Every year at the end of the sports season, it is common for teams and leagues to hand out awards to recognize exceptional performance.
Today, marks the end of Mississippi's fiscal year, but somehow there are no awards to commemorate the moment as we pause to consider the work of our Legislature.
The Columbus Rotary Club is well-stocked with businessmen. And while basketball is not unfamiliar to club members, Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer put his profession in terms Columbus Rotarians could easily understand.
Austin Huff didn't really know what to expect as he made his way from Columbus Air Force Base to Camp Pratt, where he and eight other newly minted 2nd lieutenants had volunteered to work as day counselors at Camp Rising Sun.
Although its funding request for next year will go up slightly, Lowndes County School District Administrator Kenneth Hughes doesn't expect to see an increase in millage when the district presents its budget for 2017.
After two days of closed-door discussions with city officials and the county tax assessor, the Columbus Municipal School District appears poised to ask for a significant increase in taxes.
The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted to hire consulting firm RF Outdoor Consulting, LLC of Clinton to conduct a study of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority.
It is 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Jim Nowicki and Chris Oelerich have retreated to the cool darkness of the bar at The Princess as the shock troops of another Mississippi summer make their first advances. The two men, both retired now, are unwinding after a two-week, 3,000-mile car trip through about half the states to see seven of their old buddies.
The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted to hire the consulting firm of RF Outdoor Consulting, LLC of Clinton to conduct a study of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority. The move came over the objections of two supervisors and a request from a city representative to delay the choice and allow the city to participate in selecting the consultants.
Sammie Duck has been retired for six years now after a 39-year career in the U.S. Army.
It's probably time to take up a hobby.
Motocross racing, maybe?
In the days since the death of Muhammad Ali, much has been said and written in an attempt to capture the essence of the man.
Six months after a pair of barges crashed in the dam at the East Bank of the Columbus Lock & Dam, Corps of Engineers Operations Manager Rick Saucer has an idea of the extent of the damage down the one of the dam's five massive gates.
Mississippi State routinely sets attendance records in college baseball. They may have set an attendance record of another sort Saturday night - the quietest gathering of 13,452 people ever assembled to watch a college baseball game.
In ancient Greek philosophy, it was called "First Cause," the idea that everything seen in the visible world can be linked to one original source or "first cause."
Applied in a less cosmic sense, you could make the argument that the "first cause" for the success Mississippi State's football and baseball programs now enjoy can be attributed to the first of three hires made in 2008.
Mississippi State has now played in 35 NCAA baseball regionals and as of Sunday night have won 12 of them.
As regionals go, the one that ended Sunday was very, very good for the Bulldogs, but it wasn't a "Super" regional.
That comes this weekend.
For much of Saturday's showdown between the top-seeded Mississippi State baseball team and second-seeded Cal State Fullerton, the Bulldog faithful were there, 10,656 of them.
They just didn't seem to know what to do.
This wasn't what they were accustomed to.
A common assumption is a law enforcement officer's most important tool is his or her weapon.
It is still possible to encounter "No Guns Allowed" signs around the area. You just won't see them at any county-owned buildings.
Lowndes County supervisors know from recent experience the folly of counting their chickens before they hatch. Even so, the county's "nest egg" in its Hospital Trust Fund is considerably larger than it was at the start of the year.
Each April, when the Mississippi legislature ends its session, the furor over new legislation generally drifts away and most Mississippians never really feel the consequences of those new laws in any meaningful way.
For most folks, today means its back to work after the long Memorial Day weekend.
But for many of the students participating in the City of Columbus Summer Job program, today marks their introduction into the working world.
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