Greatness born in the grind

Robert F. Smith is a billionaire hedge fund operator whom few Americans had heard of before this week. That is changing, as his surprising pledge at Sunday’s Morehouse College commencement ceremony in Atlanta is making national news and virtually guarantees he’ll be in high demand as a future graduation speaker.

Columbia makes progress

Monday’s vote in Columbia was as much  of a referendum on whether the city is willing to try new things to offset its decline in population as it was on a tourism.

And the voters spoke clearly with 76 percent in favor of the 3 percent levy on sales at restaurants and hotels.




HATTIESBURG — It didn’t take long for the Columbia Wildcats to impose their will May 16 against... READ MORE

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