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Old 02-16-2007, 10:46 AM
 
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Coming from Ontario where the standard of living is high, should I expect the same in terms of health care, education (two girls 11 and 14 yrs), after school activites, and safety. Are there any pipes and drum bands around this area. What's available socially to help my wife and I meet new fiends.
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Old 02-16-2007, 04:02 PM
 
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Health care is OK, both Columbus and Starkville have decent enough medical facilities and doctors, and there is also Tupelo which is 60 miles away and has a really good hospital. As far as schools, unless you are willing to pay for a private school, the only good public schools in the area are in Lowndes County, namely Caledonia (NE of Columbus) and New Hope (SE of Columbus).
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:50 PM
 
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West Point has a good hospital now. They are under NMMC managment now, same hospital in Tupelo and they are great. Baptist Hospital in Columbus is the most horrible hospital I have ever been to. Most Golden triangle natives will have a horror story or two to tell about Baptist ER trips. The outpatient part of Baptist is great, but when I lived in Columbus, I drove 30minutes to West Point ER no matter how sick or hurt I was to avoid Baptist. Dont know to much about Starkville Hospital. Have'nt heard anything bad about it, but nothing good either.
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:32 PM
 
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Let me add that if you're coming from an area where the standard of living is *high*, you'll be in for somewhat of a shock. The standard of living is anything BUT high in the "Golden Triangle". True, you can find some decent housing, but there is lots of poverty, many run-down, depressing neighborhoods. And the school systems that I mentioned are just marginally good, not excellent by any means. Another thing you'll find is that people here tend to be clannish, in other words, since you're not from here you will have a harder time being accepted. I've lived here for 8 years and barely know my neighbors because they keep themselves at arms length and are suspicious of me as an *outsider*.
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:23 AM
 
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1st, i was born in columbus, as were my father, grandfather, gggf, etc...back to the 1840's. That being said, i didnt grow up in Columbus, but my parents are now back there. As you can see, Columbus is an old town, and many people's families have been there for generations. Because of that i think the town can be somewhat cliquish. I think some of the locals tend to keep some of the transients at a distance, as fighter jock said. Columbus has had the airbas since the 50's i think, and so there have been a lot of transients in and out of town. My mother(AForceBrat) was actually one of these, but she managed to meet my father...hah.
If you play tennis, i would join Magnolia Tennis club. Good way to meet people. And i also guess joining the CC if you play golf.
Dont despair, i know a doctor and his wife that just moved there, not knowing anyone, and they seem to like it ok.




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Let me add that if you're coming from an area where the standard of living is *high*, you'll be in for somewhat of a shock. The standard of living is anything BUT high in the "Golden Triangle". True, you can find some decent housing, but there is lots of poverty, many run-down, depressing neighborhoods. And the school systems that I mentioned are just marginally good, not excellent by any means. Another thing you'll find is that people here tend to be clannish, in other words, since you're not from here you will have a harder time being accepted. I've lived here for 8 years and barely know my neighbors because they keep themselves at arms length and are suspicious of me as an *outsider*.
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:12 AM
 
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The standard of living in the Golden Triangle is not high, but you can easily access good educational possibilities at private schools. I hate saying that because I am a supporter of public education.

The key to meeting people and making connections in Southern towns, including West Point, is a church. Once you connect there, you can find social opportunities in other ways, such as civic and arts groups. You can be as active as you want to be and feel comfortable with at churches, which range from liberal to conservative.

Your specific question about "pipes and drums" groups I don't have an answer for, but there are bands and music coteries in the three towns that comprise the Golden Triangle.

I think that you would be greeted warmly in West Point, especially if you extend yourself to others.

You can easily find a "lot of house for a little money" there.
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Old 02-28-2007, 06:37 PM
 
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As a person who moved to the south from other places, including New England, I think some of the replies you have received are way too glum. In addition, there is a tone to the remarks about public education that are bothersome. Two of the schools listed are predominantly white so maybe that is what the writers are not too subtly implying. Most of the private schools were born during the integration era and are also white or are religious. I evaluate student teachers for Mississippi State University at public schools throughout the area, including West Point and New Hope and have wide experience with the Starkville schools. New Hope has a nice facility; West Point's could use some work on the buildings and Starkville schools are excellent. All seem to have dedicated teachers, administrators, and, at least in Starkville and New Hope, dedicated parent groups. I know less about parental involvement in West Point. Starkville has an incredible music program and an excellent gifted program. West Point has just lost its Sara Lee plant and the tax base is going to be affected. That may be a consideration in terms of future school bond issues. If you like university facilities (lots of concerts, speakers, cultural events, etc.), Starkville is probably the best place to be. Because it is a university town, a large percentage of its residents are from elsewhere and it is very comfortable with outsiders. I used to live there so know that is true.
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:15 PM
 
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I wrote a reply a few minutes ago and realize I did not address the qualities of Columbus. It is a beautiful town with a college (MS University for Women although it is now definitely coed). It has more of an "old South" feeling and at one time, people tell me it was clannish but I doubt that is as true now. Its public schools need infrastructure improvements but are OK. It also has at least one private academy, begun during the 70's, I believe. It is close to Starkville so you can also enjoy that town's benefits easily. Columbus also is the home of the state's only residential Math and Science School for the gifted (called MSMS) which is housed at MUW. It is a superb school to which rising high school juniors can apply from any place in the state. One does not have to be a U.S. citizen so Canadian citizens would be welcome.

You will find the South is church oriented--always a surprise how many churches there are per block! But one can find a church of every persuasion, fundamentalist to more ecumenical. Or one can elect not to attend and you will not be shunned.

For major medical problems, the Tupelo Medical Complex is the best. Others are OK but one always hears remarks. Whether they are true or not, I don't know.
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:34 PM
 
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I wrote a reply a few minutes ago and realize I did not address the qualities of Columbus. It is a beautiful town .......It has more of an "old South" feeling and at one time, people tell me it was clannish but I doubt that is as true now.
I definitely would not call Columbus "beautiful" by any stretch of the imagination. Yes, there are several dozen reasonably well kept antebellum homes, but most of the town looks in desperate need of an update. The streets are a disgrace, with potholes everywhere. It certainly does not look like a town that is in the middle of a supposed economic boom.

Oh, and by the way, it is MOST DEFINITELY still clannish. Who you grew up with and who you know is absolutely everything there. Even if you go to church, you have to go to the *right* church.
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Old 03-07-2007, 08:53 AM
 
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Default Drug Issues In Golden Triangle

Worked in a treatment facility in Starkville. Tremendous numbers of addicted youth and gang members came our way from that area. If you don't have to go there DON"T!
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