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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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Posing As An Adult: The Wires That Bind Us

November 22, 2012

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I am a phone game junkie. I came a little late to the party on “Angry Birds,” but I immersed myself quickly; then there’s “Words With Friends,” “Scramble With Friends” and “Hanging With Friends,” not to mention “Song Pop” and anything else word-related that I can find. I would say, of these games, I know […]

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Starkville Aldermen Approve OCEDA Budget

November 22, 2012

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The Starkville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the annual budget for the Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority at its Nov. 20 meeting at Starkville City Hall. Jack Wallace, OCEDA president, thanked the aldermen for approving the budget. He then gave a presentation to board members about projects involving OCEDA, as well as its expenditures. Wallace told […]

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Columbus City Council Approves Public Transit Service, Discusses Landfill Concerns

November 21, 2012

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The Columbus City Council met on Tuesday and approved an agreement bringing bus service to the city. City Attorney Jeff Turnage noted that possible bus transportation routes have not been established, but the company — Lawrence Transit — will bring two “small buses and two larger buses” to Columbus, which will be responsible for signage identifying […]

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Oktibbeha Supervisors Learn of Slaughter and Associates’ Merits, Appoint Talley To Economic Development Position

November 21, 2012

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Whenever Oktibbeha County decides to move forward on a comprehensive plan, they can use the services of Slaughter and Associates if they wish to do so. At Monday’s November recessed meeting of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors, Rudy Johnson, executive director of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, met with the supervisors regarding […]

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Columbus City Council Meeting Agenda For Nov. 20, 2012

November 16, 2012

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We encourage all residents of Columbus to attend this meeting, which will be held at the Columbus Municipal Complex (1501 Main Street), and will begin at 5 p.m.

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Now That The Election’s Over, What Do We Know?

November 16, 2012

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Now that the election’s over, what have we learned from scouring over the statistics? Statistically, America’s divided right down the middle, philosophically and ideologically. Half of the population felt the economy is in dire straits, the other half didn’t care. Half of the country believes hard work is admirable, but the other’s convinced it’s a […]

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Columbus City Council Approves New Parking Lot Agreement

November 15, 2012

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What had been thought to be a done deal between the City of Columbus and R.L Edmondson has now been changed. At the Nov. 14 special-called meeting of the Columbus City Council, council members voted 5-1 to approve a new agreement for the lease of the parking lot behind the Front Door/Back Door Restaurant. The […]

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Silicor To Miss Yet Another Deadline, Higgins Tells Lowndes Supervisors

November 15, 2012

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An upcoming deadline for construction of a new facility for Silicor Metals and Silicor Purification, which, combined, formerly were known as Calisolar, will not be met. But Columbus-Lowndes Development Link officials are not prepared to recommend a course of action, Link CEO Joe Higgins told the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors on Thursday. In August, the supervisors […]

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A Response To “Sparks Fly As Lowndes Supervisors Meet”

November 15, 2012

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Editor’s Note: The following is a response submitted, by a local citizen, to the article which appeared in our Nov. 14 print edition, entitled “Sparks Fly As Lowndes Supervisors Meet.” We invite you to share your opinion about this. Dear Editor: All the attributed quotes are from the Real Story article (“Sparks Fly As Lowndes […]

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Sparks Fly As Lowndes Supervisors Meet

November 15, 2012

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The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors met on Monday, Nov. 5 and voted unanimously to allocate $100,000 to the construction of a second concession stand for the Columbus Soccer Complex, but District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith took issue with the board’s failure to allocate smaller amounts to projects in his district. Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority Executive […]

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Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda for Nov. 15, 2012

November 14, 2012

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We urge all residents of Lowndes County to attend this meeting, which will be held at the Lowndes County Courthouse (505 2nd Avenue North), and will begin at 9 a.m.

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Columbus City Council Special-called Meeting Agenda For Nov. 14, 2012

November 14, 2012

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We urge all residents of Columbus to attend this meeting of the Columbus City Council, which will be held in the conference room of City Hall (523 Main Street) at 2:00 p.m.

