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Pickering: Income tax paid on personal use of campaign funds

Posted 7/29/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two-term state auditor Stacey Pickering used Tuesday's appearance at the Columbus Rotary Club to tout his office's work in exposing misuse of taxpayer funds by public officials even as questions about his own use of campaign funds have been brought into question.


Unemployment stats hold steady over last month

Posted 7/23/2015 in Area

While the unemployment rate in the Golden Triangle remained relatively unchanged over the past month, a look at the jobless picture a year ago shows reason for optimism.


County not likely to follow city in removing Miss. flag

Posted 7/22/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus may have packed up the state flag, but Lowndes County supervisors are not likely to follow suit.


Statewide 'Sales Tax Holiday' set for July 31

Posted 7/21/2015 in State

Lex Jackson has owned Reed's Department Store in Columbus for 42 years, including the past 18 at the store's current location in Jackson Square.


Question of issues with absentee voting remains

Posted 7/18/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For all the talk about voter fraud and ways to combat it, the most vulnerable aspect of the election process remains in the area of absentee voting.


The Mill can host occupants, but work remains

Posted 7/17/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Mill at MSU reached a major milestone earlier this month -- it was certified for occupancy -- but there was no ceremony.


Supes give new tax breaks to Steel Dynamics

Posted 7/16/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors approved two new fee-in-lieu agreements with Steel Dynamics during Wednesday's board meeting, bringing the number of such arrangements with the steel company to four.


Local candidates raised $27K in May

Posted 7/16/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Six Lowndes County candidates reported combined contributions of $27,173 during the latest campaign financing reporting period, which ended June 10.


Slimantics: Feels like a Mississippi summer

Posted 7/15/2015 in Local Columns

With Tuesday's release of Harper Lee's long-unpublished "first novel" -- "Go Set A Watchman" -- attention is almost equally divided between this "new" book and Lee's great offering to American literature, "To Kill A Mockingbird."


Lowndes Co. schools get construction update

Posted 7/11/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One majority project is behind schedule and another may soon be.


MSU president: Time to talk about changing flag

Posted 7/10/2015 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum issued a statement Thursday calling for Mississippi to debate whether the state should change its flag.


Solar farms a go in Lowndes

Posted 7/10/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After a slight change of venue -- no more than 100 feet -- Brandon Presley, northern district commissioner for the Mississippi Public Service Commission, signed the approval documents that will allow work on a pair of solar farms in Lowndes County.


Slimantics: Another brick in the wall

Posted 7/10/2015 in Local Columns

Of late, all of the talk about Mississippi's list of "official" things has focused on the state's flag, which features a burning cross in its canton. Or maybe it's a Confederate flag. I forget which. It's one of those wholesome visuals, though.


14th Ave project at finish line

Posted 7/8/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

What to do with remaining funds was the point of discussion at Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting after the council closed the books on one project and awarded the bid for the final phase of another.


Columbus pets took Fourth of July well -- this year

Posted 7/7/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

See Dick light the firecracker. See Jane light the bottle rocket. Bang, goes the firecracker! Whooosh, goes the rocket! See Spot run!


Lowndes Co. supes restructure USDA loan

Posted 7/7/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors on Monday approved a proposal to restructure a $13 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan that will save the county approximately $2 million over the life of the loan.


Slimantics: Does 'History' show us the need for Common Core?

Posted 7/7/2015 in Local Columns

It was once little more than an afterthought and what opinions there were of it were generally favorable. Now, it has become a pariah, an object of disgust and scorn.


Watermelons coming, but slow going

Posted 7/3/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Every year, the Gilmer family of Caledonia circles July 4th on the calendar.


Lowndes Co. supes move ahead with E911 expansion

Posted 7/1/2015 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors cleared the final hurdle in its plans to begin work on an expanded E911 Center during Tuesday's regular board meeting, voting unanimously to award the contract for construction.


Slimantics: State flag decision should not be a popularity contest

Posted 6/25/2015 in Local Columns

The debate over whether or not Mississippi should change the state flag to remove the image of the Confederate flag has featured many of the predictable arguments of previous debates on this issue.



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