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Voice of the people: Walton Chaney


Partial to Home: The morning after, talk turns to the night before

Posted 4/30/2014 in Local Columns

By 10 o'clock Tuesday morning Bobby Ray had almost finished picking up storm debris in his yard on Tabernacle Road when neighbor Ricky Ward showed up. The two are old friends, their friendship rooted in their shared passion for dirt-track racing.

Slimantics: A community comes together

Posted 4/30/2014 in Local Columns

A couple of miles down Lee-Stokes Road, where Pleasant Hill Baptist Church sits on a hill above a cluster of modest brick homes where Lacy Road runs into Pleasant Hill Road, church pastor Bill Hurt wearily tended his flock, scattered but unharmed after a pair of Monday tornadoes plowed through East Columbus.

Storm journal: Residents rally in the storm's aftermath

Posted 4/29/2014 in Local Columns

Maybe there is something to that old saying, "The good guys wear white hats."


Our View: When the new media is more than 'social'

Posted 4/29/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Anyone old enough to have an AARP card remembers when major storms were accompanied by a painfully slow dissemination of news. When the old telephone, radio and TV transmission lines were interrupted, storm survivors and their family and friends far away waited anxiously for news.



Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi borrows a bit of strategy from Gen. Patton

Posted 4/29/2014 in Local Columns

In "Patton," George C. Scott portrays the aggressive and effective World War II general. He finds an otherwise able soldier cowering in a hospital and slaps him.



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Our View: A holiday we should give up

Posted 4/28/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today is Confederate Memorial Day in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.


Possumhaw: One night in the pen

Posted 4/28/2014 in Local Columns

The bunny numbers had grown to four, though not in the usual way. The first bunny, small and untamed, was Toby. He began his life at the Bardwells in a birdcage that opened into a small bathroom.


Kathleen Parker: A grandmother as president?

Posted 4/28/2014 in National Columns

The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother.


Local voices: A better process

Posted 4/26/2014 in Local Columns

As of Tuesday evening, the City of Starkville has now hired its new Community Development Director. I commend the Board of Aldermen for using an improved process.

Roses and thorns

Posted 4/26/2014 in Roses & Thorns

Ask Rufus: Flowers, poetry and early explorers

Posted 4/26/2014 in Local Columns

Last week the primroses blossomed along Highway 82. I say primroses but I always called them buttercups as a child because if you smelled them your nose would become covered in yellow pollen.


Our View: School board meeting departs from script

Posted 4/25/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees met in a specially called meeting last night to select a search firm for a new superintendent.



Mississippi Voices: The Crony

Posted 4/25/2014 in Local Columns



Susan Estrich: The new politics of crime

Posted 4/25/2014 in National Columns

This week's announcement that the Justice Department will expand the criteria for offering clemency marks a new, and long overdue, chapter in the politics of crime.



Our View: An open and fair discussion? Don't count on it.

Posted 4/24/2014 in Dispatch Editorials

Today, the Columbus Municipal School Board will hold a specially called fist-fight to select a search firm to identify candidates for a permanent schools superintendent.



Charlie Mitchell: A case for doing nothing

Posted 4/24/2014 in Local Columns

Walking ahead of two young people when one asked the other, "What are you doing this summer?"



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