The Columbus Municipal School District's budget hearing Thursday evening was dispiriting.
Joe Max Higgins surveyed the audience that had gathered at the Nissan Auditorium on the MUW campus. He was not happy with the turnout of about 50 or so Golden Triangle Development LINK Trust and Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce members who had come to the event.
During his speaking engagement at the Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday, Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer stressed the importance of not just developing talent, but people.
Earlier this month Columbus Municipal School District officials presented a preliminary request for an additional $1.4 million to Lowndes Tax Assessor Greg Andrews. Funded solely by the taxpayers of Columbus, it would have represented the largest school tax increase in recent memory.
Boys are better than girls in math. It is a belief that has been perpetrated for generations and has become, for far too many of our girls, a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Although the Columbus Municipal School District stresses it has not finalized its budget request for the 2017 school year, it seems certain the district will be requesting a significant increase in funding.
Each year, the Ann E. Casey Foundation releases its exhaustive study of the well-being of America's children called Kids Count.
In the early morning hours Saturday, as America learned of the horrific slaughter of 49 innocent people at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, we waited to hear the word we would run with, the word that confirmed our biases and advanced our narrative.
Summer is a happy season for most kids, who depending on their age, are busy with work or sports or any number of activities that serve a break from the routine of the school year. But for many children here in the Golden Triangle and throughout the nation, summer can mean something else: It can mean going hungry.
The debate about whether it is time to take a look at how the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority serves the community could not have started much worse.
There is more than one way to waste a summer. Previously, we urged older teens to make productive use of their break from school by getting a job. The life lessons learned from those experiences often provide practical underpinning to "book learning."
When should young people start thinking about careers? Mike Clayborne, president of the CREATE Foundation, says eighth grade.
Tuesday was an embarrassing day for the Starkville Board of Aldermen and, by extension, the city itself.
It is unfortunate that for many teens, the only thing they'll be working on this summer is their tans or curveballs or video game skills. Statistically, about 40 percent of America's teens work during the summer break.
On Thursday, Lowndes County Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns ruled Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and the city council did, in fact, violate Mississippi's Open Meeting Act.
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.
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