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Slimantics: On Memorial Day weekend, a slice of Americana

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

It is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and the campground at DeWayne Hayes Recreation Center is filled to capacity. All 100 campsites are occupied, some elaborately so, with enormous campers, adorned with flags, personalized signs, even satellite dishes.

 

Hughes makes spirited case for education

Posted 5/27/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Nov. 4, Jay Hughes, a Democrat from Oxford, upset incumbent Brad Mayo, a Republican, in the election for the District 12 House of Representatives seat. Hughes ran on the campaign motto, "It all starts with education."

 

April jobless rates in Golden Triangle lowest in years

Posted 5/26/2016 in Area

The last time unemployment rates in Lowndes County were this low? 2001.

 

Historic Columbus mansion gets new owner

Posted 5/25/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Upon its completion in the early 1850s, the massive Greek Revival Mansion known as "Riverview" has been considered a Columbus treasure and a point of pride as the property at 511 Second St. S. changed owners but never its status as one of the state's great antebellum homes.

 

Slimantics: Senior Expo exceeds all expectations

Posted 5/24/2016 in Local Columns

It ain't easy getting old. First off, it's terribly time-consuming.

 

Slimantics: Paws for a Cause has gone to the dogs

Posted 5/23/2016 in Local Columns

On the first Saturday in May, Louisville, Kentucky, is home to "The Run for the Roses." On the third Saturday in May, Columbus is home to the "Run of the Noses."

 

Slimantics: A thrift store book, an epic journey and an unsolved mystery

Posted 5/21/2016 in Community

This month, text books will be put away for the summer, but that shouldn't mean an end to reading.

 

Sprucing up Lady Liberty: 15-year-old Columbus resident looks to take on Eagle Scout project

Posted 5/21/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The last time the Statue of Liberty was fully refurbished, it required $87 million, hundreds of workers and two years to complete. "Lady Liberty" was rededicated in 1984. Eli Box expects his efforts to spruce up the "Little Lady Liberty" near downtown Columbus will take about six months and come at a far lower cost.

 

Slimantics: It's not whether you win or lose ...

Posted 5/19/2016 in Local Columns

Now that youth league baseball and softball have started, an old, predictable debate again emerges about the purpose of youth sports and what it says about modern society.

 

Businessman buys Miss. State basketball court

Posted 5/18/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Old basketball courts never die: They simply move away, in this case to Ohio.

 

Presley makes push for greater access to services in rural Miss.

Posted 5/18/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When you think of Mississippi's Public Service Commission, your thoughts turn first to utilities.

 

Lowndes schools recognize top students, parents

Posted 5/16/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Friday's meeting of the Lowndes County School District was its last before the end of the 2015-16 school year, and the board used it as an opportunity to recognize students and parents.

 

PACCAR to use county building as distribution warehouse

Posted 5/16/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County will have a new tenant -- and a familiar face -- for the former CalStar building.

 

LCSD board solicits bids for new career tech center

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Almost a year after voters approved a $44 million bond issue for the Lowndes County School District -- money to be used for new construction and renovations through the district -- many of the projects are nearing completion while one of the key pieces of the capital improvement plan hit an important milestone during Friday's meeting of the LCSD board of trustees.

 

KiOR clean-up delays have Port Authority, LINK at odds

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's pretty quiet these days at the old KiOR site on the Island.

 

V.A. service officers help inform veterans

Posted 5/13/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many military veterans, there has long been an information gap between veterans and the medical services they are entitled to receive.

 

State: Fewer restaurant inspections unlikely to affect public health

Posted 5/12/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Facing an almost $4 million cut in their budget, officials with the Mississippi Department of Health are scrambling to find ways to mitigate the potential damage to the services it provides.

 

Slimantics: The liberating luxury of bare feet

Posted 5/12/2016 in Local Columns

Although there are some movies that capture the essence of what it means to be a newspaper journalist, no film has managed to capture the day-to-day reality of the job.

 

Sparks joins CMSD board

Posted 5/10/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees welcomed a new board member, received updates on numerous programs and honored student achievements during Monday's regular board meeting.

 

'Field of Dreams' still hopeful for county, city funding

Posted 5/6/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For five years now, Golden Triangle Outdoors, a local non-profit group dedicated to providing outdoor activities for the area's disabled citizens, has struggled to find funding to build its "Field of Dreams" sports facility in Lowndes County, most likely as part of a renovation project at the city's Propst Park complex.

 

 

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