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An unfair tax?: Drivers take issue with hybrid/electric car fees; lawmakers claim they are reasonable in face of road, bridge crisis

Posted 10/13/2018 in Area

When Mike Buehler received a notice from the Mississippi Department of Revenue a week ago that he would be required to pay a fee for driving his 2014 Tesla each year, he bit his lip and did a little research before forming an opinion. The verdict? "It's unfair," the Starkville radiologist said.


Weeks: CAFB's mission more than just training pilots

Posted 10/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

JoAnn Ferguson has seen at least 14 commanders at Columbus Air Force Base since joining the Base Community Council's Military Affairs Committee.


Caledonia Days offers more events, high-profile concerts

Posted 10/5/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although she is in just her second year as Caledonia Days chairman, Amanda Boltwood knows every year has its unique challenges and opportunities.


Going to Disney World: Heritage seniors helping fulfill New Hope child's wish

Posted 10/5/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the senior class at Heritage Academy learned the identity of the child who was going to be the centerpiece of their community service project last week, its members decided to have a pep rally to mark the occasion.


Slimantics: State-wide poll gives insight into coming elections

Posted 10/5/2018 in Local Columns

Millsaps College, in cooperation with Chism Strategies, released the finds from its latest quarterly poll of Mississippi voters this week and the results show some intriguing views as Mississippians go to vote next month and next year.


Lowndes supes discuss how to fill county prosecutor position

Posted 10/2/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors discussed, but did not reach a decision, on how to fill the county prosecutor's job after the November election.


County to borrow $1 million to finish horse park

Posted 10/1/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors voted unanimously to borrow $1 million to pay for the completion of the county's horse park, changing their approach to how they spend revenues from the county's hospital trust fund.


Slimantics: No offense, but Bulldogs have no offense

Posted 9/30/2018 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE It was about halfway through his post-game press conference Saturday night when Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead faced a question that seemed to stop him in his tracks.


'Dan Who?': Mullen's return to Davis Wade stirs memories, sparks sales of anti-Dan apparel

Posted 9/28/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Dan Mullen moved to Florida in December. In February, his image moved to a local restaurant's restroom.


Slimantics: Hosemann's uphill voter turn-out battle

Posted 9/28/2018 in Local Columns

Tuesday, as a part of a four-stop tour in north Mississippi, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann spoke to an assembly of high school seniors at Columbus High School and New Hope High School.


Hosemann to high school seniors: Voting is an obligation

Posted 9/26/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During their Tuesday morning assembly the roughly 250 members of the senior class at Columbus High School turned their attention to an important date on the calendar -- graduation day -- as they were informed about how to order everything from caps and gowns to class rings. But the students' attention was also directed to another day, Nov. 6, the date of the general election in Mississippi.


Second Chambers trial begins with Oktibbeha jury

Posted 9/25/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A second trial in the Jessica Chambers murder case is set to begin today in Batesville after Monday's jury selection in Starkville.


Hosemann to visit Lowndes County on Voter Registration Day

Posted 9/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In June, just 13.5 percent of registered voters went to the polls in the primary elections, and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann seems to have taken it personally.


'Fact-finders and decision-makers': Voters will choose judges ruling on family issues in Nov. 6 election

Posted 9/22/2018 in Area

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has been on the road since Labor Day in his effort to encourage citizens to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.


Vacation 'wish list': Columbus Airbnb ranked among top-sought in state

Posted 9/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Amy Edwards keeps separate books for her business, but there is nothing nefarious about it.


County raises property tax rate by 2 mills

Posted 9/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A "perfect storm" of bad circumstances necessitated Lowndes County hike property tax rates for residents next year, County Administrator Ralph Billingsley said Friday.


Caledonia millage, budget will remain unchanged

Posted 9/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A few new wrinkles were added to the budget the Caledonia Board of Aldermen approved Tuesday, but the bottom line will remain pretty much the same, Mayor Mitch Wiggins said.


Slimantics: Seventeen years later, 9/11 memories endure

Posted 9/13/2018 in Local Columns

By this date 17 years ago, my job began to bear some vague resemblance to what it had been three days earlier on Sept. 10, 2001.


Caledonia parks director says he was forced to resign

Posted 9/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chris Clardy is out as the Caledonia parks director, a move he said came without warning or explanation.


Unlikely Rhodes Scholar plans to return to Mississippi

Posted 9/11/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Noah Barbieri is the 51st Rhodes Scholar from Mississippi and, in many ways, the program's most unlikely.



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