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Lynn Spruill: BINGO!

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Up until recently the only reference that bingo conjured up for me was the simple little ditty about the farmer's dog: "and B.I.N.G.O. was his name O." Not so any more.

 

Lynn Spruill: Parks: Another economic development opportunity

Posted 5/20/2016 in Local Columns

As much as I give well-deserved but unmitigated grief to members of the Starkville Board of Aldermen, in the interest of fairness, I must also give a thumbs up to them for their support of a game-changing move for the city's future.

 

Lynn Spruill: Economic gambles

Posted 5/13/2016 in Local Columns

There are arguably two examples of successful economic development park projects in Starkville.

 

Lynn Spruill: The value of taxes

Posted 5/6/2016 in Local Columns

I pretty regularly get buttonholed about things the city is doing (or not doing); like I have some influence over it.

 

Lynn Spruill: Welfare for politicians

Posted 4/29/2016 in Local Columns

Occasionally I am reminded of my level of ignorance and naivete'.

 

Lynn Spruill: Police station finale?

Posted 4/22/2016 in Local Columns

It's official. We are not going to get any help from the Legislature on the renovation of the Starkville police department building.

 

Lynn Spruill: Our library, a community cornerstone

Posted 4/15/2016 in Local Columns

There must be a national recognition week or month for every group known to civilized man. This week is no different for it is National Library Week.

 

Lynn Spruill: A community rainbow

Posted 4/8/2016 in Local Columns

After this week in Mississippi I have been desperately seeking something positive to offset the legislature and the Governor's collective decision on HB 1523.

 

Lynn Spruill: The new normal

Posted 4/1/2016 in Local Columns

In an effort to stay more informed, I have started listening to the audio version of the Economist magazine on my iPad while getting ready for work.

 

Lynn Spruill: Insurance against poverty

Posted 3/25/2016 in Local Columns

There is no scenario in which a teenager having an unintended baby is a good thing.

 

Lynn Spruill: A no-Wynn approach to industrial development

Posted 3/18/2016 in Local Columns

After three years of watching the Starkville Board of Aldermen, I should be immune to surprises.

 

Lynn Spruill: Trumped

Posted 3/11/2016 in Local Columns

Trump is on a roll, no doubt about it.

 

Lynn Spruill: Time to quit talking and just do it

Posted 2/26/2016 in Local Columns

When I say we're starting from scratch, I wish I were talking about biscuits.

 

Lynn Spruill: Legislative maneuvering for model school bewildering

Posted 2/19/2016 in Local Columns

One of our most tenured representatives, Tyrone Ellis, has submitted a bill, HB984, to develop a partnership school jointly controlled by the Starkville-Oktibbeha County School District and Mississippi State University.

 

Lynn Spruill: Mandatory service to country

Posted 2/12/2016 in Local Columns

There is talk of a coming time when all of our country's residents will be expected to register for the draft.

 

Lynn Spruill: Local airports, both a field of dreams and an economic driver

Posted 2/5/2016 in Local Columns

It was where I went when I wanted to be alone; it was where I went when I was frustrated or mad at my parents; it was where I went when I wanted a place to think and dream; it was a place where I saw my future. I occasionally visited during the day, but an airport is magical at night.

 

Lynn Spruill: My STARKVEGAS

Posted 1/29/2016 in Local Columns

During a recent televised MSU men's basketball game something crystallized for me. The camera was focused on the band, which was whipping the crowd into a frenzy -- not too difficult seeing as we were leading Ole Miss.

 

Lynn Spruill: A partnership beneficial to all

Posted 1/22/2016 in Local Columns

It is the 15th year since the creation of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership (GSDP).

 

Lynn Spruill: Public spaces

Posted 1/15/2016 in Local Columns

It seems to be an issue that isn't an issue but is, if you know what I mean.

 

Lynn Spruill: TIFs, hand-out or a legitimate development tool?

Posted 1/8/2016 in Local Columns

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a catchy name for a government give away in the form of a tax break. It's an inducement used to attract new business or a development that might not otherwise happen, a way to prime the pump, if you will.

 

 

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