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Unemployment rates continue to fall across the board

Posted yesterday in Area

The April unemployment data, released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, showed steady improvement on the local, state and national levels.

 

Slimantics: Self-flagellation or conscience?

Posted 5/23/2017 in Local Columns

A while back, a person whom I respect and believe to be fair-minded and tolerant, stopped me in my tracks for a moment with an unexpected question: "Don't you think you may be approaching self-flagellation when it comes to the race issue?"

 

Tenn-Tom is more than meets the eye

Posted 5/20/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For many, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway is something you drive over when on Highway 82 in Columbus or Highway 50 near West Point. For others, it's a great source of recreation.

 

CAFB retires service dog

Posted 5/18/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 150 gathered at the Columbus Club at Columbus Air Force Base Wednesday for a retirement ceremony.

 

Slimantics: Memories of Mama and Dad

Posted 5/17/2017 in Local Columns

Now that we are in the period of time between Mother's Day and Father's Day, I have an admission to make.

 

MSU civil engineering students to compete in Concrete Canoe National Championship

Posted 5/13/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Taking a ride in a concrete canoe. It sounds like a colorful euphemism for a mafia hit, but for Mississippi State students Diana Linder and Kristen Sauceda, it's a reward for a year's work.

 

Seeking asylum: Iraqi family living in Columbus faces deportation to a country proven unfriendly to its religious beliefs

Posted 5/10/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 2014, as ISIS fighters moved dangerously near their small Iraqi village 20 miles outside of Mosul, Gorgis Matani and his family saw a small window of opportunity and plunged through it.

 

CMSD board doesn't extend Hickman's contract

Posted 5/9/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By a one-vote margin, the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees declined to extend the contract of the superintendent of schools during Monday's regular board meeting.

 

Slimantics: The commencement speech: An idea whose time is past?

Posted 5/4/2017 in Local Columns

The word of the day is "commencement," a timely choice since in the coming weeks, graduates of our high schools and colleges will become acquainted with all the things this word entails.

 

Lowndes Young Leaders completes 18th year

Posted 5/3/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tuesday's luncheon at Lion Hills Center could be viewed as a coming of age celebration for the Lowndes Young Leaders program.

 

Slim Smith: KiOR: The Stonehenge of industrial development

Posted 4/29/2017 in Local Columns

On Saturday afternoon, on a whim, I drove out to the Island to see what remained of the former KiOR plant.

 

Local employment numbers remain stable

Posted 4/28/2017 in Area

Fewer Mississippians are looking for work than at any point since 1999, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

 

Salvation Army leaders announce retirement after cancer diagnosis

Posted 4/27/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Like most couples in their mid-50s, Majors Alan and Cheryl Phillips of the Columbus Salvation Army have been casting one eye on retirement and all the things they might do.

 

Slimantics: Pro-life and pro-choice not always mutually exclusive

Posted 4/27/2017 in Local Columns

Americans fall generally into two categories when it comes to the issue of abortion.

 

Arts, entertainment museum coming to Meridian

Posted 4/26/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For too long, Meridian has been a drive-through city for many along Interstate 20. Organizers hope a new museum featuring the state's rich arts/entertainment history will change all that.

 

Lost and found: Woman learns value of social media in finding lost pets

Posted 4/25/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Amber McFadden discovered that her 6-month-old Great Dane puppy, Viggo, was missing when she arrived to pick him up from her former roommate's house, the odds of ever finding him were not in her favor.

 

Business booms for Starkville startup Glo

Posted 4/25/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Almost two years after a couple of Mississippi State students put together a company to market a "lighted ice cube" to serve in drinks, business is already booming or, more appropriately, 'glo-ing."

 

Tuition hikes to hit hard at The W, MSU

Posted 4/21/2017 in Area

Heather Evans drove up from her home in Kemper County to Columbus Thursday to spend the day with her daughter, Hannah, a freshman at Mississippi University for Women.

 

Slimantics: Challenger tragedy and the man who tried to prevent it

Posted 4/20/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

At the beginning of his lecture Wednesday evening in the Foster Ballroom at the Colvard Student Union on Mississippi State's campus, Allan McDonald had some difficulty with his power-point presentation.

 

Kelly disappointed by political impasse in Congress

Posted 4/19/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For Trent Kelly, the first major piece of legislation taken up by the U.S. House of Representatives may have achieved little, but it revealed much.

 

 

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