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Slimantics: Self-incrimination through social media

Posted 4/30/2016 in National Columns

Be careful what you put on social media, what you choose to keep a record of, what kind of information is vulnerable and therefore should be carefully protected from the ruinous reach of hackers.


Habitat for Humanity provides home for beloved CHS manager

Posted 4/30/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Some people leave home and become famous. Dennis Bailey, better known simply as "Cookie," became a local celebrity mainly sticking around.


Shortfalls should not alter Riverwalk, horse park plans

Posted 4/23/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It is a far cry from the $7-million-plus House Ways & Means Chairman Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, hoped to bring home for three local projects, but one project will be completed while two others will receive enough money to keep moving forward.


Slimantics: How to ruin a state without really trying

Posted 4/23/2016 in Local Columns

Each January, the Mississippi Legislature convenes in Jackson and collectively loses its mind for a few months. The session ends in April - and not a nanosecond too soon - giving Mississippians a couple of months to contemplate the impending carnage that will ensue on July 1, when the new laws go into effect.


Slimantics: A bewildering legislative session comes to an end ... mercifully

Posted 4/21/2016 in Local Columns

The 2016 Mississippi legislative session ended this morning.


Area unemployment rates improve

Posted 4/21/2016 in Area

Unemployment in the four Golden Triangle counties has decreased for the second straight month, according to labor market data released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.


Slimantics: Emmerich a relentless critic of state's economic development strategy

Posted 4/20/2016 in Local Columns

Although he is careful not to call himself a Republican -- as a journalist, he maintains that party associations are the enemy of objectivity -- there is little doubt that Wyatt Emmerich is a fiscal conservative through and through.


Slimantics: Victims on a Sunday afternoon

Posted 4/19/2016 in Local Columns

When Tess and I bought a house near downtown Columbus, I can't say we weren't warned.


Supervisors make small withdrawal from trust fund profits

Posted 4/17/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A big dip in the stock market at the end of 2015 meant fewer "happy returns" on Lowndes County's $30-million-plus hospital trust fund, supervisors learned Friday during their regular board meeting.


Statewide tennis tourney in Columbus

Posted 4/15/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was Thursday morning, less than 24 hours before Dudley Bearden returned to competitive tennis for the first time in eight years.


Slimantics: Good intentions, empty words

Posted 4/14/2016 in Local Columns

At noon Wednesday, a half hour into a student sit-in on the front steps of Lee Hall, a small group of reporters were led through a side entrance and up to the fourth floor of the beautifully-renovated old building where the office of Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum is located.


National Volunteer Week: For Uwusu, volunteer work has mutual benefits

Posted 4/12/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Like a lot of 17-year-olds, Johanna Jones Uwusu isn't entirely sure what she'll ultimately do for a living.


Slimantics: Starkville Snake raise questions about pets

Posted 4/12/2016 in Local Columns

We do not know its name or even its gender, yet for the past two weeks the biggest celebrity in these parts has been a red-tailed boa constrictor that somehow escaped from its Starkville home on March 18.


Carriage rides have become a popular part of Columbus Pilgrimage

Posted 4/8/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At a time when similar events in the South have been declining over the past few years, the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage continues to grow and prosper.


Lowndes Co. to provide $50K for tornado debris removal

Posted 4/5/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Board of Supervisors spent its Monday meeting discussing cleanup needs due to the EF-1 tornado that ripped through the New Hope area Thursday.


Slimantics: Like it or not, our state is becoming more diverse

Posted 4/2/2016 in Local Columns

I don't remember much about the day I became a United States citizen. Most likely, I was preoccupied with other things, like the concept of light, for example. My parents made a big deal of it, though. There was a little announcement published in the newspaper a few days later.


Slimantics: Time to celebrate Confederate Heritage Month

Posted 4/1/2016 in Local Columns

Today is April Fool's Day. Perhaps by coincidence, it is also the first day of "Confederate Heritage Month" in Mississippi.


Slimantics: Hosemann's leadership is a rare commodity

Posted 3/30/2016 in Local Columns

Nine years ago, during Delbert Hosemann's first campaign for Mississippi Secretary of State, the only thing that stuck with most Mississippians outside of Hosemann's hometown of Vicksburg was his unusual name.


Latest Golden Triangle jobless numbers show drop from Feb. '15

Posted 3/24/2016 in Area

Unemployment rates in the Golden Triangle dropped noticeably in February.


Slimantics: MSU women show toughness needed to be Sweet

Posted 3/21/2016 in Local Columns

Roughly 15 minutes after Mississippi State point guard Morgan William dribbled away the final frantic seconds and heaved the ball into the air as a roaring crowd of 7,094 at Humphrey Coliseum erupted in celebration of a 74-72 victory against Michigan State, Spartans' coach Suzy Merchant sat before her post-game press conference with a glum trio of players.



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