Near the end of Monday's Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board meeting Monday, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks approached the podium to address the board. Patting his right suit pocket, Brooks told the board that he would not speak from the text he prepared. Instead, he spoke off the cuff. In retrospect, sticking to the prepared text probably would have been a better idea. The message Brooks did deliver was a regrettable hodge-podge -- at times racially-charged, at times conciliatory and at times conspiratorial.
For the superstitious, Wednesday's calendar date was either a compelling reason to stay in bed or a can't-miss chance to court Lady Luck.
It has been a tragic couple of weeks for the National Football League.
Last week, the Caledonia Board of Aldermen took on one of the most controversial issues in the field of energy. You might have expected a very long debate, given the board's history. Remember, this is the same body that took more than a year to resolve a dispute between a town employee and his boss for a $1-per-hour raise.
This evening, downtown Columbus will be the site of the ninth annual Wassail Fest. While there many events on the calendar, Wassail Fest stands apart as something of a marvel.
Dissolution of narcotics unit indicates troubling failure to communicate, cooperate.
Nadia Dale is the sort of person you want for just about any committee or board. Bright, conscientious and community-minded, Dale is just the kind of dynamic young leader Columbus desperately needs.
During his successful campaign to retain his seat in Congress, Alan Nunnelee (R, Tupelo) put much emphasis on the 32 "no'' votes he cast against Obamacare during his first term in office.
Happy Thanksgiving or -- as it will soon be called -- Thanksmas.
It is doubtful that Josie Shumake was chosen to speak at Tuesday's meeting of the Columbus Rotary Club in deference to Thanksgiving.
In a Dispatch online poll a few days ago, we asked readers where they would likely do their Black Friday shopping. Although we make no claim of scientific accuracy, the poll results do at least provide some insight into the attitudes of our community.
The H.L. Hunt Museum and Cultural Center held a grand-opening ceremony Thursday at the old high school, which served as Columbus' black high school until integration.
A wise mother once said, "Be careful what you do. Someone is always watching you." It's easy to forget this rule applies to our online activities.
It is a sad truth that often the people who most need a thing are those who can least afford to pay for it.
This week's ugly incident on the University of Mississippi campus is a stark reminder that race relations in Mississippi continue to be an issue, not just for the university but for our state.
Last week, Lawrence Transit System, an Indiana company that wants to establish a bus service in Columbus, sent a letter to local media via Travis Jones, the city's director of federal programs.
Today marks the end of another presidential campaign, and while the race for the White House may be hotly contested, there is at least one point on which everyone can agree: This day could not have come soon enough.
We were greatly encouraged Monday when the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors agreed with the City of Columbus to address a mutual problem -- the facilities at the Columbus Soccer Complex.
Given the record federal budget deficit, it is no surprise there is a growing sentiment for shrinking the government.
On Oct. 30, a national tolerance group will again encourage schools across the county to "mix it up at lunch." This is not an invitation to a food fight, as the campaign's name might indicate.
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