In 2008, Columbus celebrated the career and life of the legendary world champion boxer Henry Armstrong, who had been born on Nash Road just north of town.
I have had several people ask me to explain how there came to be both the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Last week saw another bicentennial event with links to Mississippi.
Sometimes it is interesting to see just how much the world has changed over the years but then some things really don't change all that much.
It is the Christmas season and many people will soon be traveling "home" to spend Christmas with family and childhood friends.
I never know what in a column may touch a chord that generates a lot of unexpected interest.
It's December and time for my annual barbecue column.
Next week brings the American Thanksgiving holiday and for most of us a wonderful feast.
"Since time memorial the Choctaw Indians have lived in Mississippi, and have made baskets of the reed cane which grows in the swamps of the south." So begins a ca. 1920 letter from Mrs. J.E. Arnold, a Baptist missionary to the Choctaw in Union.
It is a simple marble military headstone in a sea of more than a thousand white marble military headstones. It is not a soldier, though, who is buried there.
I recall years ago that Greenpeace had a T-shirt out with a dinosaur pictured on it. The text around the dinosaur said, "Extinct means forever."
With all the ghost stories around it is surprising that there are not more ghostly tales about the Tombigbee River.
We are fast approaching some important anniversary dates.
The past six weeks I have been teaching a MUW Life Enrichment course on the architectural history of Columbus.
James Lull was a Vermont born, Philadelphia trained architect who was responsible for many of most impressive buildings in mid-19th century Columbus.
Among my all time favorite books, movies and television shows is one that transcends all three media. It's M*A*S*H, the classic story of the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. Many people do not realize the Mississippi ties to the events upon which the original book was based.
When people think of antebellum homes in the South it is generally an image of a large Greek Revival style house that comes to mind.
The roots of the U.S. Air Force run very deep in the Golden Triangle.
Blues is a great unifier. A week ago there was a horrible incident in West Point that threatened to create divisions within the community. However, on Friday night in West Point, blues brought people of all sizes, shapes and colors, from all over the United States and even several foreign countries together.
During the first years of Columbus' growth and expansion, some early settlers tried to bring a little of the refinement of the east coast to the new town.
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