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Debate on Starkville alcohol ordinance moves forward

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville leaders took the next necessary step Tuesday toward loosening the city's ordinance restrictions on alcohol sales.


Home Base: Truth and myths about American exceptionalism

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Every time you flip on a light switch, you are literally unleashing evidence the idea of American exceptionalism, at least in its traditionally accepted form, is false.


Home Base: Nature versus nurture

Posted 8/4/2017 in Local Columns

Where do "isms" come from? You know, the nasty ones: racism, sexism, ageism, etc.


MSMS reserve fund reaching critical point

Posted 7/26/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science could be only a year away from drastically shrinking its operations, according to the school's executive director Germain McConnell.


Home Base: Using the Lord's name in vain

Posted 7/13/2017 in Local Columns

There's nothing wrong with being a Christian. In fact, I highly recommend it. There's also nothing wrong with people allowing their faith to inform their decision-making, in any sphere.


Home Base: An alternative to wasting money on 'stuff'

Posted 6/30/2017 in Local Columns

A long unused Kindle Fire lay gathering dust on an end table in our living room. Across the room, a gaming system sat similarly idle - its once enthusiasm-fueled glow lost to homework, youth sports, piano lessons and other fixtures of our family's weekly grind.


Gaming the system: Absentee votes often pivotal in local elections

Posted 6/10/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sara Deloach. Patricia Brooks. Judy Lewis. Candidates who have run for office in Columbus and Lowndes County over the past 40-plus years likely know at least one, if not all, of these women and might have even used their services.


Hood calls on better funding priorities in state

Posted 5/23/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Attorney General Jim Hood forgot to take his blood pressure medicine Monday before taking to the podium to speak at Starkville Country Club.


Councilman invokes race in campaign letter

Posted 5/16/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus councilman is standing by his decision to mail out campaign material that openly invokes race as an issue for this year's municipal elections.


Son cleared in Robert Smith Jr.'s shooting death

Posted 5/8/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Davius Smith feared for his life the day he shot his father to death in the family's home.


Home Base: Two strangers in a hospital waiting room

Posted 5/5/2017 in Local Columns

Fresh off a CT scan at the hospital in Starkville on Wednesday, the radiology technician escorted me back to the x-ray waiting area.


Testing time: Starkville-Oktibbeha looks to strengthen rating

Posted 4/14/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Lining the halls of Starkville High School, names emblazon yellow-and-black-painted cinder blocks above the classroom doors.


Testing time: Lowndes schools aim for an A rating

Posted 4/14/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia Elementary Principal Roger Hill saw his school lose something during the 2015-16 school year. Next week, his students have a chance to earn it back -- a fact he hasn't let them forget.


Call him the bus driver: Oktoc dairy farmer fully integrated with MSU athletics through second job

Only one man has taken Mississippi State teams to two Final Fours, eight College World Series appearances and every bowl game the Bulldogs have played since 1983.


'We'll be back'

Posted 4/3/2017 in College Sports

One streak fell on Friday. Another extended on Sunday.


Miracle workers: State fans stunned, elated after historic victory

On the concourse of the American Airlines Center just before midnight Friday, hundreds of Mississippi State fans leaving from their team's Final Four match-up were loudly chanting "Maroon!" A near equal number of others quickly chanted back "White!"


Home Base: A team and its fans

Posted 4/1/2017 in Local Columns

This wasn't last time. It took less than a minute for everyone, most notably the Connecticut Huskies, to figure that out.


Final Four: A tale of two fan bases

Posted 3/31/2017 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Anything is possible.


Home Base: Not just any small town

Posted 3/20/2017 in Local Columns

Growing up in a small town in Arkansas, one far too small for even a Walmart to sniff its borders, the idea of seeing a college basketball game in person was a pipe dream.


Under water: Overstreet Elementary, surrounding neighborhood suffers from poor drainage

Emmett Smitherman is a third-generation resident of his home on South Jackson Street, right next door to Overstreet Elementary School where local public school fifth graders attend.



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