Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, the Mississippi State University family, the Columbus Police Department, organizers and the army of volunteers of the Empty Bowls event, the city of Starkville's recycling committee and Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker.
Occasionally, the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link will send around a list of city and county committee vacancies. These committees work behind the scenes to make things happen -- they tackle everything from policing historic districts to planting trees.
Something as rare as a blue moon happened not once, but twice, on Tuesday night: Mississippi congressional incumbents lost their seats.
Today's the big day -- Election Day, when voters can decide who they want in congress and on local judges' benches in the coming years.
Columbus Light and Water's deal with a local developer to pay $996,000 for 118 acres, on which it plans to spread treated sewage, is smellier than we thought.
It has been nearly a year since the worst fire in modern Mississippi history, and with another season of chilly weather bearing down on us, we're hoping lessons have been learned.
Another Mississippi football tradition is on the ropes. Mississippi State football fans' unwillingness to silence their cowbells during game play, despite the pleadings of athletic officials, could lead to their ban from Davis Wade Stadium.
Something smells here. Columbus Light and Water's decision to pay $996,000 for 118 acres of property near Pickensville Road and Shady Lane seems mighty hasty -- and mighty expensive.
As the midterm election approaches, Americans -- north Mississippians among them -- remain mired in recession and disgusted with Washington. Now as two years ago, voter ire has mounted against the party that happens to be in power. Republicans stand to regain control of the House of Representatives, and possibly even the Senate. Eight years of disastrous Republican policies under George W. Bush are seemingly forgotten, trumped by disappointment over the first two years of the Obama administration and Democratic leadership in Congress.
The rezoning case before the Columbus City Council this week may seem like a small matter in the great scheme of things, but it brought out the worst in our leaders.
It's a great week to be a Bulldog. The university is celebrating Homecoming this week. The maroon and white are riding a three-game winning streak, including a signature win over the University of Florida last week.
It appears cooler heads did prevail. A rift over funds provided by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau to the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link appears on its way to healing. The CVB voted Monday to give $178,500 to the Link, which manages industrial recruitment and serves as the city's chamber of commerce. That's a $18,500 cut from what the Link was expecting.
Sports channel ESPN has been airing a promotional commercial featuring Ole Miss and the failed student campaign to make Admiral Ackbar, a squid-headed "Star Wars" character, the new school mascot.
Another classic Columbus dust-up is in the making, this time between the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Columbus Planning Commission and the City Council are locked in a ping-pong match, with one business owner, and a Columbus neighborhood, unfairly batted back and forth.
Mississippi leads the nation in teenage pregnancy. Our Legislature is also a leader -- in keeping comprehensive sex education out of public schools. There seems to be a connection here.
Despite the down economy and crippling state budget cuts, Mississippi University for Women's interim president, Allegra Brigham, reported there are more than a few rays of sunshine emanating from the Columbus college.
Cadence's about-face on Wednesday, agreeing to be scooped up by a private investment firm one week after it had already agreed to be bought by Trustmark, is a positive outcome for the Starkville and Columbus communities.
Mississippi's community colleges look like a great deal, the more we look at the numbers.
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