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Possumhaw: Bees knees and knotholes

Posted 4/20/2015 in Local Columns

With my own eyes I saw the carpenter bee wiggle into a hole in the wall right beside the recycle bin.


Bill Crawford: Boyce takes hot seat at IHL

Posted 4/20/2015 in Local Columns

Ready or not, Dr. Glenn Boyce has been named IHL Commissioner. He steps into the hot spot abandoned by MUW president Dr. Jim Borsig and recently vacated by now University of Nebraska system president Dr. Hank Bounds.



Kathleen Parker: What we teach kids about drinking

Posted 4/20/2015 in National Columns

For a variety of reasons, I gave up alcohol on Jan. 4. I have your attention, don't I?


Birney Imes: A case for maps

Posted 4/18/2015 in Local Columns

Not all who wander are lost. --J.R.R. Tolkien Before venturing to the outer reaches of Noxubee County last week to visit Charlie Dahlke's farm, I took my "Mississippi Atlas & Gazetteer" and made an enlarged photocopy of page 39. You know the books, the red oversized atlases dedicated to a single state.


Voice of the people: Who has got your back?



Voice of the people: Thank you, community volunteers



Voice of the people: 'Intolerable' situation

Over the course of the past year the parking lot at Leigh Mall has become intolerable. The problem is numerous and massive potholes.



Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Away from the spring break hordes

Posted 4/18/2015 in National Columns

FRONT ROYAL, Va. -- It must have been a harried parent trying to cope while youngsters protested a long drive who invented that car game where you try to spot license plates from all the 50 states. In this the season of school tour groups and cherry blossoms, it's almost too easy.



Leonard Pitts: 'The Government' is us

Posted 4/18/2015 in National Columns

Twenty years ago today a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and took 168 human lives. Nineteen of those lives belonged to children. Maybe it takes you by surprise that it has been so long. Maybe you wonder where the time went. And maybe you remember...


Kathleen Parker: Clinton's past and future problem

Posted 4/18/2015 in National Columns

Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past. This is never truer than during a political season. It doesn't matter whether the past (meaning all of four years ago) trumps the present or whether the future carries a whiff of embers and smoke. We gallop into tomorrow like a dog who mastered the screen-door latch and find little worthy of regard in yesterday.

Local voices: The expensive, competitive world of day care

Posted 4/17/2015 in Local Columns

And so it was ... This phrase, often used in fairy tales or movies when one of the main characters resigns to an interim of less than ideal conditions, is meant to glance over minor details so the consumer can get to the good stuff.


Our View: Sloppy law enforcement leaves permanent stain

Posted 4/17/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

The life of one New Hope teenager was irreparably damaged by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department on March 26.


Slimantics: When mama fell, we knew her wishes

Posted 4/16/2015 in Local Columns

It was in 2004, one of those warm, sunny mid-March days that suggests an early spring when mama fell.


Rheta Johnson: At least not landlocked

Posted 4/16/2015 in Local Columns

It was a "magical place," she says, back in 1992, when her parents bought the big house overlooking the Mississippi Sound in the quaint harbor town of Pass Christian.



Our View: Thanks to those who enable the umps to shout, 'play ball!'

Posted 4/15/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

Next week, weather permitting, one of the great rites of spring will commence as roughly 1,750 boys and girls hit the diamonds for the opening of youth baseball and softball leagues around the Golden Triangle.



Voice of the people: John F. Lumsden



Patrick Buchanan: The Obama Doctrine

Posted 4/15/2015 in National Columns

At the Summit of the Americas where he met with Raul Castro, the 83-year-old younger brother of Fidel, President Obama provided an insight into where he is taking us, and why: "The United States will not be imprisoned by the past -- we're looking to the future. I'm not interested in having battles that frankly started before I was born."



Our View: Hail State: MSU marketing efforts beginning to bear fruit

Posted 4/14/2015 in Dispatch Editorials

As sibling rivalries go, there are few more intense than the one between Mississippi State and Ole Miss.



Charlie Mitchell: Miss. dips its toe in the solar power experiment

Posted 4/14/2015 in Local Columns

Among Mississippi's abundant blessings -- and the state is abundantly blessed -- is sunshine.



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