Jim Hood has a tough job. In recent years, it's even tougher than it ought to be.
For some time now, city leaders in Columbus have been a door-to-door salesman's dream. Now it appears Lowndes County leaders are equally accommodating.
Generally, summer weekends are a "do it yourself" proposition where arts, entertainment and events are concerned. It's just too hot, the thinking goes.
Tuesday, we told the story of Kay McElroy and the Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary she founded in Caledonia 29 years ago.
Of the many, many voices we hear from Mississippi's elected leaders on the subject of K-12 education, it is interesting that the two most articulate and well-reasoned are, essentially, neighbors.
Something very important is happening this week, even for those of us who aren't directly involved.
Talk about unfortunate timing. On Wednesday, a day after the national "Night Out Against Crime," no fewer than five felonies were reported in Columbus.
On a playground, a scuffle ends when one of the kids is forced to "say uncle." But when it comes to the two-year tenure of Dr. Philip Hickman as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District, we've been crying uncle since the very start.
Tuesday, the Columbus Police Department held its annual "Night Out Against Crime," with officers fanning out across the city to mix and mingle with residents in seven neighborhoods.
This weekend marks the state's eighth school sales tax holiday.
It was a phone conversation during a walk along the short span of shaded path that connects the Columbus Riverwalk and the Columbus Soccer Complex.
For five years now, Lee Middle School has sat vacant, and it may be several years before we see any activity on the property.
The relationship between Mississippi State University and the city of Starkville is essential to the success of both, though at times that seems to be forgotten.
By the end of the year, all three of our area's college campuses will be officially tobacco-free.
Ever since the new invention of barbed wire made it to the western United States more than 140 years ago, there has been a debate in this country over whether private property can be encroached upon for the greater common good.
What is equal is not always best. In fact, sometimes it is the worst approach.
In Sunday's edition, we apologized for the editorial cartoon which appeared in Friday's edition.
When the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees selected Dr. Philip Hickman as superintendent in July 2014, the job came with a $175,000 salary and benefits. Lots of benefits.
When District Attorney Scott Colom crossed the lawn in front of the Lowndes County Courthouse Wednesday morning and stood before a podium to announce how his office planned to proceed with the Ricky Ball case, there were as many media present as there were spectators.
The Columbus Municipal School District's budget hearing Thursday evening was dispiriting.
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