With Sam Allison's hire as superintendent Monday night, the Lowndes County School Board went for an in-house candidate with 15 years of administrative experience in the district.
There was a time, not so long ago, that a child's path from school to the workplace was pretty simple and uniform. From kindergarten to high school graduation, students studied the same basic language, history, math and sciences classes. For high achieving students, there were higher level courses in math or science that could be taken. Students who struggled in academics as they entered high school were shuttled off to vocational training involving a few courses -- carpentry, wood-working, auto body, etc.
In March 2016, the Mississippi Legislature changed the way public school districts select their superintendents, a change that will go into effect on Jan. 1.
In the 1950s, CBS television offered viewers one of the first game shows, "The $64,00 Question," where contestants answered trivia questions for prize money. Today in Columbus, we have The $3.5 Million Question and there's nothing trivial about it.
The race for Ward 1 Columbus City Council position didn't attract much attention, not even from voters. In both Tuesday's runoff, where Esther Stewart edged Liz Terry to win the open council seat, and the Sept. 25 election, which featured a field of nine candidates, about 600 of the ward's roughly 2,700 registered voters made it to the polls.
The city of Starkville is in the midst of a heated debate as it attempts to adjust its code to accommodate an emerging business -- short-term rentals in residential communities such as Airbnb -- while protecting the interests of home-owners in those neighborhoods.
Let's get it right the first time. Between now and the end of the year, the Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees will do something it has never done before: select a superintendent of schools.
Like a visitor who overstays his welcome, the unrelenting summer of 2019 stubbornly remains - temperatures consistently hitting the mid-90s without much relief in sight even as we approach mid-September.
Along with Eugene O'Neil and Arthur Miller, Columbus-born Tennessee Williams remains recognized as one of the greatest American playwrights of the 21st Century, his plays often plumbing the depths of the heart.
Over the past week or so, much has been said about the cheating scandal involving players on the Mississippi State football and men's basketball team, almost all of it in the context of how it affects the university's athletic teams.
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