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‘An awful idea’

Building a sports complex in Burns Bottom is an awful idea. What happens when downtown needs to expand? Burns Bottom would be an ideal location of adding shops, apartments, restaurants, etc. to the downtown landscape. Six measly soccer/football fields would take away expansion needs from downtown, but at the same time, as the city of Columbus grows, the sportsplex will eventually need to also.



Notorious for flooding

Birney, good column in Sunday's paper, as well as the other one in which you wrote about the Burns Bottom location for the six soccer fields.



Roger Short: The time has come to act

Posted 6/17/2009 in Local Columns

As I sat in church this past Sunday morning, I found it difficult to concentrate on worship—sorry Brother Mickey— because of so many thoughts I was having about the proposed soccer/footballplex. I found myself thinking of reasons to defend the many hours that have gone into the process that has led us to where we are now.


Roses and thorns 6-14-09

Posted 6/13/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority and Neel-Schaffer engineer Kevin Stafford, volunteers and staff of Camp Rising Sun, The Purple Elephant, Mississippi Coffeehouse, and other Main Street businesses that beautify their facades, and Columbus Main Street Association and Lowndes County Development Link

Birney Imes: Our own Central Park

Posted 6/13/2009 in Local Columns

Yes, I suppose we’ve all heard more than enough about Burns Bottom and the six soccer fields that seem destined to go there. Many have expressed outrage at the idea, and all I can say is let your supervisor and councilman know. Write us a letter or comment on a story or column on the subject — many of you have done that already.


Steve Rogers: Burns Bottom ideal location for soccer complex

Posted 6/13/2009 in Local Columns

Birney, in response to your column in Friday's Dispatch, I did what you suggested. I drove through Burns Bottom Friday night. It was about 10:30 p.m., long after the early evening storms blew through. I got out and walked in the bucolic, rain-cooled night air.


Birney Imes: Harry, this is a terrible idea

Posted 6/12/2009 in Local Columns

Soccer moms and dads, before it’s too late — and it might already be too late — drive down to Burns Bottom. That’s the area just down the hill from Riverhill Chevron, the gas station/convenience store operated by Sanders Oil. At the station, turn off Main Street and go down the hill in the direction of the Hitching Lot, site of the Farmers’ Market.


Shocked by antics of Vicksburg 4

Please print this in your paper. A friend of mine sent me an article that was in your paper a few weeks ago. It so shocked me that I must write you.




Mary Talent throws me our Commercial Dispatch each afternoon as I sit swinging in my great-grandaddy’s old white swing on the front porch. We exchange, "Hey, how's it going, how are ya?’


Birney Imes: Burns Bottom, come hell or high water

Posted 6/11/2009 in Local Columns

Ever know anyone who when they make up their mind, it’s all over? End of discussion. Don’t confuse the issue with facts or logical arguments. I’ve made up my mind and that’s that.

Steve Mullen: Taking the long way home

Posted 6/10/2009 in Local Columns

It’s tough to decide who is happier — me or the grandparents. It’s me, of course. Try being apart from your family for five months, a decision we made when I was hired by The Dispatch. I moved over, while Lee and the girls stayed behind to finish school in California.

Birney Imes: Opening day

Posted 6/9/2009 in Local Columns

It’s not every day one has the opportunity to take part in the launch of a new newspaper. Such was the case Monday when, after a three-month gestation, the first issue of The Starkville Dispatch became a reality shortly after 10 a.m.


A new newspaper for Starkville

Posted 6/8/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

On March 12, 1922, the occasion of the merger of Columbus’ two papers into The Commercial Dispatch, publisher Birney Imes Sr. offered an editorial, much of it relevant today.



Giving Starkville our best

Dear Starkville, My wife Lindsey and I will forever remember Tuesday, June 2, 2009, as a special day. After months of work delivering a vision we believe in for Starkville, you, the people of this community, gave me the opportunity to represent you over the next four years as mayor. We are humbled by your support.



Appreciates support

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the voters and citizens of Columbus for your vote and support this past Tuesday, and for reelecting me to another 4-year term as your mayor.


Birney Imes: Harry and Susan and the playing fields

Posted 6/7/2009 in Local Columns

With less than a month to go in office, Susan Mackay desperately wants to see the realization of one of her political goals, the siting of a recreation complex on the 156 acres of Army Corps of Engineers land adjacent to the Riverwalk and just south of Highway 82.


Lutherans and abortion

The recent and unfortunate murder of Dr. George Tiller, an abortionist, who provided late-term abortions in Wichita, Kansas, prompts the writing of this letter.



Steve Rogers: Campaign postmortem:Failure to reach across color line reflected in Jordan and Mackay defeats

Posted 6/4/2009 in Local Columns

Tuesday night’s results in the Columbus city election raised a few eyebrows. Most thought Republican Jay Jordan would lose his Ward 5 council seat to Democrat Kabir Karriem. But more than a few were surprised that Republican Susan Mackay was unseated by Democrat Joseph Mickens in Ward 2.



A new day: Columbus voters cast out two more incumbents bringing a total of four new council members

Posted 6/3/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

Voters on Tuesday handed pink slips to two incumbents giving the Columbus City Council four new faces. In Ward 5 political activist and restaurant owner Kabir Karriem trounced Republican incumbent Jay Jordan with over 62 percent of the vote. Political newcomer Joseph Mickens ousted Susan Mackay in Ward 2 with a 52-percent margin.



Voters in all three Golden Triangle communities will elect mayors on Tuesday; we urge you to be part of the process

Posted 6/1/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

If you live in the city of Columbus, Starkville or West Point, you have a right and a responsibility to fulfill tomorrow; that is to vote.



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