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LCSD stakeholders meeting reveals pro-, anti-Wright divide

Posted earlier today in Columbus & Lowndes County

Technically, stakeholders were asked not to endorse or denounce specific candidates for Lowndes County School District superintendent Thursday evening during a board-hosted public forum at central office. Instead, the board asked for patrons to offer what qualities they wanted to see in the district's chief executive.


Where the characters are: Columbus Writers' Group keeps going, growing

Posted 8/17/2019 in Community

It's 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. Jeanette Basson is in her usual place. Sitting at a table in the Rosenzweig Arts Center gallery, her friends start to filter in and take their places, each clutching papers representing their creative efforts over the last 30 days.


Gladney wins in tight Oktibbeha sheriff's race

Incumbent Sheriff Steve Gladney has emerged the victor in a tight race between him and former deputy John Rice in the Oktibbeha County sheriff's race.


Home Base: Pray away gun violence? OK. Let's do it

Posted 8/6/2019 in Local Columns

The venerable Texas lieutenant governor may have a point. Bringing teacher-led prayer back into public schools may just be the ticket for turning back the tide of gun violence. I'm sure nothing in his record would suggest ties to gun lobbies that would sully his objectivity on the gun control argument, so let's for a moment, take him at his word.


Oktibbeha sheriff's candidates raise more than $20K before primary

Two Oktibbeha County sheriff's candidates have raised a combined $19,331.65 in the run up to Tuesday's primary elections.


County officials weigh 'what' and 'when' issues for sports complex

Posted 7/16/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Planning for Lowndes County's Fiscal Year 2020 budget has already begun. How a new sports complex officials have promised to build west of Columbus fits into that remains unclear.


Sheriff's race raises $23K-plus so far

Posted 5/11/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than $23,000 has been poured so far into the four-man race for Lowndes County sheriff, according to campaign finance reports submitted by Friday's deadline.


Monday profile: At 82, professor emeritus Bill Jones still helping MSU crank out engineers

A stack of papers sits on a desk beside Bill Jones' laptop in his Greensboro Street home in Starkville.


Against policy, councilman receives Trotter discount

Posted 4/10/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus councilman appears to have paid a discounted rate to rent a Trotter Convention Center space in December and was almost allowed to pay half-price for another to hold his May wedding, an apparent violation of city policy.


Monday Profile: Brenda Garner spends her days trying to get to know as many people as she can

Posted 4/8/2019 in Area

Stakeholder. Brenda Garner sat in her living room in Pecan Acres pondering the term. An administrator with the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District made special note to call her that last year, Garner recalled, though she hadn't really thought of herself as such in almost a decade.


A vast, unseen world: Amateur radio operators use old, new technology to communicate globally

Posted 3/16/2019 in Community

Allen McBroom stands in the backyard outside his home west of Starkville pointing up toward the sky. "You see that?" he asks. Barely perceptible against the dusk-darkened tree line stretches a 102-foot long, 14-gauge wire, narrower than a pencil. "Over the past two weeks," McBroom continues, "I've talked to people from as far away as Japan and South Africa through that antenna."


Pulphus looks to return pride to Falcon football

Posted 3/10/2019 in High School Sports

Under new head coach Joshua Pulphus, there's no way to know yet what offensive and defensive schemes the Columbus High School Falcons will run this fall.


CPD investigator faces discipline for misusing resources

Posted 2/21/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus police investigator could face suspension or termination for misusing city time and resources earlier this year.


Home Base: On a public health matter, the South fails to rise ... again

Posted 2/12/2019 in Local Columns

Mississippi claims the No. 1 ranking in a statistical category that might surprise you. No, it's not public education funding, vocational training skills or even the number of 4- or 5-star football recruits per capita.


Monday Profile: Gerald 'Boo' Matthews works, plays to help his Starkville community

Posted 2/4/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The "Big Baller" bouncy house was finally fully inflated and ready to use for a youth group Super Bowl watch party in the Starkville First United Methodist Church gymnasium Sunday afternoon.


Home Base: Perhaps we've forgotten how to treat each other as human

Posted 1/25/2019 in Local Columns

One day when I was 15, I was sitting at my dining room table along with about five of my high school track teammates, all of us male. We were laughing about another boy from our school when my mom walked by and heard us.


City to pay consultant $100 per hour to act as temp CFO

Posted 1/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city plans to pay a former Columbus certified public accountant $100 per hour to handle chief financial officer duties while Milton Rawle serves a four-week suspension.


New 2-percent tax has support of local delegation

Posted 1/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pre-filed bill in the Mississippi Legislature to revive the 2-percent restaurant tax in Columbus includes a little something for everybody -- and significantly less funding for one entity, in particular.


City asks for additional 1-percent tax to fund infrastructure, operate amphitheater

Posted 1/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If Columbus officials have their way, the city's restaurant sales tax will jump to 3 percent over the next 10 years.


Year in review: Top stories of 2018 in Columbus, Lowndes

Posted 12/29/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Funding issues dominated headlines in Columbus and Lowndes County in 2018. The city and county feuded over parks funding, while the Legislature allowed the more than 30-year-old 2-percent restaurant sales tax to expire, severely hampering operations for the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.



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