Monetarily speaking, Lowndes County is the seventh most valuable county in the state of Mississippi. It's not by accident.
We're a community led by interim leaders -- from the Columbus and Starkville school districts to the Columbus Police Department and Mississippi University for Women.
Locally, the primary election cycle has been as predictable as local elections can be. But there were exceptions. In the Lowndes County school superintendent's race, a seemingly dark-horse candidate trounced a central office insider.
More than a year at the helm, Interim Mississippi University for Women President Allegra Brigham has done what some thought couldn't be done: She has helped unify divided alumni and fostered a renewed sense of optimism.
Life flies by at neck-breaking pace. Blink and another five, 10, 15 years have passed. It's easy, especially in today's frenzied society, to get absorbed in your own world.
You've heard that well-worn adage, "It takes a village to raise a child." It also takes a village to police the community. A recent string of shootings in the city of Columbus has us wondering what's wrong with the village in The Friendly City.
Rich with history and culture, the South can be intoxicating, exotic and sometimes incomprehensible to the outsider. Its tumultuous past and vivid characters also make it an inviting target for national media and Hollywood.
The Columbus school board answers to no one. Or so it seems. When recently asked to appear before the body that appointed them -- the Columbus City Council -- the school board declined, on the advice of their attorney.
Anytime an important community agency has an opportunity to choose new leadership, the net should be cast as far and wide as practically possible. The importance of good leadership cannot be overemphasized.
We've watched the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau plug along without a full-time director for five months.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter." Today is a big day for our state and counties. It's election day.
Perhaps it is the venerable letter. An endless flow of money orders. Daily post-office box checks. Or force of habit.
Brace yourself. This year -- as the Columbus school district struggles with decreased allocations from the state, lower local tax collections and the bill for a new $19.1 million school -- taxes will go up, again. The increase affects hundreds of taxpayers in Columbus and Lowndes County.
In other states, personnel records such as like disciplinary action are open when it comes to public bodies. And meetings to discuss those items are held in open session.
Something is brewing at City Hall. And Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John is at the center of the storm. A small group of supporters made an appearance at a special meeting on Monday, where most thought St. John's job was on the line. And we expect it is.
Where's the bacon? High corn prices have sliced into the hog business. What's up with the price of Georgia pecans? The Chinese have developed a taste for Southern pecans. Why's your caffeine habit getting so expensive? The coffee craze has gone global.
If you drive past Propst Park in Columbus these days, you may noticed the usually busy fields are quiet.
It's 2011. That statement quite often is used to illustrate how far we've come in technology, education and as a democracy.
Tomorrow it will be 235 years since King George III wrote in his diary, "Nothing important happened today." Maybe from his vantage point in London that was the case, but 3,000 miles to the west, a group of feisty colonists were embarking on an experiment in self-government. It was like nothing ever done before or since, a government by the people, for the people and of the people. Self-rule.
It's Saturday morning and, lo and behold, there's a freshly delivered Dispatch out on the driveway. Welcome to the first Saturday edition of The Dispatch.
1. Ask Rufus: A historic flag for Mississippi LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Partial to Home: Now is the time LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)
5. Photo: 6/29/15 LOCAL COLUMNS