In recent weeks, The National Football League has stimulated many conversations around the county, none of them involving football.
Ronnie Musgrove was more than a little peeved when I asked him how much money he was going to make from his education lawsuit.
Mark Sanford's heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The rep from South Carolina released the news to America through a Facebook post. That's how Chapur found out, too.
Upon further review, the Starkville Board of Aldermen, most of them at least, would like you to know that God doesn't hate gay people; he just hates giving them health insurance.
"I think they're going too far with Ray Rice."
Last week, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (better known as the state college board) released its enrollment figures for this fall.
The most compelling and encouraging parts of President Obama's Islamic State speech -- his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the enemy, his pledge to hunt down its fighters and deny them "safe haven," his moral clarity on their "acts of barbarism" -- also sounded least like Obama.
There's this scene in Shakespeare where the straight-talking Rosalind tries to make sense of Jaques, a guy who travels all the time and is plagued by melancholy. "I fear you have sold your own lands to see other men's," Rosalind says to him in "As You Like It." "Yes, I have gained my experience," Jaques responds gloomily.
During his decidedly low-profile campaign swings across the state, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers has repeatedly called on Thad Cochran, Mississippi's six-term incumbent senator, to meet him in a series of debates before the Nov. 4 general election.
The calendar says autumn is a week away and golden brown leaves are beginning to fall. Felder Rushing says it is not fall but only drought causing the leaves to flutter. Sam and I talk about the benefits of each season and how fast they pass these days.
When people think of antebellum homes in the South it is generally an image of a large Greek Revival style house that comes to mind.
It was Hemingway, I think, who said the best early training for a writer is an unhappy childhood. While I expect there is some truth to Papa's observation, it is not the training regimen any of us would choose for ourselves or our offspring.
Based upon the limited information we have, what are we ordinary citizens supposed to believe about the purchase of new school books by the Board of the Columbus Municipal School District (CMSD)?
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- While thousands were touring Graceland during Elvis Week last month, a retired English professor from Baton Rouge sat at legendary Sun Studio and signed copies of her quiet but fascinating book.
If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high -- and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Obama's Wednesday-night announcement that this country is returning to war, albeit with air strikes only, in a place we just left behind in 2011 after spending almost nine years, over a trillion dollars and 4,425 lives.
As of July 2014, Mississippi has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, 8 percent. I remember in the 90s when Mississippi's unemployment rate was two full percentage points better than the national average.
A pleasant Southland breeze brought the unique and imperishable radio calls to Verona's Lee Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday. There, under a maroon-and-white burial-vault cover, Mississippi State radioman Jack Cristil was buried. The service lasted about 20 minutes after the hearse arrived flying a State flag.
Awkward. Embarrassing. Uncomfortable. Familiar. Any of these words could be used to describe the moment during Monday's Columbus Municipal School Board meeting when assistant superintendent Craig Shannon, in his one and only act as the district's temporary personnel director, recommended the hiring of the wife of schools superintendent Philip Hickman for a teaching position.
The psychology of beauty is undeniable.
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