He is a first-term state representative whose only previous credentials were a couple of terms as a city aldermen. His ties to his own party go back less than a year.
Each month, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security releases its Labor Market Information Report, more commonly known as unemployment rates.
Like all cities, Columbus has had its share of mistakes, misadventures and missed opportunities during its long history. It has also had its share of successes, too.
As a rule, the media rarely seeks to become part of the stories they report. It is a long-established tenet of the profession that the media works best when it is an impartial observer.
Much of the news we hear these days about public education in Mississippi has been discouraging.
Before Tuesday, getting the city of Starkville to join the industrial development game had been sort of like bathing a cat: You can do it, but you're going to get scratched up a bit.
It is only 150 miles from Phoenix to Flagstaff, yet the difference between the two Arizona cities is striking.
Beginning today and continuing through Saturday, Mississippi State will host the Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament, something almost unimaginable as recently as 20 years ago.
Saturday was supposed to be the most festive day of the year on the campus of Mississippi State University, with commencement exercises and sporting events bringing thousands to campus.
It is still a few months before Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus City Council begin work on their Fiscal Year 2017 budgets, but it is not too soon to give serious thought to a project whose time has come.
Eddie Lee Howard, twice convicted and sentenced to death for the 1992 murder of an elderly Columbus woman, is back in court this week.
By the end of next year, Mississippi University for Women plans to be playing ball.
Monday, when it was confirmed that Weyerhaeuser would be selling two of its local production facilities as part of a $2.2 billion deal with International Paper our thoughts immediately turned to the company's long association with the Golden Triangle, particularly Lowndes County.
Each year, the American Cancer Society conducts its largest fund-raising event -- Relay for Life and more than 5,000 events are held in the U.S. and 19 other countries with more than 4 million people participating.
Here's something we do not say often enough: The Golden Triangle needs Columbus Air Force Base.
When measuring the economic health of any city, several factors are considered -- including housing, unemployment, tax revenue.
Perhaps as early as tonight, the Columbus City Council will select a new member of the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees.
On Wednesday, the Starkville School District invited a group of community leaders to become "Educators for the Day" on its campuses.
In the spring of 2014, when the Columbus Municipal School District began its search for its fourth superintendent in as many years, we urged the school board to bring in a leader whose credibility, integrity, transparency and sound judgment would mark a turning point for a troubled school system.
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