His diplomatic skills are often compared with those of Attila the Hun. He is not always averse to airing personal disputes in the public arena. He can come off as unyielding, even obstinate. But those quirks should not obscure one thing we have come to know about Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders: He gets things done.
There are some laws that aren't worth enforcing. Many are simply relics of an earlier era, laws that have languished on the books because they were rarely, if ever, enforced to begin with and, as such, easy to forget.
Fifty years ago today, a quarter-million people converged on the national mall in Washington, D.C., for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The event provided a seminal moment in America's civil rights movement.
It's been a good year for watermelons, peppers and cucumbers and a not-so-good year for cantaloupes and squash. After a poor early season, tomatoes have rallied.
During Tuesday's regular meeting, the mayor and city council met to iron out the details for the renovation of the Trotter Center. In that meeting, the council hired an architectural firm whose lone experience has been building a gym at a Macon daycare center, arranged a loan to cover the expenses of the project and then heard from a representative from the city's new project manager, which spent most of his time trying to justify his firm's role in the operation.
Monday morning, Judge Lee Coleman presided over the probation revocation hearing of Alan Redden of Columbus at the Lowndes County Courthouse. The hearing, which included testimony from three witnesses and Redden, took about an hour, but it was clear from the get-go that Coleman could hardly wait to make his ruling.
City officials and MDOT and railroad officials held at public meeting Thursday to listen to citizens' views on the proposal to close six Southside railroad crossings while adding safety devices at the remaining six crossings a between First Street and 22nd Street. They got an earful, too.
Columbus Ward 3 councilman Charlie Box admitted he was "tickled to death" to bring the city's FY2014 budget into balance without the need for a tax hike. Certainly, we applaud the mayor, council and city department heads for their fiscal restraint for bringing into balance what began as a projected $860,000 deficit after its first budget workshop a few weeks ago.
The shoutin' isn't over. In fact, it probably hasn't even begun. But it appears Starkville will be raising taxes to support its 2014 budget.
After two budget workshops, Columbus officials still find themselves facing a projected deficit for Fiscal Year 2014.
Robert Smith Jr. was arrested Friday. We did not report it until today's edition, not because we didn't know the story, but because we were conflicted about what to do with it.
There is a cartoon that has been circulating through social media that seems relevant to today, which is the first day of school in the Golden Triangle.
The mayor and city council held their first budget workshop Thursday and while it would be premature to reach any conclusions based on what is essentially a preliminary plan, the discussions do provide some insight into how Mayor Robert Smith and the council view the fiscal health of the city.
A special screening of the film "Grumpiest Old Men" was held Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse before a captive audience.
Although Stuart Millner is new to town, he seems to have a good feel for the psychological implications of the job before him. Millner, president and CEO of Stuart B. Millner and Associates, met with the media Tuesday afternoon at the Omnova property in east Columbus. Earlier this month, his company closed on the purchase of the 92-acre facility.
Henry Ford, one of the great pioneers of the Industrial Age, once said, "anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young."
Since the Columbus City Council created a new position and handed it to mayor Robert Smith's campaign manager on July 2, there has been much discussion about The Dispatch's reporting on the subject. More accurately, there has been much discussion about The Dispatch's editorial position on the topic.
It is hardly "breaking news," but the state of Mississippi has never put much stock in education. Yes, the state continues to be the one place where you are like to hear the admonition, "Jest cause you got ye one of them fancy high school de-plomer don't mean your better'n us!"
Tuesday was a bad, bad day for the citizens of Columbus and Starkville. The difference is, only the people of Starkville seemed to care.
In our system of government, we sometimes are urged to remember that each citizen has a civic responsibility. We are also reminded that people generally get the kind of government they deserve. Most often, these reminders are confined to the election season as we choose our leaders on the national, state and local level.
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