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Slimantics: The man who wouldn't go home

Posted 7/22/2014 in Local Columns

It's been 29 days since the Mississippi senatorial runoff election in which six-term incumbent Thad Cochran narrowly defeated tea party challenger Chris McDaniel.

 

Slimantics: Losing an old friend

Posted 7/17/2014 in Local Columns

On of my Facebook friends died Wednesday. Maybe you've heard of him. His name was John Dawson Winter III. He was 70 and died while on a business trip in Zurich, Switzerland.

 

Slimantics: An unapologetic cross-over voter

Posted 7/15/2014 in Local Columns

I'm one of the guys Chris McDaniel is upset about. Let's back up first. Until 2007 when I lost my voting privileges, I was a registered Republican.

 

Slim Smith: The accidental Klansman

Posted 7/12/2014 in Local Columns

Like so many things, it all depends on how you look at it. Quite literally, in this case. On the corner of Second Avenue North and Fifth Street in downtown Columbus, a monument dedicated to the memory of Lowndes County soldiers who fought for the Confederacy rests on the lawn of the Lowndes County Courthouse.

 

Slimantics: Allgood wrong on new sentencing guidelines

Posted 7/8/2014 in Local Columns

Lowndes County District Attorney Forrest Allgood does not make single moms. He just does his part in making sure they stay single moms.

 

Slimantics: Carole McReynolds Davis: Irreplaceable

Posted 6/19/2014 in Local Columns

One thing about Southerners is that we are, at heart, conformists.

 

Slimantics: At school board, it's business as unusual

Posted 6/11/2014 in Local Columns

Like many folks in Columbus, I read with strange fascination the account of Monday's Columbus Municipal School Board meeting, which shows there is no accounting for taste, I suppose.

 

Monday profile: From coon hunting to catfish

Posted 6/9/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the world of modern business, you often hear about the importance of networking and you see the evidence of it everywhere -- from corporate tents at big events to country club memberships to sky boxes at football stadiums. Columbus businessman James Basson has his own version of networking, albeit unorthodox.

 

Slimantics: We don't even get to buy our own politicians anymore

Posted 6/3/2014 in Local Columns

Today marks the end of one of the most regrettable political campaigns in recent Mississippi history.

 

Storm recovery continues in Lowndes

Posted 5/30/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A month after a series of tornadoes cut a swath through Lowndes County, officials are encouraged by the progress made toward recovery.

 

Miss. treasurer brings attention to education programs

Posted 5/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lynn Fitch is not the head of Mississippi's Department of Education. She just sounds like it these days.

 

Columbus Social Security office closed for repairs after storm

Posted 5/10/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Count the Columbus office of the Social Security Administration among those affected by the April 28 tornado that tore through Lowndes County.

 

Slimantics: 8 O'May stirs meditations on the nature of emancipation

Posted 5/8/2014 in Local Columns

Until recently, the only significant thing for me about May 8 was that it is my brother's birthday. Long-time Columbus residents will forgive my ignorance on this topic, I am sure.

 

Slim Smith: When breaking ground means breaking a vow

Posted 5/4/2014 in Local Columns

Hell froze over Saturday morning: I planted a garden, thus fulfilling an ancient prophecy.

 

Slimantics: Voter fraud is more a question of 'who' than 'how'

Posted 5/1/2014 in Local Columns

During the month of April, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann began criss-crossing the state -- at taxpayer expense, naturally -- to promote the state-mandated Voter ID law that will require Mississippians to produce a state-issued ID before casting a ballot.

 

Slimantics: A community comes together

Posted 4/30/2014 in Local Columns

A couple of miles down Lee-Stokes Road, where Pleasant Hill Baptist Church sits on a hill above a cluster of modest brick homes where Lacy Road runs into Pleasant Hill Road, church pastor Bill Hurt wearily tended his flock, scattered but unharmed after a pair of Monday tornadoes plowed through East Columbus.

 

Chicks: They're not just for Easter anymore

Posted 4/19/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For years, the approach of Easter meant to trip to the local co-op or feed store to buy an Easter Chick. In recent years, however, the practice of buying live chicks as Easter gifts has fallen into disfavor in some quarters.

 

Slimantics: Bomb threats are not harmless pranks

Posted 4/10/2014 in Local Columns

What is it about Columbus kids and bomb threats? This morning, for the ninth time since the school year started, school was disrupted while school and law enforcement investigated yet another bomb threat, this one at Stokes-Beard Elementary School.

 

Slim Smith: Missing Mike

Posted 4/5/2014 in Local Columns

Monday morning, the news came of the sudden, stunning death of Mike Ritter. He had entered the hospital for surgery to repair a heart problem and died before the procedure could be performed. Mike, a brilliant editorial cartoonist, was 48 years old. These kinds of deaths, including the sudden passing of Columbus Police Department investigator Don English at age 58, are a not-so-subtle reminder of my own mortality. I am 54.

 

Happy Birthday from the Halls of Congress

Posted 4/2/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Irene Burrow Lancaster turns 89 today and along with birthday greetings from friends and family -- two children, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren -- the retired junior high teacher also heard from a former student.

 

 

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