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Slimantics: The Timex Quarterback

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

The most dramatic -- or you might say traumatic -- play in Mississippi State's 52-6 romp over Arkansas Saturday came on a 16-yard run about a minute into the fourth quarter with the Bulldogs already leading by four touchdowns.


LCSD to borrow $2.5M to offset budget shortfall

Posted 11/16/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees voted in special session Thursday to secure $3.5 million through a $1 million withdrawal from its 16th Section Interest Account and $2.5 million tax anticipation loan to meet expenses for the final two months of the year.


Slimantics: The two words Cindy Hyde-Smith won't say

Posted 11/15/2018 in Local Columns

It was not long after I had made the 2,500-mile move from Biloxi to Santa Rosa, California, that two important working relationships were put to the test.


'History in No Time': Georgia businessman pens book to combat fading history education

Posted 11/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Randolph Russell did not come to the Columbus Rotary Club empty-handed Tuesday. The Georgia businessman and musician brought with him two boxes of his self-published book and a saxophone.


Waverley Mansion has potential buyer

Posted 11/13/2018 in Area

Although details are few, it appears historic Waverley Mansion may soon have a new owner.


CMSD explores designating Hunt a Historic Landmark

Posted 11/12/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Months after a former Columbus school was designated for State Landmark status, Columbus Municipal School District plans to apply for the same designation for its sister school, district officials said Friday.


Winning Ohio candidate credits MUW for providing 'foundations' of her career

Posted 11/9/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As recently as four years ago, Ohio was just a place on a map and politics wasn't even on the radar for Allison Russo. But on Tuesday, Russo was elected to represent Ohio's 24th District in the statehouse, winning her first political campaign as a Democrat in her suburban Columbus, Ohio district.


Legislation restoring $800k to Lowndes expected next year

Posted 11/8/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the Mississippi Legislature convenes in January, Lowndes County officials will ask for the right to assess taxes on businesses operating on Golden Triangle Regional Airport land, a move that will restore $800,000 in revenue for the county and its school district.


Polls open today for mid-term elections

Posted 11/6/2018 in Area

By the time the polls opened Tuesday morning, more than 2,300 people in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties had already voted, leaving circuit clerks in both counties feeling optimistic about a good turnout.


Jewish in the Golden Triangle: Although few in numbers, Mississippi Jews do not feel ostracized

Posted 11/3/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Wednesday evening, about 150 people gathered at the Chapel of Memories on the Mississippi State campus for a vigil of remembrance for 11 people murdered in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania synagogue on Oct. 27 -- an act believed to be the worst attack on Jews in the nation's history.


'The only way we can get it together is together': MSU students, faculty address hate head-on at vigil remembering Pittsburgh shooting victims

Posted 11/1/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Wednesday's vigil of remembrance at Mississippi State University's Chapel of Memories for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims could be described in a variety of ways.


Hospital trust fund 'in good shape' despite rocky October

Posted 11/1/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Typically, the financial advisers entrusted with managing Lowndes County's hospital trust fund present their findings in a clear, dispassionate manner during their semi-annual reports to the county supervisors.


Now serving women too, Last House on the Block kicks off fundraiser

Posted 10/31/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Over the last few years, Last House on the Block has become something of a misnomer. Since relocating to the former Masonic Lodge building in east Columbus in 2013, the faith-based, sober-living residential treatment center has expanded to four houses.


Saying goodbye to VISTAs: Federal program, which helped multiple area nonprofits, set to end locally next month

Posted 10/30/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Sonya Hill and Latoshia Frierson will both end their work as AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers in November, but the circumstances of their departure are quite different.


Slimantics: Fitzgerald vindicated by win against Texas A&M

Posted 10/28/2018 in Area

With 2:17 left in the game, Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald coasted the final 10 yards into the end zone to complete a clinching 76-yard touchdown, dropped the ball as he crossed the goal line, then thrust his arms wide open, nodding his head in satisfaction.


Call him 'Big Monty': New children's book series created to tackle lack of African-American lead characters in genre

Posted 10/27/2018 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

For the past five years, the Homestead Education Center in Starkville has raised money for community initiatives through its Holiday Helping Hands Project -- everything from helping a child with cancer to saving a family's home to putting a roof on a community center. But this year's project is, quite literally, the most creative project yet for Homestead director Alison Buehler.


Stock volatility could affect county projects

Posted 10/26/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors are keeping a careful eye on the stock market after a volatile October threatens to wipe out the profits gained earlier this year in the county's $32.5-million hospital trust fund.


Unemployment rate remains steady in Golden Triangle

Posted 10/25/2018 in Area

As employment continues to move toward what is considered full employment, unemployment rates are beginning to show less change in the year-over-year comparison on the local, state and national level.


Slimantics: America's best-loved books aren't always the best books

Posted 10/25/2018 in Local Columns

On Tuesday, PBS aired a special to announce the results of its six-month contest to identify America's 100 best-loved novels called The Great American Read.


City hopes to complete amphitheater by spring 2020

Posted 10/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

At roughly 9:30 Tuesday morning, Dorothy McClung Lewis moved to the center of the stage at the Terry Brown Amphitheater and belted out of a few lines of a song.



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