More so than any other single question, I am asked about the origin of local names. What does Tombigbee mean? What is West Point west of? What does the Military Road have to do with the military? Our region abounds in interesting names. I will try to shed some light on a few of them.
In his book, "An Education of a Lifetime," former University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat tells the story of his recollection of one of the most traumatic events in the university's history -- the riots on the Ole Miss campus associated with James Meridith's enrollment at the school's first black student in 1962.
Why another shutdown? Our government has three parties these days: Democrats, Republicans and the new radical Republicans. That "radical Republican" label has some history. The old radical Republicans were the Grand Old Party's progressive wing. They were opposed during the Civil War and through Reconstruction by the party's liberals and conservatives.
Cities live beyond our here and now. Beijing is about 3,000 years old; Paris is over 2,000 years old; Rome is over 2,500 years old; London is just under 2,000 and New York is headed to its 400th birthday. Starkville is officially 175 years old.
On the same day students disrupted a play in Oxford about the murder of a gay man, a federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman who was denied a permit to open a gay bar in Shannon.
Monday, a Caledonia man was arrested and charged for trying to solicit sex from a 13-year-old girl he met online, authorities say. Sadly, these incidents happen frequently enough that while we are sickened by them, we are hardly shocked.
He's been gone for a while, but hardly forgotten. Haley Barbour's second term as governor of Mississippi ended two years ago. Old elected officials never die, of course, they just become lobbyists, which was the reason for Barbour's visit to the Friendly City on Tuesday.
Some numbers command your attention, even if you're not certain what they mean. Take $1 billion, for example. On Monday, during the monthly meeting of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, it was revealed that the county's total assessed value has eclipsed the $1 billion mark for the first time.
Leah stuck her bill into the broken egg and hoisted it up high. She shoved off into the water and paddled as fast as her webbed feet would take her. On the bank she carried the egg into the grass where she ate the egg, shell and all.
From under the old drawbridge at the Riverwalk, the Tombigbee River looks small and peaceful as it slowly flows toward Mobile. Yet for almost 500 hundred years that location has witnessed an almost unbelievable pageant of history.
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