Articles by Dispatch Editorial Board
JACKSON — State lawmakers are taking a break in their annual three-month session, but they still have hard work ahead in trying to find more revenue and construct a state budget complicated by the economic recession and red tape in spending federal funds to help Mississippi.
The College of Business and Legal Studies at Mississippi University for Women will host a 2009 Energy Conference Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., in MUW’s Nissan Auditorium. Sponsors for this conference include Atmos Energy, Columbus Light and Water Department, Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, 4-County Electric Power Association, Paccar, and the MUW Center for Entrepreneurship.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections is either releasing or considering the release of 78 felons into Lowndes County this month.
Dr. Bill Odom has been a science teacher at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science since 1996. While it is tempting to dump him into the category of “Biology Teacher,” Odom’s emphasis is in some ways much broader and in others much more tightly defined.
Area residents faced with fines in the Lowndes County Justice Court soon will have a “more flexible” way to pay, according to Lowndes County Administrator Ralph Billingsley.
MAYHEW — Signs of the economic crisis are everywhere. Earlier this month, 800 people in Ohio applied for one job opening with a local school district. Cable news shows are running non-stop features about displaced workers as the national unemployment rate exceeds 8 percent. A widely released television commercial meant to reassure investors features budget tips — including one from a frequent business traveler who saves tiny bottles of hotel shampoo and comments, “I haven’t bought that stuff in years.”
Mississippi’s public schools will soon have a new accountability rating system, and officials say the top status will be harder to achieve.
The state Board of Education approved the new system earlier this month; it will be put into effect this fall.
The Lamar County softball tournament is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at South Lamar High School in Millport, Ala.
But after a tragic car accident Monday took the life of South Lamar seventh-grader Madison Orr, South Lamar coach Tony Seals doesn’t know when the tournament will be played.
When Ben Fleming signed a scholarship to play baseball at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., he believed it was an opportunity to play for a championship.
Fleming, a junior outfielder from Columbus, is halfway through his first season at Southern Polytechnic, and he still believes the team has a chance to win a title.
Southern Polytechnic (29-4), of the Southern States Athletic Conference, is off to its best start in school history and is ranked No. 3 in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll.
It’s Pilgrimage time, which means visitors far and wide will descend on the Friendly City, filling up our bed-and-breakfasts and hotels and touring the city to see what we’re all about.
I grew up in the 1950’s 2-1/2 miles West of Brooksville, and everybody around, black and white, knew every other family’s children, aunts, etc. Even the families who lived in the town here felt a sense of security concerning public safety. Children were allowed to go anywhere in the towns they wanted. Their parents always knew where they were and what they were doing. If we got into mischief our parents knew it before we got home, and appropriate punishment often awaited us. Respect for and fear of the law was much greater in the days of “Leave it to Beaver” and “Andy Griffith”
We all have heard of the No-Child-Left-Behind Law introduced during The Bush administration. Unfortunately the program was left behind; children are not getting the early education they need to inspire them to want to learn and enjoy school.
It was as if Columbus royalty had passed away.
Hundreds gathered at Missionary Union Baptist Church to celebrate the life and mourn the death of George “Happy” Irby.
The turnout was so large, in fact, the large sanctuary of the church could not accommodate them all and many had to watch the funeral via closed circuit camera in an adjoining building.
The first day of the 69th Columbus Pilgrimage attracted people from all over North America to the Friendly City.
Police have arrested a juvenile who is believed to have been involved in a shooting last week. March 24 at 6:24 p.m., Carnell Brown of 132 Maple St. reported to the Columbus Police Department a disturbance in progress in which someone was firing a gun at an intersection in front of his house.
The woman who has been the local director of the Institute of Community Services Head Start Program for nearly a decade is handing over the reigns of leadership in favor of new opportunities.
The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning is expected to pass a formal agreement confirming last year’s decision to combine the Columbus and Lowndes County animal control departments.
WEST POINT — West Point citizens seem to agree on two things the city needs: jobs and change.
Legislators continue anguishing over a looming spike in car-tag prices taxes, but they’re still hoping to avert that by increasing the tax on cigarettes, even though the bill for that died last week.