As any third-grader should know, there are 50 states in the United States. When it comes to education, Mississippi ranks 51st. You can't get any lower than that.
The news that Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen has filed retirement papers with the city means that another police chief search is soon to come. It will be the third search for a chief since 2008.
Call it damage control. On Tuesday, the Starkville Board of Aldermen selected Taylor Adams as its new chief administrative officer. Adams will continue to keep his old jobs as city clerk and finance director until those positions can be filled.
As the Legislature begins its 2014 session, city officials around the state will be watching closely the progress on a bill that would allow city residents an opportunity to raise money for infrastructure improvements through a temporary sales tax increase.
Earlier this month, the Columbus City Council, after a two-day tour of the city's six wards, met in a retreat in an effort to identify goals for the city, both short-term and long-term.
It happened 70 miles to the north, yet the tragic event that played out in Tupelo Monday hit far closer to home than that. Around 3 p.m. Monday, a pair of Tupelo Police Department officers were gunned down in a shootout after responding to a robbery call in a busy area of town.
Christmas is near at hand. We know this not by a simple glance at the calendar, of course. We know it is Christmas from the faint aroma of burned credit-card plastic, thinned wallets, frazzled nerves, small children whose behavior is suspiciously good, a lack of attention to detail to every-day duties and the inability to understand "why everybody just won't get out of our way, for crying out loud."
Each winter and spring, as graduates file into arenas for commencement exercises at colleges and universities across the country, we are awed by select group of graduates whose achievements stand apart from their peers.
During Tuesday's city council meeting, Ward 4 councilman Marty Turner proposed a change to the city's signage ordinance to allow the addition of billboards, including large electronic ones, on city rights of way.
On Tuesday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued an executive order on the subject of public education. If ever there was a case of speaking much and saying little, this is it.
In the beginning, there was Genesis. On Aug. 21, 2008, the Columbus Municipal School District, through its food service operator Aramark, catered an event for 100 people for Genesis Church. The $800 price included $254.48 in wages paid to school district employees.
When he was just a small boy, William F. Winter would accompany his father, a representative from Grenada County, to sessions of the Legislature. That experience led him to a lifetime of public service, including more than 40 years serving the state of Mississippi in offices ranging from state representative to treasurer, tax collector, lieutenant governor and, finally, to the governor's office, where in 1980, he became the state's 57th chief executive.
This time of year, we often hear two common complaints: "Christmas is too commercial" and "I just can't get into the Christmas spirit." In some cases, we suspect the latter is caused by the former, although there are some competitive shoppers for whom the hustle and bustle of the malls and stores is a highlight of the season.
The Golden Triangle Development Link held its last luncheon of 2013 on Wednesday and we are encouraged to note that the discussions were not confined to a recital of all of the wonderful things that have happened in economic development this year, although we could understand the temptation.
While we have added our voice to the chorus of those who lament the encroachment of Christmas on Thanksgiving Day, in another sense we find the close proximity of these two holidays most appropriate.
Tuesday, Mississippi State University sponsored a Thanksgiving meal for Starkville firefighters, a thoughtful way to acknowledge that while Thursday is a national holiday, there are some people who, by virtue of the work they do, cannot have the holiday off.
In the course of U.S. History, there have been 20 assassination plots against the President of the United States and four assassinations -- Abraham Lincoln (April 14, 1865), James Garfield (shot July 2, 1881, died Sept. 19, 1881), William McKinley (shot Sept. 6, 1901, died Sept. 14 , 1901) and John F. Kennedy (Nov. 22, 1963).
The big story from Tuesday's Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting was supposed to be about compromise. However, the board's defeat of a proposal that would have banned cellphones at board meetings was overshadowed by Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn's childish attack upon Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jennifer Gregory.
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