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Perspectives: Reform Public Higher Education

November 23, 2012

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American public higher education has been increasingly scandalous. Academic standards have been lowered to increase enrollment and university coffers; irrelevant courses which have nothing to do either with economic productivity or civic education are increasingly the rule; and graduation rates are falling. When governors like Rick Perry of Texas had the audacity to insist that his state’s […]

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Red Cross Offers Cooking Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Chefs

November 21, 2012

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Cooking Leading Cause of Home Fires Jackson, MS, November 21, 2012 — Thanksgiving is all about food and family – turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and family time. However, preparing holiday goodies can lead to disaster — the kitchen is the setting of more fires than any other room in the house, and cooking is the […]

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The Art Work of Tom and Susa Nawrocki

November 8, 2012

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Take the time today to enjoy the award-winning artwork of Tom and Susa Nawrocki The first part of the slide show is Susa’s drawings.  Tom’s work in fiber and mixed media completes the project.     Enjoy!   JBS

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Share Your Thoughts On The Presidential Election – One More Day to Go!!!!!

November 5, 2012

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While The Real Story will not be endorsing a candidate for President, we would like to know what you think. Who do you think will win? Who are you supporting? Share your opinions on this whole election process. So Let it RIP!  And take the time to read….http://realstorypublishing.com/2012/11/05/monday-morning-water-cooler-talk-for-nov-5-2012/

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for Oct. 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

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The Fall of the Oktibbeha School System With another local school system being taken over by the State of Mississippi, it is an every present reminder that even our local school systems have to be on guard about its own future.   With that mind, The Real Story spoke with our school superintendent, Dr. Martha Liddell, […]

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CMSD To Hold Assessment Workshop On Sept. 14, 2012

September 14, 2012

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The Columbus School District will hold its annual CMSD Assessment Workshop at the district’s central office (2630 MacArthur Drive) on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The meeting’ s agenda appears below.   Special To The Real Story

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk For August 27, 2012

August 27, 2012

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Dr. Liddell: In Her Own Words Dr. Martha Liddell sits confidently in her office and displays the demeanor that all good leaders possess, the ability to stay calm under pressure.  After a summer of uncertainty in her position, she is comfortable in the fact that she is now the person truly accountable for the Columbus […]

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Alumna, “Food Network Star” Finalist Returns To MUW

August 22, 2012

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“Food Network Star” finalist and Mississippi University for Women alumna Linkie Marais will return to her alma mater on Wednesday, Aug. 22, to teach a couple of classes. Students of MUW’s Culinary Arts Institute will be treated to cake decorating tips by the 2006 graduate, who was also a fan favorite on season eight of […]

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CMSD Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell To Speak At MS Dept. of Education Conference

August 16, 2012

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Columbus’ own Dr. Martha Liddell, superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District, is scheduled to speak at the Mississippi Department of Education 2012 Dropout Prevention & Special Education Conference on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Kudos to Dr. Liddell!   Special To The Real Story

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Reminder: Town And Tower Club Meets Tuesday, August 14, 2012

August 13, 2012

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The Town and Tower Club cordially invites the community to their Summer Breakfast meeting on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at 7:00 a.m. Dr. Jim Borsig, President Mississippi University for Women, will speak on The Economic Impact Study of MUW to the Community. The breakfast will be held on the MUW campus at the Hogarth Dining […]

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Columbus Municipal School District Board Meeting Tonight

August 13, 2012

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We urge all citizens of Columbus to attend this meeting, which will be held at the CMSD offices at 2630 McArthur Drive, and begins at 6 p.m. Special to The Real Story  

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for July 2, 2012

July 2, 2012

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Hot Fun in the Summer Time (The CCVB and CMSD) That’s when I had most of my fun, back high high high high there Them summer days, those summer days— Sly and the Family Stone Summer is here.  The weather is hot and we have all settled in for a calm, enjoyable summertime of love […]

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Welcome, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends – The CMSD Meeting of June 11, 2012

June 12, 2012

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Just when you think it can’t get any crazier in Columbus, the CMSD Board of Trustees tops anything anyone has done in a long time.   Like a scene from a Kafka novel, the board underwent a metamorphosis from a stern group of determined leaders that were dead-set against accepting the 2012-2013 school calendar – with […]

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Notes from the CMSD Meeting on June 11, 2012

June 12, 2012

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Editor’s Note: The following is a handout provided to attendees of the Columbus Municipal School District’s Board of Trustees Meeting, which was held on June 11, 2012.     Special to The Real Story

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Message to Columbus Principals, Teachers and Management Team

June 12, 2012

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Editor’s Note: The following is a memo issued by CMSD Superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell: 2012-2013 School Calendar/Proposed Reinstating Early Release Wednesdays As you know, there was a lengthy discussion tonight regarding my proposal to re-establish Early Release Wednesdays for focused professional development in Columbus Schools. My decision in making this recommendation was based solely on our school district’s […]

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Excitement at the Columbus School Board Meeting

June 11, 2012

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Tonight’s meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District’s Board of Trustees was highlighted by an outrageous reversal of fortune, the likes of which have not been witnessed in quite some time. When the matter of Dr. Liddell’s Wednesday early release program came up, the motion died for lack of a second. The early release program […]

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012

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Welcome to the Party that Never Was — The CMSD Announces Dr. Liddell as the New Superintendent “There’ll be peace in the valley for me some way, There’ll be peace in the valley for me. I pray no more sorrow and sadness or trouble will be, There’ll be peace in the valley for me.” Tommy […]

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Check Out These Articles!

