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Ask Rufus: The stories in a name

Posted 11/28/2015 in Local Columns

I am often asked about the origin of local place names. There is a lot of history associated with names and their origins.


Ask Rufus: Stuff of which heroes are made

Posted 11/21/2015 in Local Columns

The news lately has been filled with events and stories that strike fear into the hearts of the traveling public.


Ask Rufus: Tibbee, a prehistoric oral tradition

Posted 11/14/2015 in Local Columns

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.


Ask Rufus: Remembering

Posted 11/8/2015 in Local Columns

Veterans Day is the day set aside to honor the men and women who have served and are serving our county.


Ask Rufus: The storied Gilmer

Posted 11/1/2015 in Local Columns

Last week it was announced that the City Of Columbus was purchasing the Gilmer Inn in downtown Columbus.


Ask Rufus: Loopers discover Columbus

Posted 10/25/2015 in Local Columns

A week ago I had the pleasure of meeting some folks from out of town who were just passing through.


Ask Rufus: Not just pretty flowers

Posted 10/10/2015 in Local Columns

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.


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.



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