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Local voices: Alison Buehler

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

I just got back from an incredible weekend in Meridian. Go Green Meridian, a chapter of Gaining Ground.

Possumhaw: Busy week in the Prairie

Posted 4/21/2014 in Local Columns

On the heels of a quiet, cold winter, the Prairie house became a whirl of activity. It's good to enjoy those quiet winter days; they don't last long. Our visiting turkey hunters set out early and came in late, thus we rarely saw our guests. I caught up with my brother, Skip Shelton, coming in at the late hour of 9 p.m. His eyes looked bleary. "You can't run on a few hours of sleep," I said.

Ask Rufus: No sidewalk, no mail

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

From its founding, the United States has provided for mail delivery across the country.

Birney Imes: An afternoon with beekeepers

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

On a recent Saturday about 40 beekeepers stood in the twilight on a cement pad outside a metal farm building in south Noxubee County.

Lynn Spruill: Annexation and growth

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

As of the last formal census of 2010, Starkville has a population of 23,888. The most recent figure from 2012 is an official estimate of 24,360. So, in the past two years we have grown by roughly 472 people. If we project that rate of growth over the next eight years by 2020 we should have about 26,248 as our population base.

 

Rheta Johnson: Making hay of hate

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

Mississippi, my adopted home state, place that I love, is reverting to its old ways, which many of us who live here had believed and hoped to be in the distant past.

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: The law as a pacifier

Posted 4/14/2014 in Local Columns

Section 1 of the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law last week, is to calm the masses -- those who believe the gay agenda in America needs to be sent a message.

 

Possumhaw: Hanging by a thread

Posted 4/14/2014 in Local Columns

Saturday a ghastly thing happened at the Prairie house. While Sam was gone fishing I discovered a mouse clinging to the Big Tom sticky trap. I have vowed time and time again not to use those cruel traps, however successful they are.

Ask Rufus: They called Columbus home

Posted 4/12/2014 in Local Columns

The past two weeks I have been helping with the Columbus Pilgrimage. I had not intended on doing so, but Nancy Carpenter of the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau called and said they were short-handed and could I help with tour groups. Before I realized it, I was telling stories about Columbus to multiple tour groups on the double-decker bus.

Lynn Spruill: Bricklee and the Horse Park

Posted 4/11/2014 in Local Columns

Sounds like a cool little novel title like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone or maybe Nancy Drew and the Crooked Banister. Though Bricklee Miller may not have the financial impact that J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter does, or the international name recognition of Nancy Drew, she definitely has the magic touch for the Golden Triangle.

Slimantics: Bomb threats are not harmless pranks

Posted 4/10/2014 in Local Columns

What is it about Columbus kids and bomb threats? This morning, for the ninth time since the school year started, school was disrupted while school and law enforcement investigated yet another bomb threat, this one at Stokes-Beard Elementary School.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Crony capitalism continues to hurt Mississippi

Posted 4/9/2014 in Local Columns

In 2013, the Legislature passed a measure creating a "cultural retail attraction" incentive to reimburse developers of outlet malls for up to 30 percent of construction costs.

 

 

Outtakes: Burger challenge remains unmet

Posted 4/8/2014 in Local Columns

Alone at the bar, I stared at three bites of hamburger and six or so french fries. Could I finish?

 

 

Charlie Mitchell: Health insurance not the real issue in Mississippi

Posted 4/7/2014 in Local Columns

Child playing baseball breaks his leg. Mom needs a pacemaker. Dad has had a stroke and is on his way to the emergency room. Even the most conservative of conservatives won't say these people must have money or insurance -- or be turned away at the hospital door.

 

Possumhaw: Eat two onions and call me in the morning

Posted 4/7/2014 in Local Columns

The Wall Street Journal headlined "A Delicious Prescription: Chefs and doctors are teaming up to create health food you might actually crave." Inheriting the "clipper" gene from our mother, my brother and I trade clipped newspaper articles, his from national newspapers on food, birds, nature and mine from the local sports pages on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Ask Rufus: Was it America's first pro ball team?

Posted 4/5/2014 in Local Columns

This is a ballgame weekend. Professional baseball has just cranked up, basketball's Final Four started Saturday and college baseball is in full swing. But long forgotten is the story of how what may have been America's first professional ball team assemble at Columbus in 1829.

Slim Smith: Missing Mike

Posted 4/5/2014 in Local Columns

Monday morning, the news came of the sudden, stunning death of Mike Ritter. He had entered the hospital for surgery to repair a heart problem and died before the procedure could be performed. Mike, a brilliant editorial cartoonist, was 48 years old. These kinds of deaths, including the sudden passing of Columbus Police Department investigator Don English at age 58, are a not-so-subtle reminder of my own mortality. I am 54.

Lynn Spruill: Litter begets litter

Posted 4/4/2014 in Local Columns

I confess that I do not understand littering. It is inconceivable to me that anyone thinks that it is quite acceptable to leave their garbage behind in locations that are clearly not garbage sites, such as parking lots, streets, sidewalks, and any other areas not intended to be a resting place for garbage.

 

Wyatt Emmerich: Corporate welfare, a losing game for taxpayers

Posted 4/3/2014 in Local Columns

Speaking before the Rotary Club of Jackson recently, Gov. Bryant addressed the issue of special tax incentives to lure big manufacturers to Mississippi.

 

 

Paul Mack: Hear that mockingbird sing

Posted 4/2/2014 in Local Columns

It's spring -- plants and animals going nuts. Songbirds' hormones increase with day length, and most of the noise you hear is coming from males intent on finding a mate. In these parts a lot of that singing is from that storied species, the mockingbird.

 

 

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