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Chancery court judges reminisce about time serving on the bench

Posted 12/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The staff of the 14th District Chancery Court threw a retirement party Friday afternoon, the likes of which it isn't likely to see again.


Locals recall Bush's 1989 visit to Golden Triangle

Posted 12/5/2018 in Area

The visit lasted only a few hours and was, by presidential standards, a no-frills affair. His contact with crowds was limited to waves and even some who shared the stage never got as far as shaking his hand. The event went through without a hitch, despite the drizzly weather. Yet almost 30 years later, those who were there still remember the day George H.W. Bush, the nation's 41st president, arrived in the Golden Triangle to deliver the commencement address at Mississippi State on May 13, 1989.


County submits three bridge projects for state funding

Posted 12/4/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors are prepared to submit three projects to the state for funding under the Legislature's Emergency Roads and Bridges program, which was approved in the August special legislative session.


A court reporter shortage: Critical field faces lack of new recruits

Posted 12/1/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In college athletics, the biggest factor in success is recruiting. But attracting talented people is not confined to the world of college sports, and when it comes to the field of court reporting, the inability to recruit people to the profession is reaching a near crisis across the country.


Engineer explores hydroelectric power at Lock and Dam

Posted 11/29/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Although it's likely to be at least a half-dozen years away from reality, Columbus and Aberdeen may one day be home to hydroelectric power plants.


MSMS senior shines in role as state's Distinguished Young Woman

Posted 11/27/2018 in Area

When Lori Feng was an elementary school student, her father took her to a Distinguished Young Women event where they were living in Washington.


Absentee totals indicate strong runoff turnout

Posted 11/26/2018 in State

Despite an abbreviated window for absentee voting for Tuesday's general election runoff, the number of absentee voters who have cast ballots suggests a good turnout.


A crisis of confidence: Anonymous parishioners react to fraud allegations against Starkville priest

Posted 11/24/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In three weeks since federal investigators raided the offices of the Diocese of Jackson, uncovering both fraud and a cover-up at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Starkville, parishioners say the shockwaves are still reverberating in Starkville and in Macon.


Unemployment remains flat in Golden Triangle

Posted 11/23/2018 in Area

Unemployment rates continued to remain flat for the month of October as the nation continues to move what economists consider full employment, according to the latest labor market report by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.


Salvation Army kicks off holiday campaigns

Posted 11/21/2018 in Area

Even before Halloween, retailers rush to get their Christmas displays on the floor. But they have nothing on Lt. Christian Smith in getting an early jump on the holiday.


Slimantics: Dr. Heckle, Missus Hide

Posted 11/21/2018 in Local Columns

We might as well call her Cindy "Hide" Smith.


Absentee voting underway for runoffs

Posted 11/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A much-abbreviated absentee voting period has started for the Nov. 27 runoff election, which will decide a U.S. Senate seat and two chancery court judge positions.


Surrendering animals: A pet owner's last resort

Posted 11/19/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It was a typical busy Wednesday at Best Friends Animal Hospital, which is probably why the veterinary staff was unaware of what was happening in its parking lot on Highway 45 in Columbus. About 10:30 that morning, a woman pulled into the parking lot close to the building's south wall and tied a dog up to a metal bracket on the building.


Slimantics: The Timex Quarterback

Posted 11/17/2018 in Local Columns

The most dramatic -- or you might say traumatic -- play in Mississippi State's 52-6 romp over Arkansas Saturday came on a 16-yard run about a minute into the fourth quarter with the Bulldogs already leading by four touchdowns.


LCSD to borrow $2.5M to offset budget shortfall

Posted 11/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees voted in special session Thursday to secure $3.5 million through a $1 million withdrawal from its 16th Section Interest Account and $2.5 million tax anticipation loan to meet expenses for the final two months of the year.


Slimantics: The two words Cindy Hyde-Smith won't say

Posted 11/15/2018 in Local Columns

It was not long after I had made the 2,500-mile move from Biloxi to Santa Rosa, California, that two important working relationships were put to the test.


'History in No Time': Georgia businessman pens book to combat fading history education

Posted 11/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Randolph Russell did not come to the Columbus Rotary Club empty-handed Tuesday. The Georgia businessman and musician brought with him two boxes of his self-published book and a saxophone.


Waverley Mansion has potential buyer

Posted 11/13/2018 in Area

Although details are few, it appears historic Waverley Mansion may soon have a new owner.


CMSD explores designating Hunt a Historic Landmark

Posted 11/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Months after a former Columbus school was designated for State Landmark status, Columbus Municipal School District plans to apply for the same designation for its sister school, district officials said Friday.


Winning Ohio candidate credits MUW for providing 'foundations' of her career

Posted 11/9/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As recently as four years ago, Ohio was just a place on a map and politics wasn't even on the radar for Allison Russo. But on Tuesday, Russo was elected to represent Ohio's 24th District in the statehouse, winning her first political campaign as a Democrat in her suburban Columbus, Ohio district.



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