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Jeff Wilson: Turfgrass tips

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

While some of you may be singing "Take me out to the ballgame" and cheering on your favorite team, others may be singing 'take me out to the garden' and cheering on your favorite plant. Whatever your choice, this is the time to enjoy them.

 

 

Roger Truesdale: 'I've got this place'

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

I've got this place where I like to go to ponder. Some of you might have one, too. It's not so much that we need a special place for pondering; some places are just better suited for it than others. My place is "The Asphalt" -- not necessarily a name that conjures up an image of a tranquil setting conducive for contemplating one's place in the universe.

 

 

Ask Rufus: Columbus, Alabama

Posted 6/20/2010 in Columns

I recently presented a program to the Macon Rotary Club. Afterward I was asked if it was true that Columbus had once been in Alabama. My response was that it never had been located in Alabama, but the people of Columbus did once think that they were.

 

 

Rob Hardy: Mystery Cults of the Ancient World

Posted 6/16/2010 in Columns

You weren't supposed to understand the secrets of the ancient Greek and Roman mystery cults in the times that they flourished, unless you were yourself an initiate.

 

For our four-legged friends: Humane Society's new facility is still the goal

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

A rusty hinge lay on the slanted concrete floor of the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. Director Karen Johnwick sighs, leans down and picks up the scrap, and shakes her head. "You can only put a Band-Aid on something for so long," she says despondently. "We don't want to spend money here; we want to invest in the new place."

 

Bob Raymond: CAFB group feted at Graham compound

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

Jimmy and Joann Graham hosted a post-Pilgrimage appreciation party at their Sykes Place compound last Thursday evening.

 

 

Betty Stone: A grand's wedding

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

I guess I never anticipated getting to this spot, never thought ahead far enough to imagine one of my grandchildren getting married. I knew they would grow up, of course, that I, too, would get older. I just ignored the fact. Actually, in many ways I still do.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Love for sale

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

They say you can't buy love. For the most part, that is true. There are many examples of love that is "purchased." I'm not talking about the "oldest profession." I'm thinking more of people (both genders) who marry for, or because of, money.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Porch people

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

My first house had a porch, and every house since then has had a porch. My grandma's house had a porch. Porch people begat porch people.

 

 

David Creel: A kitchen beautician: Then and now

Posted 6/13/2010 in Columns

"Close your eyes, bend over, and let me know if the water's too hot." Before your imagination runs away with you, allow me to interpret those words.

 

 

Rob Hardy; Measureless Peril

Posted 6/8/2010 in Columns

South Pacific is a musical set in the naval war in the Pacific during World War II. There were no musicals about the naval war in the Atlantic. Richard Snow, in his book, "A Measureless Peril: America in the Fight for the Atlantic, the Longest Battle of World War II" (Scribner), points out the difference.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Ghost stories

Posted 6/6/2010 in Columns

My house is filled with noises. "Things ... go bump in the night" ... and the day. Most of the time, we know it is only squirrels in the attic. They clatter through the walls and rattle around the spaces next to fireplaces.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Blessed are the PO-lice

Posted 6/6/2010 in Columns

These are some top "cop" stories from when I was the liaison between a charity organization and law enforcement, a little peek behind closed doors.

 

 

David Creel: Gathering and gossiping from Mary Kay to the morgue

Posted 6/6/2010 in Columns

Women gather. Well, that's what my daddy always said and still to this day can be heard mumbling, "Humph, women gather and just gossip 'bout nuthin'."

 

Rufus Ward: Columbus and D-Day

Posted 6/6/2010 in Columns

Today marks the 66th anniversary of D-Day and it brings to mind the role that people from our area played in World War II. Though World War II seems like old history now, I grew up surrounded by relatives to whom it was very real.

 

Bob Raymond: California visitors enjoy whirlwind of Southern hospitality

Posted 6/6/2010 in Columns

Local author Deborah Schumaker's recent house guests were her son Matthew, his wife Malena Watrous and their 2 year-old son Max from San Francisco.

 

 

David Creel: Cosmos trump popcorn as movie theaters welcome premiere

Posted 5/29/2010 in Columns

Remember Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha? Well ... they're back! Sex is "in the city" again! As I write this column, I am the proud holder of two tickets to the midnight premiere of "Sex and the City II,", after waiting feverishly through a month or two of seeing the same preview each time we went to the movies -- which we do a lot.

 

 

Roger Trusdale: 'Will play for food' - dog food that is

Posted 5/29/2010 in Columns

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: The family that fishes together ...

Posted 5/29/2010 in Columns

 

Ask Rufus: Pirates, pigs and 470 years of barbecue

Posted 5/29/2010 in Columns

People in the Black Prairie have always taken pride in their history and their Barbecue. Very few, though, realize how close history and barbecue are tied.

 

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