In the deep ditches beside the road are several large green balls. They look like bowling balls in a gutter lane of a bowling alley.
The Civil War and its aftermath brought hard economic times to Columbus, but by the 1870s businesses were beginning to rebound. There were still economic setbacks, like the failed Memphis, Holly Springs, Okolona and Selma Railroad that was promoted by Nathan Bedford Forrest and attracted many Columbus investors.
Stan Murray spoke Thursday at the weekly meeting of The Exchange Club of Columbus. At 59, he maintains the lean, athletic build of the college athlete he once was -- he played football at Mississippi State in the early 1970s.
Columbus Municipal School District officials released a series of "zero tolerance'' rules concerning fan behavior this week in response to some altercations that occurred during Columbus High's Aug. 17 home game against Aberdeen.
The current education system was set up 300 years ago, and it fit the country well then, but no longer.
When the Jones Family began the venture of renaming the block of Fourth Street South located between College Street and Main Street known as "Catfish Alley," 1,500 signatures were gathered in favor of the name change. Support of the name change included tenants on Fourth Street South.
Last week, a Lowndes County jury found Columbus businessman Benny Shelton guilty of sexual assault of a minor. The details of the case are -- quite naturally -- disturbing. And so was the conduct of Junior Eads, pastor of Eastview Baptist Church.
Morning brought a cotton tail bunny. He didn't stay long but hopped away into a thicket while, nearby, a green heron perched on the dock.
Exploring almost-forgotten country graveyards, reading inscriptions on tombstones and wondering about the lives of the people whose remains lie under them is not everyone's idea of how best to spend a summer afternoon.
Several people have asked why the south end of Market Street does a dog-leg at the Columbus Light and Water Department building. This question resulted in an interesting discussion with Sam Kaye about the development of the city's street grid.
Imagine a system where you go to a government office and jump through the appropriate hoops to get a driver's license. But you don't get to keep your license. They keep it for you. Well, they keep a list of people who are approved.
It is an ageless truth: You often don't realize the value of something until you lose it. I suppose that is why I am particularly sensitive to the recent trend for Voter ID laws in some states.
High school football started this week, and I found myself thinking about my own experience playing high school football. It has been 36 years since I last wore the Gold and Blue of the Tupelo Golden Wave. Somehow, they have managed to press on without me.
Wrens have been flying in and out of the airplane plant, the airplane plant Nick Hairston gave me. It's a "pass-along" plant, having belonged to Nick's mother. I like the easy airplane plant because it makes me feel successful. I've made eight more plants from the mother plant.
We often hear about music that was popular during times of national crisis. There is the big band music of World War II, the hard times music of Woodie Guthrie during the Great Depression and the haunting melodies of the Civil War. The War of 1812 brought us the Star Spangled Banner and the Revolutionary War yielded Yankee Doodle.
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