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Design, fundraising underway for children's museum

Posted 8/24/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

This month, the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board selected an architecture and a design firm to transform the old Elks Building into a children's discovery center and museum.


Slimantics: Country Mouse vs. City Mouse

Posted 8/24/2016 in Local Columns

Maybe I'm just getting old, but more and more as of late, current events stir the echoes of my childhood.


Slimantics: Pappy 0'Bryant and his 'brain trust'

Posted 8/23/2016 in Local Columns

This month, the people who run the state -- Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn -- announced their intentions to "reform" the state's tax structure as a means of a reviving a state economy that appears to be poised on the edge of the abyss.


Rio Olympics boosts local interest in swimming, gymnastics

Posted 8/20/2016 in Area

Every year about this time, Swim Columbus coach Chris Chain is a busy man, even though his swimmers are in the middle of a two-week break.


County's solar farms meeting expectations

Posted 8/19/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Imagine a farm that requires no workers and where every day is harvest.


Slimantics: Mississippi: The Free State of ALEC

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

Here's how it is supposed to work: Every four years, Mississippians go to the polls to elect fellow Mississippians to serve our interests by crafting legislation to address the state's unique issues.


AG Hood says legislature's actions are costly, frustrating

Posted 8/17/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood was a few minutes late for his appearance at the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday.


Ex-Palmer Home employee faces trial for sex abuse

Posted 8/16/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 10 years after the incidents are alleged to have occurred and three years after an indictment was handed down, a former Palmer Home for Children house parent still awaits trial for sexually abusing two sisters on their eighth birthdays.


Depot to be apartments, commercial space

Posted 8/12/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Almost two years since California developer/preservationist Gayle Guynup purchased the old train depot, the exterior renovations to the 130-year-old building are complete.


Running for gold in Rio: MSU track athletes will compete for Canadian, Portuguese teams on Friday

Posted 8/11/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Like thousands of other Americans, Steve Dudley and Houston Franks are traveling to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games.


Local legislators earn $309K from state

Posted 8/9/2016 in Area

Mississippi spent $8.1 million in salaries and expenses for the state's legislators in 2015-16, according to the annual Expenses and Appropriations report by the state auditor' office released on Monday.


Habitat for Humanity continues to fulfill 'impossible' dreams

Posted 8/6/2016 in Area

In the late summer of 1997, Willie Garner was 62 years old and had never owned a home. The prospects of home ownership never seemed less likely than at that moment.


Satellite project director has ties to Mississippi State

If all goes according to plan, the University of North Dakota will launch its first satellite in December, and while more than 100 students and faculty have participated in this landmark project, the man entrusted with putting it all together is Jeremy Straub.


Slimantics: Mississippi goes blue, pigs fly

Posted 8/2/2016 in Local Columns

It is one of those thoughts that intrudes unexpectedly, one you quickly dismiss and are almost embarrassed to speak aloud. It's crazy, you say.


For Rogers, 2016 Democratic National Convention was a deeply personal event

Posted 7/30/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

When Peggy Rogers left her home in Starkville to attend the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, it marked her fourth consecutive national convention.


Slimantics: Opposite ends of the pool

Posted 7/29/2016 in Local Columns

As best I can estimate, I was about 10 years old when the biggest thing ever to come to East Tupelo arrived -- a public swimming pool.


Unemployment rates spike in June

Posted 7/28/2016 in Area

Unemployment rates spiked noticeably in June throughout the Golden Triangle, a trend also evident on the state and national levels, according to data released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security on Wednesday.


The accidental entrepreneurs

Posted 7/27/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

This was not what Hagan Walker and Kaylie Mitchell had in mind.


No fear, only fun for Sanders at Republican National Convention

Posted 7/23/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Norma Sanders first learned she had been chosen as an alternate delegate representing Mississippi at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland she was naturally excited.


Area colleges moving to tobacco-free campuses

Posted 7/20/2016 in Area

The move toward tobacco-free campuses ins headed toward the home stretch in the Golden Triangle.



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