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Columbus keeps billboard ban, approves redistricting plan

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus city council approved one major change while rejecting another during Tuesday's regular meeting.


Supes move $110K to general fund for low-income housing taxes

Posted 12/16/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors agreed to put roughly $110,000 in money collected from the city and county schools back into its general fund to reimburse five Section 42 Housing property owners.


Slimantics: When a 'thank you' is enough

Posted 12/15/2014 in Local Columns

Tess and I finished decorating the Christmas tree early Saturday evening. We turned the lights out and examined our handiwork, with only the colored lights on the tree illuminating the den, and pronounced it a success.


Miss. education money gap reaches $1.5B

Posted 12/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Like most districts, the Lowndes County School District and the Columbus Municipal School District have been underfunded by the state over the past five years.


'Tis the season: The search for the perfect Christmas tree

Posted 12/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Cindy Lawrence went Christmas tree shopping at Lowe's on Monday during her lunch hour and her preference for a live one was clear from the entrance she used.


Riverwalk connector nears completion

Posted 12/12/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thursday morning, Gary Weathers of Weathers Construction took a half-hour to join a tour of the Riverwalk connector.


Columbus group hopes to help felons find jobs

Posted 12/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In Columbus, a grassroots organization called "Released By Grace" hopes to improve the long odds that felons face in trying to find their way back into society.


Columbus council to mull billboard ban

Posted 12/11/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus' billboard committee agreed Wednesday to bring back a proposal to lift the moratorium on new billboards that has been in place since 2000.


Slimantics: What the Governor won't tell MUW grads

Posted 12/11/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will be the speaker at Friday's commencement exercises at Mississippi University for Women.


MSU, EMCC to start a new high school

Posted 12/10/2014 in Area

A new public school will open in the Golden Triangle next fall, but it is not the school that has been in the news during recent months.


Lowndes schools to push bond issue, again

Posted 12/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Voters in the Lowndes County School District will return to the polls on Feb. 3 to consider a bond that will allow the district to expand and renovate district facilities.


Century-old City Hall in West Point getting facelift

Posted 12/5/2014 in Area

West Point City Hall will be getting a much-needed facelift, thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


Gov. touts area's economic development

Posted 12/5/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"I go all over the state talking about economic development," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "And everywhere I go, people come up to me and say, 'Why is the Golden Triangle getting everything?'


West Point native sharing his story on facing Sickle Cell

Posted 12/4/2014 in Area

Although he has suffered from Sickle Cell Disease for all of his 45 years, West Point native James Gates is hard-pressed to describe a typical day for someone with the disease.


City council votes to apply for HOME grant

Posted 12/3/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus city council breezed through its agenda Tuesday in a meeting marked by little discussion and unanimous votes on all proposals brought before it.


Lowndes Co. drops insurance for retirees

Posted 12/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Monday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting was a matter of give and take.


Slimantics: The elusive 'spirit' of Christmas

Posted 12/2/2014 in Local Columns

I've come to believe that Christmas is state of mind and, therefore, pretty much a matter of timing.


Ole Miss, not MSU, shows resiliency in Egg Bowl battle

Posted 11/30/2014 in Local Columns

If there had been a trademark of the 2014 Mississippi State football team entering Saturday's Battle for the Golden Egg, it would have been the team's resiliency.


Rebs prove spoiler to Dogs' storybook season

Posted 11/29/2014 in State

This is why the Bulldogs can't have nice things.


Slimantics: My favorite Egg Bowl: 'Rebels Get Turkey Day Stuffing'

Posted 11/26/2014 in Local Columns

In the 1960s, Tupelo was an Ole Miss town. This was especially true in east Tupelo, my part of town, and Lawhon Elementary school, where I attended first through eighth grade.



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