneteenth Festival has been held every year since 1995.
In the few days since the guilty verdict came down in what is generally known as "The Steubenville Rape Case," the crime and its aftermath have generated all sorts of discussions, issues and debates.
On Tuesday, the Mississippi House of Representatives sent back to the Senate a bill that would arm teachers. Before sending it over, the House, by a 70-46 vote, amended the Senate's bill in two major ways. Actually, the House did more than amend it. They neutered it.
If imitation is, indeed, the sincerest form of flattery, Columbus might be wise to toss a few bouquets in the direction of Starkville.
That Tommy Prude would gorge one last time at the public trough that the Columbus Municipal School District has become should hardly rate as a surprise among those who have been paying any attention at all to the machinations of the school board under his misguided leadership.
Few stories have produced the number of comments as did Tuesday's report on a plan in the Lowndes County School District to suspend the MERIT program for its seventh and eighth-grade students.
Generally, when Mississippi makes national news -- especially of late -- it is not the sort of notoriety we welcome. When "Mississippi" is mentioned on the national stage, our first impulse is to wince, waiting for the latest lunacy that is certain to follow.
Monday morning, Dispatch crime reporter Sarah Fowler attempted to reach Columbus Police Department Chief Selvain McQueen to comment on fund-raising efforts for one of his investigators, Kelvin Lee, who has cancer.
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