Our nation has a long tradition of honoring the men and women who serve in our armed forced. We understand the sacrifices made - and those that yet may be required - by hundreds of thousands of active-duty and retired military.
The Terry Brown Amphitheater is $2.5 million and more than a year away from opening. Even so, there are several aspects of the project that should inspire confidence as officials hope to complete the facility after a year-long hiatus caused by a lack of funding.
You will forgive us if we look past Halloween for a moment to consider the two big holidays that are on the horizon -- Thanksgiving and Christmas.
A couple of years ago, the Southeastern Conference adopted an new slogan for its marketing campaign: "It just means more."
Fall rarely overstays its welcome in our part of the world. With that in mind, it may be a good time to consider those for whom winter can be more of a health hazard than an inconvenience.
At first glance, there is little to indicate that a sense of optimism may be taking hold in Columbus.
Imagine for a moment that a company announced that it was opening in Lowndes County and would produce $250 million dollars in economic impact each year. We would hardly be able to contain our excitement, right?
Until eight days ago, Stephen Jones seemed to comport himself as a model citizen. Since joining the council as its Ward 5 representative 2-1/2 years ago, he's acted in that role with what's appeared to be unflappable integrity. He's often been an independent swing vote, and he's never been one to shy away from explaining his positions or accepting accountability for his decisions.
No one wants to annex like it's 1998.
During his campaign rally Tuesday night in DeSoto County, President Trump did what no Republican Senator nor even the Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, dared to do: He mocked Christine Blasey Ford, whose testimony during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing has delayed, if not derailed the nomination.
When The Dispatch reported Leigh Mall would go up for auction in December, it created an immediate response in the community and rightly so.
Dan Mullen, who led the Mississippi State football team to its longest stretch of sustained success in history, returns to Starkville Saturday as head coach of the Florida Gators.
The Columbus Arts Council presents its annual Possum Town Storytelling Festival this weekend and every year, the timing seems perfect.
Although it has yet to hear the final word from the Mississippi Department of Education, it appears the Columbus Municipal School District is well on its way to resolving the troubling issues that emerged in the district's special education program (SPED).
This week, the Unity Park Advisory Committee started the nomination process for 2019 honorees, the second year the committee has asked the public for help in identifying community members whose contributions have served to unite citizens and bridge the cultural, racial and economic divides that so often undermine the progress of communities.
For what it's worth, the Mississippi Department of Education released its annual accountability grade scores for Mississippi schools and school districts on Wednesday.
When schools struggle, there are always a variety of factors presented to explain the problem - everything from funding to poor leadership to poverty to the breakdown of society, depending on who you listen to.
When the Lowndes County Foundation held a "community conversation," at the Trotter Center in March, there were two competing perceptions -- hope and skepticism.
Later this month, this year's Columbus Mayor's Youth Council class will meet for the first time.
1. Ask Rufus: The Passing of the Tombigbee Steamboats LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Our View: Roses and thorns ROSES & THORNS
4. Possumhaw: Murmurs of murmurations LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Cartoonist View: 2/17/19 NATIONAL COLUMNS