During Monday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, there were two items on the agenda that seemed sure to widen the gulf that has seemed to separate Lowndes County and the city of Columbus.
In recent years, it has been argued that too much emphasis has been placed on standardized tests and college-track education, to the detriment of arts and vocational programs.
For the past three years, the Mississippi Legislature has been warned about the deteriorating conditions of our state's roads and bridges. For the past three years, nothing has been done.
Near the end of Monday's Columbus-Lowndes Convention & Visitors board meeting, Harry Sanders posed a question to Rep. Jeff Smith.
This week, the Lowndes County School District and Columbus Municipal School District paid a combined $4,000 to bring the RISE ABOVE Red Tails program to its middle-schoolers.
Imagine you opened a small business.
Mississippians have long understood the importance of a strong work ethic and believe that, like all skills, it is something that can and should be taught at an early age.
Spring comes every year, and yet it's new every morning. Sam left before dawn, headed to the fishing hole. With fishing it's important to be first to the hole. I roused slightly, saying our goodbyes, then dozed off again until I heard the birds singing.
The idea of raising taxes is popular nowhere. Rare is the politician who even hints at such a thing on the campaign trail.
In the aftermath of the failed effort to extend Lowndes County's 2-percent restaurant tax, the question that is most prominent now is, "Now, what?"
It's been 10 days since we learned that the effort to extend the county's 2-percent restaurant tax had died in the legislature.
For the past 30 years, students at Mississippi School for Math and Science have distinguished themselves in many areas.
When a public entity is caught in misconduct -- especially when it results in public embarrassment -- accountability is key to moving forward and restoring public trust.
It is the nature of the job that a legislator must sometimes defy popular opinion to do what he knows is best for his community.
When considering "city government," it's easy for one to think only of the mayor and city council. If they were pressed, some people may think of the police chief, fire chief or, perhaps, city employees.
No one could rightly argue that this year's session of the Mississippi legislature has been an effective one.
Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols once told a Dispatch reporter, "Nothing good ever comes from looking into the police."
The best solutions come from understanding the issue and the best understanding comes from listening.
The 17 deaths at Parkland High School in Florida last month re-ignited the gun control debate throughout the country, pitting those who argue for tighter restrictions on guns against those who view any move in that direction as an assault on Second Amendment rights.
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