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Starkville Alderman Responds To Comments Concerning Gate

November 13, 2012

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Just when one thought the issue of the emergency access gate erected at Douglas McArthur Drive and Stark Road was over, it wasn’t. At the Nov. 6 regular meeting of the Starkville Board of Aldermen, former Ward One Alderman Sumner Davis brought up some comments that were made at a previous meeting by Ward Six […]

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Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for Nov. 12, 2012–The Bridge To Nowhere Is Really A Bridge To My House

November 12, 2012

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The Bridge To Nowhere Is Really A Bridge To My House It’s sad, it’s so sad It’s a sad, sad situation And it’s getting more and more absurd It’s sad, so sad Why can’t we talk it over Always seems to me That sorry seems to be the hardest word. Elton John and Bernie Taupin […]

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Obama Wins – What Are Your Thoughts?

November 7, 2012

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In what must be a great disappointment to many conservatives, President Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States. What many thought would be an all-nighter, ended at 10:19 p.m. CST. It was close, but not as close as many had guessed it would be. Whether you are a conservative or a liberal, […]

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Voter ID: Your Thoughts

November 6, 2012

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Today, Kenneth Montgomery posted on Facebook: “It is amazing to me how many dead people rise up from the grave and vote on Election Day. Or how many people are bussed around to be able to vote more than once. Without Voter ID these practices will never be stopped.” Take the time to tell us […]

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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 Nov. 5, 2012—On Nov. 6, Please Vote – Unless You Have No Idea What Is Going On!

November 5, 2012

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On Nov. 6, Please Vote – Unless You Have No Idea What Is Going On! “I’m top prime cut of meat, I’m your choice I wanna be elected I’m Yankee Doodle dandy in a gold Rolls Royce I wanna be elected Kids want a savior, don’t need a fake I wanna be elected We’re all […]

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Share Your Thoughts On The Presidential Election – Update

November 4, 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. It’s not too late to share your thoughts! RSP

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Columbus City Council Meeting Agenda For Nov. 6, 2012

November 2, 2012

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We urge all residents of  Columbus to attend this meeting, which will be held at the Columbus Municipal Complex (1501 Main Street), and will begin at 5:00 p.m.  

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Earl McDuffie: I SUPPORT BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

November 2, 2012

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As this year’s presidential election approaches, most Americans have decided who they will vote for – President Barack Obama or the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. For me, the question is a no-brainer, but as with most elections over the last half-century, the questions “are you better off now than four years ago” or “is the […]

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Share Your Thoughts On The Presidential Election

November 1, 2012

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Well, Election Day is almost upon us! 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. The following are the thoughts of one of our readers, Raymond […]

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Howard Steps Down As President of Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors

October 15, 2012

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Marvell Howard, District Three Supervisor and President of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors, has stepped down as the board’s president, effective immediately. Howard made the announcement at Monday’s continued meeting of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors. “To be president of the board of supervisors is demanding on your time. I see this as the time for me to step down […]

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Let’s Keep Main Street Columbus the Way It Is

October 9, 2012

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Amber Brislin’s resignation from Main Street Columbus came as a shock to many people in our community, last week.  For the past five years, Brislin has been a pleasant face in a sea of turmoil in Columbus. Her organization has often gone unnoticed and underappreciated; however they were never part of the bigger controversies. Brislin […]

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At Week’s End For Oct. 5, 2012

October 5, 2012

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  Why Issue-Evasion Is Logical For Candidates Wednesday night’s debate was as it should be. Image, acting, performance, style, emotion – the very stuff of television – were what won the debate for Romney. He and his handlers knew that even the slightest bit of detail – not even getting down in the weeds, but simply brushing them back for […]

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Harry Sanders Speaks His Mind

October 2, 2012

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President of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders is known as a man who rarely holds his tongue. In a conversation that I had with him, one recent morning, this fact became crystal clear immediately.   Sanders quickly professed his disdain for the politics of Lowndes County Supervisor Leroy […]

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Leroy Brooks Is Never At A Loss For Words

October 2, 2012

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Lowndes County Supervisor Leroy Brooks is a man who is never at a loss for words. Brooks spent five years in the Air Force and received a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He then taught sporadically at Mississippi State University, Troy State University and Mississippi University for Women before being elected to the Lowndes County […]

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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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Lowndes County Board of Supervisors To Meet On Sept. 28, 2012

September 27, 2012

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We urge all citizens of Lowndes County to attend this meeting, which will be held at the Lowndes County Courthouse (505 2nd Avenue North), and will begin at 9 a.m.   Special To The Real Story

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