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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.


Local players 'go' crazy over new Pokemon game

Posted 7/17/2016 in Area

Since the game's launch on July 6, efforts to describe the Pokemon Go phenomenon is like trying to hit a moving target. Literally.


Slimantics: Losing my head over a dream

Posted 7/16/2016 in Local Columns

I was not happy, not at all. For starters, I was dead. You know how it can be with dreams.


Slimantics: Welcome home, soldiers

Posted 7/14/2016 in Local Columns

This week, in the aftermath of the tragic shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers, coverage of the memorial and funeral services for the fallen men have reminded us of the sacrifices law enforcement is sometimes called to make in protecting our nation.


Slimantics: Pokemon Go: Our new national nightmare has begun

Posted 7/13/2016 in Local Columns

Those who fail to learn from Pokemon history are destined to repeat it. Over the past week, a new, even more disturbing reincarnation of the Japanese trading card game -- Pokemon Go -- is sweeping the nation.


CMSD releases 10 teachers from contracts

Posted 7/9/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During Friday's meeting, the Columbus Municipal School District voted to release 10 teachers from their contracts for the 2017 school year, despite the strenuous objections of Superintendent Philip Hickman.


Slimantics: A sickness in our society

Posted 7/8/2016 in Local Columns

This morning, it was the first thing I saw when I went on the Internet: Five Dallas police officers had been shot to death Thursday night as they provided security during a march against the police shooting deaths in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota.


KiOR clean-up deadline extended through September

Posted 7/7/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Both Joe Max Higgins and Will Sanders have the month of September circled on their calendar.


Slimantics: Jeff Smith, professional pragmatist

Posted 7/6/2016 in Local Columns

At the annual Mississippi Press Association convention on the Coast in late June, a pair of Coast legislators -- Democrat Dave Baria of Bay St. Louis and Republican Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula -- were part of a panel discussion on the controversial 2016 legislative session.


County to cash out stock, bond investments

Posted 7/6/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush.


From ignorance to understanding: Politician's comments raise awareness of challenges facing diabetics

Posted 7/2/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By any standard, Columbus resident Leslie Junkin has had it rough. At 3 months, her daughter Isabella was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Nine months later, Junkin's husband died in a car accident. At age 8, Isabella was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.


Slimantics: Guice edges Oliver to claim Mississippi's Public Servant of the Year honors

Posted 6/30/2016 in Local Columns

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.


Schaefer outlines the business of basketball

Posted 6/29/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


Camp Rising Sun: A community treasure

Posted 6/25/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


Lowndes, other school districts don't expect tax increases

Posted 6/23/2016 in Area

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.


CMSD funding request alarms mayor, council

Posted 6/22/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


County votes to hire parks consultant

Posted 6/18/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


Tour of duty: Vietnam helicopter pilots find each other during cross-country road trip

Posted 6/18/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


County votes to hire parks consultant

Posted 6/17/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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.


Retiree wins prize -- a motocross motorcycle

Posted 6/17/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

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?



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