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Partial to Home: River cats

Posted 12/16/2017 in Local Columns

Early Sunday afternoon, on the day Mississippi observed its 200th birthday, Larry Priest and James "H.D." Taylor unloaded two fishing kayaks from the back of a battered GMC pickup and dragged them to the river's edge.

 

Partial to Home: Batter up at Redbird Field

Posted 11/25/2017 in Local Columns

The other day, while waiting on the papers to come off the press, David Plyler, a high-school classmate, and I were talking about baseball and our shared love for the New York Yankees when we were kids.

 

Partial to Home: Home on the range

Posted 11/4/2017 in Local Columns

Margie Hall is talking about the Ranch House, the restaurant that has been part of her life since she moved to Columbus from Gordo in the early 50s to carhop for her brother, Bill Hall, who owned the place.

 

Partial to Home: Home is where the heart is

Posted 10/28/2017 in Local Columns

When an abusive husband called her a "dumb ass," she drove to a nearby college and took and passed the Mensa test. That's Jane: intrepid, confident, irrepressible.

 

Partial to Home: Keep them doggies rollin' ...

Posted 10/21/2017 in Local Columns

Earlier this year Doug Wheeler, 76, broke his ankle while water skiing. During his seven-week convalescence, his wife, Pat, chauffeured him on his daily rounds.

 

Partial to Home: All things ancient

Posted 9/30/2017 in Local Columns

While most of us would declare the study of Latin and Greek terra incognita, Bob Wolverton would argue vehemently otherwise.

 

Partial to Home: Jim Lavender's circus dreams

Posted 9/23/2017 in Local Columns

All his life, even before he was stapling posters on telephone poles advertising upcoming Ringling Brothers shows and B.B. King concerts for his Uncle Dave, Jim Lavender wanted to be in the circus.

 

Partial to Home: Rally 'round the (Magnolia) Flag

Posted 9/16/2017 in Local Columns

You wouldn't consider any of them political activists, necessarily, but a handful of Southside residents may have the best idea yet on how to address the flag issue. They are flying in front of their homes the historic Magnolia Flag, the banner that was once the state flag.

 

Partial to Home: Difficult conversations

Posted 9/9/2017 in Local Columns

In the city of Berlin south of the Brandenburg Gate and several blocks west of Checkpoint Charlie, there is a museum called "Topography of Terror."

 

Partial to Home: Dangerous words

Posted 8/26/2017 in Local Columns

In May 2014, James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, visited Columbus. Fallows and his wife, Deborah, also a correspondent for The Atlantic, were touring the country in their single-engine airplane.

 

Dog gives his life protecting child from rattlesnake

Posted 8/15/2017 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Friday afternoon after work, Lance Dodd and his fiance Jami Harvey took their 3-year-old son, Jackson, to Lance's grandmother's place for a bit of end-of-the-week unwinding. At least, that's what they thought they were doing.

 

Partial to Home: To Havana and back

Posted 8/5/2017 in Local Columns

On a recent weekday afternoon, Art Mills parked his golf cart under one of the live oaks in front of the Main Street post office and went inside. The golf cart had a blue kayak strapped on top of it.

 

Partial to Home: Collecting the past

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Columns

Not long ago a man walked up to me in Kroger and, in a barely audible voice, said, "My wife told me I ought to get in touch with you; I have something you might be interested in."

 

Partial to Home: Marion Fairchild's wonderful (racing) life

Posted 7/15/2017 in Local Columns

Late Tuesday afternoon five people are sitting in the living room of the small brick house Marion Fairchild shares with Joyce, his wife of 50-plus years.

 

Partial to Home: Old 'Mr. No-Shoulders'

Posted 7/8/2017 in Local Columns

The three-foot-long rat snake sprawled across the entrance of the barn like he owned the place. I could feel the hair on the back of my neck tingle. "He's here for the mice, the rats," I said to myself. "That's a good thing; he means no harm to you."

 

Partial to Home: Rafting down the Tombigbee

Posted 6/17/2017 in Local Columns

About a year ago, four Mennonite boys from Georgia came up with the idea to build a houseboat and motor down the Mississippi.

 

Partial to home: The corner of Magazine and Erato

Posted 6/16/2017 in Local Columns

The sparrows here are insistent, expectant. Before I can get the laptop out of its case, two of them are at my feet looking up.

 

Partial to Home: An evening with Paul Thorn

Posted 6/10/2017 in National Columns

Paul Thorn, songwriter, musician, storyteller, artist, former welterweight boxer, son of a preacher and all-around good guy, walked onto the stage of the Omnova Theater Friday evening, sat down and to a full house unceremoniously announced he was going to play a song about "back-road fornication." Thorn then launched into "A Long Way from Tupelo."

 

Partial to Home: Paradise garden

Posted 5/27/2017 in Local Columns

Paddling downstream on the Luxapallila about halfway between Gunshoot Road in Steens and Highway 12, you come to a cypress slough stretching back to the north in the direction of Jemison Mill Road.

 

Partial to Home: Fredrick Jackson steps up

Posted 5/20/2017 in Local Columns

We had been talking about his growing up in Columbus and where he went to school, when I asked Fredrick Jackson what got him into politics. He held up his hand. "First, let's talk about my wife," he said.

 

 

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