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Bulldogs riding high

Posted 10/21/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It's a great week to be a Bulldog. The university is celebrating Homecoming this week. The maroon and white are riding a three-game winning streak, including a signature win over the University of Florida last week.

 

 

Time to assess tourism priorities

Posted 10/19/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It appears cooler heads did prevail. A rift over funds provided by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau to the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link appears on its way to healing. The CVB voted Monday to give $178,500 to the Link, which manages industrial recruitment and serves as the city's chamber of commerce. That's a $18,500 cut from what the Link was expecting.

 

Editorial: A bear? Really?

Posted 10/15/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Sports channel ESPN has been airing a promotional commercial featuring Ole Miss and the failed student campaign to make Admiral Ackbar, a squid-headed "Star Wars" character, the new school mascot.

 

Link vs. CVB: An unwinnable war

Posted 10/14/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Another classic Columbus dust-up is in the making, this time between the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

 

An unfair political game

Posted 10/12/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Planning Commission and the City Council are locked in a ping-pong match, with one business owner, and a Columbus neighborhood, unfairly batted back and forth.

 

 

Let's get real about sex education

Posted 10/9/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi leads the nation in teenage pregnancy. Our Legislature is also a leader -- in keeping comprehensive sex education out of public schools. There seems to be a connection here.

 

 

Things abuzz at The W

Posted 10/8/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Despite the down economy and crippling state budget cuts, Mississippi University for Women's interim president, Allegra Brigham, reported there are more than a few rays of sunshine emanating from the Columbus college.

 

 

Editorial: Cadence deal with Texas firm benefits Golden Triangle

Posted 10/7/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Cadence's about-face on Wednesday, agreeing to be scooped up by a private investment firm one week after it had already agreed to be bought by Trustmark, is a positive outcome for the Starkville and Columbus communities.

 

 

Community college still the best deal in higher education

Posted 10/5/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Mississippi's community colleges look like a great deal, the more we look at the numbers.

 

 

Let's get real -- there's a difference

Posted 9/30/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

We've seen interesting discussions on our website regarding the case of the Sulligent, Ala., football coach who is accused of child molestation charges, both in federal court and in courts in Monroe and Itawamba counties.

 

 

Goodbye, Cadence

Posted 9/29/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Many of us can still remember when all the banks in town were either locally owned or closely held -- National Bank of Commerce, First Columbus National Bank, Merchants and Farmers among them.

 

 

We hope this partnership has a pulse

Posted 9/29/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Franklin Academy was awhirl with activity Tuesday morning -- literally. The University of Mississippi Medical Center's MedEvac helicopter landed in the Magnolia Bowl, a strong symbol of the landing of a partnership between the Jackson medical center and the Columbus elementary school.

 

 

Welcome, autumn

Posted 9/28/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

It actually felt chilly Monday morning. Fall is here, and we couldn't be more ready.

 

 

Editorial: Economic tide rolling in to downtown

Posted 9/23/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Economic tides seem to ebb and flow in downtown Columbus, as they do most places. Businesses come and go. Stores and restaurants open, then go dark, and are replaced with something new.

 

 

Editorial: Ground-level policing

Posted 9/22/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

Columbus has fielded its first two pedaling patrolmen, who will be policing high-crime areas on mountain bikes. Patrolmen Kenneth Brewer and Dwight Smith are on bikes part-time until they complete their training, which will enable them to train other officers.

 

 

Editorial: An abundance of caring amid tragedy

Posted 9/21/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

A local high school student's death in a tragic hunting accident has brought out the best in many of those who knew him -- and many who didn't.

 

 

Childers' unfair attribution

Posted 9/17/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

One of the joys of the newspaper business is we're inundated with spam e-mail on a daily basis -- and during a heated election season, much of it is political.

 

 

Editorial: PACCAR's engine that could

Posted 9/15/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

The economy may have slowed things down, but the PACCAR engine plant -- the newest and one of the biggest feathers in the region's industrial cap -- is suddenly humming along. The company, which has typically remained guarded about what's happening inside its Lowndes County plant, said Monday it has already produced more than 1,000 engines at the facility.

 

 

Celebrating Tennessee

Posted 9/14/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

How many hometowns does Tennessee Williams have? Clarksdale, New Orleans, Provincetown, Mass., and Columbus all have a claim on the playwright and all hold literary events in his honor.

 

 

Editorial: Inmate GED program can pay dividends

Posted 9/13/2010 in Dispatch Editorials

As ironic as it sounds, some local inmates can thank getting locked up for giving them a jump start on their education.

 

 

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