In 2015, Lowndes County voters approved a $44 million bond issue to build/upgrade facilities across the county school district.
Absentee voting is meant to be a tool for voters, not a campaign strategy for candidates. In Columbus, some people don't seem to have gotten that memo.
At first blush, there appears few things the Lowndes County School District, East Mississippi Community College and the city of Columbus have in common. Each has its own unique mission, challenges and responsibilities. What they do share, unfortunately, is serious difficulty in managing their finances.
Since 2009, the East Mississippi Community College football team has won seven state and five national championships, a level of success never before seen on its level of football.
When voters go to the poll Tuesday for the primary election, they will have a total of 11 candidates for Governor to choose from -- eight Democrats and three Republicans. With that many candidates, it's hard for any to stand apart on an issue.
At the turn of the 20th Century, the presence of an automobile on the streets of Columbus was something of a sensation. Back then, automobiles were little more than a novelty and if you had asked citizens whether automobiles would ever become the primary source of transportation, you would have likely encountered some skepticism.
For some misguided officials, open records laws appear to be merely a tool they wield to shield actions from public view in some cases or to punish those who have fallen out of favor in others.
Many people are familiar with the story of Esther from the Bible. For those who aren't, it was the story of a Jewish woman married to the king of Persia, who was called upon to use her influence to save the captive Jews under Persian rule from persecution.
On Monday, during open session of a Lowndes County School Board meeting, board president Robert Barksdale made a phone call from the board table.
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.
For almost two years now, the city of Starkville has made known its desire to annex portions of the county, most notably on the east side of town.
It might surprise you to know that arid Arizona often has a flooding problem, one that it can do little to mitigate. Despite an average annual rainfall of eight inches, street flooding is a common occurrence during July, referred to as the monsoon season.
When the city of Columbus sent letters to 27 homeowners whose properties were severely damaged by the Feb. 23 tornado informing them that they had until Monday to respond with their plans to rebuild, repair or demolish their properties, it was viewed by some as adding insult to injury.
There is likely no better example of self-governance than your local school board.
For the 11th time, Mississippi State reached the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, the Holy Grail of college baseball.
Columbus has a well-deserved reputation for preserving its historic buildings, so the decision to demolish a home built in the 1830s to make way for a major redevelopment project did not come without considerable scrutiny.
It's one, two, three strikes, you're out on the old ballgame. That same rule should apply when it comes to a lawsuit that has delayed progress on a proposed industrial park in Starkville.
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