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Our View: Sidebar conversations in meetings must stop

Posted 7/10/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

On Monday, during open session of a Lowndes County School Board meeting, board president Robert Barksdale made a phone call from the board table.



Voice of the people: Kerry Blalock



Voice of the people: Shirley Smith



Wyatt Emmerich: Waller and Reeves make their pitch at Press Convention

Posted 7/10/2019 in Local Columns

It's a political year and I was happy to see all the major politicians show up at the Mississippi Press Convention in Biloxi.



Our View: Coming tax hike a result of poor fiscal management by county schools

Posted 7/9/2019 in Dispatch Editorials

Monday, the Lowndes County School District voted to raise local taxes by four percent to ensure it had the reserve funds required by state law.



Voice of the people: Sarah Studdard

Posted 7/9/2019 in National Columns



Mississippi State: A move toward criminal forfeiture

Posted 7/9/2019 in National Columns

Civil asset forfeiture allows the government to confiscate property on the grounds that it is connected to a crime -- without ever convicting someone of the crime. In court, a lower burden of proof applies in these civil cases than in criminal cases, even when valuable property such as the vehicle you drive to work is at stake.


Possumhaw: It's a wild world out there

Posted 7/8/2019 in Local Columns

The Prairie has been unusually wild in the past week. A full-grown doe feeds in the middle of the sedge field in broad daylight. Her red hide shines in the sunlight. She ambles and nibbles, raising her head now and then as she stares with doe eyes.


Voice of the people: Deborah Smith



Marc Dion: Evangeline passes

Posted 7/8/2019 in National Columns

I had a pickup truck. Her bloodline is not important, though I will say she was a 2001 and white in color.


Ask Rufus: A Howling Wilderness and a Misnamed Road

Posted 7/6/2019 in Local Columns

In northeastern Lowndes County there is an old road now named Wolfe Road. That name is another example of people not knowing their own history.


Voice of the people: Bob Raymond



Larry Elder: Democratic Debates: Did Russia pay these candidates to throw the election to Trump?

Posted 7/5/2019 in National Columns

Did the Russians pay the 2020 Democratic candidates to throw the 2020 election to President Donald Trump? Watching all four hours of the first Democratic debates, it became increasingly difficult to reach any other conclusion.



Froma Harrop: Our lesbian soccer players make us proud

Posted 7/5/2019 in National Columns

Five members of the U.S. women's soccer team -- plus its coach -- have publicly come out as lesbians.


Slimantics: British, not bitter: London-raised Starkville man has different perspective on Independence Day

Posted 7/3/2019 in Local Columns

Happy Fourth of July, the day we Americans set aside each summer to scare the bejeebers out of our house pets with explosives.


Voice of the people: Raymond Gross



Voice of the people: Lee Roy Lollar



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