Tuesday evening marked the end of a battle that should never have been fought. Among the casualties were the credibility of a few Starkville aldermen and lots and lots of hurt feelings on both sides of this minor, irrelevant and unnecessary skirmish of The Culture Wars.
So far, so very good. Although it hardly rates as "breaking news," Mississippi State's 34-29 win over eighth-ranked LSU Saturday night in Baton Rouge is certain to remain a hot topic in these parts for at least another week.
MSU's win over LSU Saturday was both historical and meaningful.
When the Columbus City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a new ordinance to address public safety issues at privately-held events in the city, no one could argue with the motives.
In recent weeks, The National Football League has stimulated many conversations around the county, none of them involving football.
Last week, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (better known as the state college board) released its enrollment figures for this fall.
During his decidedly low-profile campaign swings across the state, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers has repeatedly called on Thad Cochran, Mississippi's six-term incumbent senator, to meet him in a series of debates before the Nov. 4 general election.
Awkward. Embarrassing. Uncomfortable. Familiar. Any of these words could be used to describe the moment during Monday's Columbus Municipal School Board meeting when assistant superintendent Craig Shannon, in his one and only act as the district's temporary personnel director, recommended the hiring of the wife of schools superintendent Philip Hickman for a teaching position.
In the city of Starkville's last regular meeting, the board of aldermen voted to implement a "plus-one" insurance plan which, among other things, allows a city employee to add another adult to their health insurance policy.
Jim Ellis has delivered the play-by-play descriptions of Mississippi State football since 2012 and has been part of the MSU broadcast team for more than 30years, but not even Ellis would dare call himself the "Voice of the Bulldogs."
When Terry Brown was first diagnosed with cancer last year, our sadness was tempered by the hope he would ultimately win this fight and that it would soon be just another colorful story added to his repertoire. After all, the question, "Do you feel like talking?" was the ultimate silly question when posed to Brown, who has served his native Lowndes County in state government since 1988, most recently as Senate Pro Tempore.
Former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove met with The Dispatch editorial board on Wednesday to promote a lawsuit that would force the state to compensate school districts for the amount of money they have been under-funded since 2010.
In the nine years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, 72 storm shelters have been built in Mississippi using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) money.
It is not quite as sinister as George Orwell's "1984," but we now live in a world where the expectation of privacy can hardly be taken for granted. From the National Security Agency's controversial data mining operations to surveillance cameras to the ubiquitous cell phone cameras, we are generally being watched.
It is here. If you are a college football fan, that is all that is necessary to distinguish what makes this week exceptional.
When voters in the Lowndes County School District rejected a $47 million bond proposal for major additions and renovations Tuesday, the initial reaction in some quarters was in despair. While a small majority of voters approved what could have amounted to a self-imposed tax increase by a small margin (52 percent), the measure fell well short of the 60-percent vote required for approval.
If, while driving around Lowndes County, you've noticed a different sort of billboard advertising, thank an artist. Better yet, visit an art show, museum or art gallery.
Tuesday, registered voters who live in the Lowndes County School District will go to the polls to vote on a $47 million bond issue to build, replace and renovate school facilities.
At last month's Neshoba County Fair, Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves wowed the crowd by saying, "We think it's time to look at a pay raise for taxpayers."
Dr. Jonathan Speegle, pastor at Covenant United Methodist Church in Columbus, spoke to the Columbus Kiwanis Club Wednesday. His topic: Comprehensive immigration reform. Given his position, it was hardly unexpected that Speegle would consider this issue in theological terms.
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