Realtors call it curb appeal, and they will tell you that without it, selling a property is a difficult task.
Last night just as we sat down to eat Sam pointed and said, "Three deer just stepped out from the trees."
By Friday night I still had not decided what would be the subject of my column today. So for inspiration Karen and I walked down to the Stella Shouting Contest. It was a lot of fun, but not particularly inspirational for a history column.
My friends began to call me "Mr. Ecology." I got the message quick.
During Tuesday's meeting, the Columbus City Council approved recommended 30-day suspensions of two firefighters and a police officer for "liking" a controversial Facebook post made by another Columbus firefighter, who has since resigned in the wake of the incident.
I had to write to encourage everyone in Columbus to go see "The Rose Tattoo" during The Tennessee Williams Tribute this week.
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.
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