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Lynn Spruill: Marketing the holidays

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

It is time for the rollout of a new batch of Christmas and holiday commercials.

Slimantics: Lessons in gratitude from an 8-year-old

Posted 11/25/2015 in Local Columns

Today is Thanksgiving and among older celebrants, it is as much a time for reflection on Thanksgivings past as it is for the holiday we observe today.


Rheta Johnson: Thankful for small moments of peace

Posted 11/25/2015 in Local Columns

The world's problems are best solved with old friends around a warm fire in the kitchen stove in Fishtrap Hollow.



Wyatt Emmerich: We have much to be thankful for

Posted 11/25/2015 in Local Columns

There are many harvest festivals around the world, but Thanksgiving as we know it is a unique American holiday.


Ask Rufus: Stuff of which heroes are made

Posted 11/21/2015 in Local Columns

The news lately has been filled with events and stories that strike fear into the hearts of the traveling public.

Birney Imes: Land of the free, home of the brave

Posted 11/21/2015 in Local Columns

As we approach a holiday that celebrates the charity of a native people to a refugees fleeing persecution, we would do well to consider our response to the plight of another set of refugees in the aftermath of terrorist attacks that slaughtered 129 innocents in Paris on Nov. 13.


Local voices: Glenda Buckhalter

Posted 11/21/2015 in Local Columns


Lynn Spruill: Scare tactics

Posted 11/20/2015 in Local Columns

Some things just leave you speechless.

Slimantics: 'Tis the season for fear and anger

Posted 11/18/2015 in Local Columns

Sometimes events happen that are so horrific, so shocking that we find it difficult to process. The Paris terrorist attacks, which left 129 dead, many more injured, and the rest of the world unnerved, is the most recent example.


Rheta Johnson: A bathtub, some clowns, now terror

Posted 11/17/2015 in Local Columns

I am in my quiet spot on this earth today, but thinking only of another place, another country, a good friend.


Possumhaw: Splish splash, taking a bath

Posted 11/16/2015 in Local Columns

The rains came down and the floods came up, and I did not complain. The kittens played on the porch to avoid wet grass on their feet, gardenia leaves brushing their faces, and dripping rain on their soft kitten fur.

Ask Rufus: Tibbee, a prehistoric oral tradition

Posted 11/14/2015 in Local Columns

Friday night I was asked to tell stories at a "lock-in" for the West Point Episcopal Church's youth group. I was reminded of how, with all the interest in Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media, the passing down of oral traditions from generation to generation by story tellers is being lost.

Birney Imes: A blue light in the rear-view mirror

Posted 11/14/2015 in Local Columns

A friend and I were talking about law enforcement the other day. "How many times have you been stopped and searched by the police?" J. asked. We're about the same age. "None, at least not since college," I said. "What about you?" "Four times," he said. He happens to be black, well educated and prominent in his community.

Lynn Spruill: A bid for the future

Posted 11/13/2015 in Local Columns

In Starkville, Highway 12 is our most active commercial corridor.

Slimantics: A tale of two teams

Posted 11/13/2015 in Local Columns

This week a college football team made history by threatening not to play a game. Fifty-two years ago, a college basketball team made history by playing one.


Charlie Mitchell: Clinical trial of I&R's poison pill proves effective

Posted 11/11/2015 in Local Columns

The positive aspect of the Initiative 42 vote, as backers said last week, is that it pushed public education funding into the limelight, if only for a moment.



Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi's declining prison population

Posted 11/9/2015 in Local Columns

The motivations are different, but the result is the same.


Possumhaw: Always alone and looking

Posted 11/9/2015 in Local Columns

Last week, rounding the corner of the porch, I came face to face with a young deer lying in the grass, not 50 feet away. We stared; neither moved. She was lying at the edge of some trees, not hidden, even though the sun had been up for hours.

Birney Imes: At home in the world

Posted 11/8/2015 in Local Columns

In early January of 2014, Jessica Austin boarded a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines jet in Washington D.C. and flew to Istanbul, Turkey. She knew no one in Istanbul. She did not have a place to stay, nor did she have a job waiting on her.


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