A recent edition of the Dispatch had an article by Alan Sayre about competition among the Southern states to attract businesses.
"We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate," humorist Kin Hubbard said a century ago. His words still ring true today, perhaps nowhere more so than in Lowndes County.
When I walked in to Wells Cleaners one recent afternoon, I thought it was still owned by Floyd Wells. In fact, I associate Wells Cleaners with the Wells family so much I briefly mistook the new owner, Oscar Lang, to be a member of the Wells family. During our conversation, I began to suspect Mr. Lang might like it this way.
Circuit judges are more used to watching people get sworn in than doing the swearing themselves, but judges' hands were on Bibles across the state on Tuesday as they took the oath of office for new four-year terms.
We're several days into the new year, enough time for many of us to have already broken whatever resolution we settled on last week. But we'd like to suggest a few resolutions of our own, beyond the typical commitments.
I was mortified when I read "The Year in Review--Notable Deaths" and did not see any reference to Chebie Bateman. I read the article three times thinking that I had surely missed something.
If you're not one to submit to the discipline of a New Year's resolution, but you would like to make improvements, December's "Psychology Today" may have your answer: Talk more. Not just any talk, thoughtful conversation.
In recent days, I have been thinking about our "Friendly City" and considering our progress and collective problems. Moreover, we have lately through the leadership of the Mayor and City Council made significant progress in clearing dilapidated houses throughout the city. However, while removing these eyesores is a positive, we have some significant problems festering.
The beginning of a new year is cause for reflection and celebration. Some welcome the calendar change quietly, others will greet 2011 with all the noise they can muster. For a misguided few, this means the discharging of firearms.
The CBS news had a recap tonight of the famous people that died this year. They included Congressmen, Senator, Artist, Composers; men and women of power if politics and entertainment.
My journey home has led me to many experiences I never imagined when I graduated from Columbus High school 10 years ago. I had no clue what I would study at Millsaps College.
Many will remember the almost unbelievable story of perhaps the most famous Christmas truce ever. It was during World War I on the battlefields of Flanders. In that winter of 1914 what has been described as one of the most unusual events in human history occurred.
It was mid afternoon on Christmas Eve, 2010. I needed to run an errand in town.
Givers; Oktibbeha County Humane Society; Annie McDaniel; Francis Thomas Troskey
As I write this on Christmas morning, the snow is quickly disappearing. In the next room someone is playing the soundtrack from "Love Actually," the movie that for us has become a family Christmas tradition.
In this season when Christians celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, when they sing of Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men, there is no peace.
Last week, I had an opportunity to tour Starkville's city hall.
Legislation repealing the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy has turned the United States military into a new front for social and cultural experimentation.
We thought all we had to worry about were Columbus policemen in Ghille suits. It turns out there are even more people with lethal weapons lurking in the woods along the Riverwalk.
I was walking the Riverwalk recently. Leaving the paved way to walk the path that follows the raised ridge on the side, I was surprised to see a fellow in camouflage walking along with his compound bow.
1. Ask Rufus: Coming home at Christmas LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Birney Imes: A Christmastime ramble LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Dana Milbank: Marco Rubio's fury NATIONAL COLUMNS
5. Michael Gerson: A global conspiracy of health NATIONAL COLUMNS