The Varsity Theater is an eyesore. The empty cinema, abandoned by Malco when it opened its new multiplex on Highway 45 near Kmart, has sat dormant for years.
Laughter, friendship, reconnecting with family and old friends -- and a party atmosphere. Those are emotional, intangible benefits of the festival.
The city of Columbus is halfway through its 2011 fiscal year, and voted this week to nearly double the amount of overtime it pays its police officers -- adding $150,000 to the $200,000 it already had budgeted.
We know that in the real world, police work is serious business. Accidents happen. But sometimes, considering recent events, we wonder if we're living in Hazzard County.
Here's what we know: Starkville School Superintendent Judy Couey has resigned, effective June 30.
We commented last week that this would be remembered as north Mississippi and Alabama's Katrina. It is, and it isn't.
With military precision, the base performs its three-fold mission: Produce pilots. Advance airmen. Feed the fight. And, the Golden Triangle reaps the benefits from the base's presence.
Yes, the power went out and sirens sounded. But in Columbus and Lowndes County, and much of Oktibbeha County, a miracle among miracles was happening Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, all around us was hell on earth.
The Columbus Municipal School District is ending its chapter of the Del Phillips era. The 39-year-old Phillips is moving on, taking the reins of the 28,000-student Sumner County School District, north of Nashville, Tenn., in June.
The latest Justice Department report on safety in our schools contains quite an understatement: "The presence of weapons at school may interfere with teaching and learning by creating an intimidating and threatening atmosphere."
Classrooms are different places than they were a generation ago -- even five years ago.
Many of us have them, tucked away in a box or closet: Letters that have been passed down through the generations.
Many police departments subscribe to the "broken window" theory of policing. This holds that police should get serious about preventing small crimes, such as vandalism.
What's a food desert? Many of us in Mississippi, one of the nation's most fertile states, have limited access to healthy foods.
Do you know your neighbors? Local attorney and Dispatch columnist Scott Colom asked this question in a column on this page yesterday, bemoaning the decline of our neighborhoods.
The tourism bureau, which has been busy welcoming visitors for the past week, received a little welcome news of its own Monday.
We wish this was an April Fool's joke, but it isn't: Each Mississippian, on average, consumes 82 gallons of soda per year.
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