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Ask Rufus: A conversation with Charles Dickens

Posted 10/3/2015 in Local Columns

I have often written about the many people who have lived in the Columbus, Starkville, West Point area and left their footprints across history or the arts.


Ask Rufus: Friendship Cemetery, a walk through history

Posted 9/26/2015 in Local Columns

A couple of months ago Berkley Hudson, an old friend, was in town and called. He wanted to get together and walk through Columbus' Friendship Cemetery exchanging stories of the people buried there.


Ask Rufus: A birthday ball

Posted 9/19/2015 in Local Columns

The U.S. Air Force has turned 68 but its roots in the Golden Triangle run much deeper.


Ask Rufus: The Butterfly and the Hummingbird

Posted 9/12/2015 in Local Columns

Lately I have been enjoying taking photographs of hummingbirds and butterflies at the butterfly garden on the Riverwalk.


Ask Rufus: The Prairie that was

Posted 9/5/2015 in Local Columns

Karen and I went to Rosenzweig arts Center Thursday night for the opening of Frances Hairston's watercolor exhibit "Prairie Images: The Way I See It."


Ask Rufus: Uncle Bunky

Posted 8/29/2015 in Local Columns

Columbus will never be the same again.


Ask Rufus: Early Columbus churches

Posted 8/15/2015 in Local Columns

Last week I spoke about the history of Columbus to a large group of sixth graders at Heritage Academy. It's always interesting to see what questions are on the minds of young people.


Ask Rufus: The Black Prairie blues

Posted 8/9/2015 in Local Columns

Recently, I traveled with some other members of the Black Belt Blues Foundation to the B.B. King Museum in Indianola and the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale.


Ask Rufus: A Rabbit on a Blue Moon

Posted 8/1/2015 in Local Columns

One of the fun things about writing this column is never knowing what direction it will take me. This weekend has seen the appearance of a blue moon. Actually a blue moon has nothing to do with the color of the moon.


Ask Rufus: Politics

Posted 7/25/2015 in Local Columns

It's election time and once again sparks are flying.


Ask Rufus: Removing flags and burning books

Posted 7/18/2015 in Local Columns

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."


Ask Rufus: Dating a house and shooting a horse thief

Posted 7/11/2015 in Local Columns

One of the fun things about historical research is getting side tracked.


Ask Rufus: A historic flag for Mississippi

Posted 6/27/2015 in Local Columns

Once again the question of Mississippi's flag has reared an ugly head.


Ask Rufus: The Chickasaw Expedition

Posted 6/20/2015 in Local Columns

Almost 475 years ago Hernando de Soto's Spanish expedition arrived in what is now the Columbus, Starkville and West Point, Mississippi area, exploring the land and encountering the Chickasaw.


Ask Rufus: Heroes all

Posted 6/16/2015 in Local Columns

They were a band of brothers, and 71 years ago on June 6, 1944, in the night time darkness, hours before the landing of the greatest invasion force in history, they parachuted behind enemy lines.


Ask Rufus: The Birdmen and their buzz wagons

Posted 5/30/2015 in Local Columns

Just 10 years after the Wright brothers had delivered the first airplane to the newly formed U.S. Army Air Service, aircraft were playing an important role in World War I.



Posted 5/23/2015 in Local Columns

This is Memorial Day weekend. It is the grand opening of summer. A time to take to the river, the beach, play golf or go fishing. A time for beer and back yard barbeques or family picnics with iced tea and fried chicken. But we all need to stop, reflect and remember.


Ask Rufus: The ghost and Playboy bunnies of Waverly

Posted 5/16/2015 in Local Columns

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting with both Uncle Bunky and Robert Snow.


Ask Rufus: A personal story

Posted 5/9/2015 in Local Columns

My daughter, Sarah, called me on Friday to tell me that she was on her way to the Mall in Washington, D.C., so that my grandchildren, Harper and Sykes, could see the fly over of vintage aircraft commemorating the defeat of Germany and victory in Europe 70 years ago.


Ask Rufus: A summer porch

Posted 5/3/2015 in Local Columns

There is nothing like a good front porch in the spring and summer.



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