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Lynn Spruill: E911 and police should share digs

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Oktibbeha County is struggling over relocating E911 and balancing their mandate to provide the new Starkville Consolidated School District enough space to house their expanded administrative services.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Even one 'line of duty' death shocks conscience

Posted 9/3/2015 in Local Columns

Average age: 40. Average time in law enforcement: 12 years, 10 months. Those stats describe the 82 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty so far this year.

 

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Lessons learned from the Ashley Madison debacle

Posted 9/3/2015 in Local Columns

I was sitting on my back porch Saturday morning catching up on my Facebook feed when I thought, "Who is this Ashley woman from Madison and why is everybody so concerned about her?"

 

Possumhaw: The eye of the spider

Posted 8/31/2015 in Local Columns

Nighttime temperatures fell into the 60s, creating perfect conditions for nighttime walks.

Ask Rufus: Uncle Bunky

Posted 8/29/2015 in Local Columns

Columbus will never be the same again.

Birney Imes: Allen Roberts wants to give you a flower

Posted 8/29/2015 in Local Columns

Here in the South hand-painted signs are among our most irresistible roadside attractions. The best of them exert a Siren-song pull on innocent motorists. Take for example the clutch of signs at the intersection of Highway 50 and Lone Oak Road just west of West Point.

Lynn Spruill: Starkville's sentinel, Alvin Turner

Posted 8/28/2015 in Local Columns

Recently the Starkville Board of Aldermen agenda included a proposal from none other than Alderman Lisa Wynn to severely restrict the citizens' ability to exercise free speech during board meetings.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Everybody may be equal, but every opinion is not

Posted 8/26/2015 in Local Columns

The civic club speech ended, the applause faded. Members formed a line to shake the speaker's hand, assure her how much they appreciated her words. She was inspiring. She was awesome. Everyone hoped she'd come back soon.

 

Possumhaw: Home, there's no place like it

Posted 8/24/2015 in Local Columns

It was early morning when they left, almost daybreak. The duo would see a lot of sunrises before I'd see the guys again.

Slimantics: Columbus native's summer job was a dream come true

Posted 8/22/2015 in Local Columns

Columbus High School graduate and current Mississippi State University engineering student Hagan Walker spent the summer as an intern at electric car maker Tesla.

 

Carol Littlejohn: Mr. Henry

Posted 8/22/2015 in Local Columns

Most of you know him as Mr. Henry Weiss, you know, the man over at Columbus Scrap Material. In the past few weeks Mr. Henry has been getting accolades in this paper for his years of service in his business and of course, all he has done for the city of Columbus.

 

Lynn Spruill: 'The Infidelity Group'

Posted 8/21/2015 in Local Columns

Trusting our elected officials is extremely hard to do under any circumstances these days, but usually you have a better feel and sense of reliance on your elected neighbors with whom you share the daily common experience of living in a small Southern town.

 

Marty Wiseman: The fog of party transformation

Posted 8/21/2015 in Local Columns

Politics: Where are we? It taxes the memory to recall when the political landscape looked so unfamiliar.

 

Slimantics: Edmonson is bullish on MSMS

Posted 8/18/2015 in Local Columns

When Chad Edmonson calls the Mississippi School for Math and Science "the best economic development program Mississippi has ever developed," you might be inclined to dismiss the statement as the hyperbole of a proud alumnus.

Possumhaw: A ways down the road

Posted 8/17/2015 in Local Columns

We entered the Natchez Trace Parkway near Mathiston and headed south. The trees formed a natural canopy, making it seem cool, though it was probably just the air conditioner.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Hottest place on earth

Posted 8/17/2015 in Local Columns

As I write this, my weather app tells me the heat index is 110 degrees. These are the dog days of summer.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Money is only part of the solution

Posted 8/17/2015 in Local Columns

Every day, Eddie went to his kitchen, got the jelly and peanut butter from the shelf and sat down to fix himself a sandwich.

 

Ask Rufus: Early Columbus churches

Posted 8/15/2015 in Local Columns

Last week I spoke about the history of Columbus to a large group of sixth graders at Heritage Academy. It's always interesting to see what questions are on the minds of young people.

Birney Imes: Cameras I have owned (and loved)

Posted 8/15/2015 in Local Columns

Lately, I've been thinking about buying a digital camera, one with professional features. While I've taken plenty of pictures with point-and-shoot digitals, I've yet to fully embrace the trend that almost overnight relegated film to the same status as record albums.

Lynn Spruill: An evening at justice court

Posted 8/14/2015 in Local Columns

During one of the recent citizen forum nights for justice court judge candidates, Judge William "Tony" Boykin, currently a sitting justice court judge for District 1 in Oktibbeha County, invited the audience to attend a court proceeding to see how justice is dispensed in the "peoples' court."

 

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