With all the coverage of last week's college signing day, the discussion of whether LSU can unseat Alabama in the SEC West next year, what Hugh Freeze will do to top this past year, and of course today's Super Bowl, thoughts turn to great football teams.
February is Black History Month and is a great time to review the little told but very important role of blacks in the exploration and settlement of the Tombigbee River Valley.
Last week I saw an article about finding a shark on the Tombigbee River in Alabama.
Horses and earthquakes may seem like an unusual mix of topics for a column that is generally about history and it is.
Last week the Mississippi legislature convened for its annual session. My friend -- Representative Jeff Smith -- was there for the opening gavel.
Probably the most common postcard of a steamboat on the Tombigbee River is a view of the Steamer Ouachita.
The flooding caused by the recent storms brings to mind high water of past times.
We recently went to Williamsburg and enjoyed the decorations and feel of an 18th century Christmas. It did bring to mind the question of what was Christmas like in early Columbus?
Four hundred and seventy-five years ago a ragged army of almost 500 Spanish adventurers, soldiers, horses, war dogs, pigs and some priest, women and free Blacks entered what is now Mississippi near the present site of Columbus. About Dec. 16, 1540, the expedition of Hernando de Soto crossed the Tombigbee River.
Next Sunday will be a different kind of home tour in Columbus.
I am often asked about the origin of local place names. There is a lot of history associated with names and their origins.
The news lately has been filled with events and stories that strike fear into the hearts of the traveling public.
Friday night I was asked to tell stories at a "lock-in" for the West Point Episcopal Church's youth group. I was reminded of how, with all the interest in Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media, the passing down of oral traditions from generation to generation by story tellers is being lost.
Veterans Day is the day set aside to honor the men and women who have served and are serving our county.
Last week it was announced that the City Of Columbus was purchasing the Gilmer Inn in downtown Columbus.
A week ago I had the pleasure of meeting some folks from out of town who were just passing through.
I have been enjoying taking photographs at the butterfly garden on the Columbus Riverwalk. While the main attractions are the butterflies, hummingbirds and the beauty of the flowers, there is another story within the garden.
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.
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.
The U.S. Air Force has turned 68 but its roots in the Golden Triangle run much deeper.
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