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 Mississippi allows corporal punishment in its schools -- an outdated practice that needs to come to an end.
With Circuit Court in full swing in Lowndes County, we're reminded of one of the civic responsibilities, most all of us are called upon to perform from time to time -- jury duty.
The departure of Steve Montgomery as West Point Schools superintendent after four years is lamentable, but right on schedule, according to recent education studies.
They walk among us, most of the time unnoticed. But they're different than us. They are the combat veterans of the U.S. military.
What's going on in West Point? The mayor jumps ship with no explanation. City board meetings seem to become ever more explosive, culminating with an ex-mayoral candidate getting dragged from the room Tuesday night.
Some disturbing behavior has accompanied the five-month-old strike at Omnova Solutions in Columbus.
Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, the Mississippi State University family, the Columbus Police Department, organizers and the army of volunteers of the Empty Bowls event, the city of Starkville's recycling committee and Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker.
Occasionally, the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link will send around a list of city and county committee vacancies. These committees work behind the scenes to make things happen -- they tackle everything from policing historic districts to planting trees.
Something as rare as a blue moon happened not once, but twice, on Tuesday night: Mississippi congressional incumbents lost their seats.
Today's the big day -- Election Day, when voters can decide who they want in congress and on local judges' benches in the coming years.
Columbus Light and Water's deal with a local developer to pay $996,000 for 118 acres, on which it plans to spread treated sewage, is smellier than we thought.
It has been nearly a year since the worst fire in modern Mississippi history, and with another season of chilly weather bearing down on us, we're hoping lessons have been learned.
Another Mississippi football tradition is on the ropes. Mississippi State football fans' unwillingness to silence their cowbells during game play, despite the pleadings of athletic officials, could lead to their ban from Davis Wade Stadium.
Something smells here. Columbus Light and Water's decision to pay $996,000 for 118 acres of property near Pickensville Road and Shady Lane seems mighty hasty -- and mighty expensive.
As the midterm election approaches, Americans -- north Mississippians among them -- remain mired in recession and disgusted with Washington. Now as two years ago, voter ire has mounted against the party that happens to be in power. Republicans stand to regain control of the House of Representatives, and possibly even the Senate. Eight years of disastrous Republican policies under George W. Bush are seemingly forgotten, trumped by disappointment over the first two years of the Obama administration and Democratic leadership in Congress.
The rezoning case before the Columbus City Council this week may seem like a small matter in the great scheme of things, but it brought out the worst in our leaders.
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