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Roses and thorns 5-17-09

Posted 5/17/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Community members who contributed to last week’s National Association of Letter Carriers food drive, Sandfield Horizon Committee, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science history teacher Chuck Yarborough and parents and teachers at Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School and Stokes-Beard Communication and Technology Magnet School

Garthia Elena Burnett: Back to the drawing board on health department site selection

Posted 5/17/2009 in Local Columns

Ever notice how too many choices sometimes can turn into paralysis? It’s a problem the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors seems to have run into with building a new health department.

Birney Imes: Bill and Virginia’s whirlwind romance

Posted 5/17/2009 in Local Columns

They say you can hear all sorts of things in a beauty salon. Here’s a story I heard while getting my hair cut Wednesday.

 

Steve Rogers: Starkville candidates have abdicated responsibility, voters shouldn’t

Posted 5/16/2009 in Local Columns

In one narcissistic moment, Parker Wiseman may have given away a promising chance to be mayor of Starkville.

 

 

Steve Rogers: Health department may divide traditional factions

Posted 5/15/2009 in Local Columns

Doubts about whether the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors is two factions or five individual members may be dispelled soon. Earlier this week, the Columbus Planning Commission approved the Tommy Lott family’s request to rezone two acres on the northwest corner of Lehmberg and Warpath roads from residential to professional offices. The site is an alternative for a new Lowndes County Health Department.

 

 

A job well done

Many people are quick to criticize our Lowndes County Sheriff’s Dept. and the 911 crew when they mess up, but not too many give them praise. I would love to do that. I don’t know who does the hiring for the department, but the man knows people.

 

 

Thanks from Habitat for Humanity

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the ladies who participated in Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week on Thursday, May 7.

 

Steve Mullen: In defense of the Vicksburg Four

Posted 5/13/2009 in Local Columns

Much ado has been made of the behavior of the four Columbus police officers accused of Spring break-style behavior in Vicksburg National Military Park, while in that city for a training seminar.

 

The budget, please: Legislature needs to pass long-overdue budget

Posted 5/12/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

A state of limbo. That’s the best description of the effect of the Mississippi’s Legislature’s failure to agree on a state budget has on education, health care and other essential services. The House and Senate need to get over their differences and pass the budget. They need to do it when they resume their protracted annual session May 26.

 

 

Voting concerns

Having lived away from Columbus and Lowndes county for many years and recently returned, I find it interesting to see the intensity of emotions and unequivocal stands taken for the election of local leaders here.

 

 

Tournament again a success

The 13th Annual Mark Mitchell Golf Tournament was a success again this year. We had nice weather; the rain held off for the game.

 

 

Enjoyed column

I enjoyed Betty Stone’s article “In defense of a heroine” in Sunday’s paper. She said, very eloquently, what I have been trying to say. Only a Mother could have been so expressive and to-the-point. Mrs. Stone, well done.

 

Roses and thorns 5-10-09

Posted 5/9/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Mothers, Main Street Columbus Inc., Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and members and founders of the Link’d Young Professionals

Birney Imes: Working the polls

Posted 5/9/2009 in Local Columns

Bet you don’t know the memory span of a goldfish. How about what a baby gold fish is called?

 

Keystone cops: Four of Columbus’ ‘finest’ attend seminar in Vicksburg, return an embarrassment to city

Posted 5/8/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

So a few guys are riding through the military park in a police cruiser, one in the driver’s seat, one in the passenger’s seat. Another two are seated in the popped trunk.

 

Garthia Elena Burnett: One more something for parents to be concerned about

Posted 5/8/2009 in Local Columns

It was almost 10 o’clock last Wednesday night. I had sent my 5-year-old daughter to bed, with instructions to pick out a bedtime story.

 

Robbie Coblentz: The debate that didn’t happen

Posted 5/8/2009 in Local Columns

Starting mid-morning May 6, the movement began to organize a televised debate between Parker Wiseman and Matt Cox before the Democratic run-off. The idea was to hold a debate with a moderator and format that would produce unscripted answers. A candidate would be asked a question, get two minutes to answer, and then his opponent would get two minutes to answer.

 

 

Steve Mullen: Mother’s Day, Market Street and more

Posted 5/6/2009 in Local Columns

Many folks stick close to their families all their lives, so occasions such as Mother’s Day are somewhat routine. I used to feel that way.

 

Roses and thorns

Posted 5/3/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to the citizens of Columbus who have shown up at debates to educate themselves about city candidates before they make a decision.

 

Thinks Burns Bottom site a bad idea

When I moved here three years ago with my husband and two sons, it took me less than an hour to realize that this was the town for me. I am a southern girl, but have never lived this “deep” in the South. Columbus was an exotic, enticing town to me. It was spring, and my first encounter in this city was exhilarating.

 

 

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