Imagine for a moment that a company announced that it was opening in Lowndes County and would produce $250 million dollars in economic impact each year. We would hardly be able to contain our excitement, right?
Until eight days ago, Stephen Jones seemed to comport himself as a model citizen. Since joining the council as its Ward 5 representative 2-1/2 years ago, he's acted in that role with what's appeared to be unflappable integrity. He's often been an independent swing vote, and he's never been one to shy away from explaining his positions or accepting accountability for his decisions.
No one wants to annex like it's 1998.
During his campaign rally Tuesday night in DeSoto County, President Trump did what no Republican Senator nor even the Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, dared to do: He mocked Christine Blasey Ford, whose testimony during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing has delayed, if not derailed the nomination.
When The Dispatch reported Leigh Mall would go up for auction in December, it created an immediate response in the community and rightly so.
Dan Mullen, who led the Mississippi State football team to its longest stretch of sustained success in history, returns to Starkville Saturday as head coach of the Florida Gators.
The Columbus Arts Council presents its annual Possum Town Storytelling Festival this weekend and every year, the timing seems perfect.
Although it has yet to hear the final word from the Mississippi Department of Education, it appears the Columbus Municipal School District is well on its way to resolving the troubling issues that emerged in the district's special education program (SPED).
This week, the Unity Park Advisory Committee started the nomination process for 2019 honorees, the second year the committee has asked the public for help in identifying community members whose contributions have served to unite citizens and bridge the cultural, racial and economic divides that so often undermine the progress of communities.
For what it's worth, the Mississippi Department of Education released its annual accountability grade scores for Mississippi schools and school districts on Wednesday.
When schools struggle, there are always a variety of factors presented to explain the problem - everything from funding to poor leadership to poverty to the breakdown of society, depending on who you listen to.
When the Lowndes County Foundation held a "community conversation," at the Trotter Center in March, there were two competing perceptions -- hope and skepticism.
Later this month, this year's Columbus Mayor's Youth Council class will meet for the first time.
For years now, Caledonia has prided itself on its low taxes. The town's 6.75 millage is third lowest in the state and hasn't been changed since 2011 -- when it actually went down.
Last month, the Columbus City Council decided to hire a firm to pursue retail development for the city in lieu of continuing its relationship with the Golden Triangle Development LINK, which had previously provided that service.
Tuesday, District 4 supervisor Jeff Smith proposed to the board of supervisors reestablishing a committee of county and city officials to deal with issues that emerge on matters affecting both governments.
When the Mississippi House of Representatives voted against a state lottery Monday evening, it sent shockwaves throughout the Capitol and left everyone searching for the answer to a simple question: Why?
Thursday's opening day the special session of Mississippi Legislature, specifically the proposal to institute a state lottery, is an embarrassing example of how government should not work.
Over the past year, and especially in recent weeks, the bitter dispute between Lowndes County and city of Columbus officials has driven home one point that everyone should now be able to agree on. When in doubt, write it down.
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