The roots of the Columbus Pilgrimage run deep within our community. In 1939, T.C. Billups decided to act on the success of Natchez and other Southern towns in using a spring pilgrimage to attract tourists and promote community development.
Friday afternoon at 6:30 I was standing in front of Shattuck Hall on The W campus watching honeybees fly in and out of a Corinthian column.
Unlike a good number of my friends and acquaintances, I truly enjoyed my law school classes. My plan when I graduated from Mississippi State University was to go to law school at Ole Miss. I had been accepted and scheduled to start classes there when the Navy made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
Parents should take a page from Mary Tuggle's book on how to instill in children a work ethic. Two weeks ago, I, along with other members of the Noxubee Garden Club, sat mesmerized listening to Mary and Katherine Hewlett tell the story of Palmer Home.
Oops. Sheriffs read the bill. So did some prosecutors. Together, they took the wind out of the sails of corrections legislation as it reached Gov. Phil Bryant's desk.
The caller said, "I read in the paper that you wanted a rabbit."
This past week has been a most interesting one. I had the pleasure of having four houseguests who are working on a historic sites study for the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations of Oklahoma.
Kenny Lang, who pedals his bicycle around Southside relentlessly and who could do voice-overs for Disney's "Song of the South," was watering his garden on Thursday, the first day of spring. Kenny is cultivating a sliver of earth near the intersection of South Fifth Street and 16th Avenue. He was using two plastic soft drink bottles to sprinkle his Georgia collards, kale and onions.
What do we mean by Sunshine Week, anyway? Sunshine is refers to lighting up the inner workings of government. Who knew?
It has been 41 years since the landmark Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that barred states from outlawing abortion.
The rise of the Internet is eroding our expectations of privacy. Like a lobster in a big stove pot of water, we are about to get boiled.
Sunshine Week is an opportunity to remind people of the principle of the public's right to know about government decisions and actions that affect their lives.
Well, that's more like it. The Legislature last week passed two important bills on to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration. Both S.B. 2507 and H.B. 928 make significant needed improvements to Mississippi's so-called "Sunshine laws." They're known that way here and across the nation because of their purpose to increase transparency in government.
The boys were all excited about their fishing weekend. Tim wanted to kick off his recent retirement, and Greg, looking forward to the birth of his second child, wanted a quiet weekend to fish; Sam agreed to host. Quick to seize opportunity, I called my college roommate, Toni, and suggested we meet for a girls' night.
People say the world is going to the dogs. We could do worse.
The Starkville Community Theater recently performed "Steel Magnolias." The play version is similar in story line, but very different in execution from the movie. Unlike the movie, the play is an all woman show with a cast of six characters. It was a wonderful show and one that the theater and the community should be very proud of having in its complement of theater productions.
If no buyer steps forward to purchase Sanderson Plumbing Products by the end of April the Columbus business will shutdown.
The essence of the editorial in question is that the public is not served by the city's practice of holding non-quorum meetings (four different instances in a month's time, that we know of) and by slowing the process of releasing public information. We stand by those assertions.
Tuesday, a week after Columbus mayor Robert Smith was the guest speaker at the Columbus Rotary Club, a Rotarian asked the guest speaker how he could exert his influence on the Columbus Municipal School Board in an effort to reverse recent decline. This week's speaker was not the mayor, however. It was Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins.
I feel compelled to write a letter in answer to The Dispatch's "Our View" piece from March 7, 2014, titled "City's policies are an insult to the people." The column claims that the people of Columbus should be insulted by the conduct of The City.
1. Our View: Your voice makes a difference DISPATCH EDITORIALS
2. Voice of the people: James E. Goolsby LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)
3. Lynn Spruill: Annexation and growth LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Voice of the people: Clara Easley Von Kanel LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)
5. Roses and thorns: 4/20/14 ROSES & THORNS