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'Fact-finders and decision-makers': Voters will choose judges ruling on family issues in Nov. 6 election

Posted yesterday in Area

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has been on the road since Labor Day in his effort to encourage citizens to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.


Vacation 'wish list': Columbus Airbnb ranked among top-sought in state

Posted 9/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Amy Edwards keeps separate books for her business, but there is nothing nefarious about it.


County raises property tax rate by 2 mills

Posted 9/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A "perfect storm" of bad circumstances necessitated Lowndes County hike property tax rates for residents next year, County Administrator Ralph Billingsley said Friday.


Caledonia millage, budget will remain unchanged

Posted 9/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A few new wrinkles were added to the budget the Caledonia Board of Aldermen approved Tuesday, but the bottom line will remain pretty much the same, Mayor Mitch Wiggins said.


Slimantics: Seventeen years later, 9/11 memories endure

Posted 9/13/2018 in Local Columns

By this date 17 years ago, my job began to bear some vague resemblance to what it had been three days earlier on Sept. 10, 2001.


Caledonia parks director says he was forced to resign

Posted 9/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Chris Clardy is out as the Caledonia parks director, a move he said came without warning or explanation.


Unlikely Rhodes Scholar plans to return to Mississippi

Posted 9/11/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Noah Barbieri is the 51st Rhodes Scholar from Mississippi and, in many ways, the program's most unlikely.


Caledonia dips into reserves to keep from raising taxes

Posted 9/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Caledonia's property tax millage will remain unchanged for the seventh year in a row, although that decision required the town's board of aldermen to dip into its reserve fund to do it.


Sports betting takes off in Mississippi

Posted 9/7/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Legal sports betting has been in Mississippi for just a month and at Pearl River Resort for only a week.


Young resigned from EMCC due to apparent 'lack of confidence' in his leadership

Posted 9/6/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rick Young's decision to step down as interim president at East Mississippi Community College came as result of a perceived lack of confidence in his leadership from board members, according to the resignation letter presented to the EMCC Board of Trustees during Tuesday's meeting.


CLI looks to more than double its warehouse space

Posted 9/5/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A $10 million expansion to a building owned by Lowndes County will cost it just $200,000 after the board of supervisors approved a resolution amending the property's lease-purchase agreement Tuesday.


Slimantics: Panhandling lawsuit offers opportunity to examine how we view less fortunate

Posted 9/4/2018 in Local Columns

It was a couple of years ago. I was sitting a Columbus church listening to residents who had gathered their for a community meeting that was part of the city's commissioned study of its police department.


Slimantics: Dogs flub a few lines, still cruise in Moorhead's debut

Posted 9/2/2018 in Area

Going into his debut as Mississippi State's head football coach Saturday night, Joe Moorhead insisted his team wasn't playing against Stephen F. Austin as much as it was playing against a standard - a championship standard, he said.


BP money funds road projects in area

Posted 8/31/2018 in Area

When the Mississippi Legislature this week approved funding for 128 projects throughout the state, $1.75 million came to projects in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties.


Slimantics: Felker's place in Bulldog history is secure

Posted 8/30/2018 in Local Columns

Time has eroded some of Rockey Felker's recollections of his tenure at Mississippi State, both as a player and head coach.


Highway commissioner skewers Legislature for handling of infrastructure, budget

Posted 8/28/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Dick Hall pulled no punches in his address to the Starkville Rotary Club Monday, ripping the Mississippi Legislature for what he calls an impending economic crisis due mainly to big tax cuts implemented over the past three years.


Area jobless numbers drop in July

Posted 8/27/2018 in Area

Unemployment rates fell in three of four area counties in July, according to the monthly labor report released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security as summer jobs ended and students begin leaving the workforce.


YMCA collecting undergarments for disaster victims

Posted 8/27/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When disaster strikes and donations begin pouring in, relief workers know they'll get plenty of the usual staples -- bottled water, nonperishable foods and clothing. But there is one needed item that is almost always in short supply: Underwear.


Respected Columbus CPA dies at age 82: Tommy Lott remembered as talented businessman and lifelong advocate for Golden Triangle

Posted 8/25/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Even though they had known each other for years, each time Tommy Lott called the Brunini Law Firm to speak with attorney Gordon Flowers, Lott would always spell out his name to the receptionist. "It's Lott," he would say. "L-O-T-T."


Presley plans to push for electric co-ops to bring internet to rural Mississippi

Posted 8/25/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In 1935, in the back room of McPeters Furniture store in Corinth, a handful of residents devised a plan that reshaped rural America. Up until then, electricity was almost exclusively a benefit of living in cities and the big city utility companies showed no interest in absorbing the cost of extending electricity to sparsely-populated areas.



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