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Slimantics: More than 'simple' charity

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Someone who wandered into the large first-floor meeting room at the Columbus Marriott Tuesday evening would have immediately recognized that the 94 people gathered there had one thing in common: They were all women. The similarities pretty much ended there.


The true story of the Citizens' Council: Work of researcher, archivist makes important part of group's history available to the public

Posted 4/13/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

In 2006, Stephanie Rolph descended into the bowels of Mississippi State University's Mitchell Memorial Library to begin research on her doctoral dissertation on the Citizen's Council Forum, a series of TV/radio shows that aired first locally, then nationally, from 1957 to 1966.


Golden Triangle reps fill leadership roles in black caucus

Posted 4/11/2019 in Area

Fifty years ago, the entire Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus could have met in an elevator and still have room for more.


Slimantics: Breaking the ideological sound barrier

Posted 4/10/2019 in Local Columns

I had a pretty good idea of what to expect when Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves arrived in Columbus Tuesday to speak to the Lowndes County Republican Women at the group's monthly luncheon at Lion Hills Center.


Slimantics: A thing of beauty...

Posted 4/9/2019 in Local Columns

My dad was a practical man and, out of necessity, frugal, too. He and mom raised six kids and although ours was a two-income home, neither mom nor dad ever made more then $8 per hour.


A dog-gone sensation: Latest Mansfield mural project in West Point has captured the imagination of pet lovers

Posted 4/6/2019 in Area

Since painting her first mural in downtown West Point seven years ago, Deborah Mansfield's work has been the talk of the town.


Prosecutor candidates: Diversion, intervention should be focus for youth offenders

Posted 4/5/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

There may be three candidates for Lowndes County prosecutor, but there appeared to be one prevailing perspective on the job during Thursday's Exchange Club luncheon at Lion Hills Center.


Slimantics: Take-aways from Tuesday's gubernatorial debate

Posted 4/4/2019 in Local Columns

Tuesday's Republican Primary debate at Mississippi State drew a small crowd -- an audience of about 100 people. It also included only two of the three Republicans running for Governor.


GOP gubernatorial debate keys on economic development, education, health care

Two candidates and about 100 spectators turned out Tuesday for a Republican Primary Debate hosted by the Mississippi State University Young Republicans at Bettersworth Auditorium on campus.


Golden Triangle gets $13M from Legislature for projects

Posted 4/2/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Golden Triangle will have an additional $13.1 million to spend on a variety of projects, including more than $6 million for construction and Mississippi University for Women and $5 million for the Partnership School in Starkville.


Monday profile: 44-year veterinarian uses experience, observations to help local pets

Posted 4/1/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Cecil Boswell graduated from veterinary school, the profession was much different than the veterinary medicine he practices today.


Big T's 'growth' could send Bulldogs to Final Four

Posted 3/30/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Through three rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Mississippi State's women's basketball team has rolled, uncontested, but certainly not unmolested, over its opponents -- by a total margin of 104 points. After each of those wins, Bulldogs' coach Vic Schaefer has made a point to say how much his senior center, Teaira McCowan, has grown during her four years at MSU.


Columbus set to receive up to $500K in MEMA funds

Posted 3/28/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Mississippi Legislature will provide $3 million to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to distribute for cleanup after last month's weather disasters.


State bond bill won't cover full cost of amphitheater

Posted 3/27/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the Mississippi Legislature completes its estimated $400-million bond package this week, there will be money provided for construction of the Sen. Terry Brown Amphitheater on The Island. That's the good news. Rep. Jeff Smith of Columbus -- chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee which crafts the bond package -- said Tuesday the bill would provide anywhere from $500,000 to $750,000 for the facility. That's the bad news.


On to the Sweet 16: Schaefer believes his team can win it all

Posted 3/25/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Mississippi State's women's basketball team has a traditional way to say goodbye to its fans after their final game at Humphrey Coliseum.


Big T stands apart: Bulldog center Teaira McCowan will play her final home game tonight

Posted 3/23/2019 in Local Columns

Midway through the second quarter Friday night, Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State's 6-foot-7 center, got the ball about 20 feet from the basket, turned and fired the first three-point shot of her 146-game career at Mississippi State. The shot clanged off the basket. The crowd roared with approval anyway.


'A nice problem to have': MSU fans grapple with how to enjoy three major sporting events today

Posted 3/22/2019 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For years, the knock on Dodgers baseball fans was their commitment. At every home game, thousands of fans abandon Dodger Stadium in the late innings to get a jump on the Los Angeles traffic.


Man tells his story of abuse by a priest who served in the Columbus area

Posted 3/20/2019 in Area

John Long will be 83 in April and confesses there are things he cannot remember from his childhood. Such is the erosive nature of time.


Slimantics: For MSU men, the Q turned out to be the A

Posted 3/16/2019 in Local Columns

If you were among the 9,931 fans who turned out to Humphrey Coliseum on Nov. 14, 2015, to watch the rebirth of Mississippi State men's basketball, your hopes probably rested on one of two people.


Owners seek permits to rebuild storm-torn properties

Posted 3/14/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been a busy few weeks for the Columbus building inspection department in the wake of the Feb. 23 tornado that destroyed or damaged 275 homes and 38 businesses in the city.



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