Articles by Slim Smith
Here’s something no one has heard in the past 150 years or so: The St. Paul’s Episcopal Church May Luncheon is back.
“Due to the pandemic, we had to cancel the luncheon last year,” said Gina Thompson, president of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW), which has conducted the luncheon since its beginning. “That is probably the first year since its inception that we haven’t had the luncheon.”
The future home of the Confederate monument that was erected on the grounds of the Lowndes County Courthouse in 1912 is located in the southwest section of Friendship Cemetery, near the graves of unknown Confederate soldiers.
Of all the bills passed into law by the Mississippi Legislature in 2021, one of them raised eyebrows.
When the state elections of 2019 rolled around, I said Michael Watson, the Republican candidate for Secretary of State, was the most dangerous name on the entire ballot, given the nature of the office he was seeking.
Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann covered all the tenses during his visit to Columbus Tuesday, noting the progress made during the 2021 legislative session, which ended on April 1, the plans he is working on presently and looking far beyond the present as state leaders ponder how to spend what he called the greatest infusion of federal money in Mississippi history.
New board president, old business.
In her first meeting as president of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees, Yvonne Cox considered an issue that first came before the board in 2018.
Neal Moore admits he’s going about this all backwards.
Medicaid expansion may be the topic at hand, but for Mississippi legislators, Medical Marijuana may be on their minds after Hattiesburg pediatrician John Gaudet filed a proposal for a ballot initiative that would allow voters to decide whether to expand Medicaid, something the state Legislature has steadfastly declined to do for more than a decade.
As the decisive absentee ballot counting stretched into the early morning hours Wednesday, Rod Bobo debated whether to leave the West Point Civic Center and find out the results later in the day.
Only one of West Point’s four Democratic primary races had been settled Tuesday evening due to a discrepancy in the absentee vote tallies.
During its Monday meeting, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors made five board appointments, returning four of five current board members to their positions. But it was the one position that went to a new applicant that drew pointed comments from District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks over how the appointment process was handled.
Something very unusual slipped through the Mississippi Legislature last week.
Until now, most of the cleanup at the former Kerr-McGee creosote plant in the Memphistown area of Columbus has focused on excavating and removing contaminated soil near the surface at the portion of the 90-acre property north of 14th Avenue.
With a little cooperation from the weather, permanent bridge repairs on Plymouth Road will be completed by the end of today.
It’s like Brewster’s Millions for local government.
When the American Recovery Act of 2021 was passed on March 11, it set aside hundreds of millions of dollars for the nation’s counties and municipalities.
Call it the scents of summer: Fresh-mown lawns, the aroma of backyard barbecues, the subtle scent of flower wafting on a summer’s breeze, the musky smell of summer rainstorm.
In Lowndes County, you can add another aroma to the list: fresh asphalt.
Summer Thomann said she wasn’t trying to make a statement, nor was she making a scene.
She was just trying to make a Saturday night flight from Atlanta to Birmingham.
Imagine two college students of equal ability, both serious about their studies. They never miss a class. They sit near the front of the room and listen intently to the professor as he delivers his lecture.
In the end it was an old story, District Attorney Scott Colom said Friday, moments after an Oktibbeha County jury found Lydia Martinez, 61, guilty of first-degree murder in the 2015 shooting death of her son-in-law, 40-year-old Manuel Vasquez.
The defendant was upstairs in her bedroom at the time of the shooting, the defendant treated her daughter with submissive deference and the man the prosecution portrayed as the victim’s Rasputin was a long-time friend who had no interest in changing the victim’s family dynamic, a key part of the motive in the murder, prosecutors say.