Roughly half way through the 2017 session, the Mississippi Legislature's performance is, as usual, subject to mixed reviews.
The foster care system in Mississippi has been a source of shame and embarrassment for years, if not decades. That's the bad news.
Monday evening, consultant K.B. Turner held the second of six planned ward meetings to discuss how the Columbus Police Department can better serve its residents and what residents can do to assist those efforts.
Sometime the best action is no action at all.
A cabinet confirmation. A piece of state legislation cloaked in secrecy. A ban on immigrants from seven Muslim nations. A visit from a university chancellor to a local civic club.
More than a year ago, as city officials sought to manage the crisis created by the officer-involved shooting death of Columbus resident Ricky Ball in October 2015, the city council passed a package of six new or revised CPD policies.
If the Mississippi Legislature had the power of divine healing, it would make the lame man blind.
It appears Mississippi is well on its way to stepping into the 2tst Century with legislation that will allow a growth industry to take off moving through the Legislature.
Tuesday's decision by Columbus and Lowndes County governments to resume its joint drug task force is a positive step at an important time.
In a few days, the United States will observe Black History Month, a time when the nation reflects on its past and notes the progress we have made in race relations.
To call art a tourism-generator, which Mississippi Senate Bill 2611 would do, is correct.
Today, we inaugurated a new president, and, as it is with every new administration, there will be changes.
During Tuesday's meeting, the Columbus City council voted to hire a consultant to examine ways the Columbus Police Department can be more effective in fighting crime.
The Mississippi Legislature reached a deadline Monday.
Closing in on his first year as Columbus Police Chief, Oscar Lewis has often made reference to his Christian faith, beginning during his interview for the job last January.
To the casual observer, Mississippi University for Women might seem a redundancy, and a small one at that.
The official campaign for the Mother Goose endowment at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library ended Saturday, with "Goose's Grand Gala" at the Trotter Center.
This week, two events -- seemingly unrelated opened a window on what we used to -- and how we might recapture it as well.
As the year comes to a close, most us will likely view 2016 with ambivalence -- a mixture of good and bad, as is common with most years. We got enough of each to look forward to 2017 with guarded optimism.
The 2017 election season begins locally almost as soon as the new year.
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