June 5, 2012

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We have recently added the following articles to our website. These articles were originally published in the May 30, 2012 print edition of The Real Story. Simply click on the article title to be re-directed to the appropriate page on our website. City of Columbus Awarded $400,000 Brownfields Grant Consumer Corner: The Pit and Cone […]

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Liddell Named CMSD Superintendent; Dunn Re-appointed as Board Attorney

May 31, 2012

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In what can only be described as an anticlimactic moment, Dr. Martha Liddell was named, tonight, as the new superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District. Liddell had been serving as the interim superintendent since the departure of Del Phillips, nearly a year ago. Liddell’s appointment by the board is contingent on the two sides […]

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At Week’s End for May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012

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Oh, What a Week it Was! Lowndes County politics is often feast or famine, and this week was a prime example of the area at its crazy, busy best.  Starting with a school board meeting that went from boring to interesting in the span of sixty seconds to a city council meeting that ensured that […]

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Challenges Still Ahead for Columbus Municipal School District

May 16, 2012

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Dr. Liddell Comments Candidly After School Board Meeting The funding appropriation, as signed by the Governor, provides Mississippi Adequate Education Funding (MAEP) that is “close to level”, except for the fact that the increases to the retirement system will be passed on to MS school districts. Also, overall funding for the state’s school districts has […]

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Check Out These Articles!

May 15, 2012

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We have recently added the following articles to our website. These articles were originally published in the May 9, 2012 print edition of The Real Story. Simply click on the article title to be re-directed to the appropriate page on our website. America and the War on Women Ask Meagan!: Discrimination in the Workplace Consumer […]

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Columbus Municipal School District Issues Report on the Search for Superintendent

May 8, 2012

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in our website on April 27, 2012. The Columbus School Board contracted with the Mississippi School Boards Association to conduct a search for the superintendent of the Columbus Municipal District. The deadline to receive applications for the extended search was March 22, 2012. All completed applications that were […]

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Don’t Decrease Interest Rates on Student Loans – Increase Them

May 2, 2012

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There has been a lot of press, recently, about interest rates on federal student loans, currently pegged at 3.4 percent and proposed to be doubled to 6.8 percent.  While many lobbying groups and individuals are calling for keeping the rates where they are or even lowering them, the best path forward is increasing them to […]

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Columbus Municipal School District Issues Report on the Search for Superintendent

April 27, 2012

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The Columbus School Board contracted with the Mississippi School Boards Association to conduct a search for the superintendent of the Columbus Municipal District. The deadline to receive applications for the extended search was March 22, 2012. All completed applications that were received, and which were postmarked on or before March 22, 2012, were accepted and […]

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NAACP to Host 6th Annual Community Health Fair

April 19, 2012

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The Columbus Lowndes Chapter of the NAACP will host their 6th Annual Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 21, at the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus/Lowndes County (1815 14th Avenue North). The event, which is scheduled for 8am-1pm, will feature blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, hearing tests, body mass index evaluations, bone density […]

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Frank P. Phillips YMCA Encourages Kids to Play and Learn at Healthy Kids Day®, April 28

April 18, 2012

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On April 28, the YMCA, The Columbus Kiwanis Club, Stark Aerospace, Carl Hogan Dodge and the City of Columbus are celebrating YMCA Healthy Kids Day® with a free, community event for kids and families. Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y to improve health and well-being of kids, will take place at the […]

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Columbus Municipal School District Upcoming Events

April 17, 2012

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Wednesday, April 18th Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast with Entertainment by the Violin Students 8AM Cook Auditorium Lobby This is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and Cook Elementary is hosting an appreciation breakfast for all the wonderful volunteers who give of their time and talents to work with their students.  Wednesday, April 18th ****Announcement of CMSD District Administrator […]

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Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Remembers the Victims of the Holocaust

April 13, 2012

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In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, celebrated across the world, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library will be hosting several events on April 16th from 4:00-5:30pm in the Meeting Room of the Chebie G. Bateman building. This year’s theme is Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue. In keeping with this theme, the library’s events will include a […]

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Statewide Destination ImagiNation Tournament to be Held in Columbus

April 12, 2012

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The state Destination ImagiNation Tournament will take place this Saturday, April 14, from 10:30am to 3:00pm. The event will be held at Columbus High School, located at 215 Hemlock Street, in Columbus. Destination ImagiNation, a creative problem solving and critical thinking program that teaches teamwork and innovation, helps give students a competitive advantage in the […]

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