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Voice of the people: Bob Raymond

I had to write to encourage everyone in Columbus to go see "The Rose Tattoo" during The Tennessee Williams Tribute this week.

 

Possumhaw: Bodock and horse apples

Posted 9/4/2012 in Local Columns

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.

Ask Rufus: Columbus was booming in the 80s

Posted 9/1/2012 in Local Columns

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.

Calling them as he sees 'em for more than 30 years

Posted 8/31/2012 in Local Columns

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.

 

Our view: Zero tolerance or zero attendance?

Posted 8/30/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

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.

 

 

Voice of the people: Cameron Triplett

The current education system was set up 300 years ago, and it fit the country well then, but no longer.

 

 

Voice of the people: Laura Jones Chalmers

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.

 

 

Our view: When a child is sexually assaulted ...

Posted 8/28/2012 in Dispatch Editorials

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.

 

Possumhaw: Learning to see

Posted 8/27/2012 in Local Columns

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.

 

Birney Imes: Word play in a country cemetery

Posted 8/25/2012 in Local Columns

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.

 

Ask Rufus: Looking back at the city's original town limits

Posted 8/25/2012 in Local Columns

Several people have asked why the south end of Market Street does a dog-leg at the Columbus Light and Water Department building. This question resulted in an interesting discussion with Sam Kaye about the development of the city's street grid.

 

Voice of the people: Chris Howard

Imagine a system where you go to a government office and jump through the appropriate hoops to get a driver's license. But you don't get to keep your license. They keep it for you. Well, they keep a list of people who are approved.

 

Slimantics: The conditional right to vote....

Posted 8/22/2012 in Local Columns

It is an ageless truth: You often don't realize the value of something until you lose it. I suppose that is why I am particularly sensitive to the recent trend for Voter ID laws in some states.

Slimantics: How Slim saved the Wave...sort of

Posted 8/20/2012 in Local Columns

High school football started this week, and I found myself thinking about my own experience playing high school football. It has been 36 years since I last wore the Gold and Blue of the Tupelo Golden Wave. Somehow, they have managed to press on without me.

Possumhaw: Bye-bye, my wrens

Posted 8/20/2012 in Local Columns

Wrens have been flying in and out of the airplane plant, the airplane plant Nick Hairston gave me. It's a "pass-along" plant, having belonged to Nick's mother. I like the easy airplane plant because it makes me feel successful. I've made eight more plants from the mother plant.

 

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