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Slimantics: Presidential campaigns and the Little Dooey effect

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

Mitt Romney didn't announce he was running for President during his visit to Mississippi on Wednesday.

Lynn Spruill: A watershed moment

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

Watershed moments are described as times in history when there occurs "a critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point."

Slimantics: Our greatest unofficial national holiday

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Each year between Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and Presidents' Day in February, our nation pauses to celebrate a great national holiday.

Possumhaw: Corncobs, critters and Catalpa Creek

Posted 1/26/2015 in Local Columns

Someone or something was disconnecting the battery wires on the deer feeder. Checking the canister there was plenty of corn but no power. This was the second time in a week.

Ask Rufus: A tale of two boxers in Columbus

Posted 1/24/2015 in Local Columns

In 2008, Columbus celebrated the career and life of the legendary world champion boxer Henry Armstrong, who had been born on Nash Road just north of town.

Slimantics: Ours is a blended family

Posted 1/24/2015 in Local Columns

No kids. Tess and I both have two grown kids and all are out there in that big world on their own.

Lynn Spruill: The march

Posted 1/23/2015 in Local Columns

"It all depends on whose ox is getting gored."

Slimantics: Send in the clowns, the Legislature is in session

Posted 1/22/2015 in Local Columns

The Mississippi Legislature reached a key point in its 2015 session on Monday, the deadline for presenting new legislation.

Slimantics: Discrimination in the name of God is still discrimination

Posted 1/21/2015 in Local Columns

When I was a child, a visit from the preacher meant a flurry of activity.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Freedom of expression not easy, but not optional

Posted 1/20/2015 in Local Columns

It took a year, but Tommy Williams got an answer: He was right.

 

Possumhaw: Another one bites the dust

Posted 1/19/2015 in Local Columns

I've been mopey about another bookstore closing.

Ask Rufus: The Mississippi Choctaws

Posted 1/17/2015 in Local Columns

I have had several people ask me to explain how there came to be both the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Birney Imes: Downtown

Posted 1/17/2015 in Local Columns

A team from Public Broadcasting System was in town most of last week doing a segment on Main Street for PBS's NewsHour. The piece is not on Main Street in the literal sense, but Main Street as a euphemism for small-town America.

Lynn Spruill: A chill on the Fourth Estate

Posted 1/16/2015 in Local Columns

I was recently watching the always thought provoking CBS Sunday Morning show and saw an opinion piece on the terrorist activities in Paris.

 

Outtakes: Mississippi journalist's book is a rewarding gem

Posted 1/15/2015 in Local Columns

There is a new book out called "Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and other Persons of Interest."

 

Slimantics: Why we can't bring ourselves to hate moonshiners

Posted 1/14/2015 in Local Columns

Monday, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant which resulted in the confiscation of an undisclosed number of gallons of moonshine.

 

David Owen: One reader's take on the day's news

Posted 1/13/2015 in Local Columns

I read with interest the several stories in the Jan. 11, 2015, Dispatch, with an eye towards our state's education.

 

Possumhaw: Winter of my contentment

Posted 1/12/2015 in Local Columns

Last week was a cold one. We spent much time glued to the digital thermometer and calling out temperatures to the household.

Ask Rufus: A bicentennial with Miss. connections

Posted 1/10/2015 in Local Columns

Last week saw another bicentennial event with links to Mississippi.

Birney Imes: Under the night sky

Posted 1/10/2015 in Local Columns

More than one person said they thought UFOs were descending on Columbus Thursday night when they saw the Chinese lanterns wafting their way north along Highway 45.

 

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