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Possumhaw: The underground hornworm

Posted 9/8/2014 in Local Columns

Ah, back in the Prairie where the hornworm thrives. After trying to grow tomatoes in the greenhouse where the whiteflies were as thick as thieves, I gave up. I tried every means of extermination and nothing worked. So this year I purchased two large planters with a water reservoir.

 

Voice of the people: Charles W. Bond

Rufus Ward has, once again, written a well researched and interesting historical article, specifically the piece on Columbus AFB Heritage, in Sunday's edition. As a retired Air Force officer and pilot, I greatly appreciate the long running contributions of the base to the Columbus community and, more importantly, to our nation's national security.

 

 

Voice of the people: Jean Bigelow

It makes me so sad to read about the mural on Catfish Alley. When will people realize that this is our town and when you deface and try to destroy, that you are doing it to all of us?

 

 

Susan Estrich: The enemy of our enemy

Posted 9/8/2014 in National Columns

The horrifying footage of the second beheading of an American journalist by ISIS, this time freelancer Steven Joel Sotloff, a 31-year-old from Florida who loved journalism, has again placed the president, and world leaders, in a terrible position. To be clear, the White House is studying the video. To be clear, no one is holding out much hope.

 

Ask Rufus: Air Force roots run deep

Posted 9/6/2014 in Local Columns

The roots of the U.S. Air Force run very deep in the Golden Triangle.

Southern Gardening: Get fired up about ornamental peppers

Posted 9/6/2014 in Local Columns

My taste buds love hot peppers, but the rest of me really likes the increased use of peppers as ornamentals.

 

Elizabeth Guyton: Concerned about unbalanced reporting

 

 

Tim Hudson: Good game, Terry

 

 

Slimantics: A dog-day afternoon

Posted 9/6/2014 in Local Columns

By a rough estimate, the crowd that assembled Saturday afternoon at the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society reached around 200 and featured all shapes, sizes, breeds, pedigrees and dispositions.

 

 

Our View: Terry Brown will be missed

Posted 9/5/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

When Terry Brown was first diagnosed with cancer last year, our sadness was tempered by the hope he would ultimately win this fight and that it would soon be just another colorful story added to his repertoire. After all, the question, "Do you feel like talking?" was the ultimate silly question when posed to Brown, who has served his native Lowndes County in state government since 1988, most recently as Senate Pro Tempore.

 

Lynn Spruill: Labor day

Posted 9/5/2014 in Local Columns

It has come and gone and for most it was just an opportunity to have an extra day off to hit the sales racks or grill out.

Our View: Musgrove makes case for MAEP lawsuit

Posted 9/4/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove met with The Dispatch editorial board on Wednesday to promote a lawsuit that would force the state to compensate school districts for the amount of money they have been under-funded since 2010.

Slimantics: Tax-free bullets? We can hardly wait

Posted 9/4/2014 in Local Columns

In these troubling times, it is a comfort to remember that here in Mississippi our elected officials are looking out for us. If you are inclined to doubt this, you need only look to this weekend for evidence of that.

 

Our View: FEMA shelters are stairways to nowhere

Posted 9/3/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

In the nine years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, 72 storm shelters have been built in Mississippi using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) money.

 

 

Voice of the people: Greg Stewart

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Kids' Count model is to link prosperity to progress

Posted 9/3/2014 in Local Columns

For a full quarter-century now, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has issued news releases calling Mississippi the absolute worst or almost the absolute worst place to be a child in America.

 

Slimantics: A town united

Posted 9/2/2014 in Local Columns

Monday, black and white citizens of West Point gathered at First Baptist Church to pray for Ralph Weems IV, who was badly beaten in the parking lot of the Huddle House restaurant in the early-morning hours of Aug. 24.

 

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