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Birney Imes: Honey, please do something about those barking raccoons

Posted 7/17/2010 in Local Columns

One night a couple weeks ago we were awakened at 3:30 in the morning by a clatter from the back porch.

 

Red Cross in Oktibbeha County

I'd like to set the record straight regarding recent news stories about the status of the American Red Cross office in Oktibbeha County. In particular, I want to correct the misperception that the Red Cross is abandoning Oktibbeha County. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Roses and thorns 7-18-10

Posted 7/17/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Kids' Fire Academy graduates; Starkville Board of Alderman; organizers and sponsors of Sounds of Summer; Billy Brasfield

 

Ben Toledano: Opposition bordering on the ridiculous

Posted 7/17/2010 in Local Columns

Surely I can't be the only person amazed by the opposition to Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 "relating to unlawfully present aliens." However, the opposition itself is one thing; the expressed reasons for it are quite another. What is really going on here?

 

Rufus Ward: Nicola Marschall's Columbus portraits

Posted 7/17/2010 in Local Columns

Nicola Marschall was a Prussian born portrait painter whose works included portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Otto Von Bismarck and many other notable figures of the mid to late 1800s.

 

Peter Imes: Changes in communication

Posted 7/15/2010 in Local Columns

Let's look at the way the Internet has changed the way we communicate with each other.

 

Steve Mullen: During the Williams Home's intermission, a costume change

Posted 7/14/2010 in Local Columns

The Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center at the corner of Main and Third streets -- and much of the block it sits on -- is abuzz with activity. Tuesday, a platoon of workers was laying the foundation for the new condominiums and office building behind the welcome center. The new building, which is being constructed by local developer Mark Castleberry, will have the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau as a downstairs tenant.

 

Remembering one who made a difference

I looked up to Mr. John Harry Thomas, who passed away May 31, 2010, as an older brother role model since the age of 5.

 

 

Concerned about census

Have you been counted in the Census? There appears to be whole neighborhoods missing from the census log books.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Photograph phobia

Posted 7/12/2010 in Local Columns

"Ma'am I'd like to up my weight by a few pounds. That's the weight I was when I got my learner's permit. I've been meaning to change it for about 40 years, but I'm just now getting around to it."

Roses and thorns 7-11-2010

Posted 7/10/2010 in Roses & Thorns

A rose to Columbus' Department of Public Works -- one of those groups of people that doesn't get a pat on the back often enough. Crews are out maintaining landscaping throughout the city -- a job that gets tougher as the weather gets hotter and the weeds more ambitious.

Birney Imes: To Kill a Mockingbird

Posted 7/10/2010 in Local Columns

Tommy Nettles' Southside home with its white picket fence and parlor with antique dining table, family portraits and overstuffed bookshelves reaching to the ceiling could have been a set in the movie, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Steve Mullen: Things to do in the summer doldrums

Posted 7/7/2010 in Local Columns

We're in the doldrums. The Independence Day weekend is behind us. Most of us, if we were even planning to take a vacation, have gone and come back.

 

Letters: Negative impact of bypass should be considered

The construction of a highway bypass is not an apathetic event for a city as unfortunately some were reported to have felt in your article of Friday, June 18th.

 

Shannon Bardwell: "How does your garden grow ... "

Posted 7/4/2010 in Local Columns

The square foot garden is coming along fine. I ate the five strawberries, 15 beans and one squash produced thus far; Sam said he'd stick with Cheerios. Something got to the lettuce before I did, but if zinnias and leafy cosmos were edible the Bardwells would have a cornucopia accented with one humongous sunflower.

Roses and thorns 7-4-2010

Posted 7/4/2010 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to the Starkville Parks and Recreation Department for its Fourth of July celebration today. Events kick off at 6 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex, where patriotic banners will be dedicated. The celebration also features food, fireworks and inflatables, for an evening of family-friendly fun. Fireworks are set to begin at 9 p.m.

Ask Rufus: Food for the Fourth

Posted 7/4/2010 in Local Columns

Picnics and food have long been associated with the celebration of the Fourth of July. What food is popular, though, has changed with the times. A 1902 suggestion for foods to be served on a summer picnic included "cold pigeon pie" and "jellied veal."

Garthia Elena Burnett: Open casting call

Posted 7/2/2010 in Local Columns

We pulled in to the Kohl's store parking lot in Roswell, Ga., Saturday at 5:20 a.m. It was still dark.

Steve Mullen: At Ole Miss, lions and muppets and bears -- oh my.

Posted 6/30/2010 in Local Columns

The good news: Admiral Ackbar, the fish-faced "Star Wars" character who was a campus favorite for Ole Miss' new mascot, isn't on the ballot.

 

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