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Ask Rufus: The toughest and the greatest

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

With all the coverage of last week's college signing day, the discussion of whether LSU can unseat Alabama in the SEC West next year, what Hugh Freeze will do to top this past year, and of course today's Super Bowl, thoughts turn to great football teams.

Partial to Home: 'Remember me as you pass by'

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

If you want to find Billie Noland on a Thursday morning, the best place to look is Friendship Cemetery. Such has been the case for 29 years.

Lynn Spruill: Local airports, both a field of dreams and an economic driver

Posted 2/5/2016 in Local Columns

It was where I went when I wanted to be alone; it was where I went when I was frustrated or mad at my parents; it was where I went when I wanted a place to think and dream; it was a place where I saw my future. I occasionally visited during the day, but an airport is magical at night.

Slimantics: Phil Bryant's Hunger Games

Posted 2/4/2016 in Local Columns

It was November, and the people who run things in Mississippi, including those not working out of the offices of ALEC in D.C., were breathing a collective sigh of relief.

Possumhaw: Same ole same ole

Posted 2/1/2016 in Local Columns

Winter's cold blast caused us to hunker down at the Prairie house.

 

Charlie Mitchell: The issue is whether charter schools can do it better

Posted 2/1/2016 in Local Columns

The premise of an offer to operate a charter school is, "Hey, we can do it better than you."

 

Ask Rufus: Celebrating forgotten heroes

Posted 1/30/2016 in Local Columns

February is Black History Month and is a great time to review the little told but very important role of blacks in the exploration and settlement of the Tombigbee River Valley.

Slimantics: Tupelo owes an enduring debt to Jack Reed Sr.

Posted 1/30/2016 in Local Columns

In Tupelo, Elvis is king. In fact, he is more prominent in death than he ever was in life. Up until his death in 1977, the only homage paid to the entertainer in the town of his birth was a small park in East Tupelo, which was home to a swimming pool, youth center and the small two-room shotgun house where he was born in 1935. There were no celebrations or festivals in the city to celebrate him.

Lynn Spruill: My STARKVEGAS

Posted 1/29/2016 in Local Columns

During a recent televised MSU men's basketball game something crystallized for me. The camera was focused on the band, which was whipping the crowd into a frenzy -- not too difficult seeing as we were leading Ole Miss.

Slimantics: Two meetings, two perceptions of police

Posted 1/27/2016 in Local Columns

On Tuesday, Columbus interim police chief Fred Shelton spoke at the Columbus Rotary Club at Lion Hills Center. Although he has made numerous public appearances in the roughly three months he has served as interim chief, this was just the second time I had heard him speak.

 

Possumhaw: Felis silvestris catus

Posted 1/25/2016 in Local Columns

Imagine Harry lying cold, alone, and flat on his back as the sky darkened over him. Could he feel the darkness he couldn't see? His sister, Wilhelmina, was she nearby? Did they nuzzle together crying for their mother?

 

Ask Rufus: Tombigbee sharks and Mississippi volcanoes

Posted 1/23/2016 in Local Columns

Last week I saw an article about finding a shark on the Tombigbee River in Alabama.

Lynn Spruill: A partnership beneficial to all

Posted 1/22/2016 in Local Columns

It is the 15th year since the creation of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership (GSDP).

Slimantics: The new police chief: a bewildering choice

Posted 1/20/2016 in Local Columns

Eighteenth Century British essayist Samuel Johnson once observed of a friend who was planning to re-marry a few years after his first marriage ended badly, "It is a triumph of hope over experience."

 

Rheta Johnson: Voila, New Orleans

Posted 1/19/2016 in Local Columns

It is Twelfth Night. Beneath a balcony in the French Quarter, we listen as dignitaries high above welcome Joan of Arc and the start of Carnival season.

 

Possumhaw: Socks, shoes, underwear, oh my

Posted 1/18/2016 in Local Columns

On Dec. 18, 2015, I resolved not to purchase any apparel, including shoes or accessories, for a whole year.

 

Local voices: A eulogy for mom

Posted 1/16/2016 in Local Columns

She was an immigrant, accompanying her new husband in search of the American Dream. Eighteen years his junior, she spoke minimal English and left every relative across the Atlantic.

 

Grandma Willie's Jerusalem artichoke relish

Posted 1/16/2016 in Local Columns

A letter from a 93-year-old woman in Bartahatchie leads to living room in Brooksville. There on Thursday afternoon I heard stories about long-ago teenagers dancing barefoot in a local dance hall and learned some of the finer points of making Jerusalem artichoke relish.

Ask Rufus: Horses and Earthquakes

Posted 1/16/2016 in Local Columns

Horses and earthquakes may seem like an unusual mix of topics for a column that is generally about history and it is.

Lynn Spruill: Public spaces

Posted 1/15/2016 in Local Columns

It seems to be an issue that isn't an issue but is, if you know what I mean.

 

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