Yes, the power went out and sirens sounded. But in Columbus and Lowndes County, and much of Oktibbeha County, a miracle among miracles was happening Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, all around us was hell on earth.
The Columbus Municipal School District is ending its chapter of the Del Phillips era. The 39-year-old Phillips is moving on, taking the reins of the 28,000-student Sumner County School District, north of Nashville, Tenn., in June.
The latest Justice Department report on safety in our schools contains quite an understatement: "The presence of weapons at school may interfere with teaching and learning by creating an intimidating and threatening atmosphere."
Classrooms are different places than they were a generation ago -- even five years ago.
Many of us have them, tucked away in a box or closet: Letters that have been passed down through the generations.
Many police departments subscribe to the "broken window" theory of policing. This holds that police should get serious about preventing small crimes, such as vandalism.
What's a food desert? Many of us in Mississippi, one of the nation's most fertile states, have limited access to healthy foods.
Do you know your neighbors? Local attorney and Dispatch columnist Scott Colom asked this question in a column on this page yesterday, bemoaning the decline of our neighborhoods.
The tourism bureau, which has been busy welcoming visitors for the past week, received a little welcome news of its own Monday.
We wish this was an April Fool's joke, but it isn't: Each Mississippian, on average, consumes 82 gallons of soda per year.
As councilman for Ward 3, I feel compelled to write in protest to your editorial in Friday's paper, "Taming Magby Creek Too Costly." I have always been a fan of the paper, but in the last few months I have watched as editorial after editorial depicts me and my fellow city councilmen as a bunch of incompetents with no idea of what we are doing.
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