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Slimantics: Katherine the Tate is the most interesting choice for Congress

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Columns

Monday in Starkville, the Oktibbeha County Republicans hosted a forum for the six GOP candidates who have thrown their hats -- tin-foil or otherwise -- into the race to replace Gregg Harper in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Union Academy without water service after pipes burst

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Recruitment and Training Program (RTP), which has been in operation throughout the state since 1983, provides an array of services, but the focus in Columbus is narrower.


County purchase of Lipscomb property drawing near

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County could finalize a sale for the purchase of the old Lipscomb property as early as June, Columbus attorney David Sanders said Wednesday.


Vitter lays out Ole Miss plan for excellence

Posted 4/18/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During Tuesday's speaking engagement at the Columbus Rotary Club meeting at Lion Hills Center, University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeff Vitter set the record straight on one point: He does not wear a back brace.


Third Congressional GOP candidates support Trump initiatives

Posted 4/17/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The field for the Republican nomination for Third District U.S. House of Representatives is a crowded one for the seat that will be vacated in January by Rep. Gregg Harper, who is retiring.


New grant rules could hinder water service at 12 east Lowndes homes

Posted 4/17/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Since 1974, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has used Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to provide communities with resources to meet a variety of needs.


Wet weather, game use batter Soccer Complex

Posted 4/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sharon Parnell has been involved in local soccer for 17 years as both a coach and administrator. "Some years, it's a challenge," said Parnell, the administrator for the city's club soccer program, Columbus United. "This has been one of those years."


Slimantics: The orange cone business, a growth industry in Mississippi

Posted 4/12/2018 in Local Columns

I hate to be the one to mention it, but our state is pretty much falling apart.


Restaurant tax: Conflicting ideas fuel efforts to revive restaurant tax

Posted 4/11/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Several issues still need addressing if the city or county hope to see a 2-percent restaurant sales tax restored after it expires June 30.


CMSD draws 21 applicants for superintendent

Posted 4/10/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Municipal School District received 21 applications for superintendent, the district's board of trustees reported during its regular meeting Monday.


Southaven's story: A year without a restaurant tax

Posted 4/10/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Barring some sort of miracle in a yet-to-be-called special session of the Mississippi Legislature, Lowndes County will lose its 2-percent restaurant sales tax and, with it, quite possibly the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau that relies almost exclusively on those funds.


Bidding the mud pit goodbye: Caledonia students running to raise funds for new playground surface

Posted 4/9/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Students began classes at the Caledonia Elementary School on Wolfe Road in January 2017, so in many ways it is still a "new" school. As is often the case, a new school means unexpected issues.


Proposed Chinese soybean tariff could harm local growers

Posted 4/7/2018 in Area

In the farming business, there is always something to worry about, much of it beyond the farmer's control.


Slimantics: Shelton's Senate bid illustrates lack of Democratic organization

Posted 4/6/2018 in Local Columns

American humorist, essayist and entertainer Will Rogers is long dead, but his words, in some cases, remain as relevant today as they were when he first uttered them more than 80 years ago.


Restaurant tax: Smith's votes on sales taxes show inconsistency

Posted 4/5/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rep. Jeff Smith said his opposition to Lowndes County's failed request for an extension on its 2-percent restaurant sales tax was based on his belief that "new" tax should first be approved by the voters.


Fire ratings, stopping sex-trafficking all in day's work for Chaney

Posted 4/4/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When most folks consider Mike Chaney's job as Mississippi's insurance commissioner, it's a sure bet they probably never think of firetrucks and sex-trafficking stings.


Lowndes officials honor deputies, local basketball players

Posted 4/3/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Five minutes before the start of Monday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board room was packed and the search was on for additional chairs.


Hickman claims board subjected him to 'pattern of abuse'

Posted 3/31/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Testimony from Philip Hickman on Friday dominated the final day of the termination hearing of the former Columbus Municipal School District superintendent.


Hickman hearing reveals phone 'threat'

Posted 3/30/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A recording of a telephone call in which the attorney for the Columbus Municipal School District said then-school superintendent Philip Hickman threatened a board member with a lawsuit if the board member didn't vote to extend Hickman's employment contract highlighted Thursday's opening day of Hickman's termination hearing at Brandon Central Services.


Slimantics: Supervisors suffering from a fiscal hiccup

Posted 3/30/2018 in Local Columns

For some time now, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors has prided itself on its sound fiscal policy.